Forest Swords – Compassion

May 15th, 2017 by

Matthew Barnes started work on his latest album Compassion with the idea of combining the gruff imperfection of organically played instruments with the gloss of electronic, grid-mapped sounds. The two methods are intertwined so tightly that by the time the album was finished he could no longer tell which sounds were artificially produced or not. […]


Joe Goddard – Electric Lines

April 27th, 2017 by

Around nine years ago, Hot Chip co-frontman Joe Goddard appeared on the BBC’s then Simon Amstell-fronted quiz show Never Mind The Buzzcocks. His big moment came towards the end, during the round where Amstell read a lyric and it was up to the team to finish. Goddard answered every line without hesitation and with the […]


Arca – Arca

April 10th, 2017 by

Arca deserves to be used as a control for synesthesia experiments. Alejandro Ghersi’s productions are a Beksiński painting dashed with warmth and light, befitting the contortions and bizarre shapes pulled by the figures on his album artwork and music videos. Xen and Mutant sounded like transmissions from an alternate dimension that wanted you to put […]


Pulled Apart By Horses – The Haze

March 30th, 2017 by

Pulled Apart By Horses burst onto the stage with a refreshing combination of post-hardcore’s hefty riffage, punk’s speed, and indie’s chorus-is-king mentality coupled with tongues superglued to their cheeks. After years of intrepid questing for piss to take (aping The Who’s Live At Leeds album cover, naming songs ‘E=MC Hammer’ and ‘I Punched A Lion […]


Soulwax – From Deewee

March 27th, 2017 by

Soulwax pulled off a pretty interesting feat for a relatively young band, where they achieved their greatest successes and sustained a 12 year period of touring, production and high profile remixes all without releasing any original music of their own. As 2manydjs moved from fun side-project from the indie rock circuit to cultural phenomenon, the […]


Nathan Fake – Providence

March 27th, 2017 by

Towards the end of a five-year break beset by writer’s block and creative frustration, Nathan Fake admitted that once he cracked the direction of his new album Providence the writing came together very quickly. The album doesn’t sound like it – the onetime Border Community mainstay has swapped uplifting beauty for muddy rumbles, with all […]


Depeche Mode – Spirit

March 23rd, 2017 by

Artists being embraced by the political movements they most oppose isn’t a recent phenomenon, but you’ve got to feel for Depeche Mode. Right before the release of their fourteenth album, Richard Spencer, the leader of an American white nationalist think-tank, proclaimed that the left-leaning electronic icons were the “official band” of the so-called “alt-right”, a […]


Artefakt – Kinship

February 28th, 2017 by

Since their formation, Artefakt’s Robin Koek and Nick Lapien took a patient approach when it came to releasing their luscious, hypnotic techno. In the three years since releasing their first track, they have more than made up for lost time, releasing three excellent EPs along with split singles and various online mixes. They’re part of […]


The xx – I See You

January 16th, 2017 by

There’s loudly announcing a new direction, then there’s the opening seconds of The xx’s third album. There’s going to be few listeners who won’t wonder if they accidentally got the wrong album when ‘Dangerous’ begins with horn blasts. Up to this point, a song by The xx was an intimate conversation held in a quiet […]


Brian Eno – Reflection

January 7th, 2017 by

The atmosphere surrounding the rush to contextualise the past 12 months has mostly been all doom-and-gloom, and for those of us for whom popular culture is not just a fun way to pass the time but a singular obsession, it can be easy to shift the weight of responsibility its way when it’s not all […]


Justice – Woman

November 23rd, 2016 by

Justice’s last album, 2011’s Audio Video Disco tried to reinvigorate the by-then already tired “blog-house” aesthetic by doubling down on the prog-rock and metal influences the duo regularly showed off in their DJ sets and liveshows, but it was in practice a half-measure. It was afraid to get truly weird, electing instead to try pop […]


Metallica – Hardwired… to Self-Destruct

November 21st, 2016 by

Despite what your Leaving Cert religion teacher would think, to be a Metallica fan in the modern day is to live with constant optimism. The uncharitable would paint followers of the band as entitled and perpetually adolescent, whose main beef with the band would be their gall to move away from the thrash style that […]


Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions – Until The Hunter

November 9th, 2016 by

To follow the work of Hope Sandoval and Colm Ó Cíosóig over the years has required a healthy dollop of patience. Three years ago their main projects, Mazzy Star and My Bloody Valentine, both ended interminable waits for new material by releasing albums sixteen and twenty-two years after their predecessors, respectively. That Sandoval and Ó […]


Powell – Sport

October 18th, 2016 by

I don’t know when exactly the memo was sent out that stipulated that techno is a quote-unquote “serious art form” that must be supported by monochrome press photos befitting said seriousness, with faces that look as though they would believe they were having a stroke if their eyebrows were set to anything other than “extreme […]