Alt-J, The O2

Alt-J, The O2

My, how they’ve grown. Once Alt-J thought miniscule, making their elaborate future folk on a laptop in university halls, eschewing drums and bass so as not to annoy their fellow students. Now they’re advert mainstays and their skittering...

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Aphex Twin - ‘Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments Pt 2’

Aphex Twin - ‘Computer Controlled Acoustic...

Among plentiful praise, one of the main criticisms hurled at Aphex Twin’s ‘Syro’ when it arrived last year was that it sounded a bit straightforward, a bit safe. As if Richard D James – lest we forget, a man who once DJed using not vinyl,...

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Björk - Vulnicura

Björk - Vulnicura

Björk’s last album, 2011’s ‘Biophilia’, was a multimedia project examining the connections between nature, sound and technology – or “the universe”, as she succinctly put it. It became known as an “app” album and it wasn’t a...

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Paper Souls - Film Review

Paper Souls - Film Review

In this Paris-set film from Belgian director Vincent Lannoo, widower and former novelist Paul (Stephane Guillon) writes funeral eulogies composed from recollections of his clients’ relatives. A woman named Emma (Julie Gayet) asks him to write...

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Beyond Clueless - Film Review

Beyond Clueless - Film Review

Written and directed by film journalist Charlie Lyne, this 90-minute documentary promises a "dizzying journey into the mind, body and soul of the teen movie". There's no doubting Lyne's passion: he's picked clips from over 250 films and set them...

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Joey Bada$$ - 'B4.DA.$$'

Joey Bada$$ - 'B4.DA.$$'

You could call Joey Bada$$ a victim of his own tardiness. Having broken out of the New York mixtape underground with fizzing breakout single ‘Survival Tactics’ three years ago, had 'B4.DA.$$' been released in mid-2014 as planned, this delayed...

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A Most Violent Year - Film Review

A Most Violent Year - Film Review

After starring as a hapless folk musician in last year's Inside Llewyn Davis , Oscar Isaac is starting 2015 in stellar form. Compelling in Ex Machina , he is magnificent here, and has to be: in this enthralling third film from JC Chandor (...

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All We Are - 'All We Are'

All We Are - 'All We Are'

In May 2013, All We Are described their single ‘Utmost Good’, accurately, as “The Bee Gees on diazepam”. Nearly two years later, bassist Guro Gikling is touting the Liverpool trio’s debut album as “psychedelic boogie”. The 11 tracks...

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Pond - 'Man It Feels Like Space Again'

Pond - 'Man It Feels Like Space Again'

“The ultimate rock’n’roll cliché” – that’s how Nick Allbrook described Pond in an interview with a Tame Impala fanzine in 2012. The wild-eyed and loose-limbed frontman, who quit as Tame’s bassist in 2013, may have been joking, but...

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Ex Machina - Film Review

Ex Machina - Film Review

From Interstellar or Transcendence to the lovelorn smartphone in Her , artificial intelligence was cinema’s hot new theme in 2014. But novelist and screenwriter Alex Garland ( The Beach , 28 Days Later ) is not merely surfing the...

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