Holding on to Hats: How The Blue Nile and I found each other

The Blue Nile’s sophomore album Hats was released thirty years ago, on 16 October 1989. Deputy Editor Iain Dalgleish looks back on how he established his love affair with The Blue Nile and sheds his own light on the reclusive Glasgow band’s masterpiece. It’s time for my big confessional. I am in love with The Continue Reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Riff makers John reach lofty heights on their new album; despite being ‘Out Here On The Fringes’ it’s sure to soar!

“Out Here In The Fringes is the perfect record for someone who wants to occasionally go for a good head bang but definitely isn’t a sacrifice-goats-in-a-graveyard type music fan.” Picture the scene: you’re a generic music fan and you’re trying to pick what you fancy listening to; you’re the kind of person that probably was Continue Reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Jungle Brown prove the art of the album is not dead in British Hip-Hop with flawless return on ‘Full Circle’.

With a three-single campaign of Keep It Movin’, Ikoja and culminating with We On —featuring the legendary Sampa The Great — we knew Jungle Brown’s sophomore effort would be one of the highlights of the year. Quite frankly, as soon as we heard the relaxed Jurassic 5 vibes of debut single and album opener Keep Continue Reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Amber Run are back with Philophobia, their most cohesive album to date; an album about love, in all its romantic, destructive, uplifting and depressing glory.

‘From the outset, the album doesn’t hold back and has some of the band’s best work to date.’ Amber Run are a band most known for their haunting and goosebump-providing acoustic tracks, such as the phenomenal 5am or the heart-wrenching I Found, their third album Philophobia really embraces the heavier, darker themes of For A Continue Reading

ALBUM REVIEW: New Zealand Punks Miss June Won’t Be Having a ‘Bad Luck Party’ When Their Party Punk Debut Drops This Friday.

So, what do we know about Miss June…? They toured Oceania with IDLES which means they’ll have UK fans regardless of their sound, but in honesty they truly deserved that slot and the fans; they’re sarcastic and humorous using @ihatemissjune as their account name on Twitter and Instagram and they signed off our recent interview Continue Reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Ezra Furman’s Latest Release Twelve Nudes Is The Glam Punk Album A Divided Society Needs Right Now.

“Twelve Nudes continues with Ezra’s career of bold work and damn right this is his punk record; we love it.” When Ezra Furman announced Twelve Nudes and described it as “our punk record” we didn’t know what we were to expect but Ezra has never been an artist to shy away from bold work so Continue Reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Pet Deaths Take Us ‘To The Top Of The Hill And Roll’ With Their Conceptual Widescreen London Based Folk.

Last month saw us re-introduced to the London-based duo Pet Deaths, whose exquisite single Wind Up Bird gave a taster of this, their debut album. As the story goes, collaborators Liam Karima and Graeme Martin united over a shared love of musical and literary influences while both coming to terms with a need for big-city Continue Reading

ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Boy Scouts’ Release A Warm, Comforting Breeze Of Indie Folk On New Album ‘Free Company’

“Free Company is a record that floats with breezy indie charm…; collection of feelgood indie folk songs yet.” Boy Scouts’ singer songwriter Taylor Vick and pal Stephen Steinbrink took the supremely bold and daring step to set up a recording studio inside a rented shipping container. No windows, little space and not much by way Continue Reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Indie-rockers No Hot Ashes Are Set To Go Intergalactic With Debut Album Hardship Starship. 

‘And with Hardship Starship, that fanbase is going to blow up. ‘ No Hot Ashes, a four piece from Stockport, might not yet be a household name — but give them time. They’ve been touring up and down the country almost non-stop, most recently with a headline slot at Thousand Island in London, wowing audiences Continue Reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Friendly Fires – Inflorescent. The Trio’s Four-Decade Dancefloor Homage Reinstalls Solid Roots In The Ground

Friendly Fires have come a long way from the heady days when their self-titled debut burst out of the late-noughties scene, amongst the wreckage of nu-rave, nu-gaze and other fads long-since left redundant; a distant time when people seemed to have nothing better to do than care about The Klaxons, even encouraging them with a Continue Reading