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Album review: Chihei Hatakeyama – ‘Late Spring’: a halcyon, beautiful ambient journey

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Album review: El Michels Affair -‘Yeti Season’: Big Crown kingpin proves he’s a 10th dan at soundtrack funk magic

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Album review: Renee Reed – ‘Renee Reed’: an excellent, ethereal debut from Louisiana folk chanteuse

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From early Graffiti artist to one of Drum n Bass’s most prolific icons, Goldie’s music career spans over twenty years, so its of no surprise he was asked to contribute to the ‘Masterpiece’ series. Fronted by renowned artists and DJs the masterpiece series is reminiscent of the ‘back to mine’ releases where artists can show their influences and inspirations …

Multi-instrumentalist, Peter Ulrich is probably best known for his time spent on influential record label 4AD, with Dead Can Dance and This Mortal Coil. He’s also received glowing accolades for his solo projects, most noticeably his debut,1999’s,  ‘Pathways and Dawns’, which has been described as ‘…the album The Beatles might have made had they signed …

It starts with audience noise, David Byrne scrolls out and utters immortal opening lines. “Hi. I’ve got a tape I wanna play you.” A basic electronic drum pattern starts up, there’s a sharply strummed acoustic guitar and then the bare-bones live version of “Psycho Killer” blows the studio original clean out of the water. Just …

Out this week is the new album from Edinburgh five piece We Were Promised Jetpacks, called Unravelling. Sometimes dour, sometimes uplifting, sometimes epic sometimes understated but certainly all Scottish, its an affecting and brilliant collection of songs. [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NWrenFIhn5E] We spoke to Sean from the band to find out more about the songs that inspired them, …

There are four blokes on stage with an unenviable task. Tonight’s crowd are here to see one man and one man only, and I’m among them. Ian Hunter inspires a devoted following of fans, much in evidence tonight by the high percentage of the audience being resplendent in their Mott the Hoople and Ian Hunter …

The Myrrors will always be a special band for me. Thanks to my good friend Darren in Japan, I first heard “Burning Circles In The Sky” back in November of 2013.The Myrrors were my red pill of admittance, tumbling me down the “Psych” rabbit-hole. As a long term devotee of the classics, I was sadly …

Always one of the more interesting metal bands on the scene, it appears that sadly the Basingstoke quartet are calling time on their seven year career, making this years ‘Dark Days’ album as their last. It means that at least they went out on something of a high, with the album reaching number one in …

Take a moment and ask yourself, if something was described as ‘crazy’, would you be intrigued? If the answer is yes (which, given the basic human desire for knowledge, then it should be), ask yourself, if a band had been labelled as having the ‘craziest mosh pit at Sonisphere festival 2014’, would you not want …

Taking Mark Hollis as inspiration is one thing, producing an album of the quality of No Deal is quite another, wearing its jazz influences proudly on its sleeve, stripped back and semi-improvised with its brooding piano trio-like backing, and De Biasio’s rich alto able to get under the skin of the song. It’s been recieved …

The first time I saw Pjaro was when they were supporting Joie De Vivre about 3 years ago. At this point they were just two abnormally mature looking teenagers playing an off-kilter muscular version of math-rock which people their age had no right being able to do. It was weird, slightly depressing (if they were …