Author: Scott Causer

Howling Bells - The Loudest Engine

Howling Bells - The Loudest Engine

The Loudest Engine is Aussie outfit Howling Bell's thirds outing. Recorded in the Nevada desert with one of The Killers, it's really not what you'd expect. There is a dark underlying presence as you'd expect...

Review posted on 3rd October 2011

The Keys - Bitten By Wolves

The Keys - Bitten By Wolves

Maybe it's the sheer boredom of growing up in small towns that fires the imagination or perhaps it's the mushrooms they grow that are the trigger. Whatever it is, Wales has always produced a significant...

Review posted on 11th May 2011

Various Artists - Watch The Closing Doors: A History of New York's Musical Melting Pot - (Compiled by Kris Needs)

Various Artists - Watch The Closing Doors: A History of New York's Musical Melting Pot - (Compiled by Kris Needs)

Fresh of the back of the Dirty Water compilation series Kris Needs takes on his most ambitious compilation series to date. Watch The Closing Doors: A History of New York's Musical Melting Pot is a...

Review posted on 10th May 2011

Dub Revolutionaries - Zion Train

Dub Revolutionaries - Zion Train

Having never heard of the Dub Revolutionaries before, but being massively into dub, the prospect of reviewing this album along with the name of the band fills me with great anticipation and excitement. When I...

Review posted on 10th May 2011

Various Artists - Kris Needs presents Dirty Water II: The Birth of Punk Attitude

Various Artists - Kris Needs presents Dirty Water II: The Birth of Punk Attitude

Dirty Water II: The Birth of Punk Attitude is the follow-up to last year's Dirty Water compiled by renowned music author and journalist Kris Needs. Volume 1 received an excellent review on this very website...

Review posted on 10th May 2011

Kontakte - We Move Through Negative Spaces

Kontakte - We Move Through Negative Spaces

Kontakte follow-up their debut Soundtrack For Lost Road Movies with 'We Move Through Negative Spaces' their most accomplished work to date. No evidence of any difficult second album syndrome here. Indeed evidence points to the...

Review posted on 7th February 2011

Gruff Rhys - Hotel Shampoo

Gruff Rhys - Hotel Shampoo

Hotel Shampoo is no less than the third solo album from Super Furry Animal's frontman Gruff Rhys and is named after his extensive shampoo collection taken from hotels from all around the world. Gruff was...

Review posted on 7th February 2011

Supajamma - That Was Then, This Is Now

Supajamma - That Was Then, This Is Now

Once upon a time back in the late 90s and early 00s a vastly underrated band called Audioweb were producing some of the most sublime sounds known to man. Mixing pop, dub, punk, soul, reggae...

Review posted on 13th January 2011

The Loves - Love You

The Loves - Love You

The Loves are a Cardiff band led by Simon Love. The Loves. Love You is their fourth, and (if they're to be believed) final album before they split forever on Valentines Day this year. Now,...

Review posted on 13th January 2011

Lemmy

Lemmy

'Lemmy' is the biographical documentary film of one Ian Kilmister, legendary rock'n'roller and leader of Motorhead. Apparently 2 years in the making the film runs the whole gamut charting his early days in North...

Movie Review posted on 5th January 2011

Jay Z - The Hits Collection Volume 1

Jay Z - The Hits Collection Volume 1

As Jay Z, Shawn Carter has been in the consciousness of popular music for what seems like an eternity. He is hip hop's most successful businessman, has hooked up with Beyonce one of pop music's...

Review posted on 14th December 2010

DJ Hero 2, Review Sony PS3

DJ Hero 2, Review Sony PS3

We all know now how the guitar hero craze was rocking the gaming world even going so far as prompting the makers of South Park to dedicate an episode to it. All well and good...

Review posted on 23rd November 2010

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Insect Guide - Dark Days and Nights

Insect Guide - Dark Days and Nights

Since their dreamy debut 6ft in Love, Insect Guide have been somewhat unfairly cast as a 'shoegaze' act. Whilst this has had its advantages such as a readymade audience, remixes by the likes of Sonic...

