Monthly Archives: July 2011

New: Frank Ocean – Thinking About You

Frank Ocean is fast becoming the prince of Rn’B. A writer credit on Beyoncé’s latest album, as well as a guest spot on the debut Watch The Throne LP and you’ve got yourself a star. The latest tune to drop from Ocean, manages to again create the child like emotional time warp that makes his […]


By Joel Chima
on 29th Jul 2011
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Review: Secret Garden Party 2011

Last weekend, somebody summed up to me what the Secret Garden Party was: what Glastonbury wishes it was. Secluded, environmental, beautiful, mad and infused with good vibes brought on by some of the best people on Earth. Unlike Glasto, however, SGP actually succeeds in fitting that description – it’s a bubble, essentially, cut off from […]

New & MPfree: Sleep ∞ Over – Romantic Streams

Occasionally a track so enduring and beautiful comes along and causes the blogging world to quake frantically in their high tops. Over the past few hours, Romantic Streams by Sleep ∞ Over has done just that, with it’s addictive chillwave hook and lo-fi aesthetic, proving both immeasurably stunning and devastatingly heartwrenching. Having already impressed at […]

New & MPfree: BITE MARKS – SWARM

Let’s face it; everyone makes music these days. Hell, even I’ve been known to have an occasional jam session now and then. So it’s no surprise that amongst the scores of bedroom producers, it takes a truly inspired moment to leap out from the crowd, and this is exactly what this track from BITE MARKS […]

Live Review: Bright Eyes (The Sage, Gateshead / 12/07/11)

It may come as a surprise that as one of my all time favourite artists, I had never seen Bright Eyes live before two weeks ago. So it was rather fitting that my first experience of Conor & Co performing would be in the exquisite setting of The Sage, Gateshead, with it’s unrivaled acoustic qualities […]

The Big Chill 2011: Crack In The Road’s Festival Selection

Since it’s beginning’s in 1994 as a series a parties held at the Union Chapel in Islington, The Big Chill festival has become known for its eclectic lineups, electric visuals and unusual acts, this year is no exception. Held in the grounds of Eastnor Castle, Hertfordshire from the 4th to the 7th of August, The […]

Interview: Frightened Rabbit

Although still in its infancy as a quirky and unique venue, Benjamin Barker Barber Shop in Dundee pulled off a massive coup this month when it staged a secret, private gig with the headline act being Scottish band Frightened Rabbit…

Preview: Beacons Festival 2011

Okay, so it’s new festival time. Yes, yes, new festival time is seemingly every day in recent summers and it’s all pretty much reaching saturation. The issue is, though, that the vast majority of new festivals are just okay. Not bad. C+. Stick on a few folk bands, add a couple of DJs, put The […]

Stream: Hudson Mohawke – Satin Panthers

Hudson Mohawke has just released his new EP, Satin Panthers, for streaming online. It’s a dubstep romp, if that’s attractive to you, hit play below. The EP comes out on Warp on the 1st of August. 01 – Octan 02 – Thunder Bay 03 – Cbat 04 – All Your Love 05 – Thank You


By Joel Chima
on 28th Jul 2011
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New: Neon Indian – Fallout

Chillwave babe Neon Indian has released a tune, Fallout, from his new album Era Extraña. The album is released on September 13, via Mom + Pop Music in North America, Transgressive Records in Europe, Pop Frenzy/Inertia in Australia, and Big Nothing in Japan. Stream ‘Fallout’ or enter your email in the widget below to receive […]


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Style: Forty Ounce Clothing Summer Range

London based street wear label, Forty Ounce Clothing, have just released a subtly homoerotic promotional video for their stunning new summer range. Apart from featuring some bros doing some mildly homoerotic shit, (smiling, looking happy, gently frolicking), it also features the new Tees on offer. Check out the video below, and bare in mind that […]


By Joel Chima
on 27th Jul 2011
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Introducing: Wet Wings

Wet Wings are a two-piece, a two-piece that will make you question whether they could possibly be a two-piece.  There’s a lot going within their debut record, Glory Glory, but beneath the avant-garde audio blemishes are weird and wonderful pop tunes that are as catchy as they are textural and layered. They also have a […]


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New: Grandpa Was a Lion – Dancer/Flying Birds

Artwork by Katarina Soskic The shit coming out from New York label, Housewarming Records, has recently been really great. In fact, at the moment all I seem to do is write about their releases. This continues in the form of ambient folk outfit Grandpa Was a Lion. Their new single, Dancer/Flying Birds, is soaked in […]


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Single Of The Week: DOOM/STARKS – Victory Laps

Our relationship with DOOM and Ghostface killah’s collaboration began with a remix of album track, Victory Laps, around two weeks ago. At last the definitive, super fucking official, album version has dropped into the worlds eardrums. It’s heavier and it’s really fucking tight. Stream it below and have SUPER week. DOOMSTARKS – Victory Laps by […]


By Joel Chima
on 26th Jul 2011
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Review: The Horrors – Skying

With face-meltingly beautiful cover art that looks as though JMW Turner has ventured into the medium of iPhone photography, the latest record from The Horrors is certainly easy on the eyes. However, just a few minutes of listening and it becomes clear that they have shunned the loud, dissonant sound of their earliest work once […]


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Introducing: Audience

Artwork by Isabella Lee Audience are a two piece, made up of Justin and Rémi, two friends that have only just begun to make music together. The result is an atmospheric and minimal sound; the various elements are barely held together, each sound cobbled together in a delightfully improvised way. At times it feels like […]


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New: Regal Safari – R G L S F R

Regal Safari’s first single, Light, was a carefree delight, amongst the blissfully free spirited tones however, was a level of intricacy that gave the tune an exciting level of depth. He’s just released a debut EP, entitled R G L S F R, and it continues in that delightful vein. Synth tones glare and pop […]


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Preview: Kazantip 2011

Kazantip. No? You’re right, I’d not heard of it either. However after Crack In The Road’s expedition to Hove Festival in Norway and Eurockeennes in France last year, I felt it only right to carry on our exploratory adventures into the delights of the European Festival scene. After countless days of searching, I came across […]

Style: Fall Minimal

The July august issue of ‘Essential Homme’ holds plenty of nice photography.  But one of my favourites is this really quite classic styled photo shoot with its roll necks buttoned up collars, grey jumpers and blazers, all topped of with a classy understated side swished boy cut. The shoot is set in a number of […]


By Hamish Wirgman
on 25th Jul 2011
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Introducing: Klempo

Artwork by Jessica Katz Klempo, for argument’s sake at least, makes house music. But it’s fragile; it ends up being house music with a diminished sense of pride. This is by no means a bad thing, the results offer something ultimately more human. His first release, out now on Housewarming records, is dark, brooding and […]


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