Mark Ronson won’t give up the funk

In Mark Ronson’s newest record, Uptown Special, we’re confronted with a barrage of old school funk, fabulous hair and psychedelic guitars. From beginning to end we’re immersed in the sounds of the past, taking us right back to the 60s and 70s of funk’s heyday. The first single from the album, ‘Uptown Funk’, featuring Bruno […]

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The magic of mashups

Swing the Mood – William Shaw  Girl Talk and Sam Ryel are all very well, but to truly understand mashups, you need to go back to the source, and see how three maniacs from Rotherham managed to get to number one by stitching together bits of aging bubblegum pop to form ahead of their time […]

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Enter Shikari ‘The Mindsweep’ Album Review

At this point, I could easily fire off all the old clichés about St. Albans’ Enter Shikari. Yes, they’re fearless genre pirates, no respecters of boundary, who’ve proved their utter fearlessness over the course of three stunning albums. And yes, they’ve got a staunch, and deeply appreciated political conscience, powerful and art-defining particularly in their […]

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OxStu Music’s pet hates

The 1975 – Naomi Southwell Hailing from Manchester myself, many are shocked by my contempt for my fellow Mancunians, The 1975. Manchester has an incredibly vibrant and influential musical history, which is being vehemently pissed on by this faux “indie rock” band. The 1975 seem to rely on Matt Healey’s “edgy” image complete with trendy […]

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An interview with La Roux

I’m convinced Elly Jackson is the coolest person I’ve ever encountered. Popularly known by her band name, La Roux, she’s a Grammy Award winning tropical castaway who seemed to get lost at sea after her stellar eponymous debut. It garnered her fame and seemingly fortune. But Elly tells me that the success deflated her like […]

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J Mascis: Wide Awake?

J Mascis is a Massachusetts born songwriter, singer, drummer, producer and grey-haired guitar wizard. He’s most well known for his role as guitarist and vocalist in the alternative rock band Dinosaur Jr. With their signature deployment of heavy guitar effects, including feedback and distortion techniques, to J’s melodic guitar playing, they adopted a uniquely raw […]

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Upcoming tours of 2015

Wolf Alice  North London four-piece Wolf Alice caught the attention of NME with their self-titled debut EP, and were subsequently named radar band of the week back in April 2013. Their second EP, ‘Blush’, and their first single, ‘Fluffy’, also went down favourably; similar to Haim, but a lot louder and packing a lot more […]

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