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Don Broco – “Amazing Things” Album Review

Forever unique and diverse, the four-piece tribesman of Don Broco return with their 2018’s Technology follow-up of Amazing Things.

Usually, after a relentless success-story of a prior album, bands often resort to bettering themselves and going an extra mile to achieve the almost-impossible feat to topping their previous. Unfortunately, this has not happened here quite as they had hoped. Despite its fantastically anthemic tunes of Gumshield, Uber and One True Prince – that were all released via pre-singles – the album can come across often slightly bloated, and somewhat cringe, at times – inclusive of Rob’s incoherent work of yippe-ka-yay in Bruce Willis.

Despite this though, with its colour of creativity in embracing changes to song writing, the album is just fun, darn weird and experimental in places that pull the boundaries of how they are as a cohesive unit and – really bend the ever-so-tight workings of the genre they fit. Which, you can’t necessarily attack a band for doing such free writing within the album when the implores of conventionality come into play creating music.

The best two collectives together in the album is certainly Anaheim and How Are You Done with Existing? Amongst the harder edges, lie these two golden works that aren’t too afraid to stay calm as laid-back cuts. Together as a bounded story, they are the two that I will often pull myself to keep going back to, reeling myself in, eager to find out more about these songs upon every play.

With its colour of creativity in embracing changes to song-writing, you can certainly understand their reason to evolve their sound and create something unique that will certainly get those amongst them talking. Whatever your own verdict is of this album, you can tell that they just had fun working on it.

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If you were an avid fan and follower of the band for many years, I would advise to stick this on for a few listens before coming to your final conclusion, because it may take a while to get used to.

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Project Revitalise: More than a third of UK music industry workers lost jobs in 2020

The number is 69,000 in total. Due to the crippling financial devastation that COVID caused on the music industry and UK Music, it’s certainly Project Revitalise for our music industry as we long for the return of the numbers we once pre-COVID in 2019.

With hundreds of festivals and music events cancelled and/or postponed – with no valid insurance scheme to fall back on – a wave of job losses surged through with the uptake simply being too much for small to medium promoters and event organisers.

As predicted, the slump was hit the hardest with the live music sector which saw revenues collapse overall by 90% to a mere thousand pounds.

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“We have listened carefully to UK Music’s arguments about a market failure regarding events insurance,” said Nadine Dorries, the culture secretary. “The UK music industry is one of our country’s great national assets, and I give my commitment that the government will continue to back it every step of the way.”

That may be all well and good but with many insurance schemes and crisis funds coming far too late for many, will a financial release from the Government be enough this time around?

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Our music industry is slowly beginning to revitalise itself with the mass sprawls of major festivals returning, international artist tours rekindling music venues and with it, comes the investments of music consumption. But revitalisation as always, starts with you. What will you do to help our UK music industry?

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Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes: ‘Sticky’ Album Review

Unapologetically chaotic, ‘Sticky‘ is a pressure release sharing talks on the dirty and the depraved during lockdown.

With accommodating – and somewhat feral – guests, enter Frank’s town … if you dare.

Carter and Co are back with their fourth studio album out of the door. Where their last album, End of Suffering was an outcry to mental health and toxic masculinity, this one is more of the good ol’ punk classic of f*ck you and everyone around you. In other words, it’s a fantastic familiarity from this echoic band.

Among Bona fide – and soon-to-be- punk icons of Primal Scream’s Bobby Gillespie, IDLES’ Joe Talbot and electro-punk rapper Lynks, we are slowly entering territory of raw, unequivocal talent as Your Town and Go Get A Tattoo become album highlights championing diversity of rock and slab-stone punk.

This album is just as raw as any – as any IDLES and SLAVES album before them or since. Certainly standing on the shoulders of their punk adversaries, Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes are paving their own journey.

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My town, it looks like yours
Run down, worn out, all shut doors
Broken windows, empty halls
Where no one gives a fuck at all

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[Note: It’s important to note that during this music video, Frank Carter and Dean Richardson are seen throwing away their prior album End of Suffering. Has the suffering started all over again? Or is it case of simply being fed up with it all and anarchy being the only solution?}

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Time Capsule: Witchcraft by Pendulum

Evening folks, hope we are all doing good so far this week!

As part of the new week, we’re venturing into familiar territory … with a new series.

Bluetooth castings, Walkman emblazoned on the trouser leg. Childhood naivety and eagerness abound with electronica drum ‘n’ bass. Pendulum’s work of Witchcraft is one of those unconditional moments encased in my childhood that will forever be cherished.

Whenever I come back to it, all those memories come flooding in. Simply brilliant.

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NATIONAL ALBUM DAY 2021: Celebrating those music catalogues

Today (16th October) marked National Album Day, a celebration of those mystical, fantastical and downright beautiful albums that changed the course of history and the music industry as we know it.

Nevermind. Abbey Road. Pet Sounds. The Dark Side of the Moon. Back to Black. Let it Bleed. The Bends. Kind of Blue. Are You Experienced.

These are just a few genre-changing, mind-bending evolutions of music projects that were just far too ahead of their times.

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In celebration for National Album Day, what will YOU be listening to on repeat today in honour of?

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FUN FACT OF THE DAY:

[Just to further enhance my point about Adele being one of the greatest and most influential female artists at least of the decade from last nights’ discussion, as part of the National Album Day, BBC Radio 2 calculated the best-selling LPs released by female artists. Adele took the first and fifth slots, with 21 and 25 respectively. Amy Winehouse, Madonna and Shania Twain made up the rest of the top five.]

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What’s New: Your Friday Releases

So comes around another Friday, which inevitably means new music to sink our teeth into. Included, are two of the most popular musicians to surface from the industry. Let me know what upcoming project, pre-released single drops you are most excited for!

Have a gander at a few of the best picked out below:

  • Stylistic and sleek, brother of bigger sister Eilish, FINNEAS steps into the spotlight with his imperious new debut, Optimist.
  • ADELE returns to music for the first time in 6 years with her new single, Easy on Me. With a tempting new album on the horizon in November, this song has been sat on and questioned since 2019. It’s finally here – and what better way for Adele to embark on her final journey.
  • COLDPLAY brave the cold with an October release, Music of the Spheres. Imploring the narration of sustainability to ensure the future of our Universe – with a self-sourced tour to boot – their ninth studio album has an undeniably atmospheric impact.
  • Two of my faves, both THE WOMBATS and DON BROCO give us a Friday feeling with more preemptive single releases before their scheduled albums drop. A seemingly good partnership between the two, both Endorphins and Ready for the High are rife-and-ready singles – which put in a good word for the albums to do the same.

