Porches – Pool // Album Review

The confidence from Porches on Pool is striking in comparison to what has come before; if this meticulous process continues to result in brave, beguiling records such as this one, long may it continue


an impressive compilation of smooth vocal work, laid-back rhythms and dreamy guitars.

Andy Shauf – The Party // Album Review

The Saskatchewan-raised multi-instrumentalist returns with another set of amusingly gloomy character studies, only this time he’s turned his glass-half-empty outlook to parties

CLAMS CASINO – 32 LEVELS // Album Review

Remember when cloud rap was a thing? If so, you're probably familiar with producer Clams Casino.

Chuck – My Band Is A Computer // Album Review

If you love a strummed acoustic, a catchy hook and a clever turn of phrase these thirteen songs will impress

Tkay Maidza – Tkay // Album Review

With more ruthless editing Maidza’s debut might have been great; as it is, Tkay is a strong foundation on which to build upon

Empire of the Sun – Two Vines // Album Review

Sci-fi productions glitter throughout, but melodically, it simply lacks.

Bing & Ruth – No Home Of The Mind // Album Review

A record that mostly is heavy, dense and incredibly minimalistic, yet still uproarious as far as ambient music goes.

Future Islands – The Far Field // Album Review

This is pop music filtered through a shimmering, melancholic gauze.

Nadine Shah – Holiday Destination // Album Review

Something tightly wound, more experimental and, dare we say it, sonically up-tempo.

Sløtface – Try Not To Freak Out // Album Review

Equal parts thoughtful to reckless, Sløtface triumph with a blowout of fiercely fun pop tunes.

Julien Baker – Turn Out The Lights // Album Review

Whereas her 2015 debut focused almost entirely around just Baker and her guitar, here the 21-year-old reaches new expansive heights.

Stef Chura – Messes // Album Review

Inspired by folk greats and 90s feminist punk, the record marries a ton of emotion with bold collages of spiky guitars.

Josh T. Pearson – The Straight Hits! // Album Review

Essentially, he's the last musician you'd go to for light relief, and yet this new record was designed to "make people happy and spread peace."

GAIKA – Basic Volume // Album Review

With subversive experimental electronic influences and lyricism exploring themes of race, militancy and religion, GAIKA's new album presents a powerful and resonant depiction of the modern state we live in.

Dilly Dally – Heaven // Album Review

A year spent writing got the band out of the woods and back on gloriously abrasive form and, despite its uncertain beginnings, Heaven is a beacon of positivity.

Karen O & Danger Mouse – Lux Prima // Album Review

Early single, ‘Woman’, is a feisty and powerful mid-album interlude, while lighter cuts ‘Turn The Light’, with its funky bassline, and the softly crackly ‘Reveries’ tell of daydreams, intimacy and adventure.

Sacred Paws – Run Around The Sun // Album Review

Run Around The Sun sees the band playing on themes of insecurity, loneliness and resilience.

Friendly Fires – Inflorescent // Album Review

"After almost a decade in the dark, the band’s future feels brighter than ever – let’s only hope album four arrives a little more hastily" - we review the new record from Friendly Fires.

Floating Points – Crush // Album Review

It's not all for dancing, nor is all of it melancholic enough for simply contemplating; Floating Points - aka Sam Shepherd - flits between experimental techno, transcendent house and dark ambiance to reach the recesses of the human brain.

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.

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