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Alternative/Live/Reviews

FEEDER, GUILDHALL, SOUTHAMPTON, LIVE

FOR quarter of a century, Newport alternative rockers Feeder have adorned playlist after playlist collated by exasperated teenagers, angry at something that they don’t really understand. Their songs have continually found relevance across generations of fans with the likes of smash hit ‘Buck Rodgers’ and ‘Just the Way I’m Feeling’ firm favourites, whether it be […]

Alternative/Live/Reviews

THE STRANGLERS, GUILDHALL, SOUTHAMPTON, LIVE

With a career spanning four decades and 17 albums, The Stranglers, punk rock’s great survivors, show no sign of letting up any time soon. Rarely taking a break from touring The Stranglers have been a regular feature at Southampton’s Guildhall in recent years. Despite it being a Monday night the place was packed and the […]

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 […]

Recorded

Alternative/Indie & Electro/Recorded/Reviews/Uncategorized

CARELESS PEOPLE, CHARLOTTE OC, ALBUM, RECORDED

FOR SOMETIME, Charlotte Mary O’Connor – aka Charlotte OC – has been the electro-soulstress on the cusp of brilliance. Her 2013 track ‘Colour My Heart’ remains one of the darkened pop classics that finally distanced her from the bratty pop career Sony had once dreamt she would have. And in the four-years since, critics, fans […]

Alternative/Recorded/Reviews/Uncategorized

AETHERLIGHT, MT WOLF, ALBUM, RECORDED

NOT SINCE Sigur Rós landed in 1997 with their maiden release ‘Von’, has a debut album created such an anthemic buzz that every shard of the body quakes in sorrow, ectascy and electricity. And within minutes of London trio Mt Wolf’s ‘Aetherlight’ the very nature of the listener’s spirituality and existence is bought to question. […]

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 […]

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/Recorded/Reviews/Uncategorized

CARELESS PEOPLE, CHARLOTTE OC, ALBUM, RECORDED

FOR SOMETIME, Charlotte Mary O’Connor – aka Charlotte OC – has been the electro-soulstress on the cusp of brilliance. Her 2013 track ‘Colour My Heart’ remains one of the darkened pop classics that finally distanced her from the bratty pop career Sony had once dreamt she would have. And in the four-years since, critics, fans […]

Alternative/Indie & Electro/Reviews/Uncategorized

IN WRITE, HAPPYNESS, ALBUM, REVIEW

IT’S been three-years since alternative outfit Happyness became our favourite dejected youngsters with 2014’s ‘Weird Little Sister’, and now as the Londoners return with ‘In Write’ the adolescent euphoria has become mature beauty. Whereas previously Happyness were about dysfunctional lyrics and sobering melodies, the space now filled by the trio represents something closer to the […]

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

Alternative/Indie & Electro/Recorded/Reviews/Uncategorized

CARELESS PEOPLE, CHARLOTTE OC, ALBUM, RECORDED

FOR SOMETIME, Charlotte Mary O’Connor – aka Charlotte OC – has been the electro-soulstress on the cusp of brilliance. Her 2013 track ‘Colour My Heart’ remains one of the darkened pop classics that finally distanced her from the bratty pop career Sony had once dreamt she would have. And in the four-years since, critics, fans […]

Alternative/Recorded/Reviews/Uncategorized

AETHERLIGHT, MT WOLF, ALBUM, RECORDED

NOT SINCE Sigur Rós landed in 1997 with their maiden release ‘Von’, has a debut album created such an anthemic buzz that every shard of the body quakes in sorrow, ectascy and electricity. And within minutes of London trio Mt Wolf’s ‘Aetherlight’ the very nature of the listener’s spirituality and existence is bought to question. […]

Alternative/Live/Reviews

FEEDER, GUILDHALL, SOUTHAMPTON, LIVE

FOR quarter of a century, Newport alternative rockers Feeder have adorned playlist after playlist collated by exasperated teenagers, angry at something that they don’t really understand. Their songs have continually found relevance across generations of fans with the likes of smash hit ‘Buck Rodgers’ and ‘Just the Way I’m Feeling’ firm favourites, 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 […]