By The Sea Festival // Review

Less a festival, more a gig that’s burst its seams, By The Sea is this seaside town’s attempt at celebrating the music scene, both local and international.

Angélique Kidjo // Live Review

Kieran Devlin heads to Modeselektion at Fabric.

Rex Orange County // Live Review

We went to see the 20-year-old artist, Rex Orange County at Hammersmith Apollo.


Independent festival Brainchild crafted a unique atmosphere with a variety of performances in a dreamy field.

Review // Nadine Shah – Love Your Dum and Mad

Apollo Records // July 22nd After years of shame brought on by Geordie Shore, the citizens of Newcastle upon Tyne have reason to rejoice in...

CFCF – Outside // Album Review

the record jumps from groove-laden synth-pop to ambient minimalism in heartbeat

Neneh Cherry – Blank Project // Album Review

And if we have to wait another few decades for a follow up I’m going to start punching strangers in the street.

Parquet Courts – Sunbathing Animal // Album Review

An exasperating listen, but it opens the door for Parquet Courts to literally go anywhere they want to next. Slackers with a plan... who knew eh?

Earth – Primitive and Deadly // Album Review

I'm delighted to report that this hulking leviathan of a record doesn't disappoint at all.

Alex G – DSU // Album Review

Offering something new with every listen, DSU may well be the year’s most genuinely exciting and, ultimately, rewarding album

Dutch Uncles – O Shudder // Album Review

Intelligent and impeccably orchestrated pop, coloured with a retro tint

Peter Broderick – Colours Of The Night // Album Review

Colours Of The Night blurs Broderick's passion for story-telling folk music, orchestra strings and intricacies, stratospheric film soundtracks, and pulsing hip-hop. Oh, and it's beautiful.

Jenny Hval – Apocalypse, Girl // Album Review

Filthy and poetic, Hval returns to push the sonic boundaries of her hallucinatory and warped pop music

Ultimate Painting – Green Lanes // Album Review

Green Lanes is proof that life’s simple pleasures are often the most satisfying.

U.S. Girls – Half Free // Album Review

Just as label mates Grimes and St. Vincent broke through on later­-career releases that struck a subversive pop note, Half Free does similar work and deserves to be considered on a equal footing to those stellar records

Sudakistan – Caballo Negro // Album Review

Sudakistan have built themselves a reputation as one of the best live bands in Sweden

Bloc Party – Hymns // Album Review

When you look beyond the radio-ready songwriting of Bloc Party’s fifth album Hymns it’s evident that Kele Okereke is back on some kind of form

J Dilla – The Diary // Album Review

Dilla was a rare breed of genius and this album reveals penetrating new perspectives on his artistry

Greys – Outer Heaven // Album Review

Like a sober FIDLAR emerging from a weekend bender into the crisp Toronto daylight, this latest iteration of Greys feels jubilant and grubby

The Japanese House – Swim Against The Tide // EP Review

There’s a new clarity to everything, and Swim Against the Tide offers up the most vivid picture yet of just what The Japanese house is.

Preoccupations – Preoccupations // Album Review

The band’s name has changed; their status as untouchable standard-bearers of modern post-punk excellence has not.