Newton Faulkner – Write It On Your Skin [Deluxe Edition] (2012)

Brit nominated, acoustic guitar virtuoso Newton Faulkner is set to release his third album ‘Write It On Your Skin’ on July 9th with its first single ‘Clouds’ out on July 1st. Now, after invention, innovation, reinvention and creation, comes his third album, Write It On Your Skin. This one man band (in every sense) has opened himself up to the talents of other writers and players working with his brother Toby (a former drum and bass MC), hip hop fan Sam Farrar (Phantom Planet) and production writing pair Nexus. The result? An album bristling with spontaneity, the best kind of DIY imagination, and songs from unlikely sources but with a very likely-lad appeal.

mp3 VBR~247 kbps | 109 MB | UJ

Donnie Fritts – Prone To Lean (1974)

“Prone To Lean” is Donnie Fritts’ first solo album. Though he is not that well know as a performer, plenty people will know songs he’s written throughout his career. Many Soul and Country artists have performed Fritts’ songs, and he’s been linked to the likes of Kris Kristofferson, Dan Penn and Spooner Oldham. Donnie Fritts was also responsible for a great contribution to the Muscle Shoals Sound.The man himself is not much of a singer, but with songs as good as on this album, really don’t mind too much. This record has a swampy feel to it, and a lot of Funky grooves.Best song is “Sumpin’ Funky Going On”, on which he’s helped out by Tony Joe White. Very nice, very funny. All was recorded at the Muscle Shoals Sound Studios and with help from all the Swampers, including Eddie Hinton and Pete Carr.

mp3 160 kbps | 47 MB | UJ

Eleni Mandell – I Can See the Future (2012)

LA songstress Eleni Mandell has created an impressive body of work over the last decade. Her critically acclaimed solo albums, characterized by her sultry, airy vocals, languid LA noir persona and sophisticated songwriting and arrangements have had critics drawing comparisons to Elvis Costello, PJ Harvey, Feist, Chrissie Hynde, Joni Mitchell, Talking Heads and Television. As a vital member of the LA songwriting scene, she is also a member of indie folk supergroup The Living Sisters  – Eleni and Becky Stark (Lavender Diamond) and Inara George (The Bird and the Bee).So for many fans, it may come as a surprise that Mandell’s eighth solo album, I Can See the Future, set for release July 10, 2012 on Yep Roc Records, is her first official label release. The album’s title comes from a chance visit to a tarot card reader over a decade ago. “She asked, ‘Are you a musician or a poet?’” recalls Mandell. “And she described my music in this incredible way that made a lot of sense to me.” Within a year, critics were doing much the same thing, lauding kudos on Mandell’s 1999 debut, Wishbone. The card reader also told the singer she’d marry at age 32. “Then I asked about having kids… and she had a weird response.”

mp3 320 kbps | 119 MB | UJ | TB

Left Lane Cruiser & James Leg – Painkillers (2012)

Punk blues duo LEFT LANE CRUISER have teamed up in Detroit with JAMES LEG (BLACK DIAMOND HEAVIES keyboardist and howler) for an album of incendiary cover tunes (Junior Kimbrough, Bob Seger, Hound Dog Taylor, Taj Mahal, John Lee Hooker, and more!).They are joined by Jim Diamond on bass, with 66 year old bluesman Harmonica Shah on harp, and the result is just what the doctor ordered, a hard-rocking gritty album to beat the blues!

mp3 320 kbps | 85 MB | UJ | TB