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Stone cold talent

Cazz Blase listens to Valerie June's debut studio album, Pushin' Against a Stone and finds a maturity and ease of style that suggests longevity ...

Song of the day: Gwen Avery – Sugar Mama

A joyous bluesey lovesong from the 1977 Lesbian Concentrate album on Olivia Records, a music collective founded in 1973 to record and market women's music. Unfortunately, it didn't lead to more exposure on the label for singer Gwen Avery... ...

Dawn of a new talent

Melissa James's debut album Day Dawns moves through a diverse range of styles, including jazz, blues, torch singing and country. Helen G finds an understated gem from a singer with a voice able to carry all this off with assurance and maturity ...