The sophomore effort from Georgia-raised, Britain-based vocalist Kristina Train, 2012's Dark Black is a brooding, atmospheric collection of slow-burn pop songs that put her burnished, sultry croon at the fore. Picking up where 2009's Spilt Milk left off, Dark Black finds Train once again working with British singer/songwriter Ed Harcourt, as well as songwriter/producer Martin Craft. Together, they've come up with an album that builds upon Train's twangy Southern roots layered with a baroque, cinematic aesthetic. Train's vocals are often drenched in an echo-chamber sound, often backed with boomy, resonant percussion, languid piano parts, eerie orchestral sections, shimmering baritone guitar lines, and even some light electronic flourishes. In that sense, the album brings to mind the work of such similarly minded contemporaries as singer/guitarist Richard Hawley and neo-soft rock singer Rumer as much as it does the classic soul-inflected '60s sound of Dusty Springfield.
If someone asks you whether or not you like 'Korean music' you might wonder what kind of a question that is - after all, surely an entire country isn't likely to stick to one style in all of the music that it outputs. However, if you know anything about modern, popular Korean music you're likely to know what it is this someone is on about. Yes, kpop is becoming more of a phenomenon every day, and you'd be hard-pressed to find many people, Korean or otherwise, that know much about any Korean musical artists outside of mass-produced, fluffy pop music. It is the prominence of such samey pop that pushes down a lot of wonderful artists in South Korea, and I won't sugar-coat it in the same way the industry sugar-coats their mainstream output: it is almost heartbreaking how many of these artists are not given half of the recognition they deserve. Jambinai is one of these artists.
After an absence of six years, Canto-pop diva Sandy Lam returned to the Hong Kong Coliseum in September 2011 for her long-awaited new concert series.
GAIA is the eleventh Mandarin album and thirtieth album in total released by Sandy Lam, her first album after a six year absence.
Digitally remastered deluxe two CD edition of this 1984 album from the British Pop singer/songwriter including a bonus disc filled with remixes, b-sides and more. Human Racing was released in February 1984. The first of four albums recorded for MCA Records, it achieved platinum sales and a nomination for Best Album at the 1985 Brit Awards. Its release was greeted by a combination of teen hysteria, critical acclaim and praise from the likes of Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton and prompted Elton John to call Kershaw ''one of the best songwriters of a generation''. This special edition, compiled by Nik himself features the album, digitally remastered from the original mix tapes and associated 12-inch mixes and b-sides. It includes a previously unreleased version of 'Bogart', a special brass mix of 'Shame On You' and a live version of 'Cloak and Dagger' recorded at the Hammersmith Odeon. The booklet contains a brand new sleevenote written by Nik.
2012 marks the 40th anniversary of the hugely influential Philadelphia International Records. To mark this, and following our reissue of some of the labels other acts such as the Three Degrees, Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes and the O’Jays, we are pleased to present another album from one of the most identifiable voices of the Philly Sound. WAR OF THE GODS reached R&B #12 and Pop #110 upon its release in 1973. Some of the artists backing Billy on this album are Bobby Eli, Bunny Sigler, Norman Harris, Leon Huff and Ron Baker.