My favourite…Female dance producer

Anna Norbury explores the issue of gender imbalance in electronic music and explains how producer and DJ Kito bucks the trend In preparation for this article, I asked a few friends to name me the first five DJs that came into their head. Predictably the result was overwhelmingly male. Also predictably, the only female mentioned […]

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Iron & Wine tasting

Tom Hoskins reviews Iron & Wine live In my mind, I imagined that an Iron & Wine show would follow a similar trajectory to Talking Heads’ Stop Making Sense. Sam Beam would come on stage with just a guitar and maybe an old radio to play a track from The Creek Drank The Cradle; from […]

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Marling takes flight

Lewis Coenen-Rowe gives a full 5 stars to Laura Marling’s fourth LP At the risk of compromising my hipster credentials, I did not like Laura Marling before it was cool to. My response to her early work was rather lukewarm, and it was not until her previous album, 2011’s A Creature I Don’t Know, that […]

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Here comes the summer

Oxstu Music suggests ten alternative musical experiences to fill up those long summer months 1) Find your musical heartland Whether it’s jazz in New Orleans,  reggae in Belize or dubstep in Croydon, the Oxford summer vac presents the perfect opportunity to source your very own international musical Shangri-La. First up, Belize. The only Central American […]

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A Re-Mit wonder

Kate Bradley gives The Fall’s latest 3 stars When people hit the big 3-0, they often greet their burgeoning maturity with mixed feelings. Some put their age-counter on pause for the rest of their life, whilst others humbly embrace the wisdom of early middle-age. The Fall have not simply reached 30 – they’ve now reached […]

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Soundtracking why Joe Meek is blessed

Kate Bradley shares her thoughts on what makes the perfect film soundtrack through looking at the Joe Meek biopic Telestar Most film soundtracks are decidedly mediocre: they either make use of popular tracks with little longevity to draw a mainstream audience, or they get a score-writer to throw together a generic piece of classical music. This […]

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RAM packed with groove and innovation

Matt Jones gives Daft Punk’s new album 4 stars In today’s world of ‘instant access’ culture, where within five minutes you can watch virtually any film or TV show online, stream virtually any song via Spotify and Youtube, or download virtually any track free of charge, it is rare that the release of a music […]

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Sermon on the Mount

Tom Bell gives Mount Kimbie’s new album 3 stars Mount Kimbie’s 2010 début album Crooks & Lovers consisted of delicate miniatures which blended organic samples with digital wizardry. There was something delightfully homely about it: the sound of a drink fizzing on ‘Carbonated,’ the kitchen utensil percussion, the bedroom aesthetic. It made a merit of […]

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The Lord of the Trance

Matt Jones talks to legendary DJ and producer Armin van Buuren about the future of trance music For any dance music fan, Armin van Buuren is a name that belongs firmly in the pantheon of dance legends. At the forefront of the trance genre for over ten years, the Dutchman is also no stranger to […]

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Local Heroes…Robin Lomax

Olivia Arigho Stiles chats to club promoter Robin Lomax Hi Robin. Lomax is an interesting name. Are you half english, half-DJ?   I’m the person behind Sensible Dancehall (http://www.sensibledancehall.com/) a hub for Caribbean music in the Oxford. I update the website a few times a week with details on reggae, dancehall and soca events in […]

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AAA rating

Max Freeman-Mills gives Justice’s Access all Arenas 4 stars Despite Daft Punk’s indubitable status as the world’s premier French electronic-music power-duo, Justice, comprising Xavier de Rosnay and Gaspard Augé, have in recent years been impressing with their own brand of heavy yet danceable electronic beats. Their 2007 debut “†” was a critical hit and commercial […]

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Finally coming up Roses

Edward Crawford catches up with Lucy Rose, the rising star of the acoustic neo-folk music scene Lucy Rose is not your ordinary singer-songwriter. Christened Lucy Rose Parton, the 23 year old from Warwickshire could certain be accused of riding the British pop-folk revival wave that has seen the likes of Laura Marling and Ed Sheeran […]

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Surf the Majical

Tom Hoskins gives Majical Cloudz’s latest album 3 stars  In their debut album, Majical Cloudz’s lyrics weren’t at all easy to decipher. On last year’s Turns Turns Turns there was a clear change of intention, with Devon Welsh’s voice suddenly becoming a focal point. Impersonator continues in this vein, revolving around his captivating baritone and […]

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My favourite…album

Matt Jones explains his continuing fascination with Van Morrison’s Astral Weeks When I say that ‘Astral Weeks’ changed my life, from an outside perspective the conclusion might be that such a statement inevitably carries a flavour of hyperbole about it. And yet, how else am I so succinctly to describe the effect that this album […]

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Put your phones away and please enjoy the music

Tom Hoskins outlines his frustrations with the annoying, incessant and ever-increasing use of mobile phones at concerts Let’s make this evening special. SILENCE YOUR MOBILE PHONES. So ended Savages’ note to their Neumos audience. Not long after, they released a short film combining a vocal statement and their destructive new song, aptly titled “Shut Up”. […]

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Exploring sounds from the Sub-Sahara

David Astley tells us about Brian Shimkovitz’s promotion of the charasmatic and highly influential music emanating from West Africa After two stints in West Africa, totaling 18 months, Brian Shimkovitz returned to New York with a whole lot of tapes. He had purchased, found and been given them on his travels around Ghana, Mali, Burkina […]

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Reading Festival

Otis Graham on Reading festival Reading festival, with its northern sister Leeds, has been a staple in the British festival season and promulgator of everything heavy for as long as anyone can remember. This year it boasts a line-up of rock artists from Foals to System of a Down, whereas its ever-increasing focus on electronic […]

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