Review: Minimal Animal – I thought that we’d be happy here

Nick Cox‘s pop sensibilities have never been a secret. From the harmonies and French pop halcyon days of Screaming Maldini, his previous band, to his current venture, Minimal Animal, he’s always had a knack for picking the right hook. One that will veer from your bog standard rock into fashionable pop music. I thought that we’d be happy here is a short trip through a … Continue reading Review: Minimal Animal – I thought that we’d be happy here

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Review: Eric & Magill – Thanks to sciences / Valhalla Baby!

There’s always something about Eric & Magill‘s music. Call it an aura, call it a particular aroma. It’s always there, like the memories from a lucid dream flashing back through the day. ‘Thanks to sciences’ starts as a folky ballad that soars with a CSO-friendly video that conveys the ethereal warmth of the track, one that explodes and then washes back, fading into just a … Continue reading Review: Eric & Magill – Thanks to sciences / Valhalla Baby!

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Review: Yugen Blakrok – Anima Mysterium

About a year ago, I was done with superhero films. I want to say Black Panther changed my mind. It didn’t. The soundtrack, though, that one was a pleasing surprise. A cornucopia of rappers, old and new. From that curated roster, one name stuck out: Yugen Blakrok. Anima Mysterium is not a brag-rap album. It’s a socially conscious album that tells a story, weaved through … Continue reading Review: Yugen Blakrok – Anima Mysterium

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Review: Moving Panoramas – In Two

  Time heals all wounds. It’s a cliché. It’s a platitude. It’s a tiny piece of driftwood in an ocean of tears. But, hey, it’s something. Moving Panoramas has had a couple of intense years since the release of their debut, One (our review), back in 2015. Intense touring -including a stop to watch the Marfa lights- and a heavy rotation of band members created … Continue reading Review: Moving Panoramas – In Two

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Review: We Were Promised Jetpacks – The More I Sleep, The Less I Dream

It was November of 2009. A drizzle covered the dark skies of Sheffield. The Uni rag asked me to cover We Were Promised Jetpacks at The Leadmill and S.A.D. was affecting me. It’s hard being in a strange country, one you maybe didn’t belong in. The Flying Squad was yelling their lungs out, closing their set on a high note. Not much time passed and … Continue reading Review: We Were Promised Jetpacks – The More I Sleep, The Less I Dream

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Single: Moving Panoramas – Baby Blues

  It’s been three years since Moving Panoramas’ One took over our hearts, set up residence and longed for Texan sunsets and lullabies about one night stands. In that time, the band has re-arranged itself into different incarnations, like Dr. Who, shifting and remolding -not remodelling- itself into a dreamgazing machine. ‘Baby Blues’ is the new single off their new album, In Two. There’s no time … Continue reading Single: Moving Panoramas – Baby Blues

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Single: The Hot Soles – Flat Feet

If a band never releases an album and drip feeds you scorching single after scorching single? The Hot Soles are the exception to that homespun bit of hyperbole. ‘Flat feet’ veers into anthem-rock territory, but with enough soulful blues essence to keep it in the home territory. It feels like torture to keep waiting for a new album, EP, maxisingle, wax-cylinder, anything, but patience will … Continue reading Single: The Hot Soles – Flat Feet

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Review: Baked – II

Is our current mindframe geared towards EPs and singles, not albums? Has our attention span been decimated by our bloody quest for likes, hearts, retweets, and emoji reactions? It’s a long discussion, man, and I wouldnae wish to bore you without inviting over for a fine brew. Today we have Baked on tap. Another blend from Casa de Exploding in Sound Records, this refreshing drink, … Continue reading Review: Baked – II

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My name is mud – Force Fest 2018

En principio, todo festival suena “bien”. Un pequeño resguardo del hartazgo que nos diluvia cada día en esta vida. ¿Acaso liberar todo el estrés acumulado en un concierto, del género que sea, no es una ocasión gozosa? En el caso del Force Fest, el gozo fue un pozo ciego. Se anunciaba como un festival con un line-up que le tiraba a la cartera de los … Continue reading My name is mud – Force Fest 2018

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