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Spector: ‘Now or Whenever’ – Album Review

With the 2022 train of new music not seemingly stopping for a breath, we take a look at no-holds-barred, straight-arrow Spector rock with ‘Now or Whenever’.

Popularised with their splashy singles of Chevy Thunder and All the Sad Young Men from respective albums Enjoy it While it Lasts and Moth Boys, the London boys themselves return after a year hiatus with feelings of mutual melancholy.

‘Now or Whenever’ – fourth studio album

Alas, despite this, with an album stripped back allowing personalities to shine, it sits uncomfortably in an array of song assortments, stuffed in the same bag all to find the cheapest – and easiest – method to the counter. The highlights come half hour into the album with No One Knows Better and D-Roy only bringing back reminiscence of the Spector we saw on their youthful debut. With this being the bands’ first live album, the ideas are certainly there creatively, but nothing holds true together as a full package with it coming across more as a jamming session than anything more meaningful.

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Whether or not it was simply for this reason or something just didn’t glue together after being offline for so many months, I think I’ll stick with Spector … driving confidently in the Chevy.

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Not the best thing to come out of 2022, but still a seemingly enjoyable straight-edged rock album nonetheless. With no striking elements to keep me coming back, I think this one will be shelved for now. Who knows, maybe the spruce needed is in a live setting? Here’s hoping.

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The Case to Define our Industry: Fighting for a Better Economy

You may have heard the news spreading regarding the fight for a more equitable music economy with a greater emphasis on the economy of music streaming to artists…

.. aaand another one has been added to the roster. A UK artist, who goes by the name of Kieran Hebden (artist alias of Four Tet) has instigated legal action against his record label, Domino Records for 20 years. Many contracts associated with music artists often precede streaming services and – more importantly, the power role they’ve come into the 21st Century.

According to Hebden’s 2001 contact agreements, Hebden is entitled to an 18% royalty rate from physical sales and a 50% cut from licensing income. However, the music streaming moguls of our Internet bonanza have become ambiguous and less considered to their artists whom they “provide” for and as such, has allowed record labels to apply the same 18% rate as their physical counterparts in sales. But, like many, artists simply don’t believe that physical sales and streaming are one and the same and should be placed in the licensing income bracket – worthy of a 50% cut.

While many other artists before Tet have brought forward the case of music moguls tearing the legalities of artistry independence – the likes of Ye and Taylor Swift to name a few – it may be the first discussion that brings it forward to a full public hearing, which is a huge development in changing the course of royalty revenue on streaming platforms.

As such, after Hebden’s litigation, Domino records have responded. The declaration of what he owes transpires to the albums that Domino own the rights to, which is another 50 years or so. With that in mind, the record label have simply removed three of his most popular albums from streaming services altogether thus giving him no royalties in streams .. and no leg to stand on. Their recent move has solidified what we already know about the monopoly of record label in our industry – callous and greedy.

But it has also widened the scope into the survival of the music industry and whether or we not we can simply do without these record labels with their outdated and out of touch legally-binding contracts: which do nothing but bind the artist to the industry devil.

Hopefully, we’ll hear more about this as news progresses into the Spring of 2022.

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Your Release Radar: First of 2022

Well here we are folks. The first one of 2022, we drop in with a Release Radar. Honing in on those instrumentals missed since the new year. With January usually being a quiet month on all fronts of entertainment, we can certainly expect new album material in the coming months of February and March.

In preparation for a monster season, Alt-J release another single since Christmas with, ‘Hard Drive Gold.’ Funky with that chic of indie-alternative, I’m looking forward to their 2017 follow-up, RELAXER which was received with mixed thoughts.

Glaswegian hot-rocks of The Snuts equal their debut just as emphatically with single edits of Burn The Empire. A fantastically ferocious piece of music. Love it.

Noel and his birds return another mark-up forgotten in the Oasis B-sides with, ‘Trying to Find a World That’s Been and Gone: Part 1’. Bastille reunite for their fourth work, distorted electronica that is far from their straight-edged indie rock debut, ‘Bad Blood.’ – But still features their infectious and highly contagious pop anthems that has ramped them up to one of the most prestigious bands in the world. Be sure to catch them on ‘Give Me The Future’ on the 4th of February.

With remixes and mixtapes abound creatively, it seems we’re striving for singles to shift the deeper we get into the year. Here’s to a successful year of music amongst those who create it themselves or just enjoy it…

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New Year, New Music: What’s in Store for Music in 2022?

As we bypass the festivities of Christmas and chart a course to New Years, it is ample opportunity to think ahead into the new year of 2022 and see where we are at with music and our industry.

WITH NFTS AND TIKTOK ABOUND in amenities and rife pipelines for artist directory and workflow, live music will plan a course back to its 2019 numbers and regain momentum again as we ramp up to the summer season with festivals stretching far and wide across the UK.

With uncertainty among variants emerging in the winter months, time will tell if Glastonbury is going to be held this time at Worthy Farm. With Glastonbury emerging as a necessary funding asset to the funds of our industry and our artists – aswell as our worthy charities, many are hoping that the festivals alike will return next Summer.

As more and more licensing deals are made and more and more artists begin to sell their catalogues in one swift swoop, would you hedge a guess that they know something that us as the general public do not?

If it’s any year to take the plunge and strive forward with your music, it’s this one. With prevalent artists like Arctic Monkeys and Machine Gun Kelly confirming a return to form – but no date set – we look to those artists that should really be on your radar come the first quarter of 2022:

Audacious indie-rock trio of The Wombats return with their sickle album, Fix Yourself, Not The World in January. The likes of Band of Horses and Billy Talent follow shortly after with Things Are Great and Crisis of Faith respectively. Bastille bring up the rear leading the forefront of a electro-synth wave pop cacophony with Give Me The Future and Korn’s Requiem sees the hard metal eyeglass in February. For fans alike, Alt-J‘s The Dream and Frank Turner‘s FTHC sees excitement build as the three-year hiatus for both artists come to a wonderful end.

As we enter the Spring season of March, we see familiar favourites with The Stereophonics and Bryan Adams rekindling old flames and charting history into another year of music. April comes and go with Jack White’s Fear of the Dawn and Bloc Party’s Alpha Games, while we start to see the list become shorter and shorter as we near the start of Summer. Undecided and unannounced, there is certainly more to come that we’ve been waiting for from our favourites. Including Liam Gallagher’s third studio work with C’mon You Know in May.

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Let me know what you’re looking forward to most in 2022!

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Singles Review: Foals “Wake Me Up”

Happy weekend folks. I hope you are having a relaxing time so far.

I just thought I would jump on and share my little insight about Foals return t0 the world of music – with one less member this time.

After their departure of their keyboardist Edwin Congreave in September, many were questioning the bands’ direction afterwards, but we needn’t have worried. Wake Me Up is the band’s next cultivating landmark to indie stardom. Trailblazing the hip guitar funk-flex as we witnessed in 2013’s Holy Fire, the song is a bass-thumping emphatic reach for Foals climbing up all those mountains.

Following their biggest project to date with two full idled albums released back-to-back in 2019, many fans are eager for the next settling chapter for the newly-turned-trio. Could this be the start of something new? Although there doesn’t seem to be any love lost between the departed members as Wake Me Up shares experiences on a dystopian wonderland simply not quite believing what they’re seeing; I’m walking through a dream/I’m walking through the finest place I’ve ever seen/Hey man, won’t you wake me up?/Say, hey man won’t you wake me up?

Whether this is an appreciation post for the band to keep going forward and carrying on with what they’re doing or something deeper, many us Foals fan are happy to see them back at it again doing what they do best.