Album review: Various artists – ‘Home – Volume One curated by Ali Tillett’: a beautifully tessellated, warming set of old-skool chillout

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Album review: Cluster – ‘Cluster 71’: the German electronica scene on the cusp of breaking through, lovingly reissued

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Album review: Mumble Tide – ‘Everything Ugly’: a short, sweet-as mini-album burst from the insouciant Bristolians on their way to massive things

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NEW YORK composer, bassoonist and Berlin Prize for Young Artists nominee Joy Guidry is an artist who likes to – nope, is compelled to – dive deep into the music they investigate, be that modern composition, the high flight of free jazz, the expanse of drone, or the articulation of spoken word pieces. The artist …

HAMBURG aesthete and composer Niklas Paschburg, who came into this year on the back of remixed single drops such as “Cyan” and “Little Orc”, in which the flow of his modern compositional piano styles were opened out in electronica by the likes of Mykah and Uele Lamore, is stepping out of AD 2021 in a …

NOVA SCOTIA’S mandopop-informed punk quartet Century Egg, whose thrashy, dust-yourself-down nugget “Moving On” we covered here pretty much exactly a month back, are back in the fray once more, dear friends, this time around with the smashingly twangy riff-roarer of “Mirror”. Dance those docs off to this raggedy ace punk pop tune. The track actually …

AS ANYONE well acquainted with The Allergies’ party beatz will testify, former Ugly Duckling riddim and rhymer Andy Cooper is pretty much a permanent house guest round at their Brizzle gaff these days; and he’s the kinda guest you want around, when he drops lyrical skills that’ll leave you whirling of the stripe he does …

KENT’S Mosa Wild are a band with big ambitions and a big sound to match, as you can hear on “Expect Me”, the first, big-hearted song to be lifted from next spring’s Zip Your Coat Up For English Weather EP. The four-piece are into the business of the anthemic , and they’ve got form: previous single …

ELSEWHERE a very fine guitarist with The Phantom Band, Duncan Marquiss is stepping out into the world of solo instrumental guitar in the spring with an album for folk imprint of high regard, Basin Rock. And he’s already held in such esteem in guitar soli circles that he’s picked up a support slot with the …

MONTREAL’S Constellation, who’ve brought us so many great leftfield moments these past two decades from Godspeed You Black Emperor!, Fly Pan Am, Do Make Say Think and a host of others, have added another string to their bow with the signing of Kee Avil, the new project from hometown singer, guitarist and producer Vicky Mettler. …

RECORDIAU CAE GWYN RECORDS is one of those labels doing the good work; like Come Play With Me way, way east across Offa’s Dyke in Leeds, it’s a label fiercely focussed on the musics arising from its immediate hinterland, in this case Snowdonia; panning the musical streams and sifting the nuggets of gold to bring …

IT’S AN excellent, mouthwatering battle of two very cred, very excellent Yorkshire bands, duking it out. In the left corner, grapple fans, we have Hull’s bdrmm, the premier next now generation shoegazers; and over there, representing Heavenly Records, it’s Working Men’s Club, who are in the arena ready with a remix of “Port”, the first …

THE LATEST instalment in the singles club run by Leeds grassroots organisation Come Play With Me – the label, zine, promoter and all round caring body active on the West Yorkshire scene – comes from a fine female singer-songwriter, now resident in the capital of God’s Own Country, but who came south from the Highlands …