Music Reviews and Artist Interviews

J. Cole - 2014 Forest Hills Drive Album Review

J. Cole - 2014 Forest Hills Drive Album Review

J. Cole commands a lot of respect for being one of the few real and honest lyricists operating in mainstream hip hop. '2014 Forest Hills Drive' is his third album, and his growth and development is apparent from the instant...

Robert Wyatt - Different Every Time Album Review

Robert Wyatt - Different Every Time Album Review

Released in conjunction with Marcus O'Dair's biography of Robert Wyatt, the Domino-released retrospective, 'Different Every Time', not only shares its title with O'Dair's biography but also, like the book, attempts to offer a..

Eminem And Various Artists - ShadyXV Album Review

Eminem And Various Artists - ShadyXV Album Review

Eminem released a project as recently as last year, and 'The Marshall Mathers LP 2' seemed to win back some of the critics of his recent, more aggressive and emotional style. 'ShadyXV' is a 2 disc release, consisting of tracks...

Owlle - France Album Review

Owlle - France Album Review

After finding her musical feet in the world of production and subsequent single and EP releases under her own moniker, Owlle (real name France Picoulet) now shares her debut album, aptly titled 'France'.The thirteen tracks are an impressive collection of...

Röyksopp - The Inevitable End Album Review

Röyksopp - The Inevitable End Album Review

Whether or not Royksopp 's fifth studio album actually is the duo's last remains to be seen, but if 'The Inevitable End' marks a clean break with the past for Torbjørn Brundtland and Svein Berge, few will be churlish enough to...

Various Artists - BBC Radio 2 Sounds Of The 80s: Unique Covers Of Classic Hits

Various Artists - BBC Radio 2 Sounds Of The 80s: Unique Covers Of Classic Hits

It's nearly Christmas, that time of year when the music industry deems it acceptable to churn out a barrage of unlistenable dross in the name of charity or some other self-deprecating cause. Where normally serious musicians don paper hats and...

Various Artists - Now That's What I Call Legends Album Review

Various Artists - Now That's What I Call Legends Album Review

'Now That's What I Call...' have finally jumped on the Christmas bandwagon by releasing a collection of compilations including 'Legends', '90s' and 'Party'. This one in question is one that is targeting the older generation, and is..

The Juan Maclean - In A Dream Album Review

The Juan Maclean - In A Dream Album Review

No matter how good LCD Soundsystem were - and they were good, weren't they? - there was still always a hipster whiff around James Murphy and his various projects, leaving you with the sensation that some of the time that...

TV On The Radio - Seeds Album Review

TV On The Radio - Seeds Album Review

Album number five from Brooklyn's TV on the Radio finds the band in a surprisingly upbeat mood. On the surface, it's a more consistent and polished set of songs than I was expecting. While it doesn't quite reach the heights...

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Squrl - Ep#3 EP Review

Squrl - Ep#3 EP Review

Cut Jim Jarmusch and he'd bleed a strangely evasive blue-black sludge that emits a low, magnetic hum. Somehow the moody, brooding director has managed to bottle this bodily emanation, team up with drummer Carter Logan and Vampire Weekend/Sleigh Bells engineer...

AC/DC - Rock Or Bust Album Review

AC/DC - Rock Or Bust Album Review

The sixteenth studio album of AC/DC's magnificent catalogue heralds a watershed moment for the rock giants, as it is the first without founding member Malcolm Young. After being involved in the writing process, much..

Minus The Bear - Lost Loves Album Review

Minus The Bear - Lost Loves Album Review

Getting excited about indie pop albums these days isn't exactly easy to do, so when Seattle five-piece Minus The Bear (the daft name has a kinda rude derivation - look it up) announced they were about to release an odds...

Whinnie Williams - Bad Girl EP Review

Whinnie Williams - Bad Girl EP Review

These days, to get ahead in the dog-eat-dog world of entertainment you need to be an all-rounder. Whinnie (real name Jade) Williams has to her credit realised this and as a result has been collaborating with Professor Green, doing her...

Mark Lanegan Band - Phantom Radio Album Review

Mark Lanegan Band - Phantom Radio Album Review

Mark Lanegan is the kind of musician whose talent inspires devotion and obsession in the many, many fans who follow him faithfully through his nomadic, prolific catalogue. You may know him from his solo material, or maybe you know him...

Azealia Banks - Broke With Expensive Taste Album Review

Azealia Banks - Broke With Expensive Taste Album Review

Azealia Banks has been surrounded by hype since first really gaining momentum back in 2011. 'Broke With Expensive Taste' has suffered a couple of setbacks, falling victim to label politics and several delays. It's finally here though, and..