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Romare - Projections Album Review

Romare - Projections Album Review

There are times when you could hear an album blindfolded and then go, "Ninja Tune, that" in response to the "On which label has this been released?" question. 'Projections' is one of those releases. Archie...

Review posted on 27th January 2015

The Acid - Liminal Album Review

The Acid - Liminal Album Review

In certain circles, it's become almost as much about the space that occurs within your music, the dark matter that lurks in between the notes, as it is in the beats, words, harmonies and tone...

Review posted on 27th January 2015

Rae Morris - Unguarded Album Review

Rae Morris - Unguarded Album Review

Perhaps one of the most surprising features of 2014 musically was a resurgence in domestic artists amongst the UK's best sellers, a charge led by the likes of Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith which saw...

Review posted on 14th January 2015

Menace Beach - Ratworld Album Review

Menace Beach - Ratworld Album Review

A close inspection of the departure boards of Leeds airport reveals that flights to America are hard to come by: the only destination served is New York, and even then infrequently compared to some of...

Review posted on 13th January 2015

The Czars - The Best Of Album Review

The Czars - The Best Of Album Review

March 3rd, 2014. Performing on the David Letterman show in New York, relatively unknown quartet Future Islands deliver their new release 'Seasons (Waiting On You)'. Some aspects of the display are remarkable: lead...

Review posted on 22nd December 2014

Stars - No One Is Lost Album Review

Stars - No One Is Lost Album Review

Stars' career has been one in which life has imitated art to an almost painful degree: whereas their music has often been critically acclaimed ever since the 2001 release of their début 'Nightsongs', the lot...

Review posted on 22nd December 2014

Diplo - Florida (10th Anniversary Edition) Album Review

Diplo - Florida (10th Anniversary Edition) Album Review

As reviewers are known to do, let's get it out there that Thomas Wesley Prentz's adopted tag is apparently short for Diplodicus; the lumbering 8 ton vegetarian dinosaur who got by with a brain the...

Review posted on 22nd December 2014

Perfume Genius - Too Bright Album Review

Perfume Genius - Too Bright Album Review

Ever since the release of his debut LP 'Learning' back in 2010, Seattle's Perfume Genius has attracted increasing attention both publicly and critically. His piano led ballads, for which he has become synonymous, lay bare...

Review posted on 19th December 2014

Whinnie Williams - Bad Girl EP Review

Whinnie Williams - Bad Girl EP Review

These days, to get ahead in the dog-eat-dog world of entertainment you need to be an all-rounder. Whinnie (real name Jade) Williams has to her credit realised this and as a result has been collaborating...

Review posted on 10th December 2014

Minus The Bear - Lost Loves Album Review

Minus The Bear - Lost Loves Album Review

Getting excited about indie pop albums these days isn't exactly easy to do, so when Seattle five-piece Minus The Bear (the daft name has a kinda rude derivation - look it up) announced they were...

Review posted on 4th December 2014

The Juan Maclean - In A Dream Album Review

The Juan Maclean - In A Dream Album Review

No matter how good LCD Soundsystem were - and they were good, weren't they? - there was still always a hipster whiff around James Murphy and his various projects, leaving you with the sensation that...

Review posted on 1st December 2014

Röyksopp - The Inevitable End Album Review

Röyksopp - The Inevitable End Album Review

Whether or not Royksopp's fifth studio album actually is the duo's last remains to be seen, but if 'The Inevitable End' marks a clean break with the past for Torbjørn Brundtland and Svein Berge, few...

Review posted on 1st December 2014

Bonobo - Flashlight EP Review

Bonobo - Flashlight EP Review

We much prefer Bonobo's stage name to his real one (Simon Green - all a bit call centre manager, really), but otherwise there's always been lots and lots to love about his work, particularly in...

Review posted on 24th November 2014

FaltyDL - ///I\II\\\\ EP Review

FaltyDL - ///I\II\\\\ EP Review

Never one to rest on his laurels, or let his energies be particularly side tracked, Drew Lustman follows up his fourth album 'In The Wild' with an EP that takes the moderately avant garde pretexts...

Review posted on 24th November 2014

Gorgon City - Sirens Album Review

Gorgon City - Sirens Album Review

It feels like a lifetime since the Gorgons rocked our world with 'Ready For Your Love', the collaboration with MNEK that continued our re-emerging love affair with the skeletal, bomping house of the early 90s....

Review posted on 14th November 2014

Lamb - Backspace Unwind Album Review

Lamb - Backspace Unwind Album Review

A duo originally from Manchester consisting of Andy Barlow and singer Lou Rhodes, Lamb's defining moment arguably came in 1996 with 'Górecki', the fourth single from their self-titled début album. Operating in a trip-hop niche...

