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Album review: Adam Stafford – ‘Trophic Asynchrony’: Falkirk composer moves to a deep, cyclical set of formal minimalism to address the ecological state we’re in

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Premiere: Versari exclusively unveil for us their new EP Brûle: an epic filled with glorious edits and remixes casting a whole new light on the originals

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Track: New Duo ‘ Wanderland ‘ debut the heavenly ‘Soon’

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When I was younger, in those halcyon days shortly after punk, there was a certain word that stuck fear into our very beings, that was only whispered  in hushed huddles around the back of the Science block. We feared that, at the very mention of it we would be ostracised by our peers and left …

There’s so much music going on, pretty much everywhere, its often difficult to try and keep track of everything. And I like, and we cover, so many different sorts of stuff, its virtually impossible. On my desk there’s notebooks and bits of paper everywhere, with bands, music, DJ’s, labels, artists, exhibitions, records,  places and just …

People thing doing nothing is easy. Let me tell you it isn’t. It takes practice, sometimes years to perfect maximizing the nothing, and minimizing the thing. I spent three years at university doing such a thing, until save from the cafe across the road (literally) and the pub round the corner, all I needed was …

Quite what the circumstances were I can’t remember, but when I was a student I read an interview with Barry Cryer, the comedian, raconteur (love that word) and general all around wit. The thing I picked up most from it was  that he earned a decent living writing gags for comedians and radio programmes. Being …

  Most people remember the time they heard ‘the’ album – the one that became their moment of musical epiphany. And most people also remember the first time they fell in love. Mine were one and the same. 1993, I was an awkward 13-year-old with a record collection that was pretty much made up entirely …

A lot of sports teams celebrate their greatest ever player by retiring their number. Pittsburgh Steelers retired the number 70 shirt in honour of Ernie Stautner, the Green Bay Packers did the same for  Paul Hornung’s number 5  shirt,  Shaquille O’Neal‘s #34 shirt hasn’t been used again at the Lakers, and Paulo Maldini‘s number 3 shirt will retire with …

When I was a student, I had a brief (roundabout a month I think it was) romantic liaison with one of the most beautiful girls I had met, up to that point. She was a half Italian, part-time model, and just for those few brief weeks I became her Lyle Lovett, and she my Julia Roberts (youngsters, …

Everyone likes a decent holiday, don’t they. Me, I love visiting places- it’s just the getting there that bothers me. You see, I’m scared of flying. Not just scared though, like properly terrified. I have to go to America sometimes, and in the weeks running up to it, I can barely sleep, become sullen and irritable, in …

I’ve done a few things over the years that have absolutely terrified me, like asking a good friend of mine if she wanted to be more than that, in a bar full of drunken friends all cheering and jeering me on. After doing that I reckon I could face down a hungry lion with a …

I used to do my homework to John Peel. There, I said it. I know it’s sort of expected for everyone involved in music just about to say that. But its true. I used to make tapes of the songs on his shows I liked, and then stop the tape if I didn’t like the …