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Stay – Shawn Cook (reviewed by Darren Baker)

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Shawn Cook believes in evolution rather than revolution, at least when it comes to making music. And his latest single, Stay, is the perfect...

The Festive Forty: An End of Year Playlist

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So, I thought that I might put together a longer list to round the year off, featuring some of my favourite songs that were...

Aping Flair – Black Market Karma with Rauri Meehan (reviewed...

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“Aping Flair” acts as a second taster from the forthcoming album Friends In Noise, the eleventh long-player from Black Market Karma. It is an...

The End Times – Pennies by the Pound (reviewed by Dave...

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That’s the thing with Pennies by the Pound. On the one hand, they can plough sonic furrows through prog pastures, sowing ornate sonic seeds,...

T8iana raises awareness regarding issues of LGTBI+ safety with new dance...

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Whether they realise it or not, the platform and following that the pop stars of the current age are gifted with allows their messages...

Wuthering Heights – Jessie Kilguss (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

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There aren’t too many people who I trust to cover a classic song well. People always get it wrong, either bringing nothing new to...

Sex Party – BlackWing (reviewed by Darren Baker)

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Much music toys with innuendo and makes furtive suggestions, and perhaps even generally causes a raised eyebrow or two. BlackWing doesn't bother with any...

Tampico Shuffle – Moonlight Rhythm Society (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

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It seems odd to be sitting here looking out of the window at the cold rain washing away the recent snow, viewing the grey...

Portrait of a Shade – Pierre Lecarpentier (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

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I've said it before, and I'll repeat it - Pierre Lecarpentier makes weird music. And I say that as the best of compliments. After...

Untouchable (The Primrose Hill Remix) – Methodical Madness (reviewed by Darren...

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Music is, by and large, its own reward. But music which is also put to work for a worthy cause is twice as good....

Meet Again – Tay Toe (reviewed by Darren Baker)

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The reputation of Rap music, like the hip-hop scene that spawned it, was always predicated on the dexterousness of its wordplay and the lyrical...

Beacons – The Bellwether Syndicate (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

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The Bellwether Syndicate makes music with hidden depths. Not just sonically, although there is no shortage of layer upon layer of dark textures and...

Elk City releases endearing Apology Song from Above The Water LP

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Art pop band Elk City presents new timidly confessional single 'Apology Song', a Suzanne Vega-esque offering from their new album 'Above the Water', following up...

As I Am – Erika Olson (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

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As I Am is one of those songs that already sounds like a classic. A song that you have been listening to all of...

Chris Connelly presents Union Square West ahead of CD release of...

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Alternative music legend Chris Connelly presents 'Union Square West', a welcome teaser of his new album 'Eulogy to Christa: A Tribute to the Music & Mystique...

Girl Can I Get That – Powerman MC (reviewed by Darren...

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Always nice to come across a video that has an actual narrative to it. All too often, videos promoting rap and hip-hop videos seem...

(Made It) Another Day – Gary Dranow and The Manic Emotions...

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Gary Dranow describes his music as being made for the square pegs. You know, the people who don't quite fit into society as easily...

Introducing a brand-new festival for 2023… The Midnight Sun Weekender

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Three days of artfully curated music at one of the most idyllic locations in the UK, the Midnight Sun Weekender is a festival of...

Deviation, continuity & keeping it DIY: A conversation with Frenchy and...

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Let’s start with a bit of background. What is the musical path that got you both where you are today? How and when did...

ShapeShifting Dancing Me – Mystic Fog Garden (reviewed by Darren Baker)

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Only some people need to hit the dance floor and shake their thing. But those people still deserve good dance music. And that is...

Sicky announces new video/single Beans

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British alternative artist SICKY presents his thickly layered sophomore album 'Garbage Town', a 12-track collection that follows three singles - the title track 'Garbage Town',...

Rob Munk presents new single, Slumber, from debut album Phased Out...

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American indie rocker Rob Munk presents 'Slumber', the latest offering from his new 'Phased Out' LP, a sign of the times, where so many people...

Musical Musings – VI: Hey Hey My My…

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... rock and roll will never die. So sang Neil Young. And so far, that seems to be the case. I have favoured and...

Immigration, liberation & collaboration: inside the mind of musical maverick Dmitry...

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Let’s start with a bit of background. What musical path got you started and brought you to where you are today, Dmitry? Dmitry: I guess...

Pre-album, Post-Pandemic, new romantic musings with Candy Coffins

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Can we start with a bit of history? How did Candy Coffins come about, and what musical paths got you to where you are...

Founding member of Poison Idea announces solo-album release

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“There are many bands, each one sounds completely different…” – admits Jerry A, talking about various projects of his. Despite the glory of being...

Indietronica artist Rodney Cromwell drops an exclusive Christmas number, of a...

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‘Cold Christmas’ was written for the annual ‘A Very Cherry Christmas’ compilation by Cherryade Records and was released on its own right as a...

A Very Bad Christmas – Bad Mary (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

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I knew this would happen. I knew that somewhere amongst the holiday songs, Christmas crooning, festive singalongs, and seasonal sentiments, it wouldn't take long...

Love One Another – Alias Wayne (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

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It might seem like a pretty obvious sentiment, one that has been the subject of songs since the birth of music. But, and this...

Venus Smile… Retrograde – Alpha Cat (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

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It is always nice when you come across pop music with a bit of bite, a bit of character, and a bit of originality....