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Androgynous Mind

If the slightly decaying clean guitar tones on Androgynous Mind’s ‘Knock On My Door’ and the high-pitched drawl of its vocals ring with familiarity, then that means you were a fan of Continue Reading →

Championlover

There’s a pleasingly languid quality to Championlover’s first LP. Makeout is being put out by the wholly righteous Sheffield collective Audacious Arts Experiment – who can count Continue Reading →

bEEdEEgEE

Gang Gang Dance’s Brian DeGraw is the man behind this alias. Set to release his debut solo album SUM/ONE this coming December on GGD’s label 4AD. The first track to be Continue Reading →

New War

The mid 00’s post-punk resurgence may have been somewhat suffocated by more popular trends in recent years but the truth is, it’s never really gone away. There are still a tonne of Continue Reading →

Occult Hand

Brighton’s Occult Hand are a group that manage to feel somehow both unobtrusive and invasive. Their ambient, static-scratch drone feels distant, like it was accidentally captured Continue Reading →

Oliver Coates

Oliver Coates CV reads like a, well, a pretty good CV. Blurring the lines between classical and contemporary, the new PRAH Records signing has performed Music For 18 Musicians with Steve Reich and collaborated with Jonny Greenwood in featuring on the soundtrack Continue Reading →

Bryce Hackford

There’s not much fat on ‘Another Fantasy,’ the lead track off debut album Fair by New York-based producer Bryce Hackford; at nearly nine minutes long, the cut possesses a wiry Continue Reading →

Ex-Easter Island Head

Polyrhythmic minimalist purveyors Liverpool trio Ex-Easter Island Head cited influences like Rhys Chatham and Glenn Branca when I interviewed them for The Quietus last year Continue Reading →

Painted Caves

It’s perhaps banal to bemoan the paucity of politically resistive, or even engaged, music that has been produced in recent years. Of course, there are exceptions – to name only an idiosyncratically selected handful from this year, see recent records by The Knife, Vatican Continue Reading →

Yuppies

Dull Tools is the label of current ascendant punk rocker Andrew Savage, vocalist and guitarist of Brooklyn noiseniks Parquet Courts. However, even as his own group are Continue Reading →

Way Through

On surface level, you can bracket Way Through alongside quintessentially British groups like British Sea Power, Public Service Broadcasting and early-period I Like Trains. The Continue Reading →

Run Dust

As if there weren’t enough reasons to be fully convinced of the righteousness of Salford-based experimentalists (emphasis on the ‘mental’) Gnod, then it came right at the beginning of the year when Rocket Recordings re-released their 2011 album Chaudelande Continue Reading →

Perfume Advert

As it turns out, the moniker Perfume Advert constitutes little more than misdirection. Releasing their work on 1080p Records – again, a name suggesting a preoccupation with Continue Reading →

U

U is clearly an artist possessed of considerable bravery. Not only is this enigmatic producer taking unGooglable monikers to a whole new level but on ‘Let The Continue Reading →

Sons of Kemet

The one consistency to the endless feeds of social media that we scroll through on a daily basis is perhaps the arbitrariness of it all. While news stories spread Continue Reading →

Diamond Version

“We guarantee that you will feel a significant difference in just a few days.” Continue Reading →

exhaustion

It almost goes without saying that post-punk thrives in times of social apathy. So as the likes of Joy Division and Bauhaus reflected the disillusion of not just punk’s reaction to the Continue Reading →

Concrete Fence

In summary: a noise artist and a techno artist get together to make noisey techno. But to reduce Concrete Fence to such a crude formula would be something of a disservice. A duo consisting of techno luminary and Sandwell District affiliate Regis and dark-ambient Continue Reading →

Jonwayne

“I’m supposed to tell you that I get laid every day and stay undefeated / but since I was a foetus working minimum wages / that mind frame got this place rhyming in cages.” Continue Reading →

The Oscillation

The trouble with this new-psych revival is that the attention spawned on its new protagonists is that the myriad of acts who were already riffing on repetition have found themselves hanging onto the coat tails. Continue Reading →

Lorelle Meets The Obsolete

With the UK’s (third) eye trained on all things ‘psych’ throughout 2013, it’s never been a better time for those seeking musical oneness through repetition to make an impact on our shores. Continue Reading →

Satelliti

Forged together entirely from live jams and improvisation, Satelliti’s debut LP Im Magen Des Kosmos fell heavily on the Italian duo’s more free-form jazz influences, Andrea Polato’s drumming loose, punctuating tracks at odd junctures and allowing his band mate Marco Dalle Luche’s analog experiments to breathe. Continue Reading →

Dalot And Gavin Miller

While we wrote about Winterson, one half of Manchester-based techno duo Ghosting Season, a couple of months ago, his band mate Gavin Miller has also been busy alone. Out on his own This Is It Forever Continue Reading →

Grey Hairs

While Grey Hairs have remained somewhat quiet since their excellent Record Store Day 7″ release (found below) back in April, they recently reared their head once again for another Continue Reading →

Copeland

Few artists working today capture my attention in quite the same way as Inga Copeland. That’s not to say that her music is somehow markedly better than others’ – it’s not Continue Reading →