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Coldplay: Is an “Eco-friendly World Tour” a Pointless Expedition?

In a new universal chapter of sustainability for the band, Coldplay are set to go ahead with their first world tour in five years next year all part of their eco-friendly plans of reducing their carbon footprint as a music collective.

But … why even tour at all?

That’s the question. Recently, Chris Martin confessed that this was the ulterior backlash that they’ve been receiving since announcing this tour. Much to the satisfaction of those doubters, he answered quite simply, because he wants to. Which, much to the bemusement of others, I totally get. It’s been over five years since they last toured and the true connection you can feel between band and fan in a live setting is a fantastic moment that they sorely wouldn’t want to miss for another few years.

Besides, huge musicians do not even attempt to be eco-friendly or even remotely sustainable when they do their own world tours, so I say I’m all for it if bands wish to try it out.

Despite the band still travelling in their own private jets – which is, slightly ironic – Martin has informed us all that us as fans will be on “kinetic flooring,” which basically means that we’ll be powering the gig – lights and all – ourselves with our frantic movement and fanatic screaming.

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“The more people move, the more they’re helping. You know when the frontman says, ‘We need you to jump up and down’?

“When I say that, I literally really need you to jump up and down. Because if you don’t, then the lights go out.”

– Chris Martin

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For a carbon neutral tour tackling climate change, they also plan to:

  • provide best environmental practices like installing aerated taps and low-flushing toilets.
  • Set itself will be made of materials with perfect environment credentials like bamboo
  • Lighting effects have been “modified” to be more energy efficient
  • An app will allow fans to plan their journey with lowest possible emissions – and even get a discount code to use in the venue if they follow through with it.
  • The big ticket: Coldplay themselves will plant a tree for every ticket sold. Based on their last tour, that would work out to be 5.4 million trees around the world.

With it being a truly “atmospheric” and “ethereal” album set to be released tomorrow by the name of Music of the Spheres, the eco-friendly tour will hopefully reflect the true idealism of the album when the guys created it.

The tour is set to start in March next year in Costa Rica, a country which is known for the highest rates of renewable energy generation across the world.

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Your Next Artist: Too Many Zooz

An origin story for the ages. A cacophony of interloping saxophones, trumpets and low bass growls of whatever else. A perfect audio salad.

Derived from the hustle of bustle of New York’s subways busking to the delights of the uninterested congregation of the capitals’ inhabitants and commuters, Too Many Zooz bring a phenomena to the world of music that is nothing but a joyous occasion to get involved with.

Essentially, they smash alternatives of jazz, funk, Afro-cuban rhythms and EDM house music to bring a new eclectic style of the weird and wonderful. Refreshingly chaotic, they have trawled from the steeples of New York’s subway system to the glorious ground-level venues across a tour of Europe in May 2022.

With this tour, comes a huge following of admiration and fanatic frenzy ever since they first uploaded to the world of YouTube. Charting millions of views with their brazen public performances, they are certainly a force to be reckoned with – and it looks like they have no intention of slowing down anytime soon.

Escapades of Warriors, Pink Yesterday and Subway Gawdz bring with it a crisis on our hands. Why on Gods green Earth is there no other bands like this? Thank God for Too Many Zooz.

So. damn. fun.

http://toomanyzooz.com/

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Artist Spotlight: The Magic of Everything Everything

Two words come to mind whenever I listen to an Everything Everything album. Beautiful and provocative.

As I sit here writing this up – feeling somewhat inspired as their eclectic fourth album is spinning in the background behind me – I felt like it was the opportune moment to write a few words on how influential Everything Everything have been for me as my music taste has evolved and moulded over time.

Big-tune indie brilliance, Everything Everything are a rare offering for a band that does not fit within the barometers of genres, type or comparison.

Wonderment in colour, Everything Everything create thought-provoking and conceptual music that always takes me away to a somewhat mythical and mysterious world – even though they are a few and far-between an actual concept album. Especially for me, I have to play their works in full. From the first track of often fast soothe-sayer indie control to the harrowing and slow-tuned vibes of the last, their music is always accompanied with a partner side-by-side.

This has been consistent throughout their careers in the industry, too.

From when I picked up their debut of Man Alive way back in 2010 on the shelves of the now run-down HMV store in my home town, to sticking with the bands’ creativity with Arc in 2013. Even when the incessant turn-around of popular third release Get To Heaven and A Fever Dream came out with a mere four years apart, I was still happily enthralled and transfixed with their music as I was as a young boy when I first played them close to 12 years ago.

The more and more I talk about these guys, the more I begin to realise that they are easily one of my favourite bands to ever surface in the music industry. I feel somewhat dirty saying that, and empathise for the other legendary acts in the past who may feel cheated on for this, but I cannot deny the truth.

True marvels and music connoisseurs, I recommend giving them a listen – especially with a hot cup of cocoa on a cool winters’ evening.

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Our Record Store: Rough Trade

I had the privilege of visiting one of the many great independent purveyors of great music today – Rough Trade.

Located across four stretches of UK life in Bristol, London, Nottingham – and even a managing to branch itself across the pond in NYC – Rough Trade has been an integral staple in the discovery of modern music mania here on our doorstep in the UK and in the US.

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A somewhat fanciful term for such a warehouse-etiquette but, their ‘headquarters’ are situated in the west of London. They first opened in 1976, right on the doorstep of punk. Now, in their 45th year of trading, they have become a global constituency in the world of music and its industry. Still to this day – as they did in the 70s strife with the punk mania that came before it – they’re celebrating the most exciting new music.

Situated in the most stylistic and cultural pockets of stark cities, their chosen locations were by no means accidental. Diving off main roads into kernels of art graffiti, tapestry and masterful architecture to independent bistro bars, awash with international food stalls and eventually into the crowds who are ready to spring into the new groove of life. Often situated in the most vibrant, culturally contrasting communities in the UK – as well as in the US – they are flagships to the strength of the accompanying cities’ music scenes.

From Portobello Road, Old Truman Brewery to Rockefeller Center itself, it really paints a story.

“As far as we’re concerned, our stores are where the magic happens. 

Sure, we sell great music, but the bigger picture is bringing together artists and audiences within a celebratory, inspiring environment, one that welcomes all ages and taste under one roof.”

