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An unlikely matchup proves harmonious in Malibu Ken

A solid collaboration between Aesop Rock, a prose-oriented rapper, and Tobacco, the frontman of psych outfit BMSR, is something probably no one wanted, but is surprisingly the first great project of the year. Aesop Rock has always been an extremely talented wordsmith, but behind his prose and flow has always been unimpressive beats and dull […]

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Sunshine Frisbee Laserbeam: as exciting as they sound

Best surmised as a psychedelic acid-punk band from Birmingham, Sunshine Frisbee Laserbeam permeate boundaries, their new release Blackout Cowboy doing just that. With just 309 monthly listeners on Spotify, it is fair to say SFL are relatively unheard of, especially outside of the flourishing Birmingham scene. This should not be the case. Sunshine Frisbee Laserbeam […]

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Hannah Wants at the Liquid Room

10th March The Liquid Room Hannah Alicia Smith, better known as the house music favourite Hannah Wants, is poised to take the stage, at midnight on a Saturday in The Liquid Room in Edinburgh. The room is packed, sweaty and expectant following the support acts Shadow Child and Mak & Pasteman, as the dense sea […]

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Young Fathers – ‘Cocoa Sugar’

4/5 stars Young Fathers have a sound that is hard to define. People flippantly call them a ‘rap group’, but really, there is very little rapping in comparison to their contemporaries; they sing airy but sugary-sweet melodies over interchangeably raucous and mellow lo-fi beats. They make labelling their sound no easier in their latest album […]

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Róisín Murphy brightens up DJ Koze’s new single

4/5 stars German dance auteur DJ Koze has always had a knack for subtle reinvention, underscoring his electronic productions with a vitality and understated mysticism that has set him a little bit to the left of his contemporaries. 2013’s Amygdala infused sprawling techno with hints of psychedelia and lounge music easiness, and from the two […]

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Black Milk foregrounds production skills on measured new album

3.5/5 stars When you think of hip-hop in the city of Detroit, Eminem, Danny Brown, Tee Grizzley and J Dilla probably come to mind. That last name is particularly important in this context. While Eminem altered the perception of hip-hop in the mainstream, J Dilla influenced an entire generation of producers, whether it was independently […]

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Nasari’s Afterglow

Edinburgh’s favourite shoegaze quartet have been constantly on the rise over the last two years since their 2016 formation, however, only recently have they released their anticipated debut single ‘Afterglow’. The four-minute cut manages to fully integrate catchy hooks that stick in your mind, such as Josh Cakir’s anthemic ‘walk on over’ refrain or the […]

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’44 More’ is a statement of intent and difference from Logic

4/5 stars ’44 More’ by Logic was a surprise release from the Maryland rapper. ’44 More’ is a statement regarding Logic’s prolific nature of releasing fresh content. There’s a consensus that the single is a throwback to Logic’s earlier content. To a large extent, this is true – at least, it’s unlike Logic’s recent content. […]