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Blues Round-up: Summer 2015

Album Review

Henry Yates on new releases from Melody Gardot, Delta Deep, John J Presley, Songhoy Blues and Reuben James Richards

Melody Gardot: Currency Of Man

On this, her fourth album, Melody Gardot’s music still has the unique effect of making the listener feel 50 per cent cooler just by association. Slinking along the tightrope between jazz, blues and hip-hop, behind perennial dark glasses, the Philadelphia vocalist delivers each couplet like an exhaled smoke ring and ensures her material is mesmeric without actually, y’know, going anywhere in particular.

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