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Songs to Study to

As we reach exam season and procrastination is plaguing you, here are some artists to get you motivated and focused.  Vulfpeck/Vulf:  Groovy and motivating, Vulfpeck’s album ‘Mr Finish Line’ is a great driving album and evening walk soundtrack and has recently found its way into my studying lineup. It will give you beats that keep […]

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Joe, Joe, Joe / Don’t you ever leave

Joesef is back on his Scottish home turf to close the UK tour for the new album Permanent Damage, which he released at the beginning of 2023. It is so clear that Scotland and its people are woven into the very fabric of Joesef’s music and lyricism and that he himself feels a part of this audience. […]

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Blackstarkids CYBERKISS* – A Digital Landscape of Constructed Nostalgia?  

Blackstarkids, signed under the same label as Beabadoobee and Glass Animals, offer their listener many different styles on CYBERKISS*. The album takes you on a journey without subscribing to any genre. In terms of its consistent identity, however, it is inarguably a sentimental homage to the early 2000s. CYBERKISS* takes many musical and artistic themes […]

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Thee Sacred Souls debut album blends classic soul with a modern twist 

In late August, San Diego trio Thee Sacred Souls released their much anticipated self-titled ‘LP’ and it has become an earworm for soul fans the world over. Produced by Daptone records co-founder Gabriel Roth, this album is a warm and layered record which fuses the sweet 60s sounds of Sam Cooke with the 70s R&B […]

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Explaining the inexplicable: Loveless, in retrospect

What did Brian Eno mean when he described My Bloody Valentine’s Loveless as “a new standard for pop?” Pop had always been what it was, popular, because of its universality; its ability to pick the drowning bumblebee from its pool of lust or longing or whatever emotional sap it may flounder in and help things […]

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Declan McKenna delivers the perfect indie-rock the world needs

Things have been pretty bad for a while now, and apparently both the government and the university are hell bent on making them even worse. So, it is a good thing Declan McKenna’s new album Zeros slaps hard. It might just be the only thing that keeps you going right now. It is no understatement […]

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Cults dazzle on their new album Host

Rating: 5 out of 5 We are all very much aware that 2020 so far has been nine months packed with the unexpected, and as Cults releases their fifth album titled Host, their contribution to the year’s cultural landscape has proven to be no exception.  New York based indie duo Cults have been in the […]

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Fenne Lily produces an emotionally raw record in quarantine

Rating: 3 out of 5 BREACH is the latest offering from English singer-songwriter Fenne Lily, a record of cool and measured melancholy. Two years on from her debut On Hold, the 23-year-old has retained her vulnerable brand of indie-folk, wielding punchy full-band numbers such as promo-singles ‘Alapathy’ and ‘Solipsism’ along with moments of disarming sensitivity […]