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Jay Daniel - Broken Knowz Album Review

Jay Daniel - Broken Knowz Album Review

It takes some front to refer to the Detroit house scene dismissively as "Kinda wack", especially when well, you're an on-the-rise house DJ from.. Detroit. Such is the reputation that Jay Daniel has built up...

Review posted on 18th November 2016

Romare - Love Songs: Part Two Album Review

Romare - Love Songs: Part Two Album Review

We have two things to thank Archie Fairhurst (AKA Romare) for: the first was making us aware of his artistic inspiration and namesake, the inspirational African-American artist Romare Bearden and the second was for his...

Review posted on 18th November 2016

Faith No More - We Care A Lot Album Review

Faith No More - We Care A Lot Album Review

They may have come up with one of the greatest band names of all time, but for the various members of Faith No More this choice constitutes one of the few things done right in...

Review posted on 21st October 2016

MachineDrum - Human Energy Album Review

MachineDrum - Human Energy Album Review

As one of electronic music's most prolific producers - under various guises issuing circa thirty releases over the last fifteen years - the only inevitability about North Carolinian Travis Stewart's work is that some more...

Review posted on 4th October 2016

The Chills - Kaleidoscope World Album Review

The Chills - Kaleidoscope World Album Review

A few months ago we took a trip out of Contact Towers to the big city (Which to us is Leeds, by the way), the purpose of which being to take in The Chills playing...

Review posted on 20th September 2016

Bert Jansch - From The Outside Album Review

Bert Jansch - From The Outside Album Review

A couple of very different sounding songs, both called Shout, were released during 1985. One of them was by Tears For Fears, being the lead single from their second album Songs From The Big Chair,...

Review posted on 30th August 2016

Shura - Nothing's Real Album Review

Shura - Nothing's Real Album Review

Shura's back story is one of the most precisely 21st century ones you have to look twice at it: child of a Russian mother and English father, she began writing songs at an early age...

Review posted on 24th August 2016

Jon Hopkins - Opalescent Album Review

Jon Hopkins - Opalescent Album Review

It's hard with the benefit of plenty of hindsight to perceive the early noughties as anything but a musical wasteland, an almost perma-nightmare inhabited by Nu-metal, Blink 182 and nerdy post-interesting guff from the likes...

Review posted on 24th August 2016

Let's Eat Grandma - I, Gemini Album Review

Let's Eat Grandma - I, Gemini Album Review

You guess that 17 year olds Rosa Walton and Jenny Hollingworth called themselves Let's Eat Grandma as some kind of obscure teenage in-joke, but in the flesh the pair - who come across as the...

Review posted on 11th August 2016

Ladyhawke - Wild Things Album Review

Ladyhawke - Wild Things Album Review

Sales of Pip Brown's eponymous début as Ladyhawke weren't life changing, but sufficient for her to continue with the vehicle after starting out in her Wellington home with Two Lane Blacktop and then working with...

Review posted on 29th July 2016

Hieroglyphic Being - The Disco's Of Imhotep Album Review

Hieroglyphic Being - The Disco's Of Imhotep Album Review

It's a long time forgotten now, but one of Acid House's original labels was "The Second Summer of Love", a slightly misappropriated riff on the original Hippie movement's declaration of war on the staid and...

Review posted on 18th July 2016

Sarathy Korwar - Day To Day Album Review

Sarathy Korwar - Day To Day Album Review

It might all sound a bit Professor Brian Cox, but it's hard to escape the conclusion that music and musicians are being drawn to its increasingly heterogeneous middle, or catapulted by some dark creative matter...

Review posted on 18th July 2016

Marissa Nadler - Strangers Album Review

Marissa Nadler - Strangers Album Review

There's something indescribably fascinating about staring through a window, a voyeurism that fills a need deep down in many people's souls. Marissa Nadler confesses to being something of a home bird, spending much of her...

Review posted on 18th July 2016

DJ Shadow - The Mountain Will Fall Album Review

DJ Shadow - The Mountain Will Fall Album Review

The twenty years that have elapsed since Josh Davis released his début Entroducing make for neat symmetry when considering The Mountain Will Fall, but little else. Widely acknowledged as one of the most influential hip-hop...

Review posted on 18th July 2016

The Invisible - Patience Album Review

The Invisible - Patience Album Review

Like many other musical byways, dance music tends to have a pervasive, almost fetishistic, obsession with its own past. Nailing down the reasons why is as difficult - and futile - as with most attempts...

