Carols from Queen’s

Despite a personal bias against Christmas music, I must accept that for those looking for a definitive collection of the festive repertoire, this is perfect. The 22 piece recording is, by the choir’s own admission, an exploration through the varied  Christmas canon, touching on classic congregational carols to anthems. Queen’s performance is flawless and sensitive, […]

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Some Serious Tuba

Daniel Herskedal’s Slow Eastbound Train is hard to categorise. For those who like genres, it’s probably somewhere between jazz, classical and ambient; although it defies them all to some degree. Norway-born Herskedal has managed to bring together folk melodies, unpretentious harmonies and virtuosic playing to create a highly atmospheric record.   It is a remarkable […]

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A Brief History of House Music

Since the inception of Bloody Knuckles in 2013, the popularity of house music in the Oxford region has grown exponentially. Since it’s first night, it has now become Oxford’s most reliable night out: attracting students from across colleges and social groups. It stands as definitive proof that consistently high-quality music combined with a savvy advertising […]

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Disclosure’s Caracal: A Disappointingly Safe Effort

After international success with mega-hit ‘Latch’ (feat. Sam Smith), the UK garage duo will be looking for the next big thing from their second album Caracal, and they’ve certainly got the collaborations to do it. The album demonstrates a definite emphasis on the Lawrence brothers’ 2-step/garage roots, with their preference for pop song structures rather than house drops, as […]

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