Mid-Evil – Rexide (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Given the design of the logo on the cover, the artwork itself and even the name Rexide, I was half-expecting to be greeted by a screamo vocal roar and the grunt and grind of a thrash metal tsunami in full flow. And, although there are a few moments when the vocals spill over into that... Continue Reading →

Suddenly – Joemayk (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Blending some country tones into very accessible pop shapes, Suddenly is one of those timeless songs. Timeless in its sentiment, documenting that first kiss, those first tentative steps of love, those memorable moments from which a relationship grows. But timeless in its sonic content too, those perfect melodic tones and easy addictions, the obvious hook... Continue Reading →

Travelog – Rezo (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

If I scan across the blurb for an album and see such luminaries as Sparklehorse and Mercury Rev listed as reference points, how can I not dive right in? Surely anyone who lists such mercurial and marvellous bands as sonic touchstones is going to produce something similarly interesting? There's only one way to find out.... Continue Reading →

WWE – Satomaa (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Using allusions to a WWE wrestling bout to talk about the more intimate moments of a relationship, actually not even a relationship maybe just a casual hook-up, Satomaa raps her way through various partners and liaisons. And she does so to a blend of bass booms and skittering percussion, confessional lyrics and unexpected candour. And... Continue Reading →

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