Oldest and most iconic, Rough Trade East (of London)

It’s important to note that they are not merely just record stores, oh no no no. They have also become some of the most celebrated music venues, playing host to some iconic acts in past years that put on simply fantastic, immersive and illusory performances surrounded by an arching wave of artist vinyls and band merchandise.

For me today, I was able to notch off another on the list of all four venues as I visited Nottingham’s store in the area of Hockley. With only one UK venue to go in Bristol, (as well as the obvious one in NYC) I’m holding out hope that I can provide myself an opportunity to visit this one too.

With these being such iconic stores within our music retail, purchasing and general perusers of music, I just had to buy something.

With its fitting home of a tote bag to take home in, I managed to pick up The Cinematic Orchestra’s beautiful story of Ma Fleur, pressed on a clear vinyl with a rarity of exclusive art work present – it was certainly one of the more fitting vinyls to purchase.

Fantastic day.

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Frank Turner’s Return to Folk: “Haven’t Been Doing So Well”

No artist distinguishes himself quite so well between rebel and music so much as one Frank Turner does. Often consequential in design, his folk-punk-pop rebel acoustic signature sounds has made him a critical and acclaimed artist that has very own fitting niche into the music industry.

Now after his folk-flutter concerted album of Be More Kind in 2018, he’s back in full force post-COVID with his single, Haven’t Been Doing So Well. Almost as if it’s a emphatic discussion about the past pandemic envelopments, it is the start of Frank’s next story with next album, FTHC.

Provocative old-fashioned punk rock at its best with swells of Frank’s traditional folk and lyrical realism, I’m certainly looking forward to a bit of real British music entering the fold again.

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jxdn – “Tell Me About Tomorrow” Album Review

Prolific pop-punk poster boy, jxdn is next in line to the prevention of punk extinction by number-defying and genre-defining into the world of music.

Since his explosion on TikTok brought an attractive following, his independent debut single, “Camatose” not only racked up over 50 million plays but also got the attention of pop-punk prodigy and inspirational teacher of Travis Barker and his label DTA Records, which he immediately signed him to.

Now he’s here with a full flourished, and an un-compromised telling with his debut, Tell Me About Tomorrow. It’s the usual concoction that has the same winning, fantastic formula. Personal pop anthems with catchy licks and smack–your-face lyrics that are a real joy to listen to, without having to think too much what the bloody hell you are listening to. That’s the beauty of pop punk. Un-adulterated, easy listening music without any of the questions.

Although young un’ jxdn is certainly following in the footsteps of maestro, Machine Gun Kelly – who embraced his genre split with both hands – with close familiarity and dissonance to his music, it is still one you can whack on for a cheap 2-minute thrill. That said, I think it can be fairly impossible to write a pop punk song without those same four chords, talking about drinking, adolescence and lost love. Otherwise, it wouldn’t work, now would it?

Favourite go-tos at the moment are trap beat-inspired BETTER OFF DEAD and of course, WANNA BE with fellow compadre, MGK sharing the mic.

Let me know your thoughts on Tell Me About Tomorrow – is it tightening the noose on pop-punk adequate and stifling the competition or is just all fun and games and necessary for the reunited return of pop punk?

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Lose Yourself to Dance: A Tribute to Daft Punk

As it nears the first initial anniversary since the French dance powerhouses announced their split this year in February, I thought it be good to have a glance back at their influential chaos on the world of dance music.

Simply put as house pioneers to the eclectic halls of dance floors, Daft Punk were by-and-large the greatest acts to emerge as tastemakers in the 2000s and established creditors of mainstream by the 2010s.

As chique and shiny as their exterior costumes, their catalogue is awash with fanciful dancefloor grooves that is fitting for any celebration playlist. From progressive house rock of Da Funk from 1997 debut of Homework to coming-of-age Discovery in 2001 with venturings of acid-techno, Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger to anthemic funk of Random Access Memories in 2013 which really put the duo on the map frontier. Undoubtedly Insant Crush and Get Lucky pushed the boundaries of mainstream dance-funk collaborations with Pharrell Williams and was their most successful release ever.

Random Access Memories reaped the rewards of scooping up 5 Grammys for Best Dance/Electronica Album and Album of the Year to name a few. The devilishly hook-and-sinker of Get Lucky caused a fetish heatwave to streak across the industry, having sold 4 million copies in the first quarter, in US alone.

After establishing themselves as the creditors to the business of dance, they finally hang their helmets after 28 years in the music industry. To both Guy-Manuel Homem Christo and Thomas Bangalter — many thanks for the (random access) memories. Every moment on the dance floor was worth remembering when your tracks were spinning.

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Your Autumn Playlist: ‘Delta’ by Mumford & Sons

Good evening, folks. Here’s hoping you had a good weekend and anticipating yourself for a good week ahead.

As we say goodbye to Summer and enter a new season into the fold with Autumn, we start to look for warm nights in with candles and scents of cinnamon not too far away from us. With cosy nights in, comes cosy music playlists to enjoy.

One familiar artist – one familiar album, mind – I’ve been delving into a lot during pumpkin spice season is the work of Mumford & Sons and their most recent release in 2018 named, Delta.

Their warm fusion of bluegrass and anthemic pop/folk is a perfect soundscape for those moments by the fire, and there is no better warmth that than of Delta.

Irrespective of the stigma such a band gets, you cannot deny their inescapable attitude to creating fantastic feel-good moments with their music.

Have a wee listen during tonight if you a moment to spare …

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Let’s Talk: Are Record Labels Relevant Anymore?

With this question an important topic in our modern music manifesto, it seems it is a question that has been begging answers for years now.

With the work of singularity and independence coming into play in the music industry, less and less artists have had to rely on the demanding schedule and pay schemes of record labels. Whether it be independent or corporate, the feelings are mutual with record labels becoming less and less prevalent in our industry.

More so for financial support than anything else – and to merely shift the artists around on a spreadsheet to ultimately balance the books – record labels are not nearly as important for underground and bedroom music artists, who can distribute their own music themselves.

With artists fully in control of their music, their are fantastic sites out there that can allow artists to obtain 100% of all music royalties – without having to do unnecessary splits at the business table.

It is important to uncover that some record labels out there are sourced independently and the majority of them are musicians themselves. Keen, motivated and simply happy to be where they are, these more indie-sleuths of the corporate world are a far more dazzling prospect to keen up-starters and demonstrate a more creative side to the industry. Where investments, global value and profits are still important, these indie individuals like to take a back seat on such matters, and focus more so on the music.

