Album Review: YELLO – Point

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London-based Catalan pop sensation Odina has released her new video ‘1,2,3,4’. It’s a twisted treatise of Love as a double-edged sword and relationships on a knife-edge. Filmed in London and self-directed, it plays with the glamour, glitter and grime of romance at the sharp end.

Gregory Porter has released the single ‘Phoenix’ from his forthcoming album ‘All Rise’ due in August. It’s a life-affirming sunny affair, drenched in Bacharach-style orchestration, breezy trumpets and soothing strings. Add to that Gregory’s honey-rich vocals and a euphoric summertime vibe is guaranteed. Phoenix is available on Decca/Blue Note Records now.

Florian Schneider was co-founder of Kraftwerk with Ralf Hutter. Originally a flautist and violinist, he began experimenting with effects such as echo and reverb to expand the instruments’ capabilities. Flute was predominantly used on the rare album ‘Ralf and Florian’. After their breakthrough album ‘Autobahn’, (that also featured the flute on its B-side), the duo …

Dave Greenfield was keyboard player in The Stranglers, frontrunners in the Punk movement. In a genre where lack of musicality was sometimes seen as a badge of honour, his virtuosity stood out from the very beginning, giving the band a sound that set them apart from their contemporaries. Often compared to Ray Manzarek from The …

Tony Olidapo Allen was born in Nigeria in 1940, and is regarded as the one of the principal founders of Juju and Afrobeat. A self-taught musician, being around Lagos at the right time meant he was engaged by Fela Kuti for his band Africa ’70. A natural percussive genius, Allen had the rare ability to …

Big-beat sonic pranksters Dub Pistols are back with a cover of The Clash classic ‘Bankrobber’. The clip was made from individual band member contributions under lockdown, using their mobile phones, the final result only coming together at the mix in an editing suite. It’s a riot of reggae-dancehall vibes, bleeps and ragga rhymes; a perfect …

In the eighties Madness were massive; kids loved ’em, your gran loved ’em. They scored hit after hit. While The Specials were personifying the grim zeitgeist of Thatcherite Britain in a parked car, Madness were dressing as garden gnomes and swinging from high wires. They were the nutty boys who became the lost boys, and …

“It matters not where I come from in relation to the world, as long as the world and I arrive at a common point at a common time”. So say the sleeve notes on Bill Withers’ debut album ‘Just As I Am’ (released on the dubious Sussex Records, the same that made a mint from …

Brian is unarguably the better known of the Eno brothers, mainly for his metamorphosis from priapic glam-peacock synth boffin to visionary producer and ambient music pioneer. Roger though has discreetly carved out a career as a creator of instrumental music with an impressive back-catalogue of over thirty albums. This album isn’t the first time the …

This 5 track mini-album from 2010 is a synth slice of sonic delight. French electro-pop duo Zombie Zombie, comprising of Etienne Jaumet and Cosmic Neman (though these days they are a trio, having been joined by a Dr. Schönberg) decided to go for the jugular of their influences. Namely the minimal haunting analogue throb of …