Music (and App) Choice: Andy Hunter – Presence

From his excellent début CD Exodus onwards, Hunter’s technical prowess and musical sensitivity have set him apart from the pack. I know of no one in Britain – or even America – who can touch him  when it comes to creating excellent Christian dance music. His sound is so accessible and addictive that it appeals […]

CD Choice: Santana – Santana IV

(Santana IV Records) Such a simple title, but it says so much. Of course this is not Santana’s fourth release – it is actually the 23rd – but it does reprise the original line-up for the first time in 45 years, when they recorded the platinum-selling Santana III before imploding with success. This reunion succeeds […]

CD Choice: Talisco – Run

(Believe Digital) The bookies were better at gauging public opinion than the pollsters pre-Brexit, and advertisers have a similar nous when it comes to choosing music to back a TV ad. Sometimes it is a proven classic, but when the budget is tighter, they can find an up-and-coming talent that creates the right mood. Toyota […]

CD Choice: Arvo Pärt – Musica Selecta (ECM)

CD Choice: Arvo Pärt – Musica Selecta (ECM)

You could count on the fingers of one hand the modern classical composers who are more influential than Pärt. This collection celebrates his 80th birthday. Without “Spiegel im Spiegel” it is not a greatest hits, but it is not far off. Producer Manfred Eicher has sequenced two discs of representative tracks to blend together well. […]

CD Choice: Stornoway – Bonxie

CD Choice: Stornoway – Bonxie

(Cooking Vinyl) Gloriously unique, Stornoway’s talent pool is lake-sized. They skip between genres with dextrous ease, play more instruments than is healthy for musicians with only one pair of hands each, and on this release have created an infectiously upbeat set of immediately accessible songs. Even on a track called “Lost Youth,” which delicately pastes […]