Review posted on 22nd November 2010

Various Artists - Vampire Diaries: Original Television Soundtrack

Various Artists - Vampire Diaries: Original Television Soundtrack

While the teenage vampire programme and film makers are in total overdrive to fulfil the current Twilight obsessed market, The Vampire Diaries has gone beyond this fad and made for strangely compulsive viewing. No mean...

Review posted on 22nd November 2010

Various Artists - Kris Needs presents...Dirty Water: The Birth of Punk Attitude

Various Artists - Kris Needs presents...Dirty Water: The Birth of Punk Attitude

There have been numerous punk compilations doing the rounds since time immemorial, so this would beg the question 'does the world really need another punk collection?' Well judging by the music included on this album,...

Review posted on 22nd November 2010

The High Dials - Anthems for Doomed Youth

The High Dials - Anthems for Doomed Youth

Canada's best kept secrets The High Dials go all 'pop' on their 4th full length. Anthems for Doomed Youth follows their mod influenced debut album 'A New Devotion', the psychedelic pop of 'War of The...

Review posted on 8th November 2010

White Noise Sound - White Noise Sound

White Noise Sound - White Noise Sound

White Noise Sound have been operating under the radar from their native Wales for quite some time now with a series of low-key releases and featuring on a number of underground compilations. All that is...

Review posted on 8th November 2010

Flowers of Hell - O

Flowers of Hell - O

For their third full length outing, Flowers of Hell have chosen to release 'O' - a 45 minute song they've mixed in Dolby 5.1 surround sound. For those not familiar with Flowers of Hell they...

Review posted on 8th November 2010

Thievery Corporation - It Takes A Thief

Thievery Corporation - It Takes A Thief

It Take A Thief is the long overdue 'best of' which sees the Thievery Corporation Rob Garza and Eric Hilton select their favourite Thievery Corporation tracks from the last decade (and more) and present them...

Review posted on 8th November 2010

Klaxons - Surfing the Void

Klaxons - Surfing the Void

The Klaxon's long awaited follow-up Surfing The Void finally sees the light of day following reports in the tabloids and the music press that they were forced to re-record large parts of it by executives...

Review posted on 1st November 2010

Cast - All Change - Deluxe Edition

Cast - All Change - Deluxe Edition

Cast's debut All Change gets the deluxe treatment just in time for the reunion. It must irk John Power that Cast have never been afforded the critical claim of his previous band The La's. When...

Review posted on 25th October 2010

James - The Morning After

James - The Morning After

James first came to my attention with their rather wonderful JimOne EP. I then went on to eagerly follow their releases up to Goldmother (which in my opinion peaked with Strip Mine). I saw them...

Review posted on 12th October 2010

Robbie Williams - In And Out Of Consciousness The Greatest Hits 1990-2010

Robbie Williams - In And Out Of Consciousness The Greatest Hits 1990-2010

Its been quite a journey for Robbie Williams. 20 years in the music business, from boy band member to appearances at Glastonbury, from rock 'n' roll everyman to 80s revivalist. This album is a complete...

Review posted on 11th October 2010

The Big Pink - K7 Mixtape

The Big Pink - K7 Mixtape

The Big Pink's Milo Cordell follows in the footsteps of The Rapture and makes a mixtape for German electronic label !K7. !K7's concept behind the series leaves the chosen artist entirely responsible for delivering the...

Review posted on 5th October 2010

The Morlocks - Play Chess

The Morlocks - Play Chess

Covers albums are notoriously difficult to get right and come at a time in artists career where either their own ideas have dried up or they genuinely want to pay tribute to those that inspired...

Review posted on 5th October 2010

Easy Star All-Stars - Dubber Side of The Moon

Easy Star All-Stars - Dubber Side of The Moon

Back in 2003 the house band at Easy Star Records recorded a reggae tribute to The Dark Side of The Moon renaming it the Dub Side of The Moon. The album has since gone on...

Review posted on 5th October 2010

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Album of the Week: 25 Years Since 'Cure for Pain' by Morphine

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Jamie Oliver and 8 Other Celebrities Who Risked Their Lives in the Name of Heroism

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