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Review: Zoot Woman ‘Star Climbing’ Review

August 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

It’s hard not to see Zoot Woman’s new album ‘Star Climbing‘ as self-indulgent retroism, riffing of the League and Mode, with the plastic-y synth-pop of the 80s. But if you dig a little deeper there’s...

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Album Review: Octave Minds ‘Octave Minds’

August 20, 2014 | 1 Comments

Breaking News: Octave Minds do Kavinsky better than Kavinsky! I’m not referring to the whole of the brand new Octave Minds album with that sweeping generalisation – more specifically I’m referring to the track ‘Done...

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LG G3 Review

July 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

A couple of weeks ago LG challenged me to dump my beloved iPhone 5C for their new flagship G3 handset for two weeks to see whether their new phone could make running the blog easier, and...

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Review: Pioneer DDJ-ERGO V

July 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

So you want to be a DJ? Well you’ve come to the right place as we’ve been testing out Pioneers’ DDJ-Ergo-V controller this week. Now in the interest of full disclosure; I am not a...

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Review: Para One ‘Club’

July 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

Para One’s third album ‘Passion’ was a work of art, mixing genres and musical eras. Improving upon such perfection should be impossible, until that is, I listened to ‘Club‘. ‘Passion’ was arguably Jean-Baptiste de Laubier’s...

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Review: Vandroid Soundtrack

July 2, 2014 | 3 Comments

If you haven’t heard the Vandroid story, then grab a drink and get comfortable. The story goes: the year was 1984. In a windowless warehouse building on the outskirts of Palm Springs, California, an unknown...

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Scandinavian tag-team, Robyn and Röyksopp brought their new live show to Hollywood’s imposing Bowl on Sunday night for an evening of Scandy pop and lasers – and HBF’s Shea Kopp was there to soak it...

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Review: Yuksek & Partyfine Presents: Vol.1

June 16, 2014 | 1 Comments

Under the careful curation of legendary French producer, Yuksek, the Partyfine imprint has established itself as a bastion of quality indie electronica and modern disco. Bolstering the careers of Villa, Black Yaya and Crayon, as...

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Parklife Weekender Saturday Review

June 10, 2014 | 1 Comments

This weekend Parklife weekender welcomed 70,000 revellers to Manchester’s Heaton Park for a musical extravaganza the likes of which Manchester has never seen before. The move from Fallowfield’s Platt Fields to the new site at...

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Ostensibly, this article is a review of the forthcoming Mumbai Science album ‘Deja Vu‘, although as it will quickly become clear, we’re going to have a talk first about the nature of the album format...

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Review: Ronika ‘Selectadisc’

June 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

It’s been almost 3 years to the month since Veronica Sampson sent across as rough cut of ‘Forget Yourself‘. Since then Ronika has been fairly, or unfairly, compared to Madonna, worked with a range of...

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I have had the odd privilege to have followed Goldroom’s career from a very early stage. From DJ sets performed for ignorantly belligerent bar crowds to an evolved four-piece band smashed onto local dive stages,...

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Review: Chromeo ‘White Women’

May 13, 2014 | 1 Comments

It would seem that everything about self-described ‘funkateers’ Chromeo is a contradiction; whether it’s their comedic nicknames Dave-One & P-Thugg, the fact that Dave looks like a well-groomed lothario, whilst P-Thugg looks like one of...

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Whether it’s Daft Punk and Pharrell, Disclosure and Nile Rodgers or McFly and Busted, it would be fair to say the last fews years have thrown up quite a few interesting collaborations. The latest two...

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Spaced360 Speaker Review

May 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

With the death of physical music formats all but complete it would be fair to say the last days of stereos with CD players is almost upon us, too. Just go into your local electric...

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Review: Danger ‘July 2013′

April 28, 2014 | 11 Comments

Franck Rivoire’s musical alias Danger has been shrouded in mystery ever since the French producer dropped his debut EP ‘09/14/2007‘ in 2007. Since then the producer has released two follow-up EPs, ‘09/16 2007′ & ‘09/17...

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Cut Copy’s whistle-stop world tour landed in Manchester last night with heavily tipped fellow Aussie band, Rüfüs on support duties. Playing to a packed house at Manchester’s Ritz, Rüfüs took to the stage at around 8 to...

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Review: Todd Terje ‘It’s Album Time’

April 8, 2014 | 1 Comments

With its origins firmly rooted in the basements of Chicago and Detroit, dance music has never easily lent itself to the LP format. With more and more producers favouring to release back-to-back, quick fire EPs...

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Gig Review: 2 Many DJs At Sankeys

March 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

Having had to cancel their Christmas show due to a burst water pipe, it would be fair to say that both 2 Many DJs and Sankeys had a bit of unfinished business on Friday night...

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Mogwai - Royal Festival Hall, London 25/01/14 | Photo by Sara Amroussi-Gilissen

Gig Review: Mogwai Open A Gate To Hell

March 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

As a Mogwai gig first-timer I had been advised by my friends that ear-plugs would be a must, as the band are ‘ear-bleedingly, pant-shittingly loud’. Indeed, at a previous show one aforementioned friend resorted to...

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