Cavernzz

Meet Cavernzz: bedroom pop artist on influences, authenticity and Milton Keynes

Deftly hushed, confessional and yet timid, Cavernzz’ woozy bedroom pop sits on the fringes of collective security—drawn from the quiet, empty hours of the night, where shapes and shadows exist in ways you’ve never noticed before, in a unique and sometimes eerie strain of vulnerability. Sitting down to chat song-writing, Luke Bolitho seems conscious of […]

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Review: What Now, Sylvan Esso

Sylvan Esso’s newest album “What Now,” released 28 April, continues the relaxed pop vibes of their 2014 self-titled debut album. The music undeniably and knowingly fits into the manufactured pop category but seems to resist this generic placement. Most of the tracks feature peppy beats so rhythmic that it is easy to be distracted from […]

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Review: I See You – The xx

‘’Cause I couldn’t care less / If they call us reckless’. Accompanied by blasts of garish horns and a skittering electro-pop beat, this chorus from album opener ‘Dangerous’  rings out like a manifesto for The xx’s latest album, ‘I See You’. It’s a surprising shift for the notoriously shy trio. Back in 2009 when they […]

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Interview: The Japanese House

The Japanese House, interviewed by Rowan Ferguson & Aoife de Bhál. Amber Bain, aka The Japanese House, is on the way to great things. Her debut track ‘Still’ was Zane Lowe’s final ‘hottest record’ on Radio 1, and her distinctive style of melancholic alt-pop has been tipped for the mainstream by international tastemakers such as The […]

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Album Review: ANTI – Rihanna

After an accidental leak last week, Rihanna’s long-awaited eighth studio album ANTI dropped on music streaming service Tidal, going platinum within just 24 hours. It’s been more than three years since the release of Unapologetic, her seventh album in eight years, and perhaps that is why this newest offering is uncharacteristically thoughtful and considered. Rihanna’s […]

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Can’t buy me love?

Why the Beatles Still Deserve our Attention On 24th December last year, the Beatles released their back catalogue onto several major streaming platforms; they now sit in the 50 most listened-to artists on Spotify. Although they’re by no means threatening to challenge Justin Bieber’s hegemony over the charts, that’s an impressive figure for a band […]

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Cher Lloyd’s got her swagger back

As a definite non-fan of the X-Factor, even I bow down at the sheer success that certain finalists of Season 7 have achieved. Aiden Grimshaw has released some music that wasn’t half bad, and Matt Cardle has done whatever an X Factor finalist is meant to do. I’m talking about Rebecca Ferguson, who managed to […]

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