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Favorite EPs of 2018: Public Service Broadcasting – ‘White Star Liner’

Favorite EPs of 2018: Public Service Broadcasting – ‘White Star Liner’

Public Service Broadcasting quietly released White Star Liner last year without much fanfare. The trio has consistently tackled historical themes including space exploration to coal mining so it’s only fitting that they tackle the massive sinking of the Titanic. “The Unsinkable Ship” takes a grand turn as we hear a man recount the wonder and awe that he experienced as […]

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Favorite EPs of 2018: Everyone You Know – ‘Cheer Up Charlie’

Favorite EPs of 2018: Everyone You Know – ‘Cheer Up Charlie’

 Let’s start out by saying that Everyone You Know are going to be huge! Sneaking slowly into the scene this year, brothers Rhys and Harvey have quietly been working on their live act, before dropping Cheer Up Charlie. Five tracks and two skits make up the Londoner’s excellent debut effort. Part electronic, part dance, part pop, part hip hop, […]

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Favorite EPs of 2018: Dahlia Sleeps – ‘After It All’

Favorite EPs of 2018: Dahlia Sleeps – ‘After It All’

In the increasing crowded space of downtempo, trip-hop, and, as we like to call it, post-rock indietronica with bands positioning to be the next Portishead, a little outfit from London has nudged itself to the top of the class. For nearly three years, Dahlia Sleeps have consistently left listeners in a state of cardiac arrest with their music. These experiences […]

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Eliza Shaddad – ‘Future’ (album review)

Eliza Shaddad – ‘Future’ (album review)

Future by Eliza Shaddad Nearly seven years ago, Eliza Shaddad introduced herself to the music world armed with just an acoustic guitar and a set of intimate songs. The woman with the Master’s in Philosophy was heading down the well-worn path traveled by hundreds of thousands before – trying to maneuver her way through the swell of similar, folk-driven singer-songwriters. […]

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Miss World – ‘Keeping Up With Miss World’ (album review)

Miss World – ‘Keeping Up With Miss World’ (album review)

Keeping Up With Miss World [LP] by MISS WORLD Whether performing with Red Blood Shoes’ Laura May-Carter as Shit Girlfriend or in the various punk outfits from her youth, Natalie Chahal has always mixed sugary sass with observant and often biting commentary about the world. Her past efforts were more direct in their message, but through her solo project Miss […]

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Spiritualized – ‘And Nothing Hurt’ (album review)

Spiritualized – ‘And Nothing Hurt’ (album review)

 Thirty-six years ago, Jason Pierce co-launched Spacemen 3, introducing the world to his and Peter Kember’s cosmic vision of neo-psychedelia and psych-rock. Since that time, he’s been known as J. Spaceman, which he took to a different orbit in 1990 with Spiritualized. Seven largely imaginative albums followed, ranging from the space rock of Lazer Guided Melodies to the more […]

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Maribou State – ‘Kingdoms In Colour’ (album review)

Maribou State – ‘Kingdoms In Colour’ (album review)

Kingdoms In Colour by Maribou State For the better part of their seven years together, Chris Davids and Liam Ivory have taken their Maribou State project to nearly every corner of the globe. From playing lavish events in Ibiza to DJ’ing in intimate clubs in India and New Zealand, they have gradually established a reputation as one of electronic music’s […]

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Still Corners – ‘Slow Air’ (album review)

Still Corners – ‘Slow Air’ (album review)

Slow Air by Still Corners Through three albums spanning more than a decade, producer Greg Hughes and vocalist Tessa Murray have turned their project Still Corners into a mini-cult. Lush soundscapes, dreamy tones, and heavenly vocals have characterized every full-length, extended player, and single. They, in other words, are masters of making listeners feel like they’re traveling alone on an […]

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YONAKA – ‘Teach Me To Fight’ (EP review)

YONAKA – ‘Teach Me To Fight’ (EP review)

After releasing their debut single “Ignorance“, YONAKA immediately entrenched themselves as one of the UK’s most exciting new rock bands. Like Wolf Alice, INHEAVEN, and Black Honey before them, the quartet of Theresa Jarvis (vocals), George Edwards (guitar), Alex Crosby (bass/keys), and Robert Mason (drums) were reviving the lost of art of edgy, seismic indie alternative-rock. Following the release of their […]

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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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