Koreless

There is a chasing, almost restlessness to the opening of Koreless’ ‘Last Remnants’: a scurrying, almost evasive, backwards-facing tonality to the skippy, jumpy atmospheres. Continue Reading →

Palehound

The question of originality seems destined to haunt Ellen Kempner (aka Palehound), and not without good reason. Following the release of her debut single ‘Pet Carrot’, many have been quick to trace the New York-based singer/songwriter’s aesthetic back to both a Continue Reading →

Cassette Store Day: Art is Hard Q&A

Formed by two friends from Weymouth in 2010, Art is Hard have a proclivity for releasing artists and bands from a variety of genres in unique and unusual ways. Continue Reading →

Cassette Store Day: Matt Flag Q&A

Matt Flag is one of the founding members of Cassette Store Day, he also runs tape label Suplex Cassettes and plays bass in Fair Ohs. We spoke to Matt about why tapes make sense in current climate, Minor Threat bootlegs and why he loves cassettes. Continue Reading →

Cassette Store Day: Reeks of Effort Q&A

Reeks of Effort is a DIY record label spread across Cardiff, Manchester, London and Oxford. They also put on shows, make radio shows and create zines and with bands such Continue Reading →

Cassette Store Day: Jen Long Q&A

In the week leading up to Cassette Store Day (Saturday 7th September), we’re going to be asking some of the people involved what this event is all about and finding out why Continue Reading →

Cassette Store Day: Tye Die Tapes Q&A

Tye Die Tapes is a cassette-only label run by Adam and James. They have released tapes from bands such as Slowcoaches, Bos Angeles, Fawn Spots, Blood Sport and many others. Continue Reading →

L’air Mort

There can’t be many more sure-fire ways of damaging your own self-cultivated air of mystique than choosing to describe yourselves explicitly as ‘mysterious’. It’s like claiming Continue Reading →

Empty Pools

As initially surprising as it was to find that, elsewhere on the internet, Bristol’s Empty Pools have been getting described as post-rock, the scrambling sprawl of their latest track ‘Exploded View’ does go some way to in part justify that tag. It’s not that the West Country Continue Reading →

Joanna Gruesome

What’s in a name? Well, quite a lot, really – especially when it’s a name knowingly chosen by the named. In this case, a name communicates all sorts of details about how said party Continue Reading →

Visionist

Perhaps it shouldn’t be surprising that Visionist’s upcoming EP I’m Fine is reputedly to take the form of a concept album, of sorts. That’s not to say that the London-based Continue Reading →

Marie Davidson

‘Je ne t’aime pas, je ne t’aime pas, je ne t’aime pas. Je t’adore.’ The stark monotone of Marie Davidson’s half-spoken delivery only adds to the sinister gravity of this unadorned, Continue Reading →

MiSTOA POLTSA

Though MiSTOA POLTSA weren’t included on the recent Only Joking Records compilation Manchester Standards (front man Mark Moon’s previous band Butchers were,) they’re from the same camp as those on it. Described by The Quietus‘ Mof Continue Reading →

BAMBARA

Yet another band name spelt in ALL CAPS. Likewise their debut LP due out later this month on Arrowhawk Records – entitled DREAMVIOLENCE. Although not exactly Continue Reading →

Howes

Although the influences that lick up against Howes’ music undoubtedly leave their mark, the first EP TD-W700/Leazes from this hitherto little-known 19 year-old producer still has a sense of the prodigious, before an artist allows their senses to become too submerged at Continue Reading →

Zoo Zero

Zoo Zero’s self-titled debut album comes out at the end of Sept (30th) via their own Crest Cont. Records. However, rather than enticing the world with a short burst of a radio- Continue Reading →

Wölfbait

Aside from Blood Sport’s self-coined Aggro-Beat, it’s been a long time since I’ve heard a new genre that sounds interesting or genuinely exciting.  However, Wölfbait’s self-described ‘Kraut Violence’ Continue Reading →

Boardwalk

Yet another boy/girl duo, and yet another boy/girl duo dabbling in the same woozy dream-pop landscape. While this may be true, Boardwalk – who comprise of Mike Edge Continue Reading →

Stuart Chalmers

Maybe I’ve let Burial accompany too many of my late-night stints on public transport (yes, I do do that), but rarely have I found any music bearing the name ‘Nocturne’ to be all that, well, nocturnal. Believe it or not but the bassy throb of post-dubstep makes the piano Continue Reading →

Temple Songs

Fusing a kind of charged energy prevalent in early 60s rock and roll with an apathetic drawl that coated many 90s American alt-rock bands output, Manchester four piece Temple Songs merge the one ingredient that often solidified both eras and genres: the hook. Continue Reading →

HOCKEYSMITH

HOCKEYSMITH make the sort of music that attracts the worst sort of clichéd music journalism – their reverb-softened female vocals, veiled in layers of droning synths, just Continue Reading →

The Flag

If post-punk’s continuing relevance to contemporary music was proved, once and for all, by the genre’s triumphant revival in the early aughts, then it could be argued that in 2013 Continue Reading →

Poltergeist Q&A

Upon hearing the transfixing ‘Lune Deeps’ back in March, we covered Poltergeist a new project led by Echo & The Bunnymen chief guitar man Will Sergeant. Continue Reading →