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King Solomon - Ceasefire

29.08.2016

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King Solomon - Ceasefire

A ten-strong band is regiment-like in the music world and King Solomon’s first offering Ceasefire is a highly political one. Opening track, ‘Poor Man’ is accessible with its high summer, anthemic, open sound. But don’t be fooled: despite the bubbling, winding bass, joyous keys and vibrant as marmalade brass it is an inciting protest song – “Spare a thought for number ninety nine / When one’s on the throne.” Lyrically it cuts to the political quick, particular...

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GØGGS - GØGGS

04.07.2016

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GØGGS - GØGGS

Preceded by the 'She Got Harder' single in November 2015 GØGGS is the latest in a long line of Ty Segall bands/projects/releases (although it's existence is described as a "necessity" by fellow core member Chris Shaw).  Now to my mind Segall's Ty Rex album of Marc Bolan covers was one of the most pointless releases of recent months (or compilations of older recordings, if you prefer) and his subsequent Emotional Mugger album left me similarly cold. Given the...

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Michael Kiwanuka - Love & Hate

01.07.2016

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Michael Kiwanuka - Love & Hate

Michael Kiwanuka returns after a four year recording absence to deliver Love & Hate. The follow up to the Londoner's successful debut Home Again, is a sure sign that Kiwanuka is reaching for higher ground and the pride for his own work hasn't diminished since 2012. Record opener 'Cold Little Heart' is a slow and powerful introduction that is constantly begging the question, where is this track going next? While hanging on for Kiwanuka's uniquely gritty and...

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In Profile : Black Lake Records

In Profile : Black Lake Records

Continuing our series of interviews with some of the smaller/independent players in the record releasing business this month we focus on Aberdeenshire-based punk/hardcore/whatever label Black Lake. Founder & head honcho Ewan Cameron was kind enough (not...

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Delamere - Delamere

Delamere - Delamere

  On the soundcloud stream of Delamere the tag #Gothic is inexplicably amongst those to describe what you're about to hear. Anthemic, at times quite summery, the qu...

Sarah Schonert - My Unwinding State

Sarah Schonert - My Unwinding State

Based out of Peoria, Illinois, Sarah Schonert is an indie singer-songwriter crafting tunes with an experimental touch. Quirky and off-kilter, her approach feels si...

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Tongue Trap - Girl Crush EP
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Way Out West  — Day Three

Way Out West — Day Three

Day Three at Way Out West begins with us stuffing our bags full of waterproofs borrowed from friends and by putting on pairs of wellies (also borrowed).  We’re taking no chances after yesterday’s drubbing.   Our first stop of...

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The Weekly Froth! - 20160826

The Weekly Froth! - 20160826

The Weekly Froth! A weekly take on six tracks, most of which have recently popped up somewhere in the blogosphere. Bit of a mixed bag with a slight leaning towards house, di...

Scruff Of The Neck Presents ... - 20160822

Scruff Of The Neck Presents ... - 20160822

  For your entertainment during another working week here's five more hand-picked delights from the Scruff Of The Neck stable. The Real Cool – 'Bed Hair' Hailing from Birmi...