Tag: London

Odina – ‘Nothing Makes Sense’ (EP review)

Odina – ‘Nothing Makes Sense’ (EP review)

In March 2017, we proclaimed that Spanish singer-songwriter Odina was “(o)ne of the more remarkable, young talents to arrive on the indie scene in the past twelve months”. She has just released the stunning single, “Why’d You Make Me Cry”, which exhibited Odina’s maturity and imaginative storytelling. Major music sites and taste-makers, such as Clash, NYLON, and The Line of Best Fit, […]

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Dahlia Sleeps – ‘After It All’ (EP review)

Dahlia Sleeps – ‘After It All’ (EP review)

 Over in the UK, a renaissance in electronic music is happening. Pigeonholing the cinematic affairs of Phoria, Maribou State, and London Grammar within the genre, though, would be a disservice to their creativity and innovation. Some call it alternative, but post-rock indietronica pop is a more fitting categorization. Another band making some of the most gorgeous and breathtaking music […]

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Joel Sarakula – “Coney Island Getaway” (video premiere)

Joel Sarakula – “Coney Island Getaway” (video premiere)

Three years ago, retro-soul and R&B artist Joel Sarakula released one of the year’s coolest outputs with Imposter. He followed that impressive album with another thriller from the ’60s and ’70s in Love Club. This time around, however, he infused more disco and psychedelic vibes to create an even groovier and mood-altering soundtrack. One of those songs is “Coney Island […]

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Rookes – ‘The Game & The River’ (EP review)

Rookes – ‘The Game & The River’ (EP review)

Describing herself as a Birmingham-native but based out of London, Rookes is the indie-pop project of Jenny Bulcraig. In development since October 2016, the debut EP The Game & The River provides a worthy showcase for her talent. Opening the EP with a folk-pop feel, title track “The Game & The River” gives a sweet, slightly angry exploration of emotion. […]

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Malena Zavala – ‘Aliso’ (album review)

Malena Zavala – ‘Aliso’ (album review)

With a defying voice and an innovative dream-folk-pop sound, Malena Zavala is making a lot of noise with her first album, Aliso. The record is a collection of sounds and influences that range from ambient layers of synthesizers to clean and crunchy guitars. Malena’s songwriting is very consistent and nuanced, and her melodies flow effortlessly over any kind of beat, making […]

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October Drift and 485C – Birthdays, London (photo review)

October Drift and 485C – Birthdays, London (photo review)

Birthdays is an underground venue in a bar in Dalston. Dalston is an area of London that seems to sport more mobile phone repair shops per head than any other part of the capital. It is real Eastenders country, although more grime than soap. Before the gig started, I had a chance to share a vodka and slimline with the […]

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MIEN – ‘MIEN’ (album review)

MIEN – ‘MIEN’ (album review)

On their own, The Black Angels, The Horrors, Elephant Stone, and The Earlies are great bands, and each have made their mark on their music landscape. The Black Angels are unquestionably one of the best psychedelic-rock bands of the 21st Century. The Horrors helped bring spook-ified psych-rock into the mainstream. Elephant Stone, if you ask most neo-psychedelic fanatics, are the […]

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Violetta Zironi – ‘Half Moon Lane’ (EP review)

Violetta Zironi – ‘Half Moon Lane’ (EP review)

Even at a young age, the spotlight followed Violetta Zironi. Born in the provincial town of Correggio in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy, Zironi picked up her first instrument at 3 and was playing in festivals with her family in her early teens. At 17, she made her television debut as a contestant on the Italian version of the X […]

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Cecilia Ebba – “Just Fantasy” (single premiere)

Cecilia Ebba – “Just Fantasy” (single premiere)

Does Cecilia Ebba create the most beautiful songs in the world? Spotify seems to think so, as they have included her work on the playlist of that name. Her new single, “Just Fantasy”, lives up to the reputation of its predecessors and we’re absolutely delighted to be premiering it here today. Swedish-born and London-based, Ebba’s music reveals her complicated love-hate […]

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Thunder on the Left – Rough Trade East, London (photo review)

Thunder on the Left – Rough Trade East, London (photo review)

Gig in a shop. Not a bad idea. Thirty years ago today, I was the Assistant Manager of an Our Price Music branch, which was a national chain of record stores in the UK that got rid of vinyl in favour of CDs and then got rid of those in favour of VHS and mobile phones. No wonder it no […]

