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Kings of Leon – Walls

Kings of Leon are one of those unfortunate bands who peaked too early. Whenever they release something new I am usually left listening to their seminal debut Youth & Young Manhood. I did my best to forget that album before listening to this one, but it is always difficult. WALLS has an energetic start. The […]

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Everything Everything – Distant Past

The lead single from Everything Everything’s upcoming album Get To Heaven, “Distant Past” offers a tantalising insight into the band’s new direction. Opening with a guitar riff reminiscent of Ennio Morricone’s spaghetti western soundtracks, before lead-singer Jonathan Higgs enters with his characteristic, and sharply executed, fast paced falsetto semi-rap, the track is immediately engaging. The […]

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Ronson returns with a groovy disco offering

In Uptown Special, Mark Ronson embraces the sounds of early 80s disco and hip-hop, confirming his shift away from the jazz and folk covers that characterised the early part of his career. This change in direction began with Ronson’s last album, 2010’s Record Collection, with the formation of The Business International as his accompanying band, and […]

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Interview with the award-winning Wretch 32

The Student speaks to the rapper about his career so far. Wretch 32 has made quite a name for himself in recent years. Back in 2011, his album Black and White gave him a string of top five singles in the UK chart, as well as over a million record sales. Having made his way […]

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Ben Howard – I Forget Where We Were

Following his debut album, Every Kingdom, Ben Howard won awards for British Breakthrough Act and British Solo Male Artist at 2013’s BRIT awards. His fusion of traditional pop music with folk, and a generous helping of infectious riffs, most clearly displayed on his top 10 selling “Only Love”, received much critical acclaim.

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Got wanderlust and spare change?

There are so many places on our doorstep for a spontaneous weekend escapade

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Prince – Art Official Age

All things considered, Prince has done well to avoid simply resting on his laurels and producing a lazy record. Clearly a lot of energy has gone into the production.

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The verdict on Aphex Twin’s first effort in thirteen years

Aphex Twin has a reputation for being on the cutting edge, and this album, his first in thirteen years, provides an insight into how music has changed during that time.