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Album Review: BØRNS – Blue Madonna

January 20, 2018 | 0 Comments

The near three-year wait for Garrett Borns’ second outing under his more stylish moniker of BØRNS was a long one. Fans have waited on tenterhooks since 2015, but with Blue Madonna boasting a Lana Del Rey duet from the get go, the bar is set incredibly high – so has the young American lived up to expectation?...

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Album Review: Django Django – Marble Skies

January 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

It is difficult to describe Django Django music, to label it with one or few genres, therefore trying to classify Marble Skies style is nearly impossible. Django Django’s third album is eclectic, rich of disparate elements and certainly influenced by many music genres. With Marble Skies the London based band returns to sounds that are more...

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Album Review: Anderson East – Encore

January 17, 2018 | 0 Comments

Two-and-a-half-years ago Anderson East released his major label début, Delilah. With that record, East demonstrated a compelling blend of rhythm and blues, soul, and Americana, and a voice that perfectly matched the musical style that resulted. When much new music can feel like a stale rehashing of the current big trends it made for a...

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Record Rewind: The Maccabees – Colour It In

January 11, 2018 | 0 Comments

2007 truly was a golden age for British indie music, forget the landfill side to the genre that dominated the charts and you’re left with the birth of some truly iconic bands. In 2017, we had to say a painful goodbye to The Maccabees as they bowed out after their most successful album to date,...

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Record Rewind: ISIS – Panopticon

January 8, 2018 | 0 Comments

With their sophomore release, 2002’s Oceanic, post-metal quintet ISIS established the basis for what would become their signature sound – heavy, distortion and reverb-laden guitars juxtaposed with periods of quiet and delicate melodies, and vocals that are sometimes screamed, sometimes sung, and frequently absent ­– as well as their influence and credentials in the avant-garde...

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Record Rewind: Kyuss – Welcome to Sky Valley

January 6, 2018 | 0 Comments

Blues for the Red Son may have been the album that launched a thousand bands and put Palm Desert quartet, Kyuss, on the sonic map, but for my money Welcome to Sky Valley stands as the group’s tour de force. The liner notes for the album, released in 1994, contained the instruction for the audience...

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Back in 2006, I entered my local record store to find myself some new tunes, and I expected to leave the shop with some new alternative or heavy metal. But the guy behind the counter said “no, you’re buying this,” handing me a copy of Gnarls Barkley’s St. Elsewhere. “You’ll like it,” I was told,...

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Record Rewind: Outkast – Stankonia

January 2, 2018 | 0 Comments

Outkast’s fourth record; Stankonia, was a definitive moment in the coming together of southern hip-hop with a more East coast influence. The Atlanta based pairing of Andre 3000 and Big Boi shook the music industry in 2000 with the release of their fourth album; their most cohesive to date.  The jittery vocals changed the whole hip-hop game...

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Record Rewind: Fleetwood Mac – Rumours

December 31, 2017 | 0 Comments

Of all the iconic bands ever to grace the earth, Fleetwood Mac are revered and revelled in with equal measure. The Buckingham/Knicks incarnation of the Californian band continues to inspire, educate and indulge generations of people some 40 years after its release – making it one of the ultimately timeless records in history.  It captured...

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Album Review: N.E.R.D – NO ONE EVER REALLY DIES

December 29, 2017 | 0 Comments

The return of 90s hip-hop legends N.E.R.D seems to have passed by without much fanfare, people seemingly forgetting just how much the group; made of Pharrell Williams, Chad Hugo and Shay Haley, shaped the modern pop landscape. NO ONE EVER REALLY DIES is a collection of nostalgia trips, ideal for those amongst us still revelling in...

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Album Review: Walker Hayes – boom.

December 27, 2017 | 0 Comments

Thirty-seven-year-old Walker Hayes has certainly lived the grind of the music industry. Hailing from Mobile, Alabama, Hayes and his wife moved to Nashville in the mid-2000s with an eye to establishing a career in country music. What followed can best be described as patchy. Hayes landed a job as an in-house songwriter with a major-label...

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There isn’t much that K Michelle hasn’t done in this life; television, film and music are all strings to her diverse skill set. The latter being her main focus once more on fourth album KIMBERLY: The People I Used To Know, her second in as many years. Michelle blends her many public personas together to create one all...

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Album Review: Charli XCX – Pop 2

December 23, 2017 | 0 Comments

Pop 2 is the second mixtape that Charli XCX has released this year, too much if you ask me. And “too much” are the two words that I would use to describe the record, there is too much of everything: distorted and modified vocals, jumps from one rhythm to another, and collaborations, thirteen in a...

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