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Richie Hawtin - From Mind To Yours Album Review

Richie Hawtin - From Mind To Yours Album Review

Is this what it sounds like when the ghosts of your pasts become those of your present? Richie Hawtin needs little introduction in electronic music circles, but having spent much of the last few years...

Review posted on 22nd February 2016

The Leaf Library - Daylight Versions Album Review

The Leaf Library - Daylight Versions Album Review

When it comes to music, being ambiguous is a quality which some artists value but many fans find a confusing luxury. The Leaf Library are a quartet from London who write songs about rural Suffolk...

Review posted on 15th February 2016

Trevor Ransom - Glimpses Album Review

Trevor Ransom - Glimpses Album Review

So the cliché goes, men are visual creatures. Whilst the theory is most often used by people to explain why product A will be more attractive to a male than product B, a more hopeful...

Review posted on 1st February 2016

Ummagma - Frequency Album Review

Ummagma - Frequency Album Review

A couple of years ago Ummagma's Shauna McLarnon and Alexx Kratov ran away. Their flight was not from condemnation, or prejudice, or the mundanity of a civilised existence, but from war in the Ukraine, the...

Review posted on 1st February 2016

Nonkeen - The Gamble Album Review

Nonkeen - The Gamble Album Review

1,000 years ago in what was Northern Europe you would spend the winter covered in pelts, listening to the animals in their pen, sleeping on the ground of your thatched roof house with everyone else....

Review posted on 22nd January 2016

Soulsavers - Kubrick Album Review

Soulsavers - Kubrick Album Review

Best known for their collaborations, Soulsavers - production duo Rich Machin and Ian Glover - creatively peaked almost a decade ago with 2007's It's Not How Far You Fall, It's The Way You Land, a...

Review posted on 22nd January 2016

Borns - Dopamine Album Review

Borns - Dopamine Album Review

Garret Borns - he who is BØRNS - was a professional magician by the age of ten. This alone is a factoid to astonish; after all the trade relies on deceit, sleight-of-hand and good old...

Review posted on 8th January 2016

Various Artists - XL Chapter VI Album Review

Various Artists - XL Chapter VI Album Review

Being cynical, you could make plenty of assumptions about 2015's "Best of" charts featuring returns for the likes of The Prodigy, Leftfield and The Chemical Brothers. All worthy choices they may be (Okay OKAY except...

Review posted on 23rd December 2015

T'Pau - Bridge Of Spies (Re-Issue) Album Review

T'Pau - Bridge Of Spies (Re-Issue) Album Review

Fewer times in twentieth century history have had a more prismatic effect on the beholder than the last few years of the 1980's: now subtlely rewritten by the winners (Media corporations, the cult of celebrity,...

Review posted on 23rd December 2015

Andy Peterson's Top 10 Albums Of 2015

Andy Peterson's Top 10 Albums Of 2015

10. King Midas Sound ft. Fennesz- Edition #1 Kevin Martin (AKA The Bug), poet Roger Robinson and singer Kiki Hitomi joined forces with Viennese avant garde composer Christian Fennesz to chart almost certainly the most...

News posted in Music / Festivals on 22nd December 2015

Soldiers of Fortune - Early Risers Album Review

Soldiers of Fortune - Early Risers Album Review

When is a band not a band? Since when they're Soldiers of Fortune of course. Loosely assembled from members of American leftfield alumni outfits such as Oneida, Endless Boogie and Interpol, the Brooklyn sextet formed...

Review posted on 14th December 2015

The Chills - Silver Bullets Album Review

The Chills - Silver Bullets Album Review

Speaking to the audience at The Brudenell Social club in Leeds in the middle of last year, Chills front man Martin Phillips had more reasons to look both forward and back than most. In the...

Review posted on 16th November 2015

Gary Numan - Replicas, Telekon  And The Pleasure Principle Reissues Album Review

Gary Numan - Replicas, Telekon And The Pleasure Principle Reissues Album Review

Shot on the front of Replicas, Gary Numan look much like the embodiment of Bron Helstrom, the former male prostitute of Samuel R. Delaney's pan-cultural science fiction novel Triton. Hair peroxide blond and clad entirely...

Review posted on 2nd November 2015

Various Artists - Revolution - The Shoegaze Revival Album Review

Various Artists - Revolution - The Shoegaze Revival Album Review

For those of you who aren't fully aware, the Shoegaze of this compilation's title refers to a splinter group of late 80's British indie that, initially inspired by the likes of Spacemen 3 and My...

Review posted on 2nd November 2015

Simbiosi - Elements Album Review

Simbiosi - Elements Album Review

Everything's relative, right? For instance, if we were to tell you that Italian production duo Simbiosi's debut album was a little challenging, we'd need to qualify what we meant by that. And so here goes....

