Grand’lusions – Calamity Jones (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Hip-Hop is known more for short, sharp and shockingly effective sonic hits rather than anything designed on a more ornate and grand scale, which is what makes this new album from New York's Calamity Jones such an interesting concept. A hip-hop concept album may be a rare commodity but why not? Boundaries are there to... Continue Reading →

C.O.W. – Headst!cks (reviewed by Marcus Kittridge)

This is a no nonsense anti-establishment band that put their uncomplicated stripped back folk/punk heritage badge front and centre. They deliver their brand of political tirades, kick-back ballads and ECO homilies with an up-tempo, danceable verve and vigour. Where does this recording sit? Well, I would most like to see this band after caning the... Continue Reading →

Bristol’s Modesty Blaise present ‘And The Lights Went Out All Over Town’ and first album in 20 years

Bristol-based Avant indiepop outfit Modesty Blaise present 'And The Lights Went Out All Over Town', the closing track on ‘The Modesty Blaise’ LP, the band's first album since emerging from a 20-year hiatus. This track presents a vision of a dystopian present, rather than future, and an indictment of how the military/industrial complex has led us all to the point of ecological... Continue Reading →

First Nations indiepop artist Madisyn Whajne presents ‘Save My Heart’ from debut LP

Toronto-based First Nations singer-songwriter Madisyn Whajne presents 'Save My Heart' from her debut record 'Save Our Hearts', along with video produced by Bobby Bulat. Both invigorating and bittersweet, Whajne demonstrates resilience and survival in the face of pain and heartbreak. This long-player was recorded live to tape with Montreal super-producer Howard Bilerman (Arcade Fire, Wolf Parade, The Barr Brothers) and Shae Brossard (Bahamas, The Dears)at Montreal’s famed Hotel2Tango... Continue Reading →

London indie rock-pop artist Distant Voices presents ‘Stranger Among Friends’

London-based indiepop artist Distant Voices presents 'Stranger Among Friends', a catchy track stemming from a European junket motivated by Brexit regret and the sense of social separation, which has taken on a whole new meaning under the conditions of the current pandemic. Distant Voices is the solo project of Valdis Stekelis, who wrote and began writing these tracks in 2019,... Continue Reading →

A Short Conversation with Sugar Loaf Walker

I always like to start with a bit of background, so can you tell me a bit about your musical journey from your earliest days to where you are today? Sugar Loaf Walker: I grew up in Chennai, a city in southern India. One of my earliest musical memories was listening to 20 Golden Greats by The Shadows from my... Continue Reading →

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