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Review: Lauran Hibberd – Everything is Dogs

On ‘Everything is Dogs’ Lauran sings with clarity. She doesn’t need to warble to prove that she is talented. Lauran’s EP ‘Everything is Dogs’ has this Weezer first-album feel that sounds youthful, naïve, charming, and accessible. Songs here are genuinely strong and don’t need to be laced with smoothed-over EDM in order to give them […]

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Author: Ben Norris
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Review: Lana Del Rey – Norman Fucking Rockwell

The fifth album from Lana Del Ray is arguably the culmination of everything she’s worked towards since the release of her viral hit Videogames back in 2011. There’s nothing here that will convert anyone who wasn’t already a fan; instead, Norman Fucking Rockwell! (or NFR!, as it’s being promoted to the masses on the London […]

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Author: Zach Spencer
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Review: Twin Peaks – Lookout Low

Twin Peaks fourth studio album is a throwback to a summery 70s America, often blending impish drumbeats and snare rolls, light and breezy keys and twanging country guitar riffs to create a fun if not a slightly forgettable album. Listening to the piece you get the sense that the quintet love what they do and […]

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Author: Zach Spencer
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Review: The Big Moon – Your Light

With a second album slated for a January 2020 release, The Big Moon have offered their second single, Your Light. An instant indie-pop banger that encapsulates the urge to shrug off the weight of the world to allow yourself to live as happily as you can despite the abhorrent events of late, something which can […]

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Author: Will Thomas
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Review: Squid – Town Centre

I’m trying to think of what to write, but all my brain is doing is stagnating all my words and sentences in the style of a shit Mark E Smith impersonation. Why? Because I’m a saddo and it’s the coolest thing I can think of doing after listening to Squid’s EP ‘Town Centre’. This EP […]

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Author: Ben Norris
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Review: King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard – Infest the Rat’s Nest

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard have never been ones for half measures. When the Melbourne-based seven-piece gave themselves the very ambitious goal of releasing five albums in 2017, they not only succeeded in meeting their goal but they delivered five very different bodies of work, each underpinned by five fully-realised concepts. No two of […]

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Author: Harry Fortuna
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Review: No Hot Ashes – Hardship Starship

Indie four piece No Hot Ashes have released their debut album Hardship Starship, assisting the likes of Blossoms in their pursuit of putting humble old Stockport on the map as a breeding ground for exciting, young bands. There’s a definitive swagger about the NHA lads as the open up with lead single ‘Extra Terrestrial’. The […]

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Author: Will Thomas
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Review: Drusila – Single Life

Portsmouth-based dark-poppers, Drusilla grace us with new single, ‘Single Life’. The piece, like all good 80’s electronica, should leave us a little sad and a little distance: ‘Single Life’ succeeds. The band, aptly named after former Roman Emperor Caligula’s sister, leave us feeling melancholic whilst we willing dip our toes in the spray of sadness. […]

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Author: Zach Spencer
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Review: Frankie Knight – ‘Even Though’

Ahead of her debut album, Sussex-based Frankie Knight has released Even Though, a dreamy, electronic number with flecks of synth that wouldn’t be out of place in the Stranger Things soundtrack. Even Though opens with a riff similar to something Dan Croll may have used on his first album before beautifully fusing an 80s undercurrent […]

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Author: Will Thomas
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Review: Slaves – The Velvet Ditch EP

Slaves seem to be the last Bastian of UK radio-friendly punk available in 2019. The Radio 1 DJ will happily press-play after Freya Ridings or before a hideous attempt at banter. Slaves seem to fill that void of Chas’n’Dave’s Rage Against the Machine, you know, “Fuck the State/Hi-hat!”, on one hand, but you’d go for […]

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Author: Henry Groves
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Review: The Big Moon – ‘It’s Easy Then’

It’s 2017, The Big Moon have just released Mercury Prize nominated album ‘Love in the 4th Dimension’ and I have just seen them for the 5th time in a year. Now after two years of working on a second album, and Celia and Soph working with their other bands (Gently Tender and Our Girl respectively), […]

