New music: Mavis Staples, Adam Young and Nonkeen

American soul legend Mavis Staples returns with Livin’ on a High Note, with songs written by music stars including Nick Cave, Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), and Aloe Blacc.

Adam Young’s debut album Elementary Carnival Blues is a triumphant gem of alternative country sounds withy gritty melodies and great storytelling.

After 10 years in the making, German pianist and composer Nils Frahm gets together with his childhood friends in Nonkeen to bring The Gamble, an album of experimental and atmospheric electronic music full of echoing synths, mechanised rhythms, with nods to dub and classical-style overtures.

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