Review: Gospel/funk fusionists the Como Mamas debuted on Daptone back in 2013 with Get An Understanding, a fine full-length that perfectly showcased the female trio's talents. While that set was recorded live at Mt Merrion Church some years earlier, this fine follow-up is a studio set with Daptone chief Bosco Mann in the producer's chair. Unsurprisingly, it's deliciously authentic, sounding like a long lost 1970s, private press gospel-soul album. It's packed with highlights, from the bluesy shuffle of "He's Calling Me" and rhythm and blues bounce of "He's Mine", to the acapella brilliance of "Glory Glory Hallelujah", where the trio's brilliant vocals and a lone drumbeat combine to create an intoxicating mood.
Review: Yacht Rock and you don't stop. The now North Carolina-residing The Mountain Goats return to Merge Records with their seventeenth album - In League With Dragons presents a harmonious collaboration with the Macedonian Radio Symphonic Orchestra in a 12-track collection songs depicting dragons and mysteries, some jesting a new musical genre 'dragon noir' has been cooked up. In reality, it's not such a far fetched idea with frontman John Darnielle once telling: "This album began life as a rock opera about a besieged seaside community called Riversend ruled by a benevolent wizard, for which some five to seven songs were written." Dungeons, Dragons, Magic. It's all there.