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[Listen] Erol Alkan produced: Ride – All I Want In a time when following your favourite indie band is about as cool as voting Conservative, it's interesting that one of the UK's most revered early 90's pioneers 'Ride' has elected to make 2017 their comeback year. In fact guitar music is at such an all time low in the UK that apart from the Foals we're struggling to think of any other UK bands that regularly make a noticeable impression on our pop addled charts. Perhaps Kasabian. But even still the traditional four piece would appear to be a declining aspiration for young musicians, not to mention the waning relevance of the LP format. But ... Read more / Preview track
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Listen to DJ Shadow & Nas – Systematic At times we need music that tells us how it us, something incendiary that doesn't beat around the bush. Whilst it's nice to have uplifting records that make us feel better, at times we need music to be a cathartic release. Articulating the fears, issues and frustrations that can dog our daily walk through life. Hip-Hop is arguably the most consistent genre when it comes to saying how it is and DJ Shadow & Nas - Systematic is another such Hip-Hop record. DJ Shadow kicks things off with a simple yet irresistible guitar loop, a loop that is later accompanied by an equally simple yet ... Read more / Preview track
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Pop-Sicle: Part 1 – Katy Perry, RAC, Sigrid Do you have a sweet tooth? One that needs a regular sugary fix? Well look no further than this weeks three irresistibly candy coated pop-sicle bangers from Katy Perry - Chained To The Rhythm, RAC - This Song and Sigrid - Don't Kill My Vibe. As a primarily underground House Music, Techno and Electronic Music blog talking about the latest pop bangers is potentially a risky proposition. Traditionally a love for tight production skills and sick beats is not synonymous with an equal interest in saccharine coated melodic hooks that even your mum would like. That said, apart from the odd diehard ... Read more / Preview track
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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