Monthly Archives: June 2011

New & MPfree: Gem Club – Breakers

“Breakers” is the glorious new lo-fi number courtesy of Somervile duo Gem Club, and has already been featured on Pitchfork earlier in the week. With their debut LP of the same title set to be released later in the year via Hardly Art, and a rapidly expanding following eagerly anticipating it’s arrival; it’s set to […]


By Josh
on 30th Jun 2011
in Music

Review: Benjamin Barker Sessions- Stephen Flavahan

After an opening night a couple of months ago with native Dundonians, The View, headlining there is one new music venue that has been hot on the lips of many people around the city, Benjamin Barker Barber & Shop.


By Adam Jamieson-Caley
on 25th Jun 2011
in Music

New: Gold Panda – MPB

Artwork by Sophie Greenidge Hey look, it’s a new Gold Panda tune! Now try not to explode too much and take a listen, because what you’ll find is something that spirals uncontrollably, is thick with percussion crunches and bends beautifully to some jangly little melodies. Welcome back Mr. Panda. Gold Panda “MPB” by The FADER


By Joel Chima
on 24th Jun 2011
in Music

Review: Magical Mistakes – Dislocation

Magical Mistakes: a violent cars crash of ideas, sounds and textures; yet despite everything, something utterly beautiful is formed. At least what the words themselves portray, as it turns out the music resurrects something similar. The story of Erik Luebs (magical mistakes) has been well documented since the release of his debut LP earlier this […]


By Joel Chima
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News: Stream SBTRKT’s debut LP

SBTRKT’s debut self-titled album is due out on Young Turks this Monday. Until then you can stream the album here; it’s a bit of a treat.


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New: Bombay Bicycle Club – Shuffle

Bombay Bicycle Club make their return this September with their second album official “A Different Kind Of Fix” and the first single to be taken from it is a real beauty. “Shuffle”, such an apt title, is a lovely slice of tropical uplifting pop. Rock guitars are jettisoned in favour of a more mellifluous, dexterous […]


By Martyn Young
on 23rd Jun 2011
in Music

Exclusive Unplugged Session: Dan Mangan

Canadian folk singer-songwriter Dan Mangan’s been around quite a bit this year. Since the start of the year, he’s been touring Europe, the US, and Australia, stopping off at Sasquatch Festival in the States and opening up the Other Stage at Glastonbury this Sunday – and in the middle of all this, we were lucky […]


By Chris Heasman
on 22nd Jun 2011
in Music

New: Southern Shore – Night is Young

Southern Shore’s new single, ‘Night is Young’, is a breath of fresh air. Re-working the hook of Cathy Dennis’ ‘Touch Me (All Night Long)’, the track oozes with a summer atmosphere. Carefree and soulful, it glistens with a longing for the sun and boasts a romance that only our current season can muster. Stream the […]


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Review- Cats and Cats and Cats: Motherwhale

Being released on July 4th, Cats and Cats and Cats new album, Motherwhale, follows on from last year’s debut album, If I’d Had an Atlas…


By Adam Jamieson-Caley
on 21st Jun 2011
in Music

New: Crewdson- Gravity

Due for release this Monday, the 20th of June, we can offer you a stream of ‘Gravity’ by the fantastic Crewdson. Released through Slowfoot Records, the record sees Hugh Jones following up his acclaimed ‘Dust EP’ with further experimentations under the post-dubstep banner. For a market saturated with various bedroom producers, this is an album […]


By Will Tompsett
on 20th Jun 2011
in Music

Live Review: The Horrors (Glasgow/Oran Mor 15/06/11)

There is a febrile atmosphere in the air in the grand confines of the converted church that is Glasgow’s Oran Mor as The Horrors prepare to make their live comeback after almost two years. Tonight’s show sees the band playing material from forthcoming third album “Skying” for the first time and it is fair to […]


By Josh
on 19th Jun 2011
in Music

Single Of The Week: Dam Mantle – Not A Word

Repetition is a delicate art, the ability to create something that remains interesting, despite plugging the shit of it. Dam Mantle’s new single, ‘Not a word’, gets it just right. It contains a hook that holds with its painful sentiment, but yet still holds a wondrous infidelity that’s hard to lay a finger on. The […]


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Review: WU LYF – Go Tell Fire To The Mountain

Few bands generate anywhere near as much hype as unconventional Mancunian quartet Wu Lyf, and even fewer completely ignore it once it’s been thrust upon them. From refusing high-profile interview requests, providing misleading photographs and allegedly neglecting the advances of several major labels; numerous opinions have been aired over whether Wu Lyf are either a […]

Festival Review: Dot to Dot (Manchester)

Dot to Dot Festival in Manchester held special significance for Crack In The Road and myself, as it stood as the first festival we ever covered. in 2010 Dot to Dot sprung from it’s humble beginnings and included Manchester in it’s journey for the first time. Returning in 2011, Dot to Dot had a lot […]

Video: Dom – Living In America

Even though it was released in 2010, we’ve been treated to a new video for ‘Living In America, the stand out track from Dom’s EP, Sun Bronzed Greek Gods. It’s what you’d expect but engaging regardless. Kid’s getting fucked; parties and punches to the face are the order of the day. Should be enough to […]


By Joel Chima
on 17th Jun 2011
in Music

Artist Profile: Sandro Kopp

This year’s Istancool Festival opened with an exhibition entitled ‘Being With You’, a series of paintings by Sandro Kopp, painted over Skype, featuring volunteers who sat for the artist. The results are honest, introspective portraits that capture the digital means of creation in a rather subtle way. At first the work seems simply stylized, however […]

Video: Frank Ocean – Novacane

As if we needed any more confirmation, we are in the age of progressive and intelligent Rn’B. With The Weeknd’s Mixtape being lapped up by underground kids and the mainstream alike, it seems like the perfect time for Frank Ocean to drop the video for his radio crossover tune, Novocane. And what a video it […]


By Joel Chima
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Secret Garden Party 2011: Art

Those familiar with Secret Garden Party, and especially those who have experienced it, will be no strangers to the sheer insanity of this festival. Forget giant mainstages, forget 60,000-strong crowds, forget sprawling campsites, and forget commercial advertising. Many people, in fact, largely forget music for much of their time at the festival, indulging in more […]

Review: Arctic Monkeys – Suck It And See

Before launching into this review, let me clear up a common misconception surrounding Arctic Monkeys that appears to feature predominantly in a vast majority of misinformed and poorly researched articles. Arctic Monkeys were not a product of the embarrassingly titled ‘myspace revolution’, in fact, the now infamous website previously used to distribute free downloads of […]

Review: Rockness 2011

After another year of fantastic artists, venue and weather Rockness shall not be quickly forgotten in the minds of the thousands of people who travelled miles to the banks of Loch Ness just outside Inverness. Here is how Crack in the Road saw as the highlights of the weekend.


By Adam Jamieson-Caley
on 16th Jun 2011
in Festivals