Review: Bizarre though it may seem, Modest Mouse formed twenty-two years ago, and moreover it's been seven years since their last album. However, 'Strangers To Ourselves' is proof positive that this American indie institution has shown no signs of complacency in the interim. Possessed of all the restless spirit, edgy guitar interplay and highly-strung intensity that have become this band's trademarks, it's also notable for a heartfelt environmental theme. Elegantly eccentric widescreen anthems advise against a potential dystopia. Yet elsewhere, tackling disco, hip-hop and balladic styles with aplomb, this unique and endlessly inventive outfit - newly reinvigorated - have rarely sounded so alive.
Review: Given the vastness of his back catalogue, you'd think there would be plenty of re-issue-friendly gold buried in Eddie Palmieri's discography. "Spirit of Love", first released as a single in 1978, certainly ticks a lot of boxes: the spiraling, disco-era chunk of boogaloo/jazz-funk fusion remains popular on specialist dancefloors - especially jazz-dance ones - and original copies frequently change hands online for well over 50 quid. Like the original 7", this edition of the singles also comes backed with the sweaty Brazilian style jazz brilliance of "Lucumi, Macumba, Voodoo", which also happens to be the title track of the LP that "Spirit of Love" was plucked from.