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Buzzing Indie: Mark Lanegan – Beehive [ New Music ] Reverb, distortion and chorus layered rock guitars plus catchy vocal hook. If you're thinking Definitely Maybe, very early Blur, My Bloody Valentine, Ride etc then this is for you; Mark Lanegan - Beehive. It's probably fair to say theirs not much of a clamour for this type of sound right now. It's not going to make headlines, have kids downing their grime or have political parties falling over themselves to endorse. Which is a pity as Mark Lanegan - Beehive, taken from the forthcoming Gargoyle LP is everything you could want from this genre. Wall to wall guitars, lashings of reverb, a ... Read more / Preview track
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London Grammar meets Jamie XX: Weslee – Gassed Are London Grammar considered cool? Probably not. Is Jamie XX, most likely yes. Not that either should really matter. Reality is we all have those records we like to listen to in the secrecy of our headphones. We like to project Hip-Hop, Grime, Techno to passing commuters, but scratch a little deeper and our playlist would most likely reveal a few potentially startling guilty pleasures. If so you may want to consider what Dave Grohl has to say about your so-called guilty pleasures... “I don’t believe in guilty pleasures. If you fucking like something, like it. That’s what’s wrong ... Read more / Preview track
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Ryan Adams – Shiver and Shake comforting yet heartbreaking! A few weeks back in our article Song Writing - Inspiration, Handwork or Luck? we discussed how music can often transport us from our current surroundings, and when needed connect with us on a deeper emotional level. Whether we like to admit it or not we all have these songs in our lives. Be it Linkin Park when we're angry or Adele when we're sad. For us Ryan Adams - Shiver and Shake is another such song. A song that for us ranks it alongside the likes of Foals - Late Night, Sampha - No One Knows Me Like the Piano, and Bon Iver - Holocene. Ultimately Shiver and Shake is a record for ... Read more / Preview track
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Flume – Skin Companion EP II [ Preview ] Naturally Flume needs no further blog type biographical introduction. You should all know who he is by now. If not then we're not really sure what to tell you, other than you may need to put down your Coldplay and Adele CD's and come into the light, or in the case of, Flume - Skin Companion EP II, the semi darkness. Our first introduction to his signature sound was the superb 2012 hit 'Holdin On', which for us is still his best record. However despite such a high introductory watermark Flume has not suffered from the all to common pitfall of 2nd album expectational crisis. Last years LP ... Read more / Preview track
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Sampha – No One Knows Me Like The Piano [ Process ] Today we're feeling reflective and a little despondent about how life has turned out. Only last week I met with my Uni friends to celebrate our 20 year anniversary of our first coming together. A coming together that has now coincided with both Trainspotting movies. And like the second movie we found ourselves reflecting on some great memories and some difficult times in the 20 years past. A bittersweet reunion that mirrored, minus the heroin, the lives of Renton and co. Yet despite these conflicting emotions the legendary record, Underworld - Born Slippy, musically anchored both us and the ... Read more / Preview track
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Rumble in Reading with The Amazons – Little Something Ever had one of those days when everything just seems grey? January has a tendency to have that affect, particularly in the UK. Ive never enjoyed wintry British Januarys, especially since I spent 2015's January in Sydney Australia. So whats the antidote? A) Fly to Australia? Don't think I haven't considered it. B) A Sunbed. Perhaps, but I dont particularly want to have a Trump like orange hue to my appearance. Or C) Hibernation? The actual answer, believe it or not, is Reading! Yes you heard correctly - Reading. 60’s concrete estates, forlorn terraces, Indian Takeaways and a High Street ... Read more / Preview track
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Round Up [Part 3] – Alicia Keys, Leonard Cohen, G.L.O.S.S, Cass McCombs… Its that time of year where all the blogs, online magazines, radio shows etc etc unveil their end of year Best of 2016 lists. We are one such publication. However before unveiling our end of year selections we always like to have a little nosey around the various other published Best Of's, just to see if we've missed anything. Which, considering we are primarily a one man band, is quite often the case. So, over the next few days we'll be rounding up any other essential new music that we shamefully missed in 2016, some you'll know, some you may not... Part 3 below, hit following links for ... Read more / Preview track
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Bonobo – Surface (feat. Nicole Miglis) [ Listen Now ] Typically as the end of a year approaches our bodies and minds, particularly in the UK, begin to shift down a few gears. Apart from frantic Christmas shopping, the donning of cliched Christmas jumpers and the trepidation of awkward family gatherings are work ethic begins to drop off a little. It's a though Christmas triggers a collective agreed consciousness that working hard is no longer required. A fact that probably infuriates many an overly enthusiastic middle manager. Yet despite this general slowing of the pace it would appear Bonobo, in stark contrast, has no intention of slowing down, ... Read more / Preview track