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…

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…

Letherette – Last Night On The Planet / London In Stereo

“Its nuanced ambience makes ‘Last Night On The Planet’ destined for vintage apparel stores and swanky cocktail bars alike. And, like a classic mojito, this is a trusted and moreish combination of timeless ingredients.” Letherette – Last Night On The Planet / Album Review / London In Stereo

Virginia Wing – Forward Constant Motion / London In Stereo

“The potential was always cooking away in Virginia Wing’s early works, but only now is it simmering towards something much greater. Their sophomore release is a transition, and its name – Forward Constant Motion – is a perfect illustration of a rise soon to give them buzz-band status.”  Virginia Wing – Forward Constant Motion /…

Simian Mobile Disco – Welcome To Sideways / Clash Magazine

“While there are more than enough spells of enjoyment to be found in this release (its late-on ambience is delectably expansive, for instance) there’s not enough to forward-catapult Simian Mobile Disco’s 13-year evolution. ‘Welcome To Sideways’ sits comfortably amongst older material, but is more regressive than revolutionary.” Simian Mobile Disco – Welcome To Sideways / Review…

Two Door Cinema Club – Gameshow / London In Stereo

‘Depression, alcoholism and tense relations had signalled all but game over for the Irish trio. But quashing any defeatist fears with all guns blazing, Gameshow’s neon-lights drag the party back on the road.’  Two Door Cinema Club – Gameshow / London In Stereo

Warpaint – Heads Up / Gigwise

” ‘By Your Side’ proves this with its groovy beat beneath hauntingly flickering synths, which compliment an indecisive yet intricate bassline. Even more so does the ultra-lean ‘New Song’ – which is stripped of any sluggish, sagging fat holding back the commercial potential of previous album spearheads. It’s the sort of accessible-yet-sacrifice-free banger set to…

Factory Floor – 25 25 / Clash Magazine

‘What’s particularly clear about ’25 25’ by the time you reach its title-track, a jittering and pitch-bent slap hazard sort of interlude (that ultimately leads nowhere), is a focus on an urgent, throbbing pulse.’ Factory Floor – 25 25 / Clash Magazine

Jessy Lanza – Oh No / Clash Magazine

“‘i talk BB’ is another that bleeds personality, and one with such a forward-thinking attitude. After initially chugging along like some measured Jean-Michel Jarre expedition, it evolves rapidly into something more organic as Lanza’s naked falsetto dances across bare piano chords – convincing that her songwriting ability is no longer reliant on the husky reverb…

Justin Martin – Hello Clouds / Clash Magazine

“Unlike the aforementioned LP, this release isn’t solely dedicated to feed Martin’s DJ sets. The record’s nature and sounds are recognisable – there’s the same bulging squelch synths of old that gurgle away throughout the record – only now they’re tamed by a sheath of luxurious production.” – Justin Martin / Hello Clouds – Clash…