Monthly Archives: February 2012

New: D/R/U/G/S – One Thousand Faces

Photo by Tyrone Williams D/R/U/G/S is an artist that I’m increasingly confused by, not because he makes particularly outwardly experimental music, more because I’ve been wondering if there’s a point to it all. I’m slowly realising that there is, thanks partly to this new cut entitled, ‘One Thousand Faces’; a winding spiral ride of colours and […]


By Joel Chima
on 29th Feb 2012
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New: Kid A – BB Bleu

Virginia-born producer Kid A’s debut record PPPONEY OST all but passed me by when it was released at the tail end of last summer. It sat reluctantly on my ‘must listen’ list, tempting but never completely convincing me to give it a full listen. Looking back I wish I had, because if this re-mastering of stand […]


By Joel Chima
on 28th Feb 2012
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Introducing: Agerskow

Those familiar with the Newcastle music scene may already know Kate Edwards as the keyboardist of Brilliant Mind, but Agerskow, consisting of Kate Edwards and Miriam Bennett, is where she comes into her own, producing alluring and unaffected folk/indie rock. Imagine if Joni Mitchell and Kate Rusby had a lovechild with a slight Yorkshire accent […]

New: EVAN – Blowing Smoke

Damn. Music doesn’t get any more raw than this track from London artist EVAN, yet by the same merit, it’s vulnerability and underproduced vibe is partially why it’s so moving. Entirely acoustic, Blowing Smoke harks back to early Conor Oberst lyrically, and even tinges of Nick Drake amongst the honest poetry. ‘if my dad could […]

Review: The Magnetic Fields – Love at the Bottom of the Sea

“I will spend the rest of my life living down 69 Love Songs, just as I planned to. It’s fine,” said Stephin Merritt in a recent interview with The Guardian. While the Magnetic Fields’ 1999 album can only be described as a towering work of genius, the band continue to make pleasing, heartbreaking music that […]

New: Shinies – Shola

Being an avid Newcastle fan, I was slightly disappointed when Manchester four piece Shinies declared that their new track, Shola, had nothing to do with our very own lovably blunderous number 23, a certain Mr Ameobi. Fortunately, the quality of the track more than makes up for this lack of connection, and is a perfect […]

New: Western Affairs – Control

‘I’m afraid of what I do, the things I’ve done, the things I choose’ – haven’t we all felt like that at some point? This new track from Washington DC based trio Western Affairs is a tender, heartfelt number, parking itself subtly between the strained vocals of Youth Lagoon and the slick electronic fuzz of […]

New: Peace – Follow Baby

The UK’s latest buzzband, Peace are rapidly gathering quite a fanbase, and their latest track, Follow Baby is sure to bolster their current success. Heavy than previous outings and centered around a dramatic guitar riff, it’s cinematic in atmosphere yet almost feels ‘lad-rockesque’ at times; a trait that personally I’m not overly keen on. Anyway, […]

New: Stumbleine – Drifting Youth

So comes the end of another day, a day filled almost entirely with eating too much fried chicken and filming out of work actresses. Now I don’t want to speak for us all, but I will regardless; we all need to chill the fuck out. The new mini album from Stumbleine entitled, Drifting Youth, is […]


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New: Regina Spektor – All The Rowboats

It’s been 3 years since Regina Spektor’s remarkably more poppy effort, Far. 3 years; that’s a lot of time for me to lose interest in the Soviet Union born folkstress. The first track to be released from her new record, What We Saw From The Cheap Seats, is a sharp powerhouse of a single and […]


By Joel Chima
on 27th Feb 2012
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New: Jetpack Jones – Right Here (Prod. By Retral)

Jetpack Jones (previously Venom) has become my go to when it comes to inspiring and ‘feel-good’ hip-hip. At his best he’s boyishly confident and idealistic, at his worst, he sounds like your juvenile ex-boyfriend. To be honest, the latter still manages to come across as wonderfully charming. His new track, ‘Right Here’, comes with a […]


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New: Grobbie – All of This Time

Photo by Petra Collins The problem with labeling music with obscure and tenuous genre names, complete with their own specifications and conventions, is that most of the music that comes after the inspired re-branding is usually shit. Chillwave and post-dubstep are today’s biggest bastard children. In truth, any art that whose primary concern is to exist […]


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Stream: New albums from Memoryhouse and Nite Jewel

The second full length LP from Nite Jewel, ‘One Second of Love’, is an album that slowly crept into my ‘I’m excited about this’ list of 2012. The track ‘In the Dark’ sparked it all; a dark and soulful jam that ended up being pleasing on the ear more than anything else, but then again, […]


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New: Death Grips – Get Got / Blackjack

With two new records expected in 2012, hip hop group Death Grips have dropped two new tracks in the form of Get Got and Blackjack. Continuing in their aggressive style that gained Ex-military, their debut LP so much attention, there’s a slightly more refined edge to both tracks, perhaps readying the group for more mainstream […]

New: Arctic Monkeys – R U Mine?

Despite claiming they wouldn’t be retreating back to the studio until 2013, earlier today Arctic Monkeys released a surprise single in the form of the grunge heavy R U Mine? Accompanied by a black and white, entirely tongue in cheek video, R U Mine? finds Turner’s vocals at their finest since 2007′s Favourite Worst Nightmare. […]

New: Juk Juk – Fall

Now Kieran Hebden (Four Tet) introduced this young London producer to the rest of the UK last year, releasing his excellent debut single Winter Turns Spring. Now Juk Juk is back with more mellow garage goodness – sampling away, once again. I assume it’s being released on his own label, or at least a new one, and […]


By Benny J Keeler
on 26th Feb 2012
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New: Geneva Miller – By Your White Bed

After releasing her debut track, The Apple Tree, earlier this month, Corona’s dreamfolk singer Geneva Miller has followed it up with a more cautious, melancholic number. Centered around a gently picked guitar and the soothing vocals of Miller, there are moments in the production on By Your White Bed that could be deemed slightly weak, […]

Video: Willis Earl Beal – Evening’s Kiss

As an artist who once said “I want be like the black Tom Waits”, Willis Earl Beal certainly has a lot to live up to; I mean, he’s going to be a different colour for crying out loud. Progressive shit. Skin pigment complexities aside, Beal happens to be one of the most exciting (anti) folk […]


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New: Gold Panda – Thailand Chord Droner

Sometimes you’re waiting for a bus, only one comes and the bus turns out to be a bit shit. That’s where I’m at with the new cut from Gold Panda, a thoroughly unremarkable 2-minute slice of floaty synths and minimal house-style beats. No word on if the track is going to be on an upcoming […]


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New: Gotye – Somebody That I Used To Know (Groundislava Remix)

After you’ve been subjected to a track for the Millionth time, to seal the deal, what you really need is a remix of said track. Now before anyone freaks, I’m rather fond of Gotye’s ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’, that said, if another kid proudly puts it on at a house party as if […]


By Joel Chima
on 25th Feb 2012
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