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Burial – ‘Rival Dealer’ EP

The title track starts in the most Burial way possible, with ominous buzzing sounds, vinyl crackles and misplaced rave-era vocals that could have fit snugly onto his 2007 album ‘Untrue’.…

Beyonce – ‘Beyonce’

It’s a vintage year indeed that’s bookended by out-of-the-blue releases from pop’s Queen Bs, David Bowie and Beyonce. What’s even more surprising, though, is that at a level of fame…

Palma Violets

Palma Violets have come a long way since they stumbled out of their south London lair to release debut album ‘180’ in February this year. Tonight’s venue – the biggest…

Department M – ‘Department M’

If things had gone differently, Owen Brinley’s former band Grammatics could be riding high with Foals and Wild Beasts, having similarly blended intelligence, grandeur and pop nous on their one…

Giuda – ‘Let’s Do It Again’

When a band is described as “the new Gary Glitter” – by legendary pop Svengali Kim Fowley, no less – and their label proudly slap the quote on their website…

Until The Ribbon Breaks – ‘A Taste Of Silver EP’

The first track on Cardiff producer Pete Laurie Winfield’s debut EP, ‘2025’ opens on a curious declaration: “I was born with my back to the stars”, he says with diction that…

Southern – ‘Southern EP’

Southern Southern EP Marathon Artists Proud winner of Belfast Busker Of The Year, Thom Southern may not exactly be the tortured Mississippi bluesman his name suggests, but neither is…

Rogue Wave – ‘Nightingale Floors’

Over the past 11 years and four albums, Rogue Wave have had a miscellaneous cast revolving around original members Zach Rogue and Pat Spurgeon. While the faces have changed, their sound,…

Death Grips – ‘Government Plates’

Sometimes Sacramento doom-rap act Death Grips seem like a lavish comedy creation, or one of Brass Eye creator Chris Morris’ parodies. Here is a band who released last year’s ‘No…

Joker – ‘Head Top EP’

Throughout most of the last decade, UK bass culture was engaged in a hectic game of ‘wot-u-call-it?’, with critics, clubbers and producers alike trying to stake out the boundaries of…

7 Days Of Funk – ‘7 Days Of Funk’

There’s been a fair bit of chat about Snoop Dogg returning to his G-funk roots on this mini-album because it comes after his stint in Jamaica, where he reinvented himself…

Erol Alkan – ‘Illumination’ EP

Erol Alkan has the Midas touch. Metronomy and Tame Impala line up for his remixes, his Phantasy label released albums by Daniel Avery and Connan Mockasin this year, and he…