Review posted on 13th October 2015

Jono McCleery - Pagodes Album Review

Jono McCleery - Pagodes Album Review

The last time we heard of Londoner Jono McCleery at Contact Towers, he was taking Maribou State's recent album 'Portraits' to a piquant level of high grain via his turn on 'Say More', the sort...

Review posted on 13th October 2015

Levantis - Romantic Psychology 1 Album Review

Levantis - Romantic Psychology 1 Album Review

We all know how much producers in the electronica world love a good pseudonym, so why spoil the fun? (In this case you can do that yourself with about 3 minutes of internet searching). The...

Review posted on 13th October 2015

Menace Beach - Super Transporterreum EP Review

Menace Beach - Super Transporterreum EP Review

The thing about bubblegum is, it's ace. Does bubblegum take itself too seriously? No. Can you mess it around into all kinds of different shapes, then when you get bored immediately change it again? Of...

Review posted on 2nd October 2015

Neon Indian - Vega Intl. Night School Album Review

Neon Indian - Vega Intl. Night School Album Review

Hipsters may curdle at the insinuation, but one of the most attractive qualities about the briefly prescient Chillwave movement was the thin line it trod between pastiching the superficiality of the 80s musically and on...

Review posted on 1st October 2015

Yppah - Tiny Pause Album Review

Yppah - Tiny Pause Album Review

Yppah (real name Joe Corrales Jr. - put an I before the PP's in his stage name and you've got the pronunciation sorted) makes records that are frequently out of time. Not in terms of...

Review posted on 30th September 2015

King Midas Sound ft. Fennesz - Edition 1 Album Review

King Midas Sound ft. Fennesz - Edition 1 Album Review

So much of music is in diverse ways, so instructive. It's made to be like that: the artist wants you to think a certain way when you listen to the songs, to understand either the...

Review posted on 14th September 2015

Dirty Vegas - Photograph Album Review

Dirty Vegas - Photograph Album Review

For artists who are effectively one hit wonders, there are few career choices when they reach the inevitable crossroads that follows. Take, for example, the truncated career of Gregg Alexander, the man who gave the...

Review posted on 3rd September 2015

Seven Davis Jr - Universes Album Review

Seven Davis Jr - Universes Album Review

Often forgotten, woe betide the music fan who makes the error of underestimating the influence of the cerebral, acid jazzateers of the twentieth century. Whilst the likes of Miles Davis, Sun Ra and Herbie Hancock...

Review posted on 1st September 2015

Silicon - Personal Computer Album Review

Silicon - Personal Computer Album Review

Sifting through a pile of new releases at Contact Towers is mostly fun, but occasionally can become a bit of a drag. By the time the fifth boy/girl combo of the afternoon are on the...

Review posted on 21st August 2015

Maribou State - Portraits Album Review

Maribou State - Portraits Album Review

Maribou State's Chris Davids and Liam Ivory both hail from the Hertfordshire village of Potten End (that's right next to Frithsden, for those of you who need a point of reference) but didn't form a...

Review posted on 7th August 2015

Babymetal - Babymetal Album Review

Babymetal - Babymetal Album Review

Talking about ethnomusicology at Contact Towers one afternoon as we do, we remembered the famous words of Meyer when he spoke about the common, cross cultural threads in different styles of composition: "...different musical languages...

Review posted on 23rd July 2015

Meg Baird - Don't Weigh Down the Light Album Review

Meg Baird - Don't Weigh Down the Light Album Review

Meg Baird has certainly paid her dues, having been lead singer of Philadelphian octet Espers, an alumni of both Sharon Van Etten and the achingly hip Kurt Vile and releasing three solo albums, of which...

Review posted on 23rd July 2015

Leftfield - Alternative Light Source Album Review

Leftfield - Alternative Light Source Album Review

Few artists in the electronic cannon will release a record with the gravitas of 'Leftism', Leftfield's 1995 debut. Arriving in the confused but angry wake of Castlemorton and the man's crackdown on repetitive beats, Neil...

Review posted on 23rd July 2015

The Jacques - Artful Dodger EP Review

The Jacques - Artful Dodger EP Review

Look, we remember 2006 like it was yesterday: frantically checking MySpace every day so you could be the first to have discovered yet another new thing, having the 1965 label promo CD on endless repeat...

Review posted on 13th July 2015

Gengahr - A Dream Outside Album Review

Gengahr - A Dream Outside Album Review

One of 2014's slowest burning and yet most rewarding albums blindsided many of us: London trio Happyness filled their debut albumn'Weird Little Birthday' with references to the slacker chops of Dinosaur Jr. and post-grunge, but...

Review posted on 10th July 2015

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Anna Calvi - All Saints Church, Hove 5.10.2018 Live Review

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