Gold Panda – Half of Where You Live

July 3rd, 2013 by

As with all pandas, this one has kept things relatively docile for the past couple years – only briefly emerging from his den to drop a DJ-Kicks and two singles – but now that he’s had time to gorge on the stalky goodness of recording we’re finally treated to his first LP since 2010’s delightful […]

Mount Kimbie – Cold Spring Fault Less Youth

May 30th, 2013 by

Since the release of 2010’s colourful dance blanket, Crooks & Lovers, Mount Kimbie fans have been persistently sniffing the air for the slightest whiff of new material. Three years after their debut LP, with a label change and countless live performances at their rear, we arrive at Cold Spring Fault Less Youth, the much awaited […]

Always Read the Label: Ninja Tune

May 10th, 2013 by

In the second part of our Always Read the Label series, we take a look at Ninja Tune, a record label whose colourful form and slick moves have been battling fiercely against the drab aesthetics of mediocre music since its formation in 1990. Eclecticism is their bread and butter, with creativity possibly serving as their […]

Devendra Banhart – Mala

March 19th, 2013 by

Devendra Banhart - Mala

As his previous eight albums reveal through brief glimpses into the man’s twisted mental playground, Devendra Banhart is a strange woodland creature who forages for twigs in the underbrush amidst nonsensical ramblings about sexy man pigs. These are the facts. So as the masks keep falling to the ground, album after album, it’s slowly becoming […]

Always Read The Label: Planet Mu

January 31st, 2013 by

As part of a new series of articles, State will be looking at specific record labels: their influence, history, upcoming releases and occasionally talking to the people behind the records. For our first installment we hone in on Planet Mu, a label that’s managed to dip into uncharted waters while still keeping a big toe […]

Bjork – Bastards

November 21st, 2012 by

After the release of Bjork’s 2011 album Biophilia there came a slew of intriguing remixes from artists as varying as Alva Noto and These New Puritans. What was once a scatter of reworks released in eight separate parts has been bundled together into Bjork’s 13 choice cuts, a handy compilation for “people who are perhaps […]

Vitalic – Rave Age

November 5th, 2012 by

With a title like this it would be safe to assume that this album is a jaunt back to the ‘90s but at times the latest from the Frenchman goes back even further, with some of the tracks borrowing a distinctive ‘80s feel, mainly through the use of airy vocals and tacky synths. Opener ‘Rave […]

Knockanstockan Festival – A glorious waft of aimlessness

August 7th, 2012 by

Upon our first quick look around, festival site at Blessington Lakes, it’s clear that Knockanstockan has grown in popularity over the last few years. What was once a tight little bundle of stages is now a sprawling circuit of teepees and cheeky venues. In addition to the four main stages (Sun, Moon, Circus, and Faerie […]


July 31st, 2012 by

Director: Seth MacFarlane Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, Seth MacFarlane Certificate: 15 Running Time: 106 mins Release: 1st August Some kids just can’t make friends. Try as he might, nine year old John Bennett can’t seem to land a buddy, so when his parents get him a stuffed bear for Christmas, he considers it the […]

The Hundred In The Hands – Red Night

June 29th, 2012 by

Every time you think you’ve got Warp Records pegged they throw you a wobbly like The Hundred in the Hands. Far removed from the likes of Autechre, Aphex, and other Warp mainstays, THITH discard the label’s usual subterranean ethos and deliver a shadowy cocktail that’s often more pop than electro. Aside from the fact that […]

Peaking Lights – Lucifer

June 25th, 2012 by

Peaking Lights (married couple Aaron Coyes and Indra Dunis) only really came into the limelight with last year’s mould breaker 936, an album that offered a fresh concoction of otherwise stale ingredients. It seems almost elementary now but before that release no one had ever really mixed lo-fi, dub, and psychedelic rock into anything even […]

Blink 182 – Dublin

June 14th, 2012 by

“Shit, piss, fuck, cunt, cocksucker, motherfucker, tits, fart, turd and twat” booms forth from the O2 stage this evening in a chant that retains all the eloquence of a teenager getting sick in a bag. It’s a chorus that could only really come from California punk rockers Blink-182, and one that shoves an ageing middle […]

Alarm Will Sound interview plus ticket giveaway

May 29th, 2012 by

The words ‘20 piece instrumental ensemble’ can strike panic in the hearts of many a pop music lover. It’s not something that you generally associate with being in any way accessible. Well, philistines fear not. Producing works as approachable as 1969, a story about John Lennon, and collaborating with the likes of the Dirty Projectors, […]

Squarepusher – Ufabulum

May 21st, 2012 by

With his 2008 album Just A Souvenir and 2009’s lesser known Solo Electric Bass 1, Tom Jenkins, a.k.a. Squarepusher, has been wandering down some dubious improv jazz alleys. While these are a testament to the unyielding diversity of Jenkins’ talent they left a lot of fans gazing helplessly at their turntables wondering where all the […]