London Grammar – Interview / The Skinny

“But in the heyday of streaming, where playlists dominate records, Reid claims that “the album has started to become less important. ‘The album’ as a piece of artwork has started to lose its value slightly because of streaming and because the way people consume music is different.” Luckily, for the lovers of conceptual records, Truth…

Live At Leeds Festival / Dork Magazine

  ‘Some bands make music to escape the world around them, some cloak philosophy in riddles and twisted semantics, whilst others challenge politics head-on in the most conspicuous form – this quartet do the latter. There’s a blistering punk-shaped volcano bubbling away in 2017; but whilst you’ll find genre-spearheads such as Slaves erupting into the…

Joe Goddard – Electric Lines / The Line Of Best Fit

“Whilst Hot Chip’s (still Goddard’s main focus) killer-blow hooks are punched home with welterweight strength, Electric Lines’ feel faint and lightweight. That’s not to say it’s disappointing enough to knock Goddard from his lofty plateaux between the underground and the mainstream – it’s just that his array of past triumphs should leave us expecting a…

Goose – What You Need / London In Stereo

“Whilst the release drags two or three songs too long in its sagging back-end, there’s generally a robust palette of ideas on offer. From the thwacking opener, to the ambient echoes of ‘Call Me’, to the fizzing and mysterious percussive interlude ‘Nightfall’ – What You Need often proves to be all too literal.” Goose –…

Soulwax – FROM DEEWEE / Clash Magazine

‘Maybe the less processed sound is a direct result of how it’s produced (all recorded in one live take). However opener ‘Present Tense’ – with its sparkling and crystal-clear arpeggios – feels like a statement of a purposeful tilt towards luxury. If older Soulwax work represents a spoiler-topped Subaru Impreza, then the 2017 model is…

Froth – Interview / Skiddle

We’ve seen multiple foreign artists on the bill at SXSW turned away this year due to their nationality; do you think Trump’s Presidency will continue to stifle an influx of touring international talent into the US? I hope not, but I think you never know what that guy’s capable of – so probably. It seems…

Anna Prior – Interview / London In Stereo

‘There’s no way I could go back and live there (Doncaster), just because of what I’ve experienced in London and Leeds” maintains Anna Prior, as we compare our modest Yorkshire upbringings, whilst perched upon possibly the world’s oldest sofa in The Leadmill (Sheffield’s rock Mecca). But as Metronomy’s nearly-two-year-long hiatus settled in, going back to…

Outlines Festival / Skiddle

‘The vibrancy only intensified as Aussie headliners Jagwar Ma took to the stage with their delicious meld of bubbling electronica and neo-psychedelia. Think Django Django ditching Egyptian sands for steamy tropical rainforests, and you’ll get a rough idea of where this group’s brainchild exists. “And left/and right/and left/and right” ordered an effervescent Gabriel Winterfield (lead)…

Harkin – Interview / Outlines Festival

  Many British musicians are anxious regarding the future of touring abroad post-Brexit. Do you think the potential impending visa costs will make worldwide tours less sustainable? “When Brexit happened I didn’t go home for 5 months. I stitched together a mammoth itinerary that physically and mentally floored me a few times, but was the…

Cowtown – Interview / Outlines Festival

Although you’ve been around for well over a decade now, 2016 also struck itself as a time where you finally appeared on the radars of some pretty big media outlets. The Guardian tipped their hats to you in their Bluedot rundown, and a handful of glowing reviews appeared before the release of ‘Paranormal Romance’. Does…

The xx – I See You / London In Stereo

“The album’s sleeve crystallises the mission statement – 3 pioneering individuals, once submerged in a black and white world of anxiety, begin to melt their frosty sheath of asceticism with brighter techniques. Transition is the key word here, not revolution; this is the journey of The xx – the beginning of a departure from ice-cold…

Shock Machine – Interview / Outlines Festival

It’s almost 10 years to the day since the release of Klaxons’ Mercury Award winning and nu-rave-leading album Myths of the Near Future. From your perspective, did the nu-rave scene develop organically? Or was it simply a bunch of bands lumped together by the media? “I’d say the later. I can only speak of Klaxons…