CTM FESTIVAL // LIVE REVIEW

CTM Festival returned to Berlin for another unmissable edition showcasing mind-bending music and art.

Omar Souleyman – Shlon // Album Review

Here, Souleyman’s singing seems to revel in the time and space to create something fragile.

Alice Russell // Live Review

"The nine-piece band provided both shimmering vocal harmonies and tight, jazzy grooves, making the venue feel more like a New Orleans’ nightclub than somewhere in wintry, rainy London."

Holy Fuck – Deleter // Album Review

Yet the tenacious, rhythmic loops of the band’s oft-colourful electronic rock sporadically cradle us from being swallowed into a total funk, instead lifting us up into the funk.

Ghum // Live Review

"A band who have firmly positioned themselves in London’s pioneering post-punk scene, Ghum are gradually creeping up the pecking order of must-see bands in the capital, and last night’s sell-out proved why"

Robert Henke: CBM 8032 AV // Live Review

"The result is a symbiotic audio-visual installation, transporting the audience into an eighties sci-fi novel" - Maddie Wrench reviews Robert Henke's AV show at the Barbican.

ShitKid – Duo Limbo/Mellan himmel å helvete // Album Review

Although the results are a bit too eclectic and random at times to feel like a well-rounded album, you get the sense with ShitKid that’s the sort of thing they wanted you to expect.

Squarepusher – Be Up A Hello // Album Review

After a five-year hiatus, Tom Jenkinson revives his Squarepusher project for an LP that could have been named by an AI.

Torres – Silver Tongue // Album Review

The follow-up to 2017’s Three Futures, in Silver Tongue Torres continues in her sumptuous pop, rock and electronic hybrid, musing on love and desire; finding it, chasing it, fighting for it, losing it, understanding it.

Halsey – Manic // Album Review

"Manic is Halsey’s most introspective and uncompromising work to date, introducing the world to the woman known as Ashley Frangipane"

Andy Shauf – The Neon Skyline // Album Review

"It is Shauf’s marvellous empathy that makes him such a deft storyteller as well as a songwriter."

DjRUM // Live Review

For his live performance at Queen Elizabeth Hall last Sunday, Djrum leant into the blissful and delicate sides to his greatly expansive sound.  As last...

Wolf Parade – Thin Mind // Album Review

...And as they talk of losing ourselves to a digital world, Wolf Parade have never sounded better.

Second Home: Making Sound, Making Space

Making Sound, Making Space brought a series of talks and workshops to Second Home celebrating the grassroots venues, promoters and collectives keeping London's club scene alive.

Mura Masa – R.Y.C // Album Review

Mura Masa has teased a new sound since the release of the dazzling, ‘I Don’t Think I Can Do This Again’ featuring Clairo earlier this autumn, but this is far from what could’ve been expected.

Field Music – Making A New World // Album Review

Packed with ragged beats, jittery guitar riffs, and rippling funk bass, Making A New World balances historical documentation with creative exploration, giving you new ways to ponder over your history thesis on the dance floor.

Georgia – Seeking Thrills // Album Interview

Danny Wright discusses one of 2020's most unmissable releases with Gemma Samways and Charlotte Krol.

The Big Moon – Walking Like We Do // Album Review

...2020 brings us the vulnerable, Earth-bound Walking Like We Do. Their debut showed them reaching up and scraping the sky. In contrast, The Big Moon’s return orbits around everyday human flaws.

Sega Bodega // Live Review

"Sega Bodega thrives in defying expectations, and if the new songs were anything to go by, there’s plenty more in store from this disruptive pop visionary"

KOKOKO! // Live Review

KOKOKO! are a truly joyous force to behold live, and they certainly proved this and then some at Fabric end of last month. Fabric. It's...

Bakar // Live Review

An artist who very much does things on his own terms and with a dynamic prowess, as evidenced by his show, we caught Bakar...