Transgressive, Domino and Mind of a Genius Records are a few that do exactly that. But, with these still alive in our industry, many are far too hesitant with the prospect of incorporating contracts and verbal agreements into their music – when all they want to do is just play it.

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So, what’s your view? Are record labels a dying breed? Should we leave them behind as we get our music industry back on track from lockdown? Or do we need them know more than ever simply for financial stability?

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Sleep Token – “This Place Will Become Your Tomb”: Album Review

Ethereal and chaotic all swirled into one complex creation, the shrouded mystery of Sleep Token return with their second highly anticipated album, aptly named This Place Will Become Your Tomb.”

Although not nearly as prevalent in the castings of metal as their debut of Sundowning had in 2019, TPWBYT still harks back to the chaotic rage-inducing of Gods and Offering with Alkaline and Hypnosis in this second attempt of divinity.

Where it lacks in overall oomph for a metal/rock album, it makes up for its quality through experimentation and electronics. One thing I certainly love about bands is when they don’t exactly conform to their first sounds from their debut – and start to branch out to new avenues and new possibilities of drawing new fanatics.

Lead singer Vessel has a perfect gothic tone to his voice – streaked with a guttural voice and a deep monotone to make the ocean weep. With it, comes to the experimental value of Sleep Token – inclusive of creepy piano, programmed beats and delectably delicious guitar grooves – which personally, I love. It may take a listening to get the other metal-heads on board, but I don’t personally mind the new image and poetic enchantment they’re bringing to this work.

My favourites on-repeat are certainly pop-inducing Mine, heavy-herald of Distraction and pre-amble of The Love You Want.

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The other-worldly concept of this band is simply divine, and I can’t get enough of it.

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I may very well hark over to The Night Does Belong To God every once in a while, but damn does it get me more excited to see them live next year.

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Metallica: 20 Years On – The Black Album

After 20 years on from its initial release in 1991, Metallica’s The Black Album is seen as the prophecy to metal.

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With the record holding phenomenal magnitude and depth to the band’s creative journey, the Black Album has become an integral part of history in metal and rock music.

With anything deemed as a “classic” or a “phenomenal record”, I always think that the record at first release was shunned and dismissed. The Black Album was no different. But over time, the 1991 creation not only re-sparked those once lost in the plethora of otherworldly genres, but also revitalised the band themselves.

“Vulnerable” soft ballad Nothing Ever Matters is an intermittent metal classic that is now iconic in every way. The thicker and starker approach they took plundered those not into rock, eventually into rock.

To celebrate, some of the industry’s finest have come together in a collaborative feast of feats. In where restrictions are ultimately nullified, the album sees the likes of Elton John, Royal Blood, Sam Fender and Alessia Clare, record beautiful interpretations of the record collection.

The Metallica Blacklist can be listened to NOW.

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You’re so punk rock: IDLES

Both personal and universal, punk rock and punk music in general has a way of causing mass hysteria and worldwide followings throughout the industry. Known for his chaotic truths and political attacks …

punk music is a genre that anyone can get behind with (or without) their own beliefs.

Never trust a man with a ‘stache

This does not ring more true than with the darkly crowned breakthrough act of IDLES. Amongst a world of political correctness and safe correction, this passionate eclectic of the dirty and robust, are basically here to trample all over that.

Both debut, Brutalism in 2017 and Joy As An Act Of Resistance in 2018 saw the band rise to chart stardom and infamy among the punk’s world best. Talbot’s unique depravity in his voice drives this band to creating just fantastic music. Their third art piece of Ultra Mono is another quip of rock revelry that is a joy to listen to. I’m sure I turn into a little jumped up kid whenever I listened to these Bristol lads.

I recommend giving them a playthrough – start with Never Fight A Man With A Perm. I don’t think any other song will perfectly reflect the sounds and styles of IDLES. Enjoy, my friends.

You look like a walking thyroid
You’re not a man, you’re a gland
You’re one big neck with sausage hands
You are a Topshop tyrant
Even your haircut’s violent
You look like you’re from Love Island
He stood and the room went silent

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The Vaccines – “Back in Love City” Album Review

“If I push any more buttons, I’ll delete ya.”

Set against a fictional metropolis, “Back in Love City” is the visceral Vaccines next eclectic work of catchy emphatics that run riot with the prospect of being in the same interstellar space as their debut – way back in 2011.

With 2018’s Combat in Sports seemingly missing the mark with their hard-fledging fans, they had something to prove with their fifth album instalment. Much like a concept album of those Los Angeles city lights and those futuristic hotels in Tokyo, Back in Love City is another anthemic indie combustion that retells the band’s fascination and romanticism of America.

Back in Love City, Alone Star and Jump off the Top are true Vaccine classico-romantics, whilst Paranormal Romance has a certain western vibe to it, lassoing in and out of a dusty-land fairytale. El Paso has – you guessed it – tressilo Spanish rhythms that again, reveals the nature of being in your own designated world.

The lead single, Headphones Baby is the telling of exactly that. {I wanna live inside your headphones, baby/I wanna live inside a world, wherever you are.} Bringing the sparkle of an dystopian future with nothing but electronics to keep us powered, it is not only a fresh telling of band who have still got a knack for writing great songs, but its inventiveness and ethereal thought-prowess throughout demonstrates that this band are nowhere near past their prime yet. Even after 11 years.

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Artist Spotlight: Plini

As prestigious from his masterclasses to his independency in artistry and musicianship, Plini is one artist who is a devoted forward-thinker and has created a magnificent blend of instrumental progressive rock.

All hand-crafted and recorded from his own bedroom studio.

FIRST THOUGHTS

Truth be told, instrumental prog rock is never a genre I have tapped into almost entirely during a music session. But, holy hell. What an artist to discover this genre. A mind-bending genre in its own right.

Beautifully harmonic, illustrious in creativity and composure, Plini is a mastermind on the guitar.

Using oh, so many strings and no headstock allowing you as a musician to manipulate its work that little bit more, his craft is a complex cavity of musical brilliance that is flawless and – hard to grasp when you realise its just one Australian fella behind it all.

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You can have a listen to his EP from last year named, Impulse Voices below. This most recent display of work shows off the sunset offerings of I’ll Tell You Someday and The Glass Bead Game. Going back further, is the witnessing of 2016’s EP of Handmade Cities. An album that is far more contemplative and reserved than his follow-up, it features Electric Sunrise and Every Piece Matters.

Even if you were not an avid investor of progressive rock similar to myself, I implore you to have a listen. …Even if it’s just for a couple?

