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Mr. Scruff - Friendly Bacteria Album Review

Mr. Scruff - Friendly Bacteria Album Review

Super, mega-blaster, cliché review spoiler alert and blatant factoid: five years is a long time in anything let alone music, the art form that has all the memory span of... 'Friendly Bacteria'. Perhaps Stockport based...

Review posted on 24th June 2014

The Beaches - Heights EP Review

The Beaches - Heights EP Review

It seems that for forever there's been a Shirley Manson shaped hole in the collage that is modern music. OK, we know that she and Garbage returned a few years ago, but that wasn't to...

Review posted on 19th May 2014

Fink - Fink Meets The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Live Album Review

Fink - Fink Meets The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Live Album Review

It's a well-known fact that artist/orchestra collaborations have about a fifty-fifty shot at success; too often the former can't resist the temptation of over-elaboration offered by the latter. For Fink - AKA Fin Greenall -...

Review posted on 19th May 2014

Lucius - Wildewoman Album Review

Lucius - Wildewoman Album Review

Lucius are a Brooklyn five-piece with a prosaic take on updated sixties pop and a strong sense of female emancipation. So joined at the vocal cords are lead singers Jesse Wolf and Holly Laessig that...

Review posted on 14th April 2014

Teebs - E s t a r a Album Review

Teebs - E s t a r a Album Review

Teebs - or Mtendre Mandowa to give him his arguably more evocative real name - is a Los Angeles resident and affiliate of the city's prescient Brainfeeder collective; a posse of unorthodox beat makers steadily...

Review posted on 26th March 2014

Illum Sphere - Ghosts of Then And Now Album Review

Illum Sphere - Ghosts of Then And Now Album Review

Readers won't be surprised to learn that Illum Sphere is not the artist's real name (it's actually Ryan Hunn), but this odd choice of handle - even by electronic music standards - hasn't affected his...

Review posted on 26th March 2014

Boardwalk - Self Titled Album Review

Boardwalk - Self Titled Album Review

There's that really funny scene in 'When Harry Met Sally'; you know, the one where the two of them are sitting in a café somewhere and Meg Ryan starts to fake an orgasm in response...

Review posted on 18th February 2014

Kosheen - Solitude Album Review

Kosheen - Solitude Album Review

There is an old saying about striking whilst the iron is hot; perhaps its derivation is too archaic for it to have too much gravitas in the 21st century music world, but if we were...

Review posted on 10th February 2014

SCNTST - Self Therapy Album Review

SCNTST - Self Therapy Album Review

It's hard to think of techno as something of a musical old lady but, with roots in mid-eighties Detroit and precedents as far back as early Kraftwerk, it's certainly a genre which once in a...

Review posted on 14th January 2014

Haim - Leeds Met University, December 2013 Live Review

Haim - Leeds Met University, December 2013 Live Review

Where do all the girls of Leeds go on a Friday night, the ones who are too naughty to go to choir, but too nice to be riding in cars with boys? Answer - they're...

Review posted on 12th December 2013

Morcheeba - Head Up High Album Review

Morcheeba - Head Up High Album Review

Back in 2008, Morcheeba's fifth album 'Dive Deep' was clearly the product of a band looking for something, a shot of Mojo to re-energise their music and save them drifting into irrelevance. Stuck in a...

Review posted on 12th December 2013

The Chills - Somewhere Beautiful Album Review

The Chills - Somewhere Beautiful Album Review

You may not be that familiar with The Chills if you were born after the final episode of 'The Word', so in an attempt to add some context, here goes. Formed in 1980 in Dunedin,...

Review posted on 12th December 2013

Gaz Coombes - Holy Trinity Church, Leeds 20th November 2013 Live Review

Gaz Coombes - Holy Trinity Church, Leeds 20th November 2013 Live Review

"It was a really weird split", said my friend. "They don't hate each other, they just felt that no-one cared any more".The band in question were Supergrass, the Oxford trio who landed smack bang on...

Review posted on 25th November 2013

London Grammar - The Cockpit Leeds October 24th 2013 Live Review

London Grammar - The Cockpit Leeds October 24th 2013 Live Review

I was searching for a word, something to give a little more meaning to London Grammar's music. On the one hand, it seems obvious to focus on their approach to song writing, a process during...

Review posted on 28th October 2013

Husky Rescue - The Long Lost Friend Album Review

Husky Rescue - The Long Lost Friend Album Review

So who decides exactly what's classed as strange these days anyway? Is it true that the omnipresence of music in every part of our lives has widened our exposure but at the same time...

