Records I'm Listening To (15/03/17)

Six albums that I've been listening to recently.
  1. Uyai - Ibibio Sound Machine
    The second album from Ibibio Sound Machine has a lot to live up to, but my first few listens indicate that the record surpasses the achievements of the group on their debut album.
  2. Republique Amazone - Les Amazones d'Afrique
    From the liner notes: 'Les Amazones d'Afrique are an all-female collective of west African musicians campaigning for gender equality, strong in the belief that music can support social progress.' A brilliant record with a unique sound, and I love its political motivations too.
  3. Moonraker (Original Soundtrack) - John Barry
    John Barry's terrific score for the criminally underrated James Bond film, Moonraker, was sadly truncated for the vinyl and CD releases. Nevertheless, the music available is wonderful and may be Barry's best work on the Bond films.
  4. What's Going On - Marvin Gaye
    Marvin Gaye's classic album is just as poignant now as it was when originally released in 1971. The album's lyrics, exploring themes including injustice, poverty and global warming, are still relevant, and are beautifully delivered through Gaye's dulcet tones.
  5. Little Fictions - Elbow
    Elbow return after their 2014 album, The Take Off and Landing of Everything, with Little Fictions, a beautiful new record encapsulating the classic Elbow elements with a slightly stripped back sound. Northern melancholy and romance at its finest.
  6. Reflection (App Version) - Brian Eno
    Brian Eno's latest release under the label of 'generative music' - Reflection is available as a 54 minute album track, and as an app that generates the piece for a year before beginning the cycle again, effectively lasting forever.