Handmade Cities:

Impulse Voices:

For something extra, witness Plini’s mindset as he takes a walkthrough of his song, Pan.

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Is it Time to QUIT Spotify?

Your Discovery: The music industry needs to reawaken from its slumber.

As we see more and more artists fight for our attention via a new single every week and a drive to their socials, music consumption becomes more competitive as the industry changes hands into the world of the unknown with new and upcoming artists.

With this comes issues. The rates of streaming Spotify take is something ludricous. The rate of 0.00003 per stream means that you have to have a least quarter of million streams to earn £1,000. To musicians, this 1,000 is slim pickings – especially if funds have been driven into social engagement, studio hire and musician hire.

We are consuming more music than ever before and yet … the music artists are not reaping the rewards off of it.

With music artists seemingly changing their perception on driving audiences to their social media as opposed to their actual music, how we consume music in the music industry needs to change. And it starts with us as consumers ourselves.

PERSONAL THOUGHTS.

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For me, I like Spotify to discover new artists, but, when I like an album, I just go buy the LP. Not only is the quality of the music better, but you have a connection with the artist, too. It’s not just me – the music creator – a lot of people my age and even younger, return to vinyl. For the sake of future musicians and providing support to the lesser known musicians … let’s hope it will be a reawakening of the music industry.
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Now, I know actually producing vinyls is a might finance feat in itself and they are not cheap like burning samples on a CD. The convenience of Spotify draws in a godly rate of subscribers – how do we get back into the absorption of music by actually purchasing for the artist?

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YOUTUBE MUSIC TOPS 50M SUBS: Is this a sign of the times?

YouTube Music has since become one of the fastest growing music subscriptions out there after passing an impressive score of 50 million subscribers – paying and otherwise – over the past month. This has resulted in 1.8 million subscribers joining the roster of YouTube music since October 2020.

Now, whether it’s the resurgence of staying inside from lockdown, or whether it’s the tarnished reputation the likes of other streaming services are getting, everyone else better watch out. I’m looking at you Elk over there at Spotify.

Let me know your thoughts on this one: is it the sign of the times? Are we started to enjoy music videos again? Is YouTube Music the new MTV?

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40 Years On: ABBA’S RETURN

MAMMA MIA! In spectacular fashion, ABBA marks their emphatic return to the world of music with a new studio album aptly named, Voyage and a ‘revolutionary’ concert featuring holographic famous Swedish faces. There’s been many a possibility to make such a breathtaking performance with Voyage, and with its production team, creative workers and of course, the magic of ABBA.

Let me know your thoughts on the return of ABBA. Is it just all for Money, Money, Money, a mere way of reintroducing their catalogue to new fans, or is it a way to bring back lost and loved music for those that have missed it? Whatever the reason, I’m sure it’s extremely exciting and new music news that we’ve have sorely missed from the past 18 months or so ..

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Song of the Day: Powfu’s soda stream sky

As night closes in sooner in the evenings, and the hush warm tones of the sun catches us into the eve of Autumn, why not wave goodbye to Summer the proper way with Powfu’s new song of reminiscence and longing.

The Low-fi and mellow works of hip-hop are my new favourites at the moment, and this marks the first of many. The dreamy instrumental swirls are a perfect companion to the rapping style of Powfu’s approach – almost spoken word-like – into a full fledging of aching chorus that is nice to listen, especially as the sun sets another night.

As Autumn draws in near and we opt out beaches for our coffee and flannels, this is a perfect pattern of Autumn playlists for those long sun-drawn evenings. Let me know if you wish for a playlist of similar feeling in the future, sometime soon.

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Man v Music Magazine is OUT NOW.

In a world exuberant with music, it’s important to find yours. From critical album reviews, industry news and topical conversations, join the discussion in Man v Music – the first edition of musicality and design prowess all in one fanciful magazine.

If you wanted to have a preview or a peruse at the magazine, then have a look at the link below, folks. Share your thoughts in the comments below, I’d LOVE to hear the pearls of wisdom from such a fantastic blogging community.

Man v Music

By Alex Curle

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Kanye West – DONDA Album Review

After many a speculation and many a postponement, Kanye West has returned in notable fashion with DONDA.

His tenth studio album after 2019’s JESUS IS KING, DONDA comes with controversy, speculation and ample amounts of doubt whether or not it would actually be released at all.

But it dropped this Friday just gone. Whether or not Kanye agreed to the release or not – as it was later confirmed he had no hand in it after the label Universal themselves released the 27-part exploration – certainly puts a big question mark on Kanye’s mindset, creativity and mental state as he ventures into this album.

With no pre-released singles amping up the album itself, the arrival of the esteemed album was hyped up as it is, especially as Kanye reportedly lived inside Atlanta Stadium to finish off DONDA with many avid, life-long producers abandoning West mid-production as he had become simply unbearable to be around.

The uncontrollable mess of affairs that led up to this album, is certainly prevalent when first listening to this one. Truth to be told, it’s an album that is okay. With a fairly similar trope of skipping through songs at the end, DONDA have a few stand-out songs that brings out back the Yeezus Kanye of our time. A particularly dark and ambient feel throughout, DONDA features the eutrophic choral anthems that we heard a lot through JESUS IS KING in 2019.

Marked as a gospel album or not, there are some songs that spark a flair of the brilliant from West and certainly a worthy tribute to his late mother, which the album is named after.

Jail, Hurricane and Jonah become first favourites for me, as Kanye looks to God more and more as his personal life seemingly crumbles around him. But, Kanye isn’t just a music artist. He is a critically lauded artist who creates movements. Movements in every aspect of music, culture and entertainment. Whether or not it discourages you from listening to Kayne again, it’s certainly worth the listen. Maybe even starting to understand Kanye again after his most recent divorce with Kim. Since he professed his love to her in Yeezus, it has clearly shook him up good.

This elusive work – although features many more trap beats than Kayne would normally allow past first – is a marvellous gorge into Kayne’s creativity-process. Get to know every chapter so far. All 27 of them.

DONDA RELEASED BY UNIVERSAL WITHOUT MY SAY, ARTIST CLAIMS.

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Lorde – “Solar Power’ Album Review

Trawling from the back of her sombre tellings of Melodrama back in 2017, sultry soprano superstar Lorde returns with her critically acclaimed brazen-faced album of Solar Power.

Although cheeky at times, it’s remarkably soulful.