Review posted on 11th November 2014

The Twilight Sad - Nobody Wants To Be Here And Nobody Wants To Leave Album Review

The Twilight Sad - Nobody Wants To Be Here And Nobody Wants To Leave Album Review

For a band whose fourth album is such a majestic, enveloping journey, the Twilight Sad's singer James Alexander Graham had a less than prosaic way of describing it, admitting that while he doesn't feel it...

Review posted on 6th November 2014

Kindness - Otherness Album Review

Kindness - Otherness Album Review

The word elegance is one that's becoming increasingly close to being forgotten, an idea condemned to a bygone age, one in which it's applied only to Sophia Lauren, Audrey Hepburn or Cary Grant. And yet...

Review posted on 4th November 2014

Porter Robinson - Worlds Album Review

Porter Robinson - Worlds Album Review

It's so rare these days that it's almost unheard of: an album that lands straight between the crosshairs of your expectations. Getting what you think you're going to get feels, after all, a little boring....

Review posted on 4th November 2014

Late Night Tales - Presents Automatic Soul [Compiled, re-edited and mixed by Tom Findlay (Groove Armada)] Album Review

Late Night Tales - Presents Automatic Soul [Compiled, re-edited and mixed by Tom Findlay (Groove Armada)] Album Review

The eighties are an oddly venerated decade, one which started in Britain with post-punk and the New Romantic movement and ended in the lysergic chaos of acid house. In the provinces though most of the...

Review posted on 15th October 2014

Marconi Union - Weightless Album Review

Marconi Union - Weightless Album Review

It probably seemed like a really good idea at the time, but Marconi Union's decision to go along with having their composition 'Weightless' being voted as "The Most Relaxing Song Of All Time" in 2011...

Review posted on 2nd October 2014

The New Pornographers - Brill Bruisers Album Review

The New Pornographers - Brill Bruisers Album Review

"I never met the old ones" goes the (pretty rubbish) joke that references the The New Pornographers' slightly Puckish choice of name. They're in fact the opposite of what you might perceive from the handle:...

Review posted on 1st October 2014

Wire - Document And Eyewitness - 1979-1980 Album Review

Wire - Document And Eyewitness - 1979-1980 Album Review

Formed in the outer metropolitan backwater of Watford in 1977, Wire are one of those bands of which you've maybe never heard of but have helped shape much of what's been defined as "British" music...

Review posted on 29th September 2014

Zero 7 - Simple Science EP Review

Zero 7 - Simple Science EP Review

At Contact Towers, we're aware that there have been Kings of England, Kings of Comedy and even Kings of Convenience. But if ever there was a title bestowed for Kings of Chillout, it would certainly...

Review posted on 17th September 2014

Big Country - Steeltown: 30th Anniversary Edition Album Review

Big Country - Steeltown: 30th Anniversary Edition Album Review

When it comes to suicide, no tragedy has an order of magnitude greater than any other: Stuart Adamson's body was found in a Hawaiian hotel room in late 2001 and a family lost a father,...

Review posted on 9th September 2014

Broken Records - Weights and Pulleys Album Review

Broken Records - Weights and Pulleys Album Review

There can't be many worse put downs than being described as 'Indie folk', but Scottish five piece Broken Records appear to have shrugged it off, sticks and stones and all that. Their third album 'Weights...

Review posted on 9th September 2014

The Melodic - Effra Parade Album Review

The Melodic - Effra Parade Album Review

In Rob Young's fascinating encyclopedic book on British folk music 'Electric Eden', the author evocatively describes the music of the classical protagonists - Kate Bush, Nick Drake et al - as "Yearning for an intense...

Review posted on 4th September 2014

Rodrigo Y Gabriela - 9 Dead Alive Album Review

Rodrigo Y Gabriela - 9 Dead Alive Album Review

It's perhaps no surprise that in reviewing '9 Dead Alive', Ultimate Guitar Archive gives the Mexican duo Rodrigo Sanchez and Gabriel Quintero's first release in five years a glowing 9.7 out of 10. This is...

Review posted on 4th September 2014

Various Artists - Kitsune America 3 Album Review

Various Artists - Kitsune America 3 Album Review

Given their heritage, it would be easy to assume that Gallic fashion house Kitsuné would be "Into" the sort of soul-sucking EDM you'd associate with catwalks: via this series and, more frequently, its Europhile sister...

Review posted on 4th September 2014

FaltyDL - In The Wild Album Review

FaltyDL - In The Wild Album Review

Electronic music's restlessness has a duality which entices and frustrates both its fans and otherwise. No sooner have non afficiandoes, for instance, got dubstep nailed as a sound they can readily identify than it's deliberately...

Review posted on 4th September 2014

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Anna Calvi - All Saints Church, Hove 5.10.2018 Live Review

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