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IF YOU’RE a fan of the leftfield musics, ambient and textural and nuanced, whatever its provenance, be it modern compositional or electronic or anywhere through the ultraviolets and infrareds along the spectrum between them both, then one of the artists involved in this new single you’ll likely be au fait with; the other, perhaps less …

CAST your mind to a far-off time, if you will: the 1980s and before. And then: the Christmas music you’d hear. Back then, before t’interweb and swipe-right, there wasn’t really a great deal on offer for the discerning music fan come the festive season. There was the glam band having another go at boozy, seasonal …

JACK CHESHIRE is a voyage in the best traditions of a very British strain of pastorally inflected psychedelia who, by some as-yet unexplained quirk of the space-time continuum, isn’t as yet a leading household name for lovers of beautiful and mysterious, graceful rock; but then, if we investigate some of the theories underpinning his cracking …

THE POTENT, experimental sonic meeting of minds that is Fhunyue Gao and Sven Kacirek came about quite by chance, and with a first single and video from that meeting, “Bowie”, being released today, those of us who enjoy our music nuanced and leftfield and odd can be thankful for the serendipitous. Fhunyue, who has previously …

NEWLY signed to the ace Full Time Hobby, where they’ll find themselves grazing amongst the likes of Tunng, The Besnard Lakes and Dana Gavanski, Pale Blue Eyes are a young electro-modernist guitar trio from the South Devon riverside town of Totnes. Think a castle, farmers’ markets and one of the best record shops in the …

Y’KNOW, it’s not just the people out front – the bands, the writers, the DJs – who know a thing or three about music; there’s plenty of people quietly working away behind the scenes who have incredible appreciation and knowledge of the sounds we fall for, too. One such gent is Ali Tillett, who’s deep …

SNARES crack and shuffle, a bass holds it tight with that characteristic Leon Michels melodicism; a backing chorus brings the timeless harmonies, and Lady Wray herself pitches up, lending a classy guitar soul nugget an otherworldly edge. When Leon meets the Lady, magic happens. It’s the new A drop from Virginia’s first lady of retro-modernist …

AS WELL as hosting a whole stable of contemporary bands that are mainly spinning in the leftfield electronics and synthpop galaxies, Hamburg’s Bureau B has also been doing sterling work in curating the krautrock archive, keeping the torch burning with deep dives into the unreleased tapes of Conrad Schnitzler, reissuing lost gems and offering that …

MUMBLE TIDE have a sweet and unusual back story: the Bristol bedroom pop duo of Gina Leonard and Ryan Rogers first met through a Gumtree ad which singer Gina had placed, looking for a bassist. But there was a proper meeting of minds, they saw that the musical thing they had going on was more …

MODERN NATURE might be flying under your radar, but the Bella Union band who’ve just one full-length and one-mini album to their name – 2019’s How To Live and last year’s Annual, respectively – are someone you should be wrapping your head around, especially if the post-rock pastoral brilliance espoused by Mark Hollis and Talk …