Album: Kairos 4tet, Everything We Hold (Naim)

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Mobo-winning Kairos bid for a broader audience with a third album produced by Jules Buckley (Antony & the Johnsons, Michael Kiwanuka).

Four of the eight tracks are vocals with lyrics by Rupert Friend, sung by Marc O'Reilly, Emilia Martensson, and Brit-souller Omar. It's a clever, sensitive record with Adam Waldmann's sax once again tootling circular grooves, but O'Reilly and Omar can sound off-puttingly portentous.