Embracing like the warmth of a sun and relaxing like that of a smooth timbre, Lorde encapsulates a summer of love and friendship. Self-titled, Solar Power and Stoned at the Nail Salon portray a rich reimagining of lyricism and clever portrayals of summer anthems that enter familiar waters of how summer anthems often go.

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Welcome to sadness
The temperature is unbearable until you face it
Thank you for flying with Strange Airlines
I will be your tour guide today
Your emotional baggage can be picked up at carousel number 2
Please be careful so that it doesn’t fall onto someone you love
When we’ve reached your final destination
I will leave you to it
You’ll be fine

Secrets from a Girl (Who’s Seen it All) Lorde

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Shedding away the electronic trails of her past works, Lorde becomes more within herself as it features far familiar stripped-back acoustic works of her embellished song-writing, that has been adored ever since she graced us with Royals back in 2013.

Although sounding oddly repetitive at times with the same rhythms coming from the drum kit, the songs are sultry and relaxing enough to get lost in it – all in one big song.

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Power of Soundcloud: Reach Millions of Listeners

I don’t think there is a greater platform out there right now, that allows up-and-coming grass-root musicians to get their music to millions of avid listeners.

In a world rife with saturation, with millions of fellow music artists striving for attention, it is important to first get your priorities right with the correct online platform. Soundcloud may just be your answer. Localised directly for young, developing artists, it is one of the best platforms to share your music and guarantee a familiarity with your music getting played. In ways that the oversaturated markets of Spotify cannot satisfy so easily, Soundcloud is a platform specifically designed for the music and the people that create it.

UPLOAD NOW

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Let’s Talk: Why are Singing Competitons Dead?

With the meteoric rise of social media over the past years with the likes of TikTok and Instagram, and with X Factor not coming back for a successive year after initial falls in rating from past years come up trump, why are singing competitions dead?

It may be down to the fact that social media has allowed anyone to become famous and the distinction between celebrity and the general public is more becoming a fusion of the two! Or it may be down to the fact that these singing competitions like the X Factor do nothing but segregate us from such a corrupt aspect of the music industry, and is ludicrous Saturday night TV. Whatever the reason, let me know your thoughts.

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Return of Metal: Bloodstock Festival 2021

Emotions ran high as one of the heaviest metal festivals returned to our fields with Bloodstock. In midst of panic and disruption caused by COVID, we were unsure about whether music would stir itself back into a frenzy come the summer, but it seems the festivals are coming back once again. We will see the likes of Skindred, KREATOR and Judas Priest renter our halls of darkness onto the fields of Catton Park in Derbyshire this weekend.

With Midlands counterpart of Download, hosting a smaller pilot version of their original mass festival, it sees a major heavy metal festival return in major fashion – full size scale with all the trimmings.

For me, I won’t be careening into festivals too soon since the pandemic, but I’m excited for lost of music fanatics and festival goers, and I’m certainly thrilled to see the many photos and videos that will come after it.

You can view all of Friday’s action so far via the link below:

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Machine Gun Kelly’s Return: ‘Papercuts’

In an apt return to the world of punk, Machine Gun Kelly has come back to the threshold with his latest single, ‘Papercuts.’ Maintaining the status quo, Kelly rightfully rejoins with drumming prodigy, Travis Barker has ‘Papercuts‘ embarks on a new perilous journey into the pop-punk scene. Again.

After the enormity and success of his 2020 affair of Tickets To My Downfall, he’s righteously back with a second helping.

With a cleaner production, and a deeper depth of perception, it portrays a deeper distinction of artist and music.

Although not as prolific as his original singles from TTMD with the likes of Bloody Valentine and Concert For Aliens, with a not-as-prolific catchy chorus equipped with it, it brings a telling sign to Coulson’s approach to his second punky album.

If it brings the same fantastic anarchy as TTMD, then I’m all for it.

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Contemporary Jazz: Reaching the Fantastic

Good evening, folks. I hope you are having a good week so far. I’ve recently invested in some time sharing the art of contemporary jazz. Boy, I love it. A genre that charters unknown territory with its unpredictability and witty beauty, contemporary jazz has become the genre I’ve been listening to for the past couple of weeks. You yourself can share the playlist I’ve been delving into below:

I have mysterious profile selected-by-guerino to thank for this perfectly-put-together-playlist. Cheers folks. Let me know your thoughts on this genre. For me, I’ve been emblazoned with and will surely start to creep in my own customised playlists.

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Equal Gender-split festival line-ups: Reflective of musicality or just plain unfair?

The likes of acclaimed artists, Sigrid have spoken about the irregularities of festival line-ups that do not really portray a fair and equal gender-split amongst those set to play for each. While this poses problems for gender inequality within the music industry, as female artists are outed by their more dominant male counterparts, does this just reflect on more the musical talent the male artists bring? Do they top the festival bills more often because they’re known to bring a higher audience rate than those of female artists?

Of course, this highly controversial topic is always in the air, and extremely opinionated depending on who you spend time talking to. So, whatever side of the fence you’re on, do let me know!

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Glass Animals: DREAMLAND

Diverse, enriching with emotional depth and vision,  Glass Animals are insidiously addictive.

Music of familiarity and family, ample Glass Animals are nurturing into the lores of psyechedlic electronic pop, as they bring music to the new modern age.

With the creation of Dreamland, it is another twist in the tale as their subtle sounds enter uncharted territory. 2014’s ZABA, 2016’s How To Be A Human Being and now we have Dreamland in 2020.

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Sound the Alarm: Big Collaboration Single

Bring the Fireworks, The Knocks are back. With their ventures of Sound the Alarm, it marks the return of care-free and prolific duo of New York dance music luminary of The Knocks. Bringing in the help of Rivers Cuomo of Weezer and Royal & The Serpent providing lengthy lyrical previews and synth-wave of sound, it is a huge collaboration that brings familiarity to summer in New York. Not just for the Big Apple state, but certainly for the corresponding states that implored for such a return.

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KID BRUNSWICK – XFOREVER Album Review

Surrounding chaos, thumping swirls of bass and hideous thoughts of consciousness, KID BRUNSWICK blows up in the best way possible with his sophomore album,The Feel.

STOP FOCUSING ON NEGATIVE THINGS.

Taking respiratory aid with Kenny Hoopla, Dead Poet Society and POORSTACY, KID BRUNSWICK is the next listing in the rock charter to coast with angry electronica, ominous transparency and a defying character of mixing up the genre of rock into an eclipse of everything else.

