Review: Deptford Goth, Songs

“One day the day will come when I will settle”, sings Deptford Goth at the start of ‘Relics’, the opening song of his second album, Songs. At least that’s what it sounds like to me. “Deptford Goth” is the opaque moniker of Daniel Woolhouse, an ex-Londoner who makes soulful, R&B-inflected electronic pop songs. There’s an influence […]

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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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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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Confused and Confusing; Foxygen go astray on their third offering ‘…And Star Power’.

The third offering from California neo-psychedelica wunderkinds Foxygen, let’s make it clear, is largely full of individually great songs. Following on from the resoundingly pleasant tones of their second full-length, the boldly titled ‘We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors Of Peace, Love and Magic’, the boys mine their exhaustive record collections ever more deeper, pushing […]

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III is the magic number for noise

I remember hearing Bo Ningen’s debut single, ‘Koroshitai Kimochi’, and it firebombing my 14-year old brain. There were weird rhythms, screeched Japanese lyrics, and androgynous death knells. They were one of those bands that seemed so radically different from anything else I’d heard at that point, and their eponymous debut album almost lived up to […]

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Debbie Harry, we “love you just the same”

    The fact that Blondie’s tenth album, Ghosts of Download, will be released along with a re-released and recorded compilation of their greatest hits in all their spine-chilling glory, entitled Deluxe Redux, would seem promising to loyal fans greeting the new album with trepidation. After all, their last offering, 2011’s Panic of Girls, left […]

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Not quite having a whale of a time

The title of London grungers Whales in Cubicles’ debut, Death in the Evening, would seem off-puttingly bleak to some. And, although it’s true that, lyrically and sonically, the album’s ten tracks lean towards the darker end of the spectrum (see the video for ‘All the Pretty Flowers’ for further verification), it’s not a purely black […]

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Album review: Doris

As soon as rap collective Odd Future exploded all over the internet a couple of years ago it was immediately apparent that their most talented member also happened to be the youngest. The prodigy in question, Earl Sweatshirt, was only 16 when his début mixtape Earl dropped in 2010 but, although his lyrics were as […]

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Album review: Run the Jewels

“Oh shit what the hell have we done?” El-P raps on the opening verse of Run the Jewels’ self-titled new LP, “It’s alive and it’s hungry as fuck”. For those who don’t know, Run the Jewels is the name of the collaboration between legendary Brooklyn MC/producer El-P and heavyweight Atlanta rapper Killer Mike, and this, […]

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Album review: Yeezus

Only a couple of days after leaking, Yeezus was already the most polarising album of 2013. Professional reviewers were handing out five-star ratings like they were worthless, but at the same time there was a counter-current of people from Twitter to the Turl Street Kitchen abusing Kanye West’s latest effort as a total crock of […]

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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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