Van Morrison “Bring it on home to me” – Listen

Not that this going to become a habit – although it very possibly could – but following on from yesterday’s Real News about Van Morrison’s upcoming album Roll with the punches (due out this September) it is a genuine pleasure, nay a privilege, to feature the first track made available from what is Van’s 37th studio album.

Oh, and when Van says “take it one more Jeff”, that would be Jeff Beck getting a name check.  Thought you’d like to know, you’re welcome.

Benjamin Folke Thomas “Sex Addict” – Listen

Following the success of his fourth album “Copenhagen” earlier this year, Scandinavian born Benjamin Folke Thomas is back with a new album for his fans, a live album featuring tracks from his extensive back catalogue. “I wanted to make an honest record, something that reflects my solo live shows in a realistic way, so I decided to record a live album in my living room. I wanted to have the friendliest audience I could think of and my biggest fan is probably myself, no matter what others may think. So I was my own audience. I recorded each handclap, each chuckling laugh, and every excited call for more. It’s all me. Me me me…”  Hear for yourself whether that’s as awesome as it sounds on the track Sex Addict taken from the new record.

The Last Dinosaur “All My Faith” – Listen

Uncut describes The Last Dinosaur’s music as “Elegiac, cathartic, rewarding, and beautifully moving” and 6 Music describes them as “One of the most underrated bands in the country” possibly because when you type their name into Google it brings up a 1977 B-movie about a wealthy big-game hunter who has a multimillion-dollar company which drills for oil under the polar caps with a manned laser drill, and basically it all goes wrong – a man dressed in a dinosaur suit makes an appearance, the precursor to Barney.  Anyway the new single is full of indie-folk loveliness so you should listen to it, and then watch the film.

Danny & the Champions of the World “Let The Water Wash Over You (Don’t You Know)” – Listen

Danny & the Champs’ new album “Brilliant Light” is out now although as usual we got our copy rather late in the day (always the bridesmaid…) so our review will be up shortly, but for now, listen to this delightful slice of Springsteen-esque americana rock which Mojo described as a “brooding, psychedelic triumph!”

Juanita Stein “I’ll Cry” – Listen

I’ll Cry is the latest single to be taken from “America”, the debut solo album by Brighton based Juanita Stein, available on the Nude label from the 28th July. Already well known as the singer-songwriter with Howling Bells, Juanita recorded the album with Gus Seyffert (Beck, Ryan Adams) in Los Angeles. She hits the UK for dates shortly which you can check out here.

Hans Chew “Give Up the Ghost” – Listen

Hans Chew has travelled a long way from Tennessee to Georgia to New Orleans to East Harlem, and sang many songs along his journey. But what happens when a ramblin’ man stops moving? Find out when Chewy releases his fourth studio album “Open Sea” later in the year on At The Helm Records, or catch him around the UK on tour in July. In the meantime, here’s the new single “Give Up the Ghost” a nice slice of piano based americana.