Along with Eliza Carthy, I've long considered Beth Orton to be one of the foremost talents in moderrn English folk, and in Kidsticks she combines touches of electronica with her usual undercurrent of country.
Brought to my attention by the Mercury Music Prize nomination of v2.0, I find Fanfares has higher points of visceral engagement with the piano even while it doesn't hang together as smoothly when viewed as a complete work.
After only one release (Hers Was As Thunder), I couldn't imagine not buying anything Wildlight produce, and this full-length album only confirms that, with more poised vocals over slightly dirty synth and variable-weight beats (dance-y "Get Up Out Your Way", poppy "Move Like The Ocean")
Was pretty excited to hear the creative mind behind Antony and the Johnsons was releasing a new album, but after four or five listens, the strong opening is let down by the rest of the album, sadly a strong explanation why Anohni has ignored the Bandcamp recommendations regarding full album preview
With only a little dance training, I find myself drawn to music for contemporary dance, but very easy to be lost in the wonder of composition, and this is just what Flow does to me with a juxtaposition of melody and thumping rhythm.
Soulful vocals, quirky sampling and catchy falsetto make Arms my standout track, but the whole album has an eclectic, scratched-up feeling of trawling record collections, reminescent of Liam Howlett's Dirtchamber Sessions, but lighter in tone.