Album: Get the Blessing, Bugs in Amber, (Cake)

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Bristol's jazz-rock iconoclasts sound even more live and dangerous on this follow-up to their award-winning debut, All Is Yes.

Jim Barr's bass riffs and Clive Deamer's drums supply background (and sometimes foreground) to Jake McMurchie's sax and Pete Judge's trumpet. Like Big Air, the horns now take their thrashy/ delicate influences from the Balkans as much as free jazz. As music-for-sitting-down goes, one wimpily feels that a little less crunch might be welcome.

Pick of the album: 'The Word for Moonlight...': less thump, more soul