Album Review: Mac DeMarco – 2

A grooving guitar, casually sliding and bending, opens 2. A bass grates, then drops in with a simple, chirpy bass-line backed by drums until a ridiculous yet remarkably subtle cymbal-crash introduces Mac DeMarco, who describes the relative whereabouts of his family. The start of the carefree album which the goofy cover photo with brilliantly ugly […]

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Talkin’ 5th week blues

“Blues is a feeling, that makes you feel very bad.” So said Lightnin’ Hopkins, with enviable concision. Blues is likewise a music that can make you feel very bad. The genre’s derived from the music of African-American slaves, and they had a fair bit to ‘feel very bad’ about (kind of makes ‘Fifth-Week-Blues’ disappear over […]

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Live Review: Twin Shadow

George Lewis Jr. exudes charisma. Stepping-out on stage at Electric Brixton, sharply dressed in a grey suit and v-neck t-shirt with slicked-back hair, he embodies the eighties New Wave sound he so brilliantly crafts. Opening with ‘Golden Light’, a fan-favourite even though the album was only released a few months ago, Lewis acts confidently, with […]

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Interview: Palma Violets

Ashley Cooke talks leather jackets, media hype, and Snatch & The Poontangs with Palma Violets After releasing just two songs, Palma Violets are quickly becoming the British buzzband of 2012. ‘Best of Friends’ was released as a double A-side with ‘Last of the Summer Wine’ two weeks ago, and they’ve almost finished work on their […]

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Live Review: The Cribs

Kate Bradley reviews The Cribs at the 02 Academy Last Tuesday, The Cribs played the O2 Academy, flanked by the band’s hand-picked tour supports, Cheatahs and Mazes. Cheatahs were of a much higher standard than the average opening support. They sounded like they might have listened to Daydream Nation a few too many times, but […]

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Between rock and a hard piece

Will Upton discusses the similarities between sport and music. Drugs are used in professional music. Of course some of them, notably alcohol and recreational drugs, are responsible for interminable improvised solos. Miles Davis getting into a lift and mistaking it for his Ferrari is a metaphor for wasted talent on many levels. The use of […]

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Live Review: Dusky + Jozif

Dusky are the purveyors of the best bassline house music in the UK. Their typical combination of jackin’ bass with a garage beat is golden. Performing a multi-hour set they’re masters of variation, as deep house is merged with more melodic and minimalistic episodes. Dusky are London based musicians Nick Harriman and Alfie Granger-Howell, a […]

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