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Author: Zach Spencer
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Review: Marika Hackman – all night

The third single from Any Human Friend is a ballad dedicated to reclaiming the image of sapphic sex while flipping overtly sexual themes, usually sung by male performers, on its head in a song that elegantly combines elements from her previous albums with her new material. Featuring an intro throwing us back to We Sleep […]

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Author: Zach Spencer
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Review: Twin Peak – Dance Through It

With an impending fourth album the Chicago natives’ latest channels their inner feel-good 70s summer vibes. In a song that leans heavily towards The Doors circa Morrison Hotel they showcase their ability to merge catchy, simplistic hooks with psychedelic keyboard riffs, soulful bass lines and crooning horn sections. They quickly and subtly take you from […]

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Author: Harry Fortuna
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Review: The Murder Capital – Don’t Cling To Life

Aided by legendary producer Flood, Dublin band The Murder Capital have released their debut EP Don’t Cling to Life. With the post-punk revival becoming all the more potent, this latest release sees The Murder Capital join the ranks of IDLES, Shame and fellow Irishmen Fontaines DC in giving life to the somewhat dormant genre. In […]

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Author: Henry Groves
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Review: Dry Cleaning – Magic of Meghan

For a band who had not released any music on mainstream streaming sites, they have played some impressive support slots and been included on some massive festival line ups like Latitude Festival 2019. But, we finally have their first release an a debut EP announcement and you can see exactly why Dry Cleaning have got […]

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Author: Ben Norris
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Review: Egyptian Blue – Collateral Damage (EP)

On Collateral Damage, Egyptian Blue present themselves as a powerful, competent force. The four songs explored here neatly choreograph their intentions; opener Collateral sets a frantic pace that the band maintains throughout the EP’s fifteen-minute run with barely so much as a pause for breath. Each track is held together by tight, driving grooves and […]

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Author: Ben Norris
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Review: Gender Roles – You Look Like Death

There seems to be a current trend in the alternative scene for artists releasing underwhelming lead singles ahead of an upcoming album or tour. Although subsequent releases go some way towards redressing the balance, the damage is done and it can be difficult to justify the hype. That said, thank god for Gender Roles, who’ve […]

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Author: Zach Spencer
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Review: Marika Hackman – the one

Marika Hackman’s latest song from her forthcoming album, Any Human Friend, is a surprisingly large and refreshing evolution from her previous work. Addressing selling out, growing egos and fan expectations this could be her most honest, and possibly saddest, track to date as she struggles with change and the limelight while masking it with one […]

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Author: Zach Spencer
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Review: Shura – religion (you can lay your hands on me)

Three years after her debut album Shura has released the second track from her upcoming album, forevher. religion is an incredible pop/funk evolution from Touch that wouldn’t be out of place in the seventies with flourishes of string accompaniment, guitar and bass riffs harking back to Diana Ross’ The Boss and lyrics laden with sexual […]

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Author: Ben Norris
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Review: Honeyblood – In Plain Sight

It sounds like Honeyblood’s Stina Tweeddale has been watching a lot of Lucifer recently. Demonic imagery crops up repeatedly throughout ‘In Plain Sight’, expanding on the playful mentions of witches and hexes that characterised the band’s previous album, Babes Never Die.