4am, Prescription Kid and Bipolar Rhapsody are among the favourites to bring this new young talent into the punk lore of sharing the surrounding chaos of our lifestyle choices. Posing as all-nighter anthems, it tackles negativity, alcoholism and vulnerability, with the cacophony of music fanatics making comparisons to Yungblud. It’s uncanny when you hear their voices alongside one another – angsty, accentuated and embellished.

Merely a few songs deep in his album, Bipolar Rhapsody tops the lot for me with its explosive end-quarter with self-titled and self-proclaimed The Feel bringing in the polar opposite of extent this new project brings to KID BRUNSWICK’s range of work.

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Let’s Talk: The best music to commute to?

Hey folks. Seeing as it’s monday tomorrow (sorry), I’ve been struggling to find fantastic new work from our glorified music artists in the industry today, so let me know what you are currently listening to on your commute to work. What’s your most comfortable music to listen to? Fast and heavy to wake you up and smell the coffee or the relaxed sounds of podcasts to keep your mind serene in the morning mist. LET ME KNOW!

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Billie Eilish – “Happier Than Ever” Album Review

One of the biggest stars of the century is back. Stark in maturity, complexion and musicality, Billie’s “Happier Than Ever.” Her genre-defining sound has been prolific since the debut of ocean eyes, and her first debut, WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? with bad guy and when’s the party over. But this time, gone are the baggy clothes, the adolescent catharsis and the unique hair. This time, comes a new Billie. All grown up. Illustrious, sleek and sexy, Billie Eilish comes of age. And with, her first vogue cover. In what seems like a turning of age, she has become the female face of modern diplomacy, charting course for changes not just in an old-fashioned music industry for women, but the restrictions women face in every day-to-day environments.

If the album name goes by anything, safe to say, she is finally happy and comfortable with who she is, out and proud within her music, too.

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Happier Than Ever brings a more wiser, self-reflective approach to Billie’s artistry with Getting Older, which tackles responsibility, sexual harassment and reflecting the distress she has gone through within the music industry. Which to me, after seeing her grown up in such a difficult industry being in the limelight, is quite sad.

“Things I once enjoyed,

Just keep me employed now.”

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Fan pre-favourites, my future, Your Power and Lost Cause are strong contenders within an album fluxed with empowering emotion, undulating electronics and lustful lyrics that are so Billie. GOLDWING and Everybody Dies are my favourites among those already chosen, with the atmospheric space scapes making a return to her sophomore album. It’s a refreshing take on her music, shedding the skin of the angry from her debut and returning to her former modest self on her new and nurturing EP of don’t smile at me.

Worth the listen – even for the status of the artist.

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On My Mind: Thoughts on a Magazine?

So, if you have been an avid follower of this blog, you will know that I’ve been designing and making my own music magazine over the past couple months, and so this blog has taken somewhat of a backseat as I’ve been delving into this – a far more creative approach to music journalism.

What are your thoughts on getting your hands on this mag? It will feature fresh album reviews and industry stories in unique graphics and a fashionable approach to conveying the art of music in a fantastically fun way. I’ve always wanted to delve into this side of things, so I’m extremely excited to catapult this project into its final step this weekend – PUBLISHING IT!

If you would like to see the whole thing so far, just let me know, share your email and I can send it across if you like! I’d love to hear your pearls of wisdom and impressive thoughts on something like this. You guys have been supportive throughout this blogging work and I can only imagine that this will be ultimately doubled during the physical copy work of Man v Music

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John Mayer – “Sob Rock” Album Review

Piquing our interest as he retools and rebuilds his sound, Sob Rock is Mayer’s faithful return to the tail-end of tween soft rock and delightful pop. Known for his eloquent voice, soulful bops and jazz-inspired chords, he is best known for antiques of Your Body is a Wonderland, Slow Dancing in a Burning Room and now, New Light. The next tale in straight-edged music writing. In what others may seem as boring and easy to listen to, John Mayer’s songwriting is simplistic, elegant and perfectly suited to his approach to music. And funnily enough, we listen to easy music for easy listening. It is no wonder Mayer has racked up such a loved and compelling audience, what’s not to love?

Sultry enough for 2am elegance but chill enough for a casual night-in, John Mayer joins in on the fun and shares what he’s been getting up to during the pandemic lockdown. No doubt having your own recording studio helps.

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Sorely Missed: The Work of Joey Jordison

Owing my drum career and music fascination to Slipknot’s initial work, I thought it was important to bear a worthy mention to the drumming legend of Joey Jordison. Ferocious, formidable and horrendously evil when it came to producing drumming doubles, he will be sorely missed within the metal drumming community. Especially with his founding work with Slipknot. A band that were – and still are – one of the biggest and greatest metal band in the world.

Regardless of the downfall he may have undertook due to health issues, the sheer icon he portrayed whilst in the eyes of us on stage is overwhelming. When I first heard the news last night, I was shocked to my very core. With me thoroughly devastated and him – a sorely missed family member of the drumming community.

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Let’s Talk: Do you listen to the radio anymore?

As our attention spans falter, and our music preferences irate, we’re finding new ways to divulge into our music via streaming services and sheer ease of access.

It seems that the radio’s playthrough preferences and inane adverts are being cut out of our music listening as we crave for the instant.

Now, whether we listen more to radio in the car, or in businesses where we have no choice, radio has and is a crucial part of the music industry and how we consume music – radio is a fantastic way of sharing with the creative communities and represents our love for music in a concept that is enjoyable and delectably consumable.

Despite everything, radio is a service we can’t really get with any other music consumption platform and is unique. Not just to its audience, but to its artists the stations play.

Whatever side you’re on, let me know! Radio or Radi-NO?

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WILLOW – ‘lately I feel EVERYTHING’ Album Review

As another day passes, another album project involves the punk icon of Travis Barker. It almost goes without saying that Barker will be involved in some punk cross-collaboration with any artist who seems to afford him. There is certainly clique of quality that resonates with him and I’m fairly confident that certain people may only listen to new punk decorum if Barker is on the throne.

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WILLOW’s ‘lately I feel everything‘ is no exception. Shedding away her bubble-gum pout, and flashbacking to her involvements with her mother’s nu-metal band Wicked Wisdom when she younger, she brings along a colossal tarnishing of pop-punk and emo of fistfuls as transparent soul, GROW and Lipstick awaken this punk beauty out from her childhood and into mature musicality and and an ever-growing stage presence.

