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Album review: Pie Eye Collective – ‘Salvation’: genius future broken beat and addictive intricacy map a curious world

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Album review: Cahill/Costello – ‘Offworld’: contemplative dubspace, ambient and post-rock shimmer that steps gloriously out of time

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Album Review: Deafheaven – Infinite Granite

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So last Friday night I watched one of the best low budget sci fi epics I’ve seen in a very long time. I think had I seen this movie when I was 10 years old I’d probably still look at it as a classic now. As it stands, this movie didn’t exist when I was 10. …

If you are reading this chances are that you love genuinely independent music (not the sort that is passed off as independent by big corporations), and support bands, labels and others who love to promote music for music’s sake and not to feed a business machine. Part of this eco-system are countless numbers of radio …

Sheffield band The Crookes have returned with their fourth studio album, titled Lucky Ones, accompanied with a full UK tour this February and European and USA excursions not long after. Lucky Ones is a 10-track wonder which lets go of all the bitter anger of Soapbox and the blind hope of Hold Fast; it lands somewhere in …

With their new long player ‘Dying Surfer Meets His Maker’, Nashville four piece All Them Witches have stepped up to be everything their almost legendary live sets suggest. Mining the likes of early Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin and the like, they’ve imposed their own brand of hard/slacker-rock, tripped out psych-blues on that template, and decorate …

Mendelssohn just wanted to be Mendelssohn. So said my essays at University. All of them. Admittedly in a music degree where performance and composition were given (at least by me) more credence, there wasn’t an abundance of them to do, but after discovering the line in my first essay and liking how it made me …

Bloc Party burst on to the scene way back in 2005 with the superb album Silent Alarm and since then it’s fair to say the band has been through some…. changes. A Weekend in the City didn’t do as critically well as its predecessor, while Intimacy took the band in some frankly weird directions. Their …

Milk teeth are the band you’re going to be spending the next few weeks struggling to get out of your head. With the release of their debut full length album, Vile Child, the Stroud four piece bring a record dripping in distortion soaked melodies and contagiously catchy choruses to your eagerly awaiting ear drums. After …

Every so often I hear a record which just stops me in my tracks, the sort of record that even though I’m hearing for the the first time I just have to say to myself “fuck me that’s good!”. Spectral Laundromat by Shooting Guns is one such record. Were that not enough, this album is …

If ever there was an album overdue for a re-issue it’s ‘Born To Deal In Magic: 1952-1976’ (BTDIM), the debut from Shooting Guns, originally released in 2011, is it. In fact Captcha Records/ Cardinal Fuzz are doing just that in a fantastic double whammy for fans of the band with this and a new album …

Captcha Records/ Cardinal Fuzz are taking on a real public service function here by repressing the first two albums by Australian spiritual psych rockers Dreamtime. While the band’s eponymously titled debut is reviewed elsewhere, here I’m having a look at the second album ,’Sun’, which is a considerable development from that already accomplished first album. ‘Sun’ …