Author: Alister Roberts

Chilly Gonzales And Boys Noize - Octave Minds Album Review

Chilly Gonzales And Boys Noize - Octave Minds Album Review

Chilly Gonzalez, a Canadian-Jewish born, now Germany-based musical mastermind of future positions unknown is most notably known for his eloquent compositions, as well as frequent piano chart mash-ups. Coupled with German born electro God Boys...

Review posted on 8th October 2014

Milky Chance - Sadnecessary Album Review

Milky Chance - Sadnecessary Album Review

Beginning their career as a school jazz duo, Clemens and Phillipp have over the years evolved in such a way as to create the ever present pillow-beat, dance-pop vibes on 'Sadnecessary'. Although this 11 track...

Review posted on 8th October 2014

Leeds Festival 2014 - Live Review

Leeds Festival 2014 - Live Review

It came, It went, It conquered as per. Leeds Festival 2014 was a real pinnacle for this year's UK live music, cramming it's masses into the colossus fields of Bramham Park, this year's Leeds Festival...

Review posted on 28th August 2014

Leeds Festival 2014 - Preview

Leeds Festival 2014 - Preview

Here we go, here we go! Leeds festival 2014, yet only half of us have scored a return ticket from the headaches and hangovers of last year's epic line-up. Each and every year, thousands of...

Review posted on 18th August 2014

Acollective - Pangaea Album Review

Acollective - Pangaea Album Review

A seven piece Israeli indie setup who had only one release under their belt before they headed off on a world tour is rather impressive indeed. Perhaps even a phenomenon, a spectacle of the bizarre,...

Review posted on 7th August 2014

Taylor McFerrin - Early Riser EP Review

Taylor McFerrin - Early Riser EP Review

Taylor McFerrin is the son of the great Bobby McFerrin - and my oh my has he done daddy proud. His latest album, 'Early Riser', rises from the ashes of his 2011 EP 'Place In...

Review posted on 7th August 2014

Kaiser Chiefs - The Great Escape Festival 2014 Live Review

Kaiser Chiefs - The Great Escape Festival 2014 Live Review

Kaiser Chiefs exploded onto the stage in Brighton last Friday as fiery and energetic as ever. This time, however, with what seemed to be a little vengeance on their sleeve. Challenged by a 1pm stage-time,...

Review posted on 12th May 2014

Scala And Kolacny Brothers - December Album Review

Scala And Kolacny Brothers - December Album Review

Amidst a wealth of upbeat, cheesy Christmas songs that plague the ears of the nation throughout December (earlier and earlier every year), with this second UK album release Scala & Kolacny Brothers present a darker...

Review posted on 30th January 2013

Jools Holland & his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra - The Golden Age Of Song Album Review

Jools Holland & his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra - The Golden Age Of Song Album Review

Ahead of his annual New Year's Hootenanny, ivory tinkling bandleader and TV presenter Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra return with a star studded cast of guests on The Golden Age Of Song,...

Review posted on 2nd January 2013

Everything Everything - Arc Album Review

Everything Everything - Arc Album Review

There's not the slightest linger of second album syndrome for Arc, Everything Everything's second full length offering; instead, it's a similarly eclectic yet more mature offering during which the band appeal to dancing feet with...

Review posted on 2nd January 2013

Benjamin Gibbard - Former Lives Album review

Benjamin Gibbard - Former Lives Album review

Former Lives is Death Cab For Cutie front man Ben Gibbard's solo debut. The dozen tracks that grace the album take us, in a similar yet slightly chirpier vein to his band work, on a...

Review posted on 8th November 2012

The Lumineers - The Lumineers Album Review

The Lumineers - The Lumineers Album Review

The band behind the catchy beauty of a song on the current E.On Energy advert, Denver based folk trio The Lumineers' self-titled debut is a perfectly formed collection of rustic folk type songs, slotting in...

Review posted on 6th November 2012

Various Artists - Late Night Tales: Metronomy Compilation - Album Review

Various Artists - Late Night Tales: Metronomy Compilation - Album Review

Following in the footsteps of the likes of Belle & Sebastian, The Cinematic Orchestra and Four Tet, Metronomy take the curatorial baton for this Late Night Tales compilation/DJ set. Through the tracklist of their self-curated...

Review posted on 30th October 2012

The Cast Of Cheers - Family

The Cast Of Cheers - Family

Family is awfully-named Irish quartet The Cast Of Cheers' first proper album. See past the name, though, and fine purveyors of catchy, well-produced, semi-math rock they are; a little tendency towards being a Foals clone,...

Review posted on 21st August 2012

Micachu - Never

Micachu - Never

Micachu & The Shapes can always be relied upon for attempting to communicate in a unique and barely comprehensible language; listening to which is most certainly an acquired taste. This offering, their third full-length offering...