It’s worth mentioning that the album is not all fast and blurry. don’t SAVE ME and 4ever bring tasteful breaks in the incessant album that add depth and further introspective thoughts to the world of Willow. The transcendent of pop-punk are ever-present too with the dark, drull tones from the likes of The Cranberries and Nirvana crawl through, which is even better for me.
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She also brings childhood heroes of Avril Lavigne and of course, Barker along for the ride.

Although somewhat cringey at times, that somewhat fall flat in places, its pop-punk. Through and through. There’s no disputing that and if you like a bit of pop-punk easy on the ears musically, then look no further.

And it’s another Travis Barker project to add to the roster. Score.

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What are your most looking forward to in music this year?

As we approach the half way mark on a year that has been rife with uncertainty, animosity and yet, great music from all walks of Earth, what are you most looking forward to in the coming summer, and approaching autumn? We have a lot of major albums and festival gossip coming up this year – and so what you looking forward to the most?

I’m excited to hear new Imagine Dragons this year. They have been fairly quiet throughout the lockdown period and I’m excited to hear some quality anthems from the group. It’s been too long! I have to say this because it’s the truth, but I’m also excited for new Coldplay. I was pleasantly surprised over the catchy rhythms of Higher Power, and the teasing trailer they have given us to gloss over seems to feature different elements of Coldplay through the years. To the more grounded tones of Rush of Blood to the Head and back to the eutrophic electronics of chart-dominant A Head Full of Dreams, hopefully we’ll hear some original sounds cropping up in their 11th studio album attempt.

What are you looking forward to? LET ME KNOW!

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Release Radar: NEW MUSIC FRIDAY

Another Friday rolls around, and more yearning continues for new music.

It’s been a fair while since we’ve delved down the rabbit hold of new music in the industry. Let’s have a look, shall we?

Nothing But Thieves are back with their profound, raucous rock under, Moral Panic II. The smaller second act of Moral Panic is here with more disaster-abound music with 5 more instalments with the likes of Futureproof and Miracle, Baby.

WILLOW removes her attachments to the old life of hers, and goes full steaming punk with the help of punk icon and esteemed benefactor, Travis Barker. lately i feel EVERYTHING is another trend-setting punk album that is firmly placed in its genre. WILLOW screeches and screams her away to the pursuit of answers she’s been looking for.

Although not as remotely emphatic and europhic as their debut, The Hunna are added to Travis’s roster, as he inputs his name into another rock album with I’d Rather Die Than Let You In. Their third studio album comes with more darker undertones and a serious mentality to approaching metal music full pace. Hopefully, I will get around to a full album review soon.

The splashy ’70s alter-ego of Grohl enters the scene with Dee Gees. Hail Satin. It seems that the Foos have stripped away their hard-edged rock, and flaunted on stage with disco alternatives. Embracing the sheer fun and boredom of industry lockdown, they just play music because they love it. And that’s why we love them.

Hailing from Dublin, Inhaler made their presence known among the spheres of indie-rock with their new debut album of It Won’t Always Be Like This. With My Honest Face charting pretty much every ad sponsor and TV endorsement that headed the bands’ way, the album allowed the Dublin boys to achieve a heroic position in the charts, and an even more commendable fanbase as them and their music, explode. Shifting from the likes of classics, Radicals from the early 2010s, they’ve brought an adapted, fresh new sound to the world of rock.

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Latitude Festival: First Major Festival since ‘Freedom Day’

Campers for Latitude festival are set to prep camp and arrive today at Henham Park in sweet anticipation for Latitude Festival this weekend (22nd to 24th July) – the first major festival in the UK to go ahead since ‘Freedom Day’ on Monday for COVID restrictions.

Announced as the Government’s Event Research Programme, the 35,000-capacity is set to go ahead this weekend, as thousands flock in droves to see the likes of Bastille, Bombay Bicycle Club and The Chemical Brothers headlining.

In order to gain entry to the festival, which runs until Sunday (July 25), ticket-holders will be asked for proof of a negative lateral flow test taken within 48 hours of arrival at the festival, or proof of full vaccination with the second dose having been received at least 14 days prior to the first day of attending the festival. As a test event – it can go ahead with no social distancing requirements.

With this, where many are unsure and doubtful of such festivals going ahead in such vast quantities, many people are loathing at the prospect of missing out, and seeing live music come back in such large volumes again.

What a test event means for COVID:

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Hopefully, this is the first of many (test) events that will help provide ample funds to the music industry that so desperately needs recovering from the swollen pit it has fallen itself into.

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Album of the Summer: Arlo Parks’ Collapsed in Sunbeams

Despite it being a fairly recent release as it came out earlier this year, Arlo Parks’ Collapsed in Sunbeams is a perfect storytelling soundtrack of luscious expressive indie-pop that encompasses the magnificence of British summer beautifully.

I had presumed that I had done an album review to showcase this beautiful album, but it appears not. Fear not, if you wish for me to review this album, let me know and I’ll get right on it. It is a perfect Summers’ collection after all. It is very fitting as we enter record-breaking heatwaves on our British shores. I’ll include the necessary links to have a listen to the album in full before you glance over this review of mine. Thanks all.

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YOUR SUMMER PLAYLIST: Summer Romantics

Hey, folks. Happy Sunday! If it’s like the weather here in the UK, you’ll be lapping up the sun streaks in your garden, at a bbq or if you’re lucky enough, a gathering at your own pool. Let us know where you are and what you are doing on this fantastically gorgeous Sunday. Here is a fantastically depicted and put-together playlist all for those summer romantics at this time who love easy listening music right now. Play this on full and you’ll get summer vibes right through to September.

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Record Store Day: Second ‘Drop’ of 2021 is TOMORROW!

That’s right, folks! The second ‘drop’ for Record Store Day drops tomorrow on the 17th. Rife with deals, discounts, rare finds, treasured and limited vinyls, it is another day to celebrate the world of vinyls.

While independent stores revel in the rise in sales and continuous community turnover, one particular store is hoping to get involved this year – for its 100th anniversary special. That store is HMV. As the store is raised of independently owned chain of stores, they would “love” to be involved with RSD, and feel it would certainly benefit the local music vinyl scene, especially in areas where there is not a presence of such independent record stores. While I think independent and chain shouldn’t belong in the same sentence, it would be nice for such a store that is commercial and massive on a music scale to get involved with the help and support of such an industry. Although, many are saying otherwise. Many feel that HMV’s involvement could very well cause this momentous occasion to lose its independency, style and charm that makes it what it is.

THE FULL LIST OF RELEASES:

Happy vinyl shopping, folks!