Album Review: SOWFLO: New Shoes – Thematic Turns and Positive Vibes

Poppy, reggae beats resound in the latest offering from the (SO)uth-(W)est-(FLO)rida-based five piece. Off the back of the success of their 2016 debut Such Is Life – which reached fifth place in the Billboard reggae charts – the reggae/rock quintet have teamed up once more with Marc Lee (Damian Marley, Stephen Marley) to produce this…

EP Review: Hate Club: A Clear Mistake – One Hell of an Auditory Ride

Scorching, slick and new, A Clear Mistake is the latest installment from the New York Indie punks, Hate Club. In just three searing tracks, the band display a diverse lyrical and stylistic range. How? Through interlacing 90s Indie tropes – most likely influenced by the likes of Pixies and Sonic Youth – with raucous energy….

Review: OGRE & Dallas Campbell – All Hallows’ II

Retrowave duo OGRE and Dallas Campbell demonstrate a preternatural approach to synth-music on their latest fictitious score. All Hallows’ II is a conceptual soundtrack to a fictional horror film, akin to the style of an 80s-horror film. Despite collaborating thousands of miles from each other (OGRE is based in southwest England, whereas Dallas Campbell lives…

Review: Ramson Badbonez – Mic Day The 13th

Ramson Badbonez is back for 2019, with twelve brand new tracks which instantly hit you with a certain confidence which transcends the vibe of Bandbonez’ 2018 concept release, yet continues to reference from the perception of the previously titular alter-ego, Jason Bonez. With a haunting one-minute intro which sounds as if it has been made…

Album Review: Katie Doherty and the Navigators – And Then

Previous winner of BBC Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year has reclaim her grip at the top of the UK’s Folk scene. Northumberland’s Katie Doherty releases her second album And Then, over a decade after her debut Bridges. And this time, she has joined forces with the Navigators: Dave Gray and Shona Mooney. During…

EP Review: paris_monster – Lamplight

By turns reflective and hectic, speckled with digital elements but full of human fragility, Lamplight is an exploratory exultation which coruscates with groove.   The underscore that unites the paris with the monster in the band’s name nods to the deep groove that runs directly through the album. Digital monster-riffs and uncapitalised Parisian sentiments loom…

Feature: Anti-Xmas Music vs Christmas Classics

Christmas songs in general are overplayed, cheesy, and at times nauseatingly saccharine. With only some exceptions such as The Pogues’ classic ‘Fairytale of New York’, a wonderfully miserable song about two bickering bitter exes, you can’t walk into any shopping centre this time of year without being met by the same cheery playlist chiming out…

Album Review: Sevdaliza – The Calling

A year after her 2017 release Ison, Iranian-Dutch queenly music-crafter Sevdaliza has bounced back with The Calling, an auditory quest of vocal elegance, avant-garde aesthetic, and wonder. The musician elucidates the central theme by explaining her attraction to the specific processes and moods of song-creation, emphasising that she prefers the natural progressions of musical styles…

Album Review: Amen Dunes -Freedom

A patiently-crafted album, the fourth full-length release from Amen Dunes, the musical project overseen by Damon McMahon, bruns warm, strutting grooves and vocal dexterity. McMahon has honed a markedly more direct sound since his previous releases, channeling the sensitive boisterousness more often associated with British bands of the nineties – The Verve are one of…