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Album Review: Pet Shop Boys – Electric

July 17, 2013 | 6 Comments

Despite the grandiose celestial connotations of its title, Pet Shop Boys’ previous 2012 effort Elysium –  their final album with Parlophone – was a dull and vapid affair, salvaged only by the relative brilliance of two...

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Editors have been called many things: the new saviours of British indie-rock, Joy Division rip-off merchants, and a pale UK imitation of NYC indie heavyweights Interpol. Whichever stance you ascribe to though you kinda have...

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A few years ago news of a collaboration between grime and garage connoisseur Dizzee Rascal and fallen angel Robbie Williams might have set brows frowning but – when you think about it – it actually makes...

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Queens of the Stone Age have always loved cheeky rock and roll contradictions. Hell, it’s even there in the band name: Stone Age society was certainly not matriarchal, nor are any of the band members...

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Interview: The Band Perry

June 4, 2013 | 0 Comments

American country music siblings Kimberly, Neil and Reid Perry formed chart topping band The Band Perry back in 2005. Their debut self-titled album was unveiled in late 2010 and following a series of single releases...

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Album Review: Jamie Cullum – Momentum

May 30, 2013 | 0 Comments

Jazz-pop is a curious genre label. Jazz – with its blue notes, improvisation, polyrhythms, and syncopation – is often considered to be something of a musical refuge for the more cerebral; whereas good old fashioned...

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It’s difficult to overestimate the impact that Daft Punk had on electronic dance music and 21st century pop: their 1997 debut Homework administered a much needed injection of adrenaline into a flagging and imploding global house music...

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The Boxer Rebellion formed in London in 2001, and the four-piece is comprised of Tennessee-native Nathan Nicholson (vocals, guitar, keyboards), Australian Todd Howe (lead guitar), and Englishmen Adam Harrison (bass) and Piers Hewitt (drums); the...

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George Orwell’s dark dystopian masterpiece 1984 envisaged a future world of perpetual war, omnipresent government surveillance, and public mind control- all presided over by the totalitarian ruling party Big Brother. The future has a funny...

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Album Review: MS MR – Secondhand Rapture

May 10, 2013 | 1 Comments

MS MR are proof that an intelligent mix of enigma and anonymity can be used to brew a potent potion of intrigue and interest: in the run-up to the release of debut album Secondhand Rapture,...

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Album Review: Little Boots – Nocturnes

May 8, 2013 | 2 Comments

Nocturnes is the second studio album by Blackpool born Victoria Christina Hesketh (aka sprightly pop princess Little Boots), and is the follow-up to her 2009 well received debut Hands, which was a style-shifting excursion through various electronic...

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Interview: A.S.

May 1, 2013 | 2 Comments

A.S. comprises Australian pianist & lead singer Nick McRoberts, and Algerian lead guitarist Idriss Halfaoui; Exile is the follow-up to their 2010 debut album Intimate Circles. It’s an album that often melds malaise and detachment into something darkly...

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Interview: Swiss Lips

April 29, 2013 | 1 Comments

Electro-pop magicians Swiss Lips re-released their single U Got the Power on 28th April:  a beguiling mix of slick feel-good grooves and shimmering celestial pop that may well turn out to be one of the greatest pop...

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