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Review: Pinegrove return with 11:11

Pinegrove goes political and keeps the tunes coming. New Jersey’s alt-country starlets Pinegrove are back with their fifth full-length release 11:11. Fans have been talking about 11:11 as a ‘back to basics album’ after Marigold’s refinement, but I don’t think that’s quite right: there is as much innovation as nostalgia on this record, creating an […]

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Review: Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe In You

On the opening track of Big Thief’s latest outing, ‘Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe In You’, singer-guitarist Adrianne Lenker poses a question: “Would you live forever, never die / while everything around you passes? Would you smile forever, never cry / while everything around you passes?” In whimsical tones, she users her listeners into […]

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The two sides of slowthai: TYRON

★★★ Bursting on the scene in 2019 with his debut album Nothing Great About Britain, slowthai proved that his high-energy combination of grime, heavy hip hop, and punk influences could come together into something wholly unique. Propelling himself as one of the artists to watch, his off-stage antics as well as his manic music delivery […]

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Celeste: Not Your Muse

★★★ Though Celeste is only beginning her career, there is difficulty in not regarding this album as a relatively middle of the road work. Some tracks will inevitably leave its listener startled, and such a precedent is set in the opening song, ‘Ideal Woman’. This exceptional debut opener unveils notions of self-assessment towards love affairs, […]

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Silky and self-assured: Arlo Parks’ debut album Collapsed inSunbeams is a delight

★★★★ Arlo Parks’ debut album Collapsed in Sunbeams, released on 29th January, is a feast for the ears. The warm, soothing and delicate voice of the 20 year old hailing from London has rightfully already lauded her much critical acclaim and it is unsurprising that she has committed fans in the likes of global superstar […]

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Bicep reverts to disappointing routines on Isles

★★ Belfast born electronic duo have returned with their second studio album Isles. With their 2017 self-titled debut, Bicep marked themselves as big hitters in the word of techno, utilising deep cuts and experimental beats to create a sound that was simultaneously meticulously organised yet expansive. Tracks like ‘Glue’ and ‘Opal’ stood out for their […]

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Sound Ancestors sees Madlib and Four Tet collide, with refreshing results

★★★★ The self-proclaimed ‘DJ first, producer second’ Madlib drops what he bills as his first proper solo instrumental project, and what a record it turned out to be. Widely known in the mainstream as a result of his collaborations with Freddie Gibs and the late MF Doom, Otis Jackson Jr. has been spinning out eclectic […]

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Lana Del Ray: Chemtrails Over The Country Club

★★★★ CW: ableism Lana Del Rey’s latest release is ‘Chemtrails Over the Country Club’, the second single from her upcoming album of the same name. Meant to be released in September, it has now been delayed to March. Lana has been the subject of a lot of controversy of late, most recently with regards to […]