Monthly Archives: February 2011

Single Of The Week: The Mountain Goats – Damn These Vampires

With the new Mountain Goats LP ‘All Eternals Deck’ now streaming on NPR Music it seems like the perfect time to have an extract from the record as our single of the week. The first release from the album ‘Damn these vampires’ is heavy on story and seems to have peaked interest in a band […]


By Joel Chima
on 28th Feb 2011
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Review: Frank Ocean – Nostalgia, Ultra

It’s only been a week or so but you’re probably already sick of hearing the name Frank Ocean, heck you’re probably already sick of the OFWGKTA acronym. Despite blogs (including us) drumming the genius of these LA brats down your throat, their ability to surprise and change the rules of the game with such ease […]


By Joel Chima
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Art Review: Cory Arcangel- Beat The Champ

Cory Arcangel’s project for The Curve at the Barbican arts centre instantly strikes you as a different form of contemporary art. It consists of 14 bowling video games electronically hacked to systematically fail and achieve a zero score. At first it’s baffling, it’s not that the point of the work is hard to understand more […]


By Joel Chima
on 27th Feb 2011
in Reviews

James Blake (Manchester’s Band on the Wall)

Having never been to Band on the Wall before, I was very excited to see quite how ‘intimate’ this ‘intimate’ afternoon gig was going to be, especially given that I was going to see undoubtedly one of the most blogged about artists of the year. With a couple of hundred capacity and only thirty tickets […]


By Anna Savage
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Review: Benjamin Francis Leftwich (Manchester)

Arriving at An Outlet in Manchester, after asking two separate taxi drivers how to get there (the first refused after I asked for ‘walking directions’), it struck me as one of the smallest venues I’d ever visited. Cafe by day, An Outlet provided a suitably intimate venue for the acoustic stylings of Benjamin Francis Leftwich. […]


By Ben
on 26th Feb 2011
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Review: Darwin Deez (Manchester Academy)

Didn’t get off to a flying start with this review as I managed to entirely miss the first band, Ram’s Pocket Radio (sorry). However, I did manage to make it to Academy 2 in time for the other support, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, and then for Darwin Deez when I felt compelled to push to […]


By Anna Savage
on 25th Feb 2011
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New: Dananananaykroyd – E Numbers

If, like us you have been following Scottish rockers Dananananaykroyd’s twitter
over the last couple of weeks, you will have noticed that they have indeed finished their sophomore record and are readying it for release.

Crack In The Road Exclusive Mix #1: Solar Bears

Heavily hip hop and rap orientated, this exclusive mix from Solar Bears is ideal to listen to before hitting the town or even if you’re just having a relaxing evening in with a few mates. Coming in at just over half an hour, it’s certainly sets the bar high for future Crack in the Road mixes, listen to it below.


By Joel Chima
on 24th Feb 2011
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L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N. – Fake Blood Remix

How to move on from a breakup, by Charlie Fink aged 23 and 3/4. Step 1: Take on a more positive message than that shown on your last album, realise life does indeed go on. Reflect this in the music itself, keeping the orchestration and sophistication of your darker moments, but infuse it with the […]

MPfree: Stray Kites – Misanthrope / All Is Well

The lyrics are a joy to behold at times, “if time were money, we’d still be dirt poor”, openly warbles Junior on Misanthrope.


By Josh
on 23rd Feb 2011
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New: Summer Camp – I Want You

Previous Crack in the Road interviewee’s Summer Camp have just dropped the first track from their upcoming debut full length record.

Review: Pandit – Eternity Spin

At times the instrumental sections are sublimely orchestrated, seas of static completely immerse the listener in the world that Pandit creates.


By Josh
on 21st Feb 2011
in Music

New: Spoek Mathambo – Control

The fourth single taken from the highly anticipated debut album from Spoek Mathambo’s has just been premiered on the Dazed and Confused website. ‘Control’ is a dark and futuristic take on the Joy Division classic, gathering house and dubstep influences, combining them into something genuinely fresh. The video that accompanies the tune will no doubt […]


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Single Of The Week: Star Slinger- Mornin’

If you’ve been locked into Crack in the Road from the very beginning it’s likely that you’ve heard of the slightly marvelous Star Slinger. Making us more than a little bit smug over here as the world finally wakes up to the wonder of his music. He’s very quickly becoming a well-respected member of the […]


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Review: White Lies (Newcastle)

I’ve always found that the best way to gauge a band’s success, when it comes to live performances, is through the reactions of the crowd. A band can be technically brilliant, filled with energy, and brimming with talent, but if the crowd doesn’t care, then what’s the point? This philosophy came in particularly useful at […]


By Chris Heasman
on 20th Feb 2011
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Review: Natural Child- Self Titled 7″

Tame Impala made rock n’ roll cool again. They were stripped down, had the balls of a bull and still managed to tell stories, more importantly they managed to tell believable ones. It seems Natural Child have entered the scene with their self-titled EP at the perfect point then. Totaling at around 9 minutes if […]


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New: Foxes in Fiction – Hospital District / Static Cults

In celebration of the one year anniversary since the release of his brilliantly received debut LP, Foxes in Fiction has gifted fans with a free digital single release.


By Josh
on 19th Feb 2011
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New: Fashawn- Higher Learning 2

The world of hip-hop has blown up at the moment. From the odd ball Tyler the Creator to the slightly more conventionally underground Emay, the combination of beats and rhymes has never been more exciting. It was predictable however that the release of Fashawn’s new mixtape ‘Higher Learning 2’ would be swamped by Odd Future […]


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New: Lykke Li- Love Out of Lust

After the release of “I Follow Rivers” and “Get Some” from Lykke Li’s forthcoming LP ‘Wounded Rhymes’, ‘Love before Lust’ becomes the latest showcase of her new sound. Backed up by stomping percussion and beautiful Harmonies, Li’s vocals and lyrics are as thoughtful as ever. “We will live longer than I will/ we will be […]


By Joel Chima
on 18th Feb 2011
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Track by Track Review: Radiohead – The King of Limbs

However, we should remember that they are still a band, and should be judged upon their music, so will The King Of Limbs live up to the fans monumental expectations?