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Meet: The Coral’s James Skelly takes us through the inspirations for the new album ‘Coral Island’, the magic of memories, and how The Coral are the Robbie Fowler of the music industry.

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Feature: 2019 Favourites

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Feature: Shelved albums – a celebration.

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And we back…and we back…nah, nah, nah… Santa Cruz sound czar Eddou XL joins today’s version of Behind The Boards. The California-based producer, beat maker and instrumental hip hop creator often finds inspiration in the sounds around him, both in the natural world, and in the work of other artists he admires. He frequently uses …

We’ve fallen for Gizelle Smith somewhat here on Backseat Mafia. The daughter of late Four Tops songwriter Joe Smith and vocalist of German funk ensemble The MIghty Mocambos, Smith recently released her new album Revealing via the much lauded Jalapeño Records label. It’s an album that never strays wholly away from that classic Soul/Funk sound, …

The summer of 2011 was Dananananaykroyd’s last. The Scottish ‘fight-pop’ band had formed in 2006, armed with two drummers, two vocalists, and an entire arsenal of post-hardcore pop songs. Their debut album, Hey Everyone!, was released to critical acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic and somehow became a favourite of Disney Channel star Demi Lovato …

I’m not sure I can remember such a brilliant triple line up in one night without attending a full blown musical festival. Three bands just about removed the roof of the Odeon Theatre in Hobart and I left with a rictus grin I couldn’t remove for hours. Actually, it’s still there. Confidence Man and A. …

Dark Mofo has been through an abyss, assailed at all sides by a potent cocktail of challenges stemming from its prescient cancellation last year due to COVID, missteps on the way to curating a challenging agenda this year, the virtual ban on overseas tourists and the ever present threat of lockdowns domestically (in fact one …

Even As We Speak‘s glorious and incandescent album ‘Adelphi’ (released through Shelflife Records) made it to my list of the best albums of 2020 from Australia and New Zealand. It has, to quote myself, a fragile and elegant beauty that is hypnotic and immersive. It therefore comes as an immense honour to premiere a spectacular …

If you asked hip hop artist McKinley Dixon to name the greatest rapper of all time, you might be surprised by his answer. The Richmond Virginia-based musician, who grew up in Maryland and New York City, is unequivocal: the late American novelist, essayist and poet, Toni Morrison. “She’s the greatest rapper of all time. Even …

If you’re a fan of Cool Ghouls, one of the bands mainstays, Ryan Wong, has today released an album ‘Joy’ of his own, under the moniker Supreme Joy. Based partly on Japanese art magazines, Joy is filled with echoey, attractive indie/post-punk pop – packed with tunes, with nods towards psych, noise and shoegaze along the …

And we back…nah, nah, nah… Veteran Baltimore, Maryland producer Shine recently released his new album, As The Beauty Became, a lovely and luxuriant collection of mostly instrumental hip hop that pulses and hums with an organic vitality. This contemplative set of nine tracks also includes two sterling guest cuts, one with Brooklyn’s Nappy Nina, and …

Out now on Paper Bag Records is the new album, In Standard Definition, from androgynous neo-glam art-rocker Art d’Ecco. It’s a concept record about entertainment and how it affects our everyday lives. Of it, he says “No matter where you live or what language you speak, there’s an entertainment god for you. Whether on TV …