Reviewed this week: DFF, Pouric Songs. Jennifer Nettles, That Girl. Mick Flannery, By The Rule. Sam Smith, In The Lonely Hour. Nick Mulvey, First Mind. Embrace, Embrace.

4th May, 2014

DFF, Pouric Songs, (Frisbee Records)

The nimble guitar skills of Congolese native Niwel Tsumbu are the undoubted star of the show on this debut album of African-tinged folk-pop by Dublin outfit DFF. Quicksilver and endlessly inventive, Tsumbu's playing calls to mind the similarly blinding work on King Sunny Ade and the African Beats's 1982 classic Juju Music (a record which, frankly, everyone in the world ought to own). Some of the songs, however, feel like...

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