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Album review: Mumble Tide – ‘Everything Ugly’: a short, sweet-as mini-album burst from the insouciant Bristolians on their way to massive things

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Album review: Pie Eye Collective – ‘Salvation’: genius future broken beat and addictive intricacy map a curious world

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BRISTOL’S quite literally skull-reshaping post-rave quartet Scalping, fresh from what must’ve been a sonically mental tour in support of Warp Records bass ‘n’ breaks genius Squarepusher, are back out on the road early next year, with a string of UK dates just announced. 2021 has been a stellar year for SCALPING: it all began with …

MUMBLE TIDE have a sweet and unusual back story: the Bristol bedroom pop duo of Gina Leonard and Ryan Rogers first met through a Gumtree ad which singer Gina had placed, looking for a bassist. But there was a proper meeting of minds, they saw that the musical thing they had going on was more …

BASED in Bristol for a decade and more, since she, Kushal Gaya, Matthew Jones and Luke Mosse first fell upon the complex high-life meets psych meets Deerhoof grooves sound of Zun Zun Egui, and with that band precipitously in the rear-view mirror, Yoshino Shigihara has, for a while now, needed to ring the changes. Come …

GINA and Ryan, the Bristol bedroom pop duo trading as Mumble Tide, have a lot of fun while delivering the goods. They’re not precious, but still so punchy; avoid the pose and the disappearance up the fundament, yet are a band to get totally serious about. The pair, who met when Ryan answered a Gumtree …

PIE EYE COLLECTIVE is the solo project of Bristol-born, London-based sound scientist Matthew Gordon, who melds elements of ambient, broken beat, dub-techno and hip hop, all refracted and discoloured via a spectrum of tape-saturated synthesis; and thus makes a beats-driven and -occluded magical underground to immerse in. Sprite-like, enveloping, oozing with intelligence and devoted to …

BRISTOL’S post-rave sonic guerillas SCALPING have followed up May’s single drop, “Empty Cascade” by doubling down and supplying that dark, heavy breaks muscle with a new 360° video, directed by Jason Baker; and a busy old summer has begun, with their FLOOD EP out on new home Houndstooth at the end of last week. FLOOD is …

AWWW man, Bristol’s Mumble Tide, now they’re properly lovely. The wonky guitar pop duo of Gina Leonard and Ryan Rogers, who met when Gina put an advert up on Gumtree looking for a bassist, have just released their new single, “Breakfast”, which is sleepily devil-may-care, unbuttoned shirt and mussed-up hair, combining disarming lyrics and a …

BRISTOL’S groove-heavy post-rave, post-punk sound system scorchers Scalping are celebrating signing to Houndstooth with a first full EP drop next month; from which they wish to whisk you deep into their eternally strobe-lit 2am tent with a first reveal, “Empty Cascade”. Melt your mind below. The track, we’re told, is a mission statement, mixing the …

BRISTOL jazz explorers Ishmael Ensemble are flexing their embouchures and are ready to step on and out from their acclaimed debut set from two years back, A State of Flow, a love letter to jazz and the capital of the South West, pushing out into dub, the dancefloor, ambient and more. The new album is …

NOW THERE’S a sweet and unusual back story: Mumble Tide, the Bristol bedroom pop duo of Gina Leonard and Ryan Rogers, first met through a Gumtree ad which singer Gina had placed, looking for a bassist. “The boyfriend part was a bonus,” she adds – with maybe a little justifiable delight. There’s no doubt that …