Live

Indie & Electro/Live/Reviews

PET SHOP BOYS, BIC, BOURNEMOUTH, LIVE

AS THE decades roll by and the world becomes a little more volatile, The Pet Shop Boys remain perhaps the only unremitting force out there. The Bournemouth crowd were dropped deep into a tube of hundreds and thousands, where only bright colours surround them. A kaleidoscope of lights. A 1980s cult classic given a modern makeover that succeeds to […]

Alternative/Indie & Electro/Live/Reviews

Amber Run, Engine Rooms, Southampton, Live

FOR a group that has shifted between elation and disintegration quicker than an alcoholic rattling in a coffee shop, Nottingham-born indie-pop quartet Amber Run may have finally found some unshakable ground. A genuine surprise for a group pitched brashly into the ever-unhealthy realms of the music industry prats after a negligible five gigs, discarded months […]

Alternative/Live/Reviews

Ryan Butterworth, The Railway Inn, Winchester

JOINING Mancunian favourites The Travelling Band for a special show in Winchester this month is Ryan Butterworth. Born and raised on the coast of Bournemouth, Ryan has been making waves throughout his burgeoning career. With a bittersweet tone that’s not too unlike fellow singer-songwriters Ben Howard and David Gray, the former Bournemouth University student is picking […]

Recorded

Alternative/Indie & Electro/Recorded/Reviews

FROM THE LAND BELOW, AH! KOSMOS feat. LAFAWNDAH, SINGLE, REVIEW

UNITING the sounds of Istanbul-born sound designer Basak Gunak – aka Ah! Kosmos – and the towering tones of vocalist LAFAWNDAH, new track ‘From The Land Below, which dropped on March 3, is a stunning union that demonstrates why these women are two of the most promising talents around. With Gunak’s crisp orchestrations that delve […]

Alternative/Indie & Electro/Recorded/Reviews

FAAAST FOOD, SISTERRAY, SINGLE, RECORDED

A SONG hasn’t typified a generation in under two-minutes as confidently as SisterRay’s new track ‘Fast Food’ since fellow London rascals The Rakes released ’22 Grand Job’ in 2005. Twelve-years on since The Rakes garnered that hit, and perhaps all that has developed is the speed in which we devour our money. Whether it be […]

Alternative/Recorded/Reviews

Sooner or Later, Brasstronaut, Single, Recorded

FOR ten years, Vancouver six-piece Brasstronaut have been exploring musical grounds like a rootless jongleurs; unhappy to define themselves by a sound. This has seen the outfit shift between aching indie rock and Afrobeat without the slightest hint of laxity. But after meandering between the genres, it appears Brasstronaut has finally found a happy ground […]

Interviews

Alternative/Indie & Electro/Interviews/Reviews

FIGHTING CARAVANS, INTERVIEW, RAILWAY INN, WINCHESTER

HOME to the country’s most northerly commercial vineyard, Europe’s oldest Caribbean carnival and creator of impish pair Sooty and Sweep, the once great mill town of Leeds has always been a city draped in ethnic tapestry that refuses to wilt. I mean Christ, it even gave the world Marks & Spencers – what more could […]

Indie & Electro/Interviews/Reviews

Rae Morris, Engine Rooms, Southampton, Interview

Blackpool’s Rae Morris evokes it all; eclectic electro soundscapes awash with darkened wintery melodies. Tracks like ‘Under the Shadows’ and ‘Closer’ demonstrate the astute line Morris continually crosses as she contemplates the next chapters of her youthful wanderings. At the crux of it Rae Morris is never far from an instantly arousing melody of pop […]

Indie & Electro

Alternative/Indie & Electro/Reviews

FRAGMENTS, SALT CATHEDRAL, SINGLE, RECORDED

NEW York is synonymous with musical duos. Throughout the history of the state, there is a rich vein that constantly pumps out and supplies every corner, genre and listener with something identifiable and emancipating. Simon & Garfunkel providing disconsolate lovers with a soundtrack of regret, the fronting up beats of east-side hip hop outfit Mobb […]

Alternative/Indie & Electro/Recorded/Reviews

FROM THE LAND BELOW, AH! KOSMOS feat. LAFAWNDAH, SINGLE, REVIEW

UNITING the sounds of Istanbul-born sound designer Basak Gunak – aka Ah! Kosmos – and the towering tones of vocalist LAFAWNDAH, new track ‘From The Land Below, which dropped on March 3, is a stunning union that demonstrates why these women are two of the most promising talents around. With Gunak’s crisp orchestrations that delve […]

Alternative/Indie & Electro/Recorded/Reviews

FAAAST FOOD, SISTERRAY, SINGLE, RECORDED

A SONG hasn’t typified a generation in under two-minutes as confidently as SisterRay’s new track ‘Fast Food’ since fellow London rascals The Rakes released ’22 Grand Job’ in 2005. Twelve-years on since The Rakes garnered that hit, and perhaps all that has developed is the speed in which we devour our money. Whether it be […]

Alternative

Alternative/Indie & Electro/Reviews

FRAGMENTS, SALT CATHEDRAL, SINGLE, RECORDED

NEW York is synonymous with musical duos. Throughout the history of the state, there is a rich vein that constantly pumps out and supplies every corner, genre and listener with something identifiable and emancipating. Simon & Garfunkel providing disconsolate lovers with a soundtrack of regret, the fronting up beats of east-side hip hop outfit Mobb […]

Alternative/Indie & Electro/Recorded/Reviews

FROM THE LAND BELOW, AH! KOSMOS feat. LAFAWNDAH, SINGLE, REVIEW

UNITING the sounds of Istanbul-born sound designer Basak Gunak – aka Ah! Kosmos – and the towering tones of vocalist LAFAWNDAH, new track ‘From The Land Below, which dropped on March 3, is a stunning union that demonstrates why these women are two of the most promising talents around. With Gunak’s crisp orchestrations that delve […]

Alternative/Indie & Electro/Recorded/Reviews

FAAAST FOOD, SISTERRAY, SINGLE, RECORDED

A SONG hasn’t typified a generation in under two-minutes as confidently as SisterRay’s new track ‘Fast Food’ since fellow London rascals The Rakes released ’22 Grand Job’ in 2005. Twelve-years on since The Rakes garnered that hit, and perhaps all that has developed is the speed in which we devour our money. Whether it be […]

R&B and Hiphop

Live/R&B & Hip Hop/Reviews

Kwabs, Gorilla, Manchester, Live

Lily Allen, Sandi Thom, Arctic Monkeys and Owl City all have social media to thank for their respective careers. MySpace, YouTube and FaceBook have played their parts in reinventing how music is consumed; for better or for probably worse. The latest out of the platform-sharing sweatshop is soul artist Kwabs. It was clear from this […]

Live/R&B & Hip Hop/Reviews

Bipolar Sunshine, The Ritz, Manchester, Live

Bipolar Sunshine – The Ritz – Manchester – Live – 17th April 2015 Manchester’s Bipolar Sunshine – aka Adio Marchant – radiates exactly what is expected when a name of such conflicting magnitude is conjured. Set in his town confines of The Ritz, Marchant and his new band of alternative pop fashioned brothers dispatched the […]