COMMON PEOPLE, SOUTHAMPTON, LIVE
AS THE final stragglers danced their way from the Common People main stage, the filthy sounds of favourite headliner Sean Paul still ringing around the ears, it was time for the organisers to reflect on how successful this year’s festival was. 40,000 flocked to Southampton’s Common in anticipation of yet another Bank Holiday jaunt on […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
OH YEAH, DUTCH UNCLES, SINGLE, REVIEW
Whilst comparisons to Kate Bush and the Talking Heads are well trodden ground when discussing Marple-born Dutch Uncles, new single “Oh Yeah” would not sound out of place on a Thomas Dolby greatest hits collection, and I mean that as a compliment. This is celebratory art-pop at its most honest and endearing. The song is […]