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IDLES miss the mark with Ultra Mono

The latest album by Bristolian rock band IDLES Ultra Mono, delivers hard hitting truths at a freight train-like unwavering velocity, scratching the anarchy itch that has plagued the British nation all year.  It is no wonder that with Ultra Mono, the boys have scored their first UK number one and bagged the title of fastest selling […]

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Fleet Foxes’ Shore is as scenic and glistening as its namesake suggests.

Rating: 4 stars Seattle indie folk band Fleet Foxes, now the putative brainchild of singer-songwriter Robin Pecknold, have returned with Shore, an album of liberation, gratitude and an appreciation for the simpler things in life. In such a time of turmoil, this is an outlook which may appear at odds. But for those in need […]

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New Beabadoobee lacks her original sound

Whenever an artist whose career began purely on YouTube or SoundCloud announces a full studio album, it can create a certain type of nervousness. Indie pop artists like Clairo tend to abandon their lo-fi aesthetic in their debut favouring a more generic, sometimes overproduced, pop sound. This always feels like a loss: these artists thrived […]

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Big Sean’s back, and it’s surprisingly good

Detroit 2 is the latest effort from a generational force in rap: Big Sean. Its an album which demonstrates a significant move in a more pensive direction, demonstrating some of the Detroit-born rapper’s most insightful lyricism yet. On first listen, the album is a homage to the city from which he hails; featuring story-telling elements […]

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MIKE’s ‘Weight of the World’ matches experimental production with vulnerability

Four stars. Rooted in both the sprawling, densely packed metropolis of New York City and the limitless virtual terrain of the internet is the fervently DIY and non-conforming Hip-Hop collective sLUms. Formed back in 2015 by a group of ‘kids who are lost and became lost together’, as they put it in their 12-minute online […]

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Lady Gaga is back with ‘Stupid Love’

Four stars. Stupid love. For Gaga fans, endearingly known as Little Monsters, around the world, these two words have dominated their lives the past week. Fans of Lady Gaga have been awaiting the return of their favourite pop icon for four years since the release of her last album Joanne.  For many, the more stripped […]

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Billie Eilish’s Bond theme checks all the boxes

Four stars Billie Eilish’s meteoric ascent to success continues with the release of ‘No Time To Die’, the Bond theme for the upcoming film of the same name. There are undoubtedly unspoken musical codes and conventions for a James Bond theme, but the track does a good job in blending the elements we’ve come to […]

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‘La vita nuova’: a safe introduction to Christine and the Queens’ new album

Three stars  Equal parts melancholy and determined, masculine and feminine, soft and tough, Christine and the Queens’ iconic sound is an elegantly sewn patchwork of contradictions. So enmeshed are these concepts, that they become one, and this fluidity in theme mirrors the languid rhythmicity of her music. Born and raised in Paris, Héloïse Letissier was […]