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You know there is a drought of good music when swathes of the music press tell you Marks to Prove It, by the Maccabees, is the album of the summer. So in the never-ending search for new and exciting music, I have spent the last month buying reissues and crate digging.

11 August 2015 | Top postTracks of the month

The protest song is back and its return can be dated precisely to 9 August 2014. On that day a police officer shot and murdered an 18 year old black man, Michael Brown. Since then, we have seen a number of artists produce songs of rage, lament and protest.

7 July 2015 | NotesTop postTracks of the month

There has been nobody like Nina Simone. But too few realise today what a towering artistic figure she was in her lifetime and what an inspiration she can still be.

3 July 2015 | In depthTop post

On Saturday morning, the world of jazz said goodbye to Ornette Coleman. At the funeral ceremony at the Riverside Church, Riverside Drive, New York, some of the lions of the jazz world “played” their respects…

29 June 2015 | NotesTop post

The powerful video for Call the Cops, by Rob Hustle featuring Bump, is made from real footage of police brutality, edited together.

12 June 2015 | NotesVideo