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Geowulf – ‘Great Big Blue’ (album review)

Geowulf – ‘Great Big Blue’ (album review)

 Star Kendrick and Toma Banjanin are not just another dream-pop duo trying to steal your breath away. Instead, as Geowulf, they’re crafting music that can be best described as escapism – pop that is exhilarating, stunning, and takes you momentarily away to an exotic world. In other words, it is pure bliss. At the same time, the duo are […]

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Kadija Kamara – ‘Nothing Left To Lose’ (EP review)

Kadija Kamara – ‘Nothing Left To Lose’ (EP review)

Kadija Kamara is an unlikely, fast-rising music star. Having won an MTV Iggy Artist of the Week poll and been featured by fashion house Fendi, the expectation is that she’s just another pop singer, electronic producer, or hip hop artist on the over-saturated top-40 train. She is none of these things. Instead, she’s completely retro, fusing ’60s and ’70s psychedelia […]

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Tyler Childers live at Omeara, London

Tyler Childers – Live at Omeara, London (photo essay)

Tyler Childers “You guys have one hell of a setlist worked out. Wish I was watching that show!”. The crowd called throughout for their favourites last Tuesday, but American country singer Tyler Childers knew exactly what he was going to perform before he packed his guitar up and strolled off into the night. Despite being only 26, the man from […]

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ticktock – “A Violence Of Innocence” (video premiere)

ticktock – “A Violence Of Innocence” (video premiere)

ticktock is a Danish trio comprised of Sebastian Zieler, Jacob Koefoed, and Jens Skovgaard. The trio’s newest EP was just released last week, and we are happy to premiere the video for the EP’s title track.  “A Violence of Innocence” takes the listener on a sonic journey of trippy psychedelic vibes and pulsating synth. The video adds even more fanfare […]

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Dream Wife – ‘Dream Wife’ (album review)

Dream Wife – ‘Dream Wife’ (album review)

As festival lineups are revealed, a recurring pattern is evident – most of the bands and artists listed are men. Women and female-fronted bands make up less than half – or in some cases only a quarter – of the revealed performers. It’s a surprising development not only because we are currently experiencing one of the great social revolutions of […]

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Starcrawler – Omeara, London (photo review)

Starcrawler – Omeara, London (photo review)

Omeara is a sprawling arts venue near London Bridge. The building was renovated just over a year ago by Mumford and Sons‘ Ben Lovett (although I suspect he got some builders to help him). The main hall, which is currently hosting a series of sold-out gigs, is a throwback to days gone past. It looks like the ballroom of The […]

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Shopping – ‘The Official Body’ (album review)

Shopping – ‘The Official Body’ (album review)

The Official Body by Shopping Since the early part of this decade, Shopping have established themselves as the one of the most unexpected bands on the planet – a trio that is making post-punk danceable. Call it disco-punk if you will, but whatever the categorization their music is contagious musically and extremely witty lyrically. Their debut album, Consumer Complaints, introduced […]

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Albert Man – “Say Something Loving” (single premiere)

Albert Man – “Say Something Loving” (single premiere)

When you’ve been following an artist as closely as we’ve been watching Albert Man, a new release is always a time of joy and anticipation. He’s been working on a batch of new music for 2018 and the first offering, the single “Say Something Loving”, drops on 2 February. It goes without saying that we’re absolutely delighted to bring it […]

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Stables, Xsara and Rotem – Camden Assembly, London (photo review)

Stables, Xsara and Rotem – Camden Assembly, London (photo review)

I had been warned that the Camden Assembly is a nightmare for photographing bands thanks to the back wall of light-bulbs and the now compulsory LEDs flooding the stage with purple light. However, I was intrigued to see what I could do, and also to meet the guys behind BeNuMu.com. BeNuMu put on two free gigs over the weekend to […]

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Marcus’ top pix of 2017

Marcus’ top pix of 2017

2017 has been a crazy year for photographing bands. I’ve managed to get a whopping 277 of them in front of my camera. I also had some firsts – first time in a photo pit, first time shooting at a festival, first time a photo has been published, as well as my first of 40 articles for The Revue. I’ve […]

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