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Author: Harry Fortuna
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Review: Swim Deep – To Feel Good

Four years since their last release and we finally have a new single ‘To Feel Good’ from Birmingham favourites, Swim Deep. As always, the indie rockers prove to be unafraid to shake it up, this time enrolling a full gospel choir to add a healthy dosage of experimentalism as they extrapolate Rozalla’s ‘90s dance hit […]

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Author: Zach Spencer
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Review: LA Peach – I Can Remember Where You Are

L.A. Peach is back for the second time this year and is gracing us with his latest dreamy ear worm. Like his previous work, his effortless cool-dad charisma oozes through his loving lyrics, reminiscent of Arctic Monkeys circa Suck It and See, in a beautifully harmonised chorus that will stick with you for days. Is […]

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Author: Henry Groves
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Review: Spector – I Won’t Wait

Ahead of their London headline show at the Sebright Arms tonight, Spector have released brand new single ‘I Won’t Wait’. Their first release of 2019, and it screams a Spector/Fred Macpherson creation. Intelligently sculptured lyricism with Macpherson’s distinctive vocals and the catchy chorus that makes you feel you have heard it a hundred times before […]

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Author: Zach Spencer
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Review: King Princess – Cheap Queen

King Princess’ latest single is a stellar and relatable downbeat track that’s an ode to self-reflection, “I’ve been going out too much/ and talking ‘bout myself too much”, just as much as it is drag culture and shaping your own identity in a song that perfectly bridges her debut EP with Pussy Is God.

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Author: Zach Spencer
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Review: The Marias – ‘…baby one more time’

The Marías bring their instantly entrancing and dreamy L.A. vibes to a 90s classic. Starting, somewhat, stripped back before building to their trademark subtle synth accompaniment, they use lead singer Marías’ hushed vocal cadences to their full advantage, making a two-minute track feel like thirty seconds, desperately leaving you wanting to hear how else they […]

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Author: Joe Ford
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Review: Fat White Family: Serfs Up

After 3 years away from their last release (Breaking Into Aldi and various side projects including The Moonlandingz & Insecure Men) and many, many issues with drugs and alcohol. The (however many members) Fat White Family are back with their 3rd Album ‘Surfs Up!’ and it is a belter.

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Author: Henry Groves
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Review: FLOWVERS – Nosebleed

After 2 exceptional singles in ‘Fresh Air’ and ‘Long Way Home’, we have been waiting for another release from Portsmouth-quartet FLOWVERS, with it seeming an age ago since they announced they had hit the studio. After several months we finally have new single ‘Nosebleed’ and it was absolutely worth the wait. From the moment the […]

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Author: Henry Groves
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Review: Emerson Snowe – That’s Rock ‘n’ Roll EP (10th May)

Emerson Snowe is the solo project for Brisbane musician Jarrod Mahon, famous for being a member of Australian band The Creases. Over the past two years, Emerson Snowe has been releasing solo music and has been receiving praise from the likes of DIY magazine and So Young magazine for both his music and live performances […]

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Author: Henry Groves
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Review: Liily – I Can Fool Anybody In This Town (EP)

Getting praise from the likes of Radio 1’s Jack Saunders before even releasing an EP shows that Liily are definitely a band worth checking out. The EP begins with their debut single ‘Toro’, which is full of rock guitar riffs and roaring vocals. It is an intense, lively and determined start to an EP and […]

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Author: Henry Groves
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Review: Indoor Pets – Be Content

Getting the right balance of old EP tracks, new releases and unheard tunes is a tough ask for any band releasing a debut album. This becomes an incredibly difficult task when you have so many good releases as Indoor Pets have. Regardless of this, Indoor Pets have sparked an almost perfect balance to their 14 […]

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Author: Joe Ford
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Review: Sleaford Mods – Eton Alive

Sleaford Mods are back with their 5th studio album ‘Eton Alive’.

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Author: Henry Groves
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Review: Ten Eighty Trees – Lip Service

Newcastle-based alternative-rock group Ten Eighty Trees are back with brand new single ‘Lip Service’, their first release of 2019.

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Author: Henry Groves
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Review: SWMRS – Berkeley’s On Fire

Oakland-quartet SWMRS are back with their sophomore album ‘Berkeley’s on Fire’, three years after the release of their debut ‘Drive North’.

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Author: Henry Groves
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Review: FUR – FUR (EP)

There is a sense of romance that comes with any FUR release. So it is almost fitting that the Brighton-quartet released their debut EP on Valentines day.

