Reviews

Habitats – Jungles EP

Hampshire’s Habitats have released their anticipated ‘Jungles’ EP ahead of a short UK tour which will take them to Manchester, Leeds, London and Nottingham. After previously releasing the title track, there are now three accompanying pieces of breezy indie pop coming in at around fifteen minutes. Although not the...

Wet – Don’t You

et, a group already tipped as the most promising act of 2015 by Fader had a large amount of expectation surrounding the release of their debut album ‘Don’t You’. The Brooklyn three piece seem to have attained an appropriately cool approach to the creation and collation of their debut record. There...

Her – Her Tape #1

band tipped for huge things in 2016, Her follow the release of viral hit ‘Five Minutes’ with a full length mixtape to begin what is sure to be a stellar year for the operation. Beginning with a fractured American/French commentator intro we open into preceding single ‘Quite Like’ with a...

Savages – Adore Life

avages’ debut album may have just peeked into the UK Top 20 yet its lasting impression upon the industry equates to so much more than a chart position. Their all female lineup was not the main reason to pay attention (see The Staves, Warpaint etc) it was the feminine...

NZCA Lines – Infinite Summer

ichael Lovett, always a man of extreme optimism reaches for new lofty limits on the release of NZCA Lines’ anticipated sophomore album. Now a three person operation with the inclusion of Ash guitarist Charlotte Hatherley and Sarah Jones, the musicians have collated something larger than an album, it is a...

Daughter – Not To Disappear

aughter, the alt-rock trio with a penchant for the poetic return with one of the year’s most anticipated sophomore records. The band has remained near silent after the release of ‘If You Leave’ allowing its personable impact to resonate with its listeners. A record built on solitude and bitterness was curiously beautiful...

David Bowie – Blackstar

n his 69th birthday, the illustrious David Bowie gifts 2016 with his 25th edition of a collection begun way back in 1967.  Four out of the seven tracks featured on ‘Blackstar’ have been previously released, forming the opening quartet. Its title track kicking things off in suitably ornate manner as Bowie...

Hurts – Surrender

elancholic Mancunican duo Hurts have suffered a somewhat ambiguous career thus far after fluctuating fare with both critics and commerciality. The debut featured swelling, balladic momentum interspersed with ice cold noir dance floor fillers whilst its follow-up delved into further darkness with a matured approach to songwriting and the...

New Order – Music Complete

he very idea of a New Order without the inclusion of Peter Hook seemed sheer sacrilege to the devout following. Their tenth studio album ‘Superheated’ is definitely indulging in new territory and although Hook has departed, there is energy and experimentation present within this record. The Mancunicans made bold statement...

SEXWITCH – SEXWITCH

ombining the creative forces of avant garde pop starlet Natasha Khan, production stylings of Dan Carey and boundary pushing psych rock musicians Toy would always prove fruitful and this collective have created something of utter bewilderment. Sexwitch was conceptually conceived earlier in the year when these artists began to scour the globe...

Chvrches – Every Open Eye

cottish electro-pop juggernauts Chvrches are one of UK’s most surprisingly successful exports after cracking and then destroying the US market with their debut LP ‘The Mother We Share’. A well collated collection of tracks demonstrating Eurythmics style elation against gritty Glasvegas vocal delivery in darker parts of the album....

Lana Del Rey – Honeymoon

nigmatic is perhaps the most appropriate word to surmise the career and persona of Elizabeth Grant. Today ‘Honeymoon’ is released and instantly feels to be an extension of ‘Paradise’ a repackaged edition of ‘Born to Die’ released in 2012. From its lavish title track opener, Del Rey often indulges within...

Sean Nicholas Savage – Other Death

ontreal singer/songwriter Sean Nicholas Savage is an integral pillar in the area’s community of ingenious and unique musicians changing the very landscape in which they experiment upon. Alongside the likes of Grimes and Mac DeMarco, Savage has proudly showcased his characterful qualities and boldly stepped away from the conventions...

Rhodes – Wishes

aldock singer/songwriter David Rhodes stands poised to release one of the year’s most anticipated debut albums. In a year where neo-folk musicians including Rae Morris and Laura Marling have impressed, Rhodes arrives with a sound of grandeur where emotion is multiplied and thrust to the surface of gushing musical...

Foals – What Went Down

s the final brutal tones of ‘Inhaler’ rang out around Robin Hill County Park in early September 2014, Yannis Philippakis had previously announced to the crowd that it would be the last time they would be hearing from Foals for some time. You can imagine our shock as barely twelve...

The Bohicas – The Making Of

here has been a reinvestment of interest in new variations of rock in the UK where the likes of British outfits including Royal Blood and  Nothing But Thieves find themselves rubbing shoulders with Tay-Sway and Sam Smith on the Radio 1 Playlist. The latest recruit to this complicated middle ground is...

The Maccabees – Marks To Prove It

midst the grey, expanding developments of Elephant & Castle, indie rock aficionados The Maccabees have been arduously crafting their fourth LP in ever changing surroundings and an evermore changing musical landscape. ‘Marks To Prove It’ is a sublime and subtle record that feels no need to announce itself as compared...