Vega may be a class act to follow, but veteran performer JOHN MARTYN is up to the challenge on And (Go! Discs). There are times when the vocals are so laid back they become a continuous stream of sounds (on ‘She’s A Lover’ he actually whispers “I’m too lazy to sing/Too crazy to cry”), but don’t let that put you off because this is honey music for happy people, even if the lyrics do still have a bite in them. With help from sax man Jerry Underwood and Phil Collins on drums, Martyn builds a kind of relaxed jazz/ funk sound that is perfect for summer days. Hey, there’s even a sample from Marvin Gaye’s ‘1 Want You’ — this man has taste.

1 September 1996