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01 Apr 16
How should one judge a Mogwai soundtrack album? Is it right to view it as a new Mogwai album at all, or as something slightly different? After all, it does sound remarkably like the great Scottish instrumental pioneers, the calling cards are there, but at the same time – and presumably because its almost written to a brief – it doesn’t quite follow on the line of progression that evidently runs through their major / full albums as we know them.
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12 Feb 16
Good news: Another (15th?) new Wave Pictures album and another bountiful year when they plan to release not one, but two new albums (Bread and Honey will be released in the Autumn on Moshi Moshi!).
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11 May 15
The gist Eagerly awaited debut player from London gazey-psych-pop quintet The music Cracklefeedback first encountered Novella a couple of years back supporting The Soft Pack, and got pretty enthusiastic about what we heard - so much so that we've been keenly anticipating the arrival of Land since - and can happily conclude it was definitely worth the wait. To give an idea of what Novella sound like, let's maybe call it early Lush meets Neu!
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30 Mar 15
The gist Experimental dubby-Jazz, from London’s “post”-Jazz experimentalists, still being as forward-looking as always, 6 albums down the line The music “What makes the desert beautiful is that somewhere it hides a well” said Antoine de Saint-Exupery - at some point during the crafting of this album.
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02 Feb 15
The Gist Follow up to much heralded debut Isle of Dogs. Comes close to being just as good The Music It’s Indie-pop of the highest order, though eschewing any of the lo-fi associations with that genre, and instead having a clear interest in high production values – it’s lovingly polished and fairly so, you’d take great pride if this was the calibre of output you were capable of.

Live at The 100 Club, London

Delightfully, and assuredly, Camberwell’s Virginia Wing use all that at their disposal to ensure their opening slot tonight is anything but – much less a sense of supporting act nerves or trepidation and more a belief of equal billing, and rightly so.

Live at The Shacklewell Arms, London

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If Gulp have passed you by up until now, then perhaps the most significant thing of note in their back story is that Guto Pryce, the Super Furry Animals bassist is a main member and heavy contributor to their output. Tonight is the London launch party for debut album Season Sun due for release on 14th July on Sonic Cathedral – and as teasers go, it’s pretty promising stuff.
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02 Jun 14
Around this time 2 years ago, PAWS were making an incredibly favourable first impression with their Misled Youth EP, shortly followed in autumn 2012 by the brilliant debut album Cokefloat. Like many before them they’ve toured and toured, seen the world, and found the hours somewhere to write and record this latest little bundle of wonder, Youth Culture Forever.

Live at The Dalston Victoria, London

Here’s some very good news – there are people out there who really care about your difficult to satiate musical tastes, people so looking-out-for-your-back that they’re willing to scour the planet for something sufficiently new and a bit different, to re-arouse your jaded esotericism. There are people who will spin a globe until it rests on a country or countries whose alternative musical landscape many of us will be no doubt be oblivious to, a place like Mexico?
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21 Jan 14
"We live on the island called Montreal and we make a lot of noise because we love each other" Anyone hearing this introduction for the first time might be worried that they've picked up and put on the latest from that blandest and most prosaic of collectives, Montreal's Arcade Fire – thankfully they haven’t. What they’ll find they have instead is the outrageously, monstrously, astonishingly brilliant product of a bunch of musicians who actually seem to really give a shit about the music they make.