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Vice

When asked during an interview about the upcoming video for “Vice”, lead singer Matty Varty explained how even things which are as seemingly simple as the track’s artwork can be complex ideas and have interesting tales behind them. The concept with the hellish red neon sign was to place it in unusual places to create …

"Phase"

Jack Garratt at first sight and listen is a swirling mass of contradictions. Aged just 24, he’s the latest recipient of both the BRIT award Critics’ Choice (previously won by Sam Smith, Tom Odell, Emeli Sande, Jessie J, Ellie Goulding, Florence + the Machine, Adele) and the BBC Sound of… (previously won by (Years & …

Let’s get this straight, The Dumplings are not a (completely) new band. The Polish duo’s protagonists, Justyna Święs and Kuba Karaś first met at a song competition in 2011, and have released a couple of albums, No Bad Days and Sea you later, through Warner Music Poland. It’s just the rest of the world (including …

We have just spent an escapist, week long family holiday at Corcreggan Mill in Dunfanaghy, courtesy of the ubiquitous host and raconteur, Brendan Rohan. There are few better antidotes for “civilisation”, Corcreggan is a magical destination, one which Brendan describes in his local walking guide as follows, “The hollow in which Corcreggan Mill is situated is said …

Tove Styrke

Tove Styrke may only be 22 years old but the Swedish electropop sensation has managed to release two albums and a whole heap of singles, tour across Europe and the United States and oh yes, finished third in the 2009 series of Swedish Idol! I chat to her ahead of her slot supporting British electronic …

Photo by Martin Barker Earlier this week, I had the good fortune to make the e-cquaintance of Claire Lim who along with partner-in-crime Paul McCallum, co-founded A Badge of Friendship in 2009. Their roster is choc full of the sort of bands like The Van T’s, who scratch my “melan-phoric” itch. Prophetically, just a few days before hand, I …

One thing I struggle to understand whenever I meet an Australian is how they never seem to have heard of The Lucksmiths. Lunacy. For a time, it was also incredibly frustrating.  “But they’re yours !” I used to think, “How can you not know EVERYTHING about them ?”.  I was just hoping I would meet …