Review posted on 20th June 2016

Róisín Murphy - Take Her Up To Monto Album Review

Róisín Murphy - Take Her Up To Monto Album Review

It's safe to say that Róisín Murphy's given the odd record company exec a sleepless night or two. The woman who got her start in the music industry as the public half of Moloko after...

Review posted on 20th June 2016

Classixx - Faraway Reach Album Review

Classixx - Faraway Reach Album Review

LA production duo Michael David and Tyler Blake's début album as Classixx, 2013's Hanging Gardens, nestled comfortably between the tramlines of Vapour/Chill wave (Delete to taste): long on Miami Vice era 80's retro to just...

Review posted on 8th June 2016

Tourist - U Album Review

Tourist - U Album Review

Break ups are pretty much the Lingua Franca of pop music: from Amy Winehouse to Sinead O' Connor, few things are more guaranteed to connect with an audience than spilling all the gory details about...

Review posted on 3rd June 2016

The Boxer Rebellion - Ocean By Ocean Album Review

The Boxer Rebellion - Ocean By Ocean Album Review

Trailblazers of the modern music industry paradigms for more than a decade - unsigned, self releasing, independently touring - The Boxer Rebellion have managed to beat the odds and become a cult band in the...

Review posted on 11th May 2016

John Carpenter - Lost Themes II Album Review

John Carpenter - Lost Themes II Album Review

Always something of a cult figure, film director John Carpenter's impact is frequently underestimated. One of the pivotal figures in transforming the horror genre from its Gothic high camp of the early 1970's to the...

Review posted on 3rd May 2016

Max Graef - The Yard Work Simulator Album Review

Max Graef - The Yard Work Simulator Album Review

Here at Contact Towers it's rare that someone isn't reading one of Simon Reynolds books and at the moment we're getting stuck into Retromania, his take on why as a society we're becoming increasingly...

Review posted on 3rd May 2016

Tim Hecker - Love Streams Album Review

Tim Hecker - Love Streams Album Review

There's always a feeling of mild suspicion at Contact Towers when a press release appears to be trying too hard to intrigue the reader - and the scat which accompanies Love Streams is from one...

Review posted on 30th March 2016

Ash Koosha - I AKA I Album Review

Ash Koosha - I AKA I Album Review

At the beginning of the award winning docu-drama No One Knows About Persian Cats the titles read "In Iran there are laws against blasphemy, free speech - and rock and roll". It's the story of...

Review posted on 29th March 2016

Department M - Deep Control Album Review

Department M - Deep Control Album Review

There's been an at times heated debate about the point at which a song ceases to be the writer's property and becomes instead the shared possession of those who hear it (As opposed to the...

Review posted on 29th March 2016

Vessels - Dilate [Special Edition] Album Review

Vessels - Dilate [Special Edition] Album Review

Vessels third album, Dilate marked a sea change for the Leeds band, being the conclusion of the quintet's journey from melodic/discordant post rock (As per their 2008 début White Fields And Open Devices) and the...

Review posted on 14th March 2016

Animal Collective - Painting With Album Review

Animal Collective - Painting With Album Review

Early in 2009 we were in love again. Not thank god with the Klub Footed swagger of indie landfill Britain, but once more smitten were we with dandys from across the Atlantic: we grooved especially...

Review posted on 11th March 2016

Wild Nothing - Life Of Pause Album Review

Wild Nothing - Life Of Pause Album Review

Whatever the handle, be it called dream pop or chillwave, recent fascination with the apparently disposable culture of the late twentieth century has known few boundaries since it emerged towards the end of this millennium's...

Review posted on 11th March 2016

Tiga - No Fantasy Required Album Review

Tiga - No Fantasy Required Album Review

Upon the Contact towers whiteboard, Montreal born Tiga (That's pronounced Tigger, not Tiger by the way) has his name underlined and a big arrow in pen pointing towards a balloon with the words "Difficult transition"...

Review posted on 1st March 2016

Throwing Shade - House Of Silk Album Review

Throwing Shade - House Of Silk Album Review

Given that Hashtag IRL, House of Silk's opening track here is a discourse on the pervasive cultural enervation that is social media, at Contact Towers naturally the first thing we did was look it up...

Review posted on 24th February 2016

NK*AK - Dollar Album Review

NK*AK - Dollar Album Review

NK*AK is the current alias of Newcastle-based producer Andrew Scott, a man who's spent the last six years releasing music under this and various other guises. Following on from 2015's Laid EP, Dollar is another...

Review posted on 23rd February 2016

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Anna Calvi - All Saints Church, Hove 5.10.2018 Live Review

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