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Album review: Scrimshire – ‘Nothing Feels Like Everything’: expansive, opulent soul-jazz with a real beating heart

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Album review: Mildred Maude – ‘Sleepover’: From Cornwall with beautiful, incendiary love

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Album Review: Sublime Creatures Vol. I – House of Reptile records

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EMERGING from the scene down in Tucson, Arizona, when singer Bella Vanek, guitarist Bailey Moses, bassist Matt Vanek, and drummer Adam Bucholz got together and began to move in musical lockstep they knew they had something beautifully, caustically special. They named themselves Foxx Bodies, and they brought caustic six-stringed catharsis out to the wider world. …

ZACH CONDON’s gorgeous Beirut are set to release an overview of their early years next spring – a project whch has burgeoned from a collection of early EPs into a full-on, 26-track set. The collection, Artifacts, began to grow in ambition as Zach went digging through the archives. He picks up the thread: “When the …

Take multi-instrumentalist Michael J. York (Coil, The Utopia Strong) and the incredible vocal talents of Katherine Blake (Mediaeval Baebes), and the end result is something totally out of this world – folklore and mysticism, early Arabian and Mediaeval music, first millennia Eastern poetry blended together with Poe, Scott and Chesterton. The result is an ethereal …

ALBERT’S FAVOURITES is a label bringing the sounds of the South London scene to the world with heart; genuine heart, and care, and soul, in all iterations of that word. One only need look at the label’s name, and the tribute it pays. I’ve written about this before but it is worth reprising, since it …

QUITE literally roaring out of the blocks with guitar shimmer and a satisfyingly British take on that Black Francis sccreeeeeaaam, Southampton’s Mystic Peach are making shapes for next month’s debut EP, M? for Hampshire’s buzzin’ promoters Honeymooner with “It’s Not Their Future”; backflip in below. It comes armed with spooky visuals just in time for …

It’s a pet hate of mine, people referring to seemingly everything they do as a journey. Join me on my journey to becoming a plumber/singer/footballer fills the internet and TV, as i scoff and say to Mrs Mafia “Me going to Tesco is journey, me driving to work is journey – that (whatever it might …

WITH their collaborative long player just a week away now, Bristol dub-punk collective The Pop Group and bass overlord Dennis Bovell MBE have dropped one final taster of Y In Dub, the rerub of The Pop Group’s era-defining 1979 debut Y. Drill down bone deep below with the retake on “3:38”, the flip of The …

Taken from neo-classical Cellist Gasper Claus’ debut solo album Tancade, an ode to a particular beach where he and his friends would visit every year to celebrate life, make music and dance, is a new video for the track Ô Sélénites, and we’re delighted to be able to premiere it right here on Backseat Mafia …

Rural France, aka Tom Brown and Rob Fawkes, began life in 2017 shortly after both left London for the greener climes of Wiltshire. They released their first album ‘Two Drink Maximum’ a year later, and followed it with an EP, Damp Spirit. A new album ‘RF’ is out on October 29th via Meritorio Records, and …

Photos: Steve Barnes “Ooh, girls in the band”, says someone in front of me as Maximo Park take to the stage. And so it is, with bass and keys/backing vocal slots both taken with female musicians, although over the next hour or so, if there was any winning over to be done, it’s done with …