The Pursuit of Experimentation – Collate, Belfast

November 25th, 2017 by

“Good music has a psychosocial effect; it has a positive effect on the brain. It makes you think positively and it clears your monkey mind.” The theme of positivity is something that often gets lost within stigmatised mainstream discussions about the electronic music scene, often thought to be synonymous with excessive partying, hedonistic raves and […]

Rostam – Half-Light

September 27th, 2017 by

Unless you’re a self-proclaimed super fan of Vampire Weekend (like many of us are), you’d be forgiven for not attributing Rostam Batmanglij a place in the abstract, dearly held niche of those who are considered to be ‘household names’. A radically talented, multifaceted artist, but one who has up until this point remained in the […]

Japanese Breakfast – Soft Sounds From Another Planet

July 25th, 2017 by

An album that does exactly what it says on the tin, Michelle Zauner’ second record as Japanese Breakfast (having previously performed in Little Big League) is a constellation of dreamy, hazy songs that sound pure and other worldly, as if from a higher ethereal soundscape. It’s her vocals that make the songs on the album […]

Calvin Harris – Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1

July 7th, 2017 by

Calvin Harris has certainly evolved a good deal since his breakthrough record ‘Acceptable In The ’80s’. The scruffy young Scottish lad has bloomed into a buff Calvin Klein model, settled down in a bachelor pad in LA and has become pals with a ream of A-list celebrities, all the while making a name for himself […]

Lorde – Melodrama

June 26th, 2017 by

The phrase ‘refreshingly honest’ gets thrown around so much these days that it has all but lost its meaning. Lorde’s Melodrama rectifies this by creating an album that serves so many different purposes it’s almost paradoxical. Melodrama functions as an authentic autobiographical account of Lorde’s sudden surge to stardom, but its lyrics also whisper the fears and […]

London Grammar – Truth Is a Beautiful Thing

June 16th, 2017 by

London Grammar have returned at long last with their heavily anticipated third album Truth Is A Beautiful Thing, but this is not a case of coming back with a bang, rather with a droning, disappointing fizzle. The album opens with ‘Rooting For You’, a slow burning track that sets the tone for the rest of […]

Halsey – Hopeless Fountain Kingdom

June 7th, 2017 by

Halsey’s voice is one that almost anyone with a radio is familiar with, due to her seemingly non-stop radio play with The Chainsmokers, so the release of her second studio album, Hopeless Fountain Kingdom, has been highly anticipated. Her debut album Badlands was a global success, with singles like ‘New Americana’ hailed as an anthem […]

alt-J – Relaxer

June 5th, 2017 by

alt – J are synonymous with atmospheric, quirky music, but Relaxer lies in a completely higher plane of existence.  The Leeds’ group’s third album is beautifully haunting, the type of album that echoes in your memory long after that sacred first (and second and third) listen. On the surface, it’s possible that the record can […]

The Physics House Band – Mercury Fountain

May 23rd, 2017 by

The Physics House Band are a self-proclaimed ‘experimental group’, and this is perhaps the only way to define them; not because they don’t fit into any set genres, but because they glide through so many all at once. Playing an impressive thirty-three instruments between them, Adam Hutchinson, Sam Organ and Dave Morgan break every genre […]

Shookrah..”the conscious influences have somewhat evaporated at this stage”

May 16th, 2017 by

Irish R&B outfits are few and far between, so when a group like Shookrah appear on the scene, an instant curiosity is aroused. Pay heed to this curiosity, and you’ll discover that Shookrah joyfully make the genre their own. The music they make is gorgeously authentic, combing syrupy soul with Irish roots firmly planted in the ‘sesh’, […]