Review posted on 14th October 2013

Daniel Avery - Drone Logic Album Review

Daniel Avery - Drone Logic Album Review

There's a thing about paying your dues or just hitting the scene like a cartwheeling act of God: In Daniel Avery's case it feels like he's done the latter, but those with a little more...

Review posted on 8th October 2013

Nancy Elizabeth - Dancing Album Review

Nancy Elizabeth - Dancing Album Review

Nancy Elizabeth certainly seems like an artist who prefers not to be rushed. Hot on the heels - that is, if you believe a four year gestation period is a riskily brief one - of...

Review posted on 23rd August 2013

Robert Delong - Just Movement Album Review

Robert Delong - Just Movement Album Review

Robert Delong's various online biographies make much of his development from adolescent drummer into an indie rock sticks-for-hire; some of the evidence, however, suggests his recent shift from worthy to worldly was less a leap...

Review posted on 21st August 2013

Steve Martin and Edie Brickell - Love Has Come For You Album Review

Steve Martin and Edie Brickell - Love Has Come For You Album Review

We learn something new every day; in researching the background story behind Love Has Come For You, I found out that the artist Steve Martin who's partially responsible is in fact the Steve Martin -...

Review posted on 8th August 2013

Disclosure - Settle Album Review

Disclosure - Settle Album Review

It's easy to say what the Lawrences/Disclosure aren't: Saviours of British dance music? Nah. Innovators (said snidey style)? That's a negative. Charismatic divas with star complexes the size of Saturn? That'll be a no.Too much...

Review posted on 29th July 2013

DJ Muggs - Bass For Your Face Album Review

DJ Muggs - Bass For Your Face Album Review

Little did he probably expect it at the time, but as part of Cypress Hill, DJ Muggs was almost certainly responsible for one of the most infamous opening lines of a 90s rap album: the...

Review posted on 15th July 2013

Terror Bird - All This Time Album Review

Terror Bird - All This Time Album Review

There are plenty of reasons why people choose to home record; mostly it's now just through economic necessity, but in some cases an artist's musical undertow is better served by the isolation, the DIY basics...

Review posted on 10th July 2013

Matthew Herbert - The End of Silence Album Review

Matthew Herbert - The End of Silence Album Review

Possibly the hardest thing to comprehend about The End of Silence is its sheer scale; three tracks, the longest of which is more than twenty four minutes long, an avant-garde concept which centres around recreating...

Review posted on 18th June 2013

Classixx - Hanging Gardens Album Review

Classixx - Hanging Gardens Album Review

Classixx are Californian production duo Michael David and Tyler Blake, two men who are very clearly on a mission to teleport us back to the neon and snakeskin world of the mid-1980s. They're hardly alone,...

Review posted on 18th June 2013

Tripwires - Spacehopper Album Review

Tripwires - Spacehopper Album Review

Spacehopper is one of those records that feels like a living piece of history; in terms of influences, you simply can't move for the sounds of British bands from the nineties or, if your prefer,...

Review posted on 18th June 2013

Will.i.am - #Willpower Album Review

Will.i.am - #Willpower Album Review

I remember reading a review of Men In Black on its release which reserved the biggest bouquet not for the ultra-lean, one-liner heavy script but instead to Will Smith, the wise cracking rookie who saves...

Review posted on 22nd May 2013

Major Lazer - Free The Universe Album Review

Major Lazer - Free The Universe Album Review

A little like the first Major Lazer project - 2009's Guns Don't Kill People, Lazers Do - Free The Universe feels like it's been made by the guest list of the best party you could...

Review posted on 20th May 2013

Letherette - Letherette Album Review

Letherette - Letherette Album Review

Letherette are a relatively anonymous production duo from Wolverhampton whom we first met at the end of last year via their Featurette EP, a debut release on Ninja Tune and one that covered numerous bases...

Review posted on 29th April 2013

Harper Simon - Division Street Album Review

Harper Simon - Division Street Album Review

You often wonder, staring through the frosty shop window of an outsider's perspective, how it must work for the sons and daughters of famous musicians. Harper Simon is the offspring of none other than Paul...

Review posted on 29th April 2013

Night Works - Urban Heat Island Album Review

Night Works - Urban Heat Island Album Review

Gabriel Stebbings - the Urban Heat Island moniker remains unexplained - left Metronomy in 2009, smack bang between their awkward but evolutionary second album Nights Out and before their quixotic third, The English Riviera, turned...

Review posted on 22nd April 2013

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