KULA Shaker are back - in fact they have been back for some time now, but have cleverly kept their profile low and not trumpeted their reunion as a momentous comeback. Instead, they've been steadily putting together an album and playing small venues across the country since late 2005. I saw them at Kings Cross Scala last summer and I am happy to report that they remain one of the finest live bands I've seen. At first it felt a little nostalgic - they had been away for a while after all, but as they introduced some new tracks, I think a lot of people soon realised they were back as that fun, but artistic force we'd loved before. I recently spoke to lead singer Crispian Mills about their return and he began by telling me about their new album, Strangefolk.