Non-Classical Top 10

The Non-Classical Top Ten lists the albums which have proved most popular in the last month and might give you some good ideas for your next purchase. It covers not just jazz but also rock & pop, electronica and folk.

 

Emily Barker and The Red Clay HaloEmily Barker and The Red Clay Halo - Dear River

'Dear River' is the much-anticipated fourth studio album from Bafta and Ivor Novello award winning Emily Barker and her band The Red Clay Halo. Full of contrasting dynamics and a broad cavalcade of emotions 'Dear River' is a fascinating exploration of self, place and people.

'...amazing...a classic album...4.5 starsMaverick Magazine 

 

Claire MartinClaire Martin - Too Much In Love To Care

‘Too Much in Love to Care' is Claire Martin's first US studio recording for fifteen years and guest stars Kenny Barron, 'one of the top jazz pianists in the world' (LA Times). It was named 'Best New Album' at the 2013 British Jazz Awards.

'From the stylistic, "cool" jazz of the quartet to the assured, versatile singing, all of the pieces fit intuitively.' 5 stars Audiophile Audition

   

Amy DuncanAmy Duncan - Cycles of Life

Amy Duncan is an Edinburgh-based singer-songwriter whose ambient, folk-inspired music is charming crowds across the country with its emotive, ethereal allure. With beautiful harmonies and haunting melodies she weaves stories deeply familiar to us all.

'In addition to Amy's immediately arresting vocals, the strings are incredibly effective - a dash of electronics, tinkle of clarsach and Amy's own measured, hypnotic double bass.' Folk Radio 

   

Emily Barker and The Red Clay HaloEmily Barker and The Red Clay Halo - Despite The Snow

'Despite The Snow' is the second studio album by Emily Barker & The Red Clay Halo. This stunningly beautiful album includes the song 'Nostalgia', the theme tune from the award-winning soundtrack of BBC TV drama Wallander.  

'Barker charts the flowering, the joy and the pain of a new love with intensity and insight...An album of quiet power.' 4 stars Rock 'n' Reel  

 

Emily Barker and The Red Clay HaloEmily Barker and The Red Clay Halo - Almanac

'Almanac' is the third studio album by Emily Barker & The Red Clay Halo. It includes the song 'Pause', the theme tune from the award-winning soundtrack of BBC TV drama The Shadow Line.

'This is a dream of a record. So perfectly formed is it that, chances are, the listener will need to go around again immediately, to make sure they weren't imagining anything.' BBC Music Magazine  

 

William OrbitWilliam Orbit - My Oracle Lives Uptown

'My Oracle Lives Uptown' is William Orbit's eighth album, and his signature sound - sleek and lush, but leaving a cool slipstream in its wake - is immediately recognisable. Most of the tracks on the album feature vocals, even if they are only textures in the mix - and their placement within the track is planned with a remixer's ear. 

'Optical Illusions washes over you in gorgeously drowsy electronic waves...it's irresistible.' 4 stars Mojo

 

Maeve O'BoyleMaeve O'Boyle - All My Sins

Produced by Calum Malcolm (The Blue Nile), 'All My Sins' is a master class in melodic, folk-tinged pop and features co-writes with, among others, Ricky Ross (Deacon Blue) and Francis Macdonald (Teenage Fanclub). 'All My Sins' demonstrates Maeve's natural lyricism and exceptional voice that suggest maturity beyond her 21 years.  

Album of the Month: '...the best album of the year so far.' 5 stars The Music Critic  

 

Carol KiddCarol Kidd - Tell Me Once Again

Tell Me Once Again, the new album by Carol Kidd with guitarist Nigel Clark, is full of magical moments and captures the spine-tingling intimacy they excel at in their live performances. Kidd's vocal melodies are as rich and sensual as velvet and Clark's guitar playing is refined, delicate and impeccable. Each of the songs on this album is captivating and intimate.

'...the duo finds the emotional heart of each song with unerring accuracy...' Jazzwise 

 

Claire MartinClaire Martin - Too Darn Hot!

Claire Martin concentrates on her core jazz-based strengths, delivering pithy, worldly-wise lyrics with warmth and intelligence. From an exciting new arrangement of Something's Coming from Bernstein's West Side Story, to Joni Mitchell's Blue Motel Room, the album mixes jazz standards with new arrangements to create an original showcase for Claire's clever musicality and superb vocals.

'Claire Martin has been a class act for years.' Jazz UK 


 

Judith Owen10 Judith Owen - Happy This Way

'Happy this way' explores Owen's extraordinary talent for mixing Celtic, jazz and contemporary influences, resulting in a memorable and emotional view of her homeland.

'...the kind of wailing folk-jazz voice that slices away surfaces to touch vulnerable emotional nerve endings and leave you quivering.' New York Times