Review posted on 20th August 2012

Duke Special - Oh Pioneer

Duke Special - Oh Pioneer

With songwriting so superb and outreaching and music so diverse yet entrancing, Oh Pioneer, Duke Special's tenth album is a real, richly flavoured treat for many a musical palate.Oh Pioneer's opening track 'Stargazers Of The...

Review posted on 16th August 2012

Race Horses - Furniture

Race Horses - Furniture

It's unusual for a synth-heavy psychedelic pop act to come out of Wales, but this offering unfortunately shows us why; it lacks conviction and identity and instead Race Horses seem to have their fingers in...

Review posted on 16th August 2012

Karima Francis - The Remedy

Karima Francis - The Remedy

The Remedy is a brave and emotionally loaded comeback album from Karima Francis following her much-hyped 2009 debut The Author. Despite its' raw honesty, its' conviction and, at times, it's' pure beauty, however, The Remedy...

Review posted on 15th August 2012

Team Me - To The Treetops

Team Me - To The Treetops

This, the debut album from Norwegian eclectic multi-instrumentalist collective, kicks off with 'Riding My Bicycle (From Ragnvaldsbekken To Sorkedalen) which opens with a melody dualled between the glimmering precision of piano and a nasal hummed...

Review posted on 13th March 2012

Sound Of Arrows - Voyage

Sound Of Arrows - Voyage

Opening with an ambitious big synth intro that, at least in terms of powerful melody and synth-focus, nods to Vangelis, Swedish electronic music duo The Sound Of Arrows aim high right from the off with...

Review posted on 30th January 2012

Francois And The Atlas Mountains - E Volo Love

Francois And The Atlas Mountains - E Volo Love

'Les Plus Beaux' opens the album with a steady paced almost country type feel with French vocals accompanied by intertwined picked electric guitars underpinned by gentle rumbling percussion and eventually bass guitar and hints of...

Review posted on 30th January 2012

Various Artists - Manchester Music For Kosovo

Various Artists - Manchester Music For Kosovo

There's no disputing the musical brilliance that Manchester has born unto the world; The Smiths, Oasis, Joy Division, the list of its' icons could go on and on. This compilation showcases some of the damn...

Review posted on 23rd January 2012

Loney Dear - Hall Music

Loney Dear - Hall Music

'Name' opens Hall Music in a beautiful gentle delicacy that oozes with the lushness of Sigur Ros fused with the sensitive folk melodies of the likes of Bon Iver; goose bumps. In this opening track...

Review posted on 23rd January 2012

Django Django - Django Django

Django Django - Django Django

The two minute opening track to Django Django's debut self-titled album sets the Django Django scene without hesitation through a blend of layered synths and electronic loops, one of which, beneath the lot, sounds strangely...

Review posted on 23rd January 2012

Black Keys - El Camino

Black Keys - El Camino

Since forming in 2001, American duo The Black Keys have achieved relative success on both sides of the Atlantic with their superior, lively, blues meets psychedelic rock blend; they were definitely the band that taught...

Review posted on 3rd January 2012

Empirical - Elements Of Truth

Empirical - Elements Of Truth

'Gathering knowledge through observation and experimentation', the dictionary definition of Empirical, is central to the bands' musical blend; they're a jazz collective right on the forefront of innovation and the resulting third full length album...

Review posted on 19th December 2011

Kelly Rowland - Here I Am

Kelly Rowland - Here I Am

When one of your former band mates is Beyonce, you're going to be pretty hard pushed to have a more successful solo career. Kelly Rowland, one of the founding members of Destiny's Child, had...

Review posted on 19th December 2011

Tribes - Baby

Tribes - Baby

There's something of a nineties Britpop feel to Tribes' blend and that's absolutely no criticism; they a strong, guitar based indie band with a troop of melodic tunes that frankly just hit the spot. Following...

Review posted on 19th December 2011

Kylie Minogue - Aphrodite Les Folies (Live In London)

Kylie Minogue - Aphrodite Les Folies (Live In London)

It's probably fair to say that the longer an artist is in the music business, the higher expectations become, especially when it comes to live performance. So, recorded over two nights at London's 20,000 capacity...

Review posted on 13th December 2011

Smith & Burrows - Funny Looking Angels

Smith & Burrows - Funny Looking Angels

Miniature super group (well, duo) do a Christmas album - quite frankly this could potentially be an absolute career nose dive but for Smith & Burrows, this is pretty much the opposite; a real gem....

Review posted on 13th December 2011

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Happy Mean Girls Day: 10 Movie Quotes You Can Use In Everyday Life

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The Distillers Release First New Music In 15 Years

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