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June: 18 albums you need to hear this month

You've got a lot of listening to do

  • Joe Muggs, Kristan Caryl, Stephen Worthy, Thomas Green, Ralph Moore, Ben Jolley
  • 17 June 2016
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Laura Mvula 'The Dreaming Room' (RCA Records)

Written in her producer’s garden shed rather than the confines of a studio, Laura Mvula sounds confident and free throughout her second album. She enlists Nile Rodgers’ funky basslines on lead single ‘Overcome’, while ‘People’, a collaboration with Wretch 32, is inspired by “the crisis of black identity in the west”. Elsewhere, the hymn-like ‘Show Me Love’ reveals Mvula’s captivating vocal like a peacock showing its feathers before grand instruments add a cinematic touch, and ‘Kiss My Feet’ is a mass of disjointed beats, SBTRKT-like synths and stark lyrics about loss. ‘Nan’, meanwhile, forms a brief but inspirational interlude that paves the way for the gospel-funk closer ‘Phenomenal Woman’.

8/10

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