TRACK PREMIER & EP REVIEW: Munky – Un, Deux, Trois, Cat E.P: Brimming with knowing swagger and intelligence

The emerging Dublin scene continues to show no sign of let-up; the latest protagonists being dance-punk outfit Munky who have followed up on early trailers You’ve Got Male and One in Five with an extended-play release, the cheekily titled Un, Deux, Trois, Cat. Resplendent in psych-feline artwork, the outing consolidates Munky’s early promise and post-millennial Continue Reading

ALBUM REVIEW: FACS – Lifelike. Uneasy Listening: Beauty in the brutality.

Lifelike is the sophomore release from Chicago’s FACS, a trio featuring ex-Disappears members Brian Case (guitar/vocal) and Noah Ledger (drums), with Alianna Kalaba (bass) replacing Jonathan van Herik who played on 2018 debut Negative Houses. “[Lifelike] is a glowering morass of a record, seething with foreboding and very, very dark.” Let’s nail down a few Continue Reading

Good Cop, Bad Cop (Matt Helders of Arctic Monkeys & Joe Carnall of Milburn). This Is Not The Album We Wanted, It’s So Much More; Old Friendships Die Hard On This Classic Debut.

‘One of the best albums of 2019 so far… is not getting the hype it deserves…; you need this album in your life.’ Initial rumblings of Joe’s work outside Milburn were coming to light in late 2016 when he chatted with Underscore Part 3 at Portsmouth’s Wedgewood Rooms on Milburn’s first tour in 7 years Continue Reading

EP REVIEW: Modern Nature – Nature E.P: A Parameter-Pushing Blank Canvas

A little biography is in order; Modern Nature is a coterie of collaborators based around Jack Cooper (Ultimate Painting), Will Young (Beak>) and Aaron Neveu (Woods), expanded on this initial outing by the cello of Rupert Gillett and saxophone of Jeff Tobias. The seemingly untimely demise of the acclaimed Ultimate Painting has been a catalyst Continue Reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Desperate Journalist; In Search of The Miraculous: A Post Punk Concept Album That Holds Its Own Among The Best Of Its Kind.

An immense and absorbing mood piece, with Jo Bevan’s lyrical soul-bearing its deliberate and brave focal point. “There has to be the chance for something to go wrong in order for it to be rewarding when it goes right, which I suppose fits the whole theme of this record.” – Jo Bevan, Desperate Journalist in Continue Reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Piroshka; Brickbat: Don’t Be Fooled By The Term Supergroup For This Band It Is In Concept Only.

The mere announcement of the existence of Piroshka was enough to prick the interest of critics and fans alike. Employing the combined efforts of Miki Berenyi (Lush), KJ McKillop (Moose), Mick Conroy (Modern English) and Justin Welch (Elastica), there was an instant and irresistible draw to discover what such a post-punk melting pot would have Continue Reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Yak, Pursuit of Momentary Happiness; A Masterpiece of Conception And Execution out 8th February on Third Man Records/ Virgin EMI

  Artists looking to create their sophomore release, that vital document that asserts they are no flash in the pan, would rarely be advised to follow the template which Yak visionary-in-chief Oli Burslem has executed in the near three years which have elapsed since their debut Alas Salvation. Scrapped sessions, borderline bankruptcy, itinerant to the Continue Reading

ALBUM REVIEW: James Blake- Assume Form. The winter of 2019 has its soundtrack.

There aren’t many records which suit the bleakness of an English winter. Assume Form is definitely one of them, but it allows for romance too.  James Blake has been the architect of sombre and ambient beats for a number of years now and Assume Form doesn’t stray away from that in terms of musical delivery. Continue Reading

ALBUM REVIEW: “Joy As An Act Of Resistance” by IDLES: The Most Important Album of Our Generation!

The Most Important Album of Our Generation! As someone who listens to 100s of albums each year it is with shock but pride to say I cannot think of an album more important than this one released in my lifetime. There are definitely album’s I’ve loved and will listen to forever with joy, Arctic Monkeys Continue Reading