Twenty years after their heyday and Skunk Anansie are still standing apart, seemingly a little out of their time.
Discordant arpeggios and a fine slackened beat help to unspool Fufanu’s mechanised modus operandi, and the band sound more engaging for it
A night whose rousing musical rendering of identity, anger, passion and lust, of what it is to be human, had seldom felt more necessary.
Everyone roared back that they were happy to dance all night. No more eloquent endorsement was needed.
The US band’s latest wears the scent of the European scene, on this unexpectedly glossy but reassuringly danceable sixth release
There are flatter moments to the album, but given its restless breadth, these aren’t dwelt on for long.
Give Up Your Dreams is too smart, experimental and rhythmic to be wholly tamed by processed sheen
Though the occasional rallying cry is dated by agit-skank circa the band’s nineties inception, ADF’s ace remains their fusion of bhangra, ragas and Eastern percussion to punky dancehall and drum’n’bass
Nearly four decades in and during its high points, it was easy to become immersed and even to forget about who wasn’t there.
Outfit's second full-length Slowness is an album whose clear inventiveness is sometimes smothered by considered sophistication
Leftfield didn't get the progressive-house rep for nothing, and it's big-bottomed astral bangers like these that will keep this superstar soundsystem in arena-sized sellouts
“There’s so much more to life, than all these wastes of time” sings Cothran and, other than ‘New Alhambra’’s superior bookends, it’s an apt sentiment here.
Duncan’s gift for haute songcraft and honeyed melody was brilliantly served when set to chipper pop
a dizzying collage of swaying stoner pop where the band pulled out multiple hooks so pronounced you could hang your kaftans on them.
Malpas’ songs are subtle affairs and though the pair made a success of transporting their intricate craft to a live setting
The sort of luxuriant voice that deserves its own dressing room, backed with rootsy percussive acoustica, sustained guitar harmonics and music box effects... Rapturous ambient pop
Impactful vocal hooks and euphoric melodic swells make The Scene Between as revitalising as a lungful of sea breeze
A flawlessly performed project that requests studious attention of its listeners.
PSB's ambient electro-rock leans too heavily on the gravitas of the archive speech, and serves mainly as thematic backing
Strip ‘Music In Exile’ of all context and what’s left is a funky, fiery, addictive record
Full of techniques only successfully deployed by the most gifted composers. Coombes has made his claim.