Releases

“Morning Phase” – Beck, Album, Out Feb. 25

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beck - 75They say art is never finished, only abandoned. So when Beck decided to offer up his first studio album in six years, it was only natural he would look to the past for inspiration. A delicately introspective look at what was already an introspective album, “Morning Phase” (2014) acts to complete what “Sea Change” (2002) [...]



“That’s The Trouble” – Cagedbaby, Single, Out Now

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caged baby - 75Brighton born Thomas Gandey, also known as Cagedbaby, is sure to be commandeering a dance floor near you soon with the upcoming release of second album “Now We Are Two”. With an impressive collection of deeply entrancing house tracks under his belt, the charismatic DJ, Live Artist, Vocalist and Producer is taunting us with the [...]



Release Review: “Bedfellows: The Forgotten Daughter” – Bastions, EP, Out Now.

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bastions - 75Bastions have proved their importance as a staple of the UK’s aggressive music scene over the past few years, consistently evolving with each release and packing out sweaty club shows with their intense live performances. Last year welcomed “Bedfellows: The Bastard Son”, the first instalment in the “Bedfellows” series; two concept EP’s that follow the [...]



Release Review: “Total Strife Forever” – East India Youth, Album, Out Now

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east india youth - 75East India Youth’s William Doyle has long been squirreling away hype for the producer/singer-songwriter winter – let the Jamie Woons, James Blakes, Vondelparks and Deptford Goths have their fun. Because 2014 now finds him not only lacking in peers, but backed up by a masterful debut – packed with as many synthpop nuggets as modernist [...]



Release Review: “SUM/ONE” – bEEdEEgEE, Album, Out Now.

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bEEdEEgEE - 75The multi-faceted knob-twiddler behind Gang Gang Dance’s eclectic dance pop tries his hand at a solo record, with highly inconsistent but wholly intriguing results. An alternately quasi-pop and deft electronica patchwork to bury your ears in for at least one solid go before some inevitable “Are you sure you want to delete…?” moments. Brian McGraw [...]



Release Review: “30 Years of R&S Records” – Various Artists, Compilation, Out Now

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RS - 75Catch this bargain package from dance legends R&S Records, spanning their thirty year reign over forward-thinking electronic music from Belgium to London, and from Aphex Twin to James Blake – three decades of electro-brilliance for the price of two pints of lager. R&S Records emerged in the eighties as one of the labels whose seal [...]



Release Review: “Muscle Memory” – Jamie Lenman, Album, Out Now.

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jamie Lenman - 75For those of you who aren’t familiar, Jamie Lenman used to front the now defunct, sorely missed, grossly underrated rock band that was Reuben. Since their hiatus in 2008, fans have waited with baited breath to hear so much as a murmur from the Lenman. Now, five years later comes “Muscle Memory”, Lenman’s solo album [...]



Release Review: “Who is William Onyeabor?” – William Onyeabor, Reissue, Out Now

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william onyeabor - 75After decades of speculation about the mysterious Nigerian funk prophet (Soviet cinematographer? Flour mill owner? Local Politician?), Luaka Bop provide the first ever legitimate release of William Onyeabor’s increasingly sought after work from the late seventies to mid-eighties. The likes of Four Tet and Caribou have long sung his praises, and finally here Onyeabor gets [...]



Release Review: “Reflektor” – Arcade Fire, Album, Out Now

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arcade-fire-reflektor - 75Not every band can boast a resume of three albums and sixteen instruments, whilst being dubbed “the best band on the planet” by Chris Martin. So when a band of this calibre brings out a brand new thirteen track album, featuring none other than David Bowie’s vocals, it’s kind of a big deal. Arcade Fire’s [...]



Release Review: “Cupid Deluxe” – Blood Orange, Album, Out Now

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blood orange - 75After heaps of writer/producer credits cementing his supreme indie cool, Dev Hynes (Test Icicles, Lightspeed Champion) flips the equation to feature a host of collaborators on his second full length as Blood Orange – his grooviest moniker. The eighties-canny style remains, bolstered by (funky) fresh production pizzazz and some of the biggest tunes this side [...]