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Author: George Smale
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Review: Deco – ‘Don’t Waste Your Time’

January can be pretty bleak but Max and John, who make up the Midlands pop duo, Deco, are back with a new track to show us the worst month of the year is finally over! Their second single ‘Don’t Waste Your Time’ is taken from their new EP entitled ‘Upside Down’ due in March and […]

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Author: Joe Ford
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Review: FIDLAR – Almost Free

FIDLAR have released their highly anticipated third studio album, just under 4 years after their impressive sophomore album ‘Too’. This saw the album take on a more mellow songwriting style, yet still keeping with their party-like attitude at the same time. After-all their name does stand for ‘Fuck It Dog Life’s A Risk’

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Author: Henry Groves
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VANT are back with new track ‘Thank Lucifer’

After a year hiatus in 2018, VANT are back with brand new single ‘Thank Lucifer’. From the more guitar-driven style we are used to from VANT, ‘Thank Lucifer’ shows a completely new direction. A more electronic sound with catchy beats gives a refreshing side to VANT after their absence, and with Mattie changing up his […]

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Author: Henry Groves
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Review: Freya Beer – ‘Six Months’

Southampton based Freya Beer is back with her second release, brand new single ‘Six Months’. Taking her influences from many art forms, ‘Six Months’ is inspired by the painting “Proserpine” by the Pre-Raphaelite artist Rossetti, and the greek mythology behind its creation. Freya is also a big fan of poetry, and you can see this […]

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Author: Henry Groves
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Review: PIVOTAL – ‘Back Again’

Southampton based PIVOTAL are back with a brand new single, ‘Back Again’. After their debut EP hit major streaming platforms earlier this year, the band have headed back to the studio. PIVOTAL’s music always has a sense of darkness about it and ‘Back Again’ is no different. The background textures of both the distorted guitar […]

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Author: Henry Groves
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Review: Djuno Release – ‘No Glass Falls’

The Southampton indie quintet are back with their third single ‘No Glass Falls’ Originating from Southampton Solent University, Djuno have been making a name for themselves around the South Coast. In the past year, they have played some amazing shows including a set at Common People Festival, a slot supporting Sløtface in October 2017 and next […]

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Author: Henry Groves
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Review: Spring King – A Better Life

Spring King are so consistent with the quality of their live performances, but can they deliver the same consistency with their albums. With a Spring King album, I was never expecting a short intro including a saxophone, but it fits extremely well when you go straight into ‘Animal’. I always mention song order being an […]

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Author: Henry Groves
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Review: Courtney Barnett – Tell Me How You Really Feel

This week we will be looking at the brand new album ‘Tell Me How You Really Feel’ by Australian singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett. After 3 years, a collaboration with Kurt Vile and 4 singles we finally have a new solo album from Courtney Barnett. ‘Tell me how you really feel’ was released on 18th May after […]

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Author: Henry Groves
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Review: Peace – Kindness is the New Rock and Roll

Another album review this week, with Peace’s new album ‘Kindness Is The New Rock and Roll’ Three years since their second album ‘Happy People’ and Peace are back! They have always liked to express their thoughts through their albums and this is no exception. The band’s philosophy to “choose love” comes across so strongly in the album, it […]

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Author: Henry Groves
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Review: Spring King – ‘Animal’

This is their first release since their excellent debut album ‘Tell Me If You Like To’. ‘Animal’ is further proof of the band’s talent. Another punchy garage-rock banger with the distinctive sound they are famous for. Announcing their biggest tour to date on Monday, they said it was part of something much bigger. Hopefully, this […]

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Author: Henry Groves
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Review: Blossoms – Cool Like You

Second week of Dark Side Release Review and this week I am looking at the new album from Blossoms, ‘Cool Like You’. Two years after their successful debut album, Blossoms are back with their new album ‘Cool Like You’. After the amazing reception that their self-titled debut received, they played the likes of The Roundhouse and Brighton […]

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