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!K7’S lo-fi rural psychedelic soul scion James Alexander Bright has emerged into the height of summer to slake our thirst with the Shuggie Otis-style leftfield chill of “Drink This Water”: nothing could be better than a deep draught of this tune, in which guitars laze, drum machines click and pop with the correct caress, James …

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.  His influences are many and stylistically diverse, and include Sun Ra, Morton Feldman and Madlib; but he’s also heavily influenced …

LONDON singer-songwriter and producer Barnaby Keen brings a little languorous neo-psych sunshine into our lives with his second single as just himself, “Trust Me”, out now on all digital streaming platforms. The tune has a vitamin-D psych-soul bliss that puts him out in the same territory as maybe Lewis Recordings’ lovely Skinshape and !K7’s James …

LET’S welcome to the grand pantheon of recorded music a debuting (at least solo) songwriter and a new label: firstly Barnaby Keen, who has, on the evidence of “Lay Our Cards”, a nicely whimsical take on the psych-pop troubadour form, taking some of the quirky delirium of the post-Carnaby Street comedown vibe and giving a …

A VANCOUVER duo who met by chance at a jobbing jingle recording session some decade and a half ago, the curiously named The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer soon discovered a mutual wish to explore the folk and the blues; a business they’ve been about over five albums in the time since. They’ve taken the …

DORSET’S languid, blissful Skinshape, the musical mask of Will Dorey, released two excellent and very different albums as 2020 ground us down elsewhere: the Afropop highlife stylings of Umoja, and the more downbeat sunshine of Arrogance Is The Death Of Men, whose basking rays are now really making sense with the yellow orb finally starting …

Madlib’s Sound Ancestors, produced by Four Tet, is the beats genii’s wide-eyed, wide-open odyssey. Like a fractal pattern, the deeper you focus and the more you pull out, the more you see

FORMERLY the creative heart behind L-space, the electronic alt.pop outfit who released three albums from 2018 up to last year, Lily Higham and Gordon Johnstone have cleaved away into a new creative zone as Post Coal Prom Queen, although on this evidence it would seem their intent to seduce with airy siren sing and dark synthetic …

KRATOS HIMSELF is the singular musical vision of Jethro Kratos Hopmans, whose mission is to meld icy electronics, potent cinematic beats and an expansive library of sound recordings in order to take you into a place of dark breaks. He’s set to release his fifth album of the past decade, Vectors, on February 26th via …

Arrogance Is The Death Of Men is such a different creature to Skinshape’s last, Umoja. It’s got that guitar thing going that Will does so wonderfully; lyrically, you can hear the catharsis of this year, the trials and tribulations. It’s a lovely record full of emotion and guitar that helps usher in the end of this year. Win.