Tim and Sam - Life Stream
As the first hints of summer begin to show themselves it’s inevitable that you’ll soon be digging through your music collection to find those upbeat sun drenched albums that haven’t been heard since what seems like forever ago, but was really just last summer. You can save yourself that search this year though because Life Stream is most probably the summer soundtrack...
The Radiation Line - EP4
Rather confusingly EP4 is in fact the sixth release from The Radiation Line. After one listen to it though it becomes apparent that in the world of this Stirling noise duo, rather than being confusing, such misleading suggestions are a perfectly natural fit. The dissonant machinistic whirs of the opening track immediately establishes the feeling that you’re listening to some kind of alien...
Jamie Lidell - Compass
Jamie Lidell is a man who seems to revel in being a little difficult to define. From his recent position as the soul maestro in the midst of the electronic sea that is the Warp roster, to his often tongue in cheek interviews and his constantly evolving style. Indeed he has even referred to himself as ‘a walking talking question mark’. A former Berlin resident, Lidell’s earlier...
It seems bizarre that I’ve yet to try and write something about the music of Julianna Barwick given that it was one of my most treasured finds of last year. I think this in itself may be part of the reason for not doing so though, particularly given the kind of lucid, primal sounds that she creates, it would seem almost counter-productive to attempt to articulate it’s appeal rather...
Foals - Total Life Forever
It’s now been two years since Foals achieved something seemingly absurd by taking math rock to the masses, infiltrating daytime radio and scaling the upper pantheons of the album chart. They rather unexpectedly became a mainstream indie band, most interesting though is the question of whether they’ll manage to remain so. Always fond of name dropping obscure and esoteric influences...