Condemned to Hope
The Lexington, London 22/09/14
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Festival season, for better or worse, hit its unofficial close with the descent of autumn roaring in. And while the sunny season becomes nothing more than another recent memory, we were bestowed with some life-long gifts in the past few months. FKA Twigs confirmed the hype, indie rock veterans Spoon and The New Pornographers showcased their long-time prominence, and everyone seemed delightfully floored by the returned of the elusive Aphex Twin. [read more]
As I read over my notes on a table which overlooked Greek Street on a rather lovely mid-September Monday, I noticed the snail swirls on the immaculate carpets that cover London's oldest French restaurant. Wow, I think, the lengths they have gone to in order to tailor the decor is remarkable. It turned out I hadn't seen anything yet. Far from Monday blues, things were about to get purple. [read more]
The great Haus of Pins spent this year's Cassette Store Day pushing one of the finest tapes around - the incredible split EP featuring Brown Brogues and Eternal Summers. But how did these two bands - separated by the unforgiving Atlantic - come together? [read more]
Buzz quietly walks up onto the stage and goes through the moments of preparation you'd expect before a one-man acoustic show but as soon as he hits the first chord it's apparent that this will be no ordinary 'folk' show. He stalks the stage like a caged animal, much more animated than when he's with his band, perhaps making use of the space on the normally cramped stage, perhaps feeling a need to bring more to the show, to 'entertain'. [read more]
On first glance, Tyrone Griffin, Jr. Is your average, run of the mill rapper from Los Angeles, California. His single 'Or Nah' (featuring downbeat crooner The Weeknd & label boss Wiz Khalifa) is currently doing the rounds in the clubs and has become something of an underground hit. But upon speaking to Ty Dollar $ign, there's a lot more that meets the eye. [read more]
As the singer with Crystal Fighters, Eleanor Fletcher has spent much of the last four years of her life and career extensively touring the globe. Their unique fusions of genres have earned them worldwide critical acclaim leading to sold out shows and unmissable festival appearances. [read more]
When I speak to Hadreas over the phone from his hotel room in London, we discuss how he arrived at the sound of Too Bright but with two shows of his fresh in my mind, we start with the Perfume Genius live experience. [read more]
Michael Gondry's Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is one of the most visually expressive and atmospheric romantic movies. When a film perfectly nails atmosphere you usually think horror, crime-thrillers, or science-fiction but Eternal Sunshine falls into none of those categories. Kind of. [read more]
To celebrate his forthcoming album, You're Dead!, The 405's Mike Clark dissects Flying Lotus' back catalogue: "we need to remember that each Flying Lotus album is conceptual in nature and functions as an exploration of Ellison's state of mind during its creation." [read more]
Fresh sounds! You'll get 'em with Kero Kero Bonito, a trio of musicmakers from London. In particular, you'll find 'em on their debut album, Intro Bonito. Mixing videogame sounds with J-pop, dancehall, MIDI aesthetics, seasoning with cute vibes and wonderfully inane / fun subject matter, it's pretty much a perfect intro to the band. [read more]
There is nothing pro forma about Sinkane. Each beat of the drum feels conspicuously different, and every synth filter from the Sudanese frontman, Ahmed Gallab, seems increasingly spirited. More importantly though, there’s a kind of looseness and warmth about the new album that I find incredibly engaging. [read more]
Steeped in slow-burning waves of intrigue and Adam Granduciel's syrupy drawl, Lost In The Dream, the third offering from The War On Drugs, is comfortably one of the albums of 2014.
Rat & Co. took to the town of Freetown, Sierra Leone for their new video.
Wooden Arms have produced a wonderful video for 'Tide' prior to the release of their debut album.
The Nottingham outfit introduces a wondrous choreographed video for its debut single.
Another incredible performance from Future Islands.
Nothing quite brightens the day like a fun tag on SoundCloud, and the tag in question right now is "casual house" – yep, house music ain't always about bustin a move or dropping a groove or any oth...
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