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Fofoulah: Fofoulah review a bravely adventurous new fusion band

(Glitterbeat)Dave Smith is a remarkable young drummer, as those who have heard him playing with JuJu, or with Robert Plants Sensational Space Shifters will know. With his band Outhouse Ruhabi he mixed improvisation with the Sabar drumming styles of Gambi

alt-J : This Is All Yours review sublime hooks and textures

(Sony)Two years after carrying off the Mercury Music prize for An Awesome Wave, alt-J arent exactly pandering to the needs of an unexpected mainstream audience. Minus departed bassist Gwil Sainsbury, their second album exhibits the playful adventure Radi

Leonard Cohen: Popular Problems review an octogenarian rejuvenated

Financial worries may be driving his comeback, but Leonard Cohens songs of despair have never sounded so full of life and you can hear this new album in full hereIt is hard to elicit goodwill for someone who stole £5m from a pensioner, but perhaps anyone

Aphex Twin: Syro review a tour through brain-bending avenues

(Warp)The last time Aphex Twin released an album, 2001s double LP Drukqs, the musical world was a very different place. Grime was still just something that gathered underneath your fridge, Apple was yet to release the iPod and several of the current dance

Leonard Cohen Popular Problems: Exclusive album stream

Have a listen to Leonard Cohens thirteenth album ahead of release and let us know your thoughts! During a recent talk in Los Angeles, Leonard Cohen remained remarkably modest regarding his 13th album Popular Problems.Showering praise on his co-songwriter

Barbra Streisand, Partners, review: 'desperate'

While Streisand's voice still soars, this lackluster collection falls into the icky celebrity duet traps, says Helen Brown

CD: Barbara Streisand - Partners

When a person approaches a Barbara Streisand album, they would be a fool to go in carrying the same expectations as with, say, the forthcoming collaboration between experimental frontiersmen Scott Walker & Sunn O))). Or even, in all honesty, the new Jesse

Hiss Golden Messenger, Lateness of Dancers, review: 'terrific'

Hiss Golden Messenger's fifth album has all the grit and daydreaming blues of Neil Young's Harvest, says Helen Brown

Robert Plant, Lullaby and...The Ceaseless Roar, review: 'exciting'

Robert Plant's latest album is an unpredictable musical caravan packed with songs that feel alive and capable of anything, says Helen Brown

Lia Ices, Ices, review: 'fizzy'

Lia Ices creates a luxurious fusion of spacious electronica and tribal pop on her third album, says Helen Brown