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WARNER MUSIC BUYS BOWIE CATALOGUE

The legendary post 1968-backlog of Bowie’s catalogue now resides with his estate and is being licensed in its entirety to Warner Music. The ownership of who owns what in terms of Bowie’s music has been up in the air for a few years and now so it may finally seem that all direct ownership belongs to a single major record label – as opposed to a mixed bag of past and present albums being owned by more than two record labels.

This of course, brings new creativity and establishment for Bowie and his music. Will there be remastered and edited versions coming in the near future?

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Imagine Dragons: ‘Mercury – Act 1’ Album Review

The Return of the Indie Mythicals is FINALLY HERE! Dowsed in feelings of beautiful sorrow and emotion, Mercury – Act 1 takes us to a side of the group we haven’t really heard of before.

Featuring the usual individual in spectacular locations – from GiantsCauseway in 2012’s debut to rising in the sky among the colours of the rainbow in 2017’s Evolve – the album is a pinnacle Dragon discovery of charm, class and hideously catchy indie pop waves of beauty.

The fond pre-singles of Wrecked, Follow You and Cutthroat are obvious favourites among the album, resulting an impressive record of stream listens. This of course, harks back to their familiar song-writing skill that are known for just creating instant classics that will be certainly remembers in the coming years.

The album features a more elaborated dissonance with the use of synth electronics and creative sounds dominating a lot of the tracks, with Giants and Monday being my instant go-to so far. It seems that Reynolds plucked a leaf out of Tyler’s book from Twenty One Pilots for this record, as the dark storytelling with the occasional harmonious and chaotic screaming ark through the 13 track setlist. This is not necessarily bad thing per se, as I love this style of music writing more so than ever.

This is not a particular charm of theirs that draws me to their music but its understandable that it appears on this album, especially after the natural progression from Origins in 2018 to now.

But, it isn’t too long before the mystical quartet remembers their true sounds and they’re back to their acoustic best with My Life and It’s Ok and One Day. More importantly of all, shock entry Dull Knives certainly needs a mention as this is an emphatic change for the bright-pop dwellers but I’m all for it.

I genuinely love the feel of this album and has certain stir-crazy moments that is a joy to listen to. Another stellar performance from the LA guys for their fifth studio attempt. Nothing rings more true than their Demons debut, but this is certainly not bad going considering.

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Slam Dunk Festival 2021: Local Festival Heroes

After the temptation of not relieving Slam Dunk in 2019, the local favourite festival showcasing the best of ritualistic rock and punk, returned to both locations south and north of England over the weekend for 2021.

With the likes of Don Broco, Frank Turner and While She Sleeps leading the way with hectic headline sets that lit the cities of London and Leeds, it turned to be another massive prospective turning point for live rock music.

Despite some certain health concerns regarding COVID with festival-goers and European bands struggling to get to the festival due to travel restrictions (not to mention Waterparks pulling out of the line-up due to crew staff being COVID positive), it was another world for us to implore into, forget the sadness from last year, and enjoy ourselves again in the world of live music.

Your thoughts: did you go yourself? Did anyone you know went? How did you see the festival? – all positive I hope!

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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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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?