Fakeba & John Fryer “Jotna” – album review

Fakeba & John Fryer “Jotna” – album review

  What can I say about hearing this album? I am so enthused to report to you that the start to 2020 has many surprises for us. This album is sublime. It’s full of energy; it’s original and contains so much power. It starts with ‘Dakar’ and its construction is one of my favourite styles. It starts with a lower volume and speckled with female vocals within its intricate intro. Then it booms into life…

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Black Sugar Transmission “Wandering into the Bullseye” – album review

Black Sugar Transmission “Wandering into the Bullseye” – album review

  Some talented “six-string for hire” musicians stand shoulder to shoulder with their trusty bandmates, taking the odd job to pay the bills. Some strive to leap onto the shoulders of giants, often ending up standing on those akin to a munchkin. And other guitarists, with serendipitous timing, can become a dynamic creative influence on the already established outfit, frequently refreshing the band/artist’s repertoire, breathing new energy into what was at risk of becoming a…

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Pet Shop Boys “Hotspot” – album review

Pet Shop Boys “Hotspot” – album review

  The latest album from the Pet Shop Boys is exciting and vibrant. It should be an instant success and please new and existing fans. There’s a great mixture of dark and light here and a great sense of maturity. ‘Will-O-The-Wisp’ is possibly one of the darker tracks and it sets a nice intro to the whole album. Neil Tennant does have different strengths within his vocals and the interesting lyrics and the way they…

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WIRE “Mind Hive” – album review

WIRE “Mind Hive” – album review

  WIRE, the post-punk luminaries’ seventeenth studio album has been released, and goes to show that they are still one of the strongest forces in post punk after all this time. Recently hailed by the Quietus as “one of the most consistent British bands of all time” they have been constantly producing sublime material in a familiar manner, yet never really going over old ground and reliving past successes. Mind Hive is a perfect example of…

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Hanzel Und Gretyl “Hexennacht” – album review

Hanzel Und Gretyl “Hexennacht” – album review

  Hexennacht, the latest offering from New York’s Hanzel Und Gretyl is the true sound of damnation. Choirs straight from Carl Orff’s worst nightmare, stabbing strings and heavy guitars fill the album with a rich yet uneasy sound: this music cuts straight to your soul then subverts it. Echos (intentional or not) of Deathstars, KMFDM, Laibach, Lord Of The Lost and even Rammstein bounce around the album without overwhelming it: Hanzel Und Gretyl have their…

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DROWND “Drownd” – album review

DROWND “Drownd” – album review

  UK/LA industrial rockers DROWND have kept us all wanting more ever since emerging this past spring with their EPs Sick Like You and Stay Away, the latter of which includes remixes by their Armalyte Records peers, The Joy Thieves and Seething Akira. Frontman/bandleader and multi-instrumentalist Joe Crudgington has taken everything we love about industrial rock and packed it to exploding point in this delightfully heavy debut album. It starts out innocently enough with “Lost”…

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IAMWARFACE “Year of the Dragon” – album review

IAMWARFACE “Year of the Dragon” – album review

  My ears first heard IAMWARFACE several years back now whilst listening to Chris Watt’s ‘In the Moog’ NCCR radio show. Chris is a big supporter to many artists and hosts a regular show every Wednesday night. One week it is a retro show, the following week it’s a show supporting new artists. On this particular occasion when I heard IAMWARFACE I thought I was listening to the retro show, because the song ‘Say My…

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Die Krupps “Vision 2020 Vision” – album review

Die Krupps “Vision 2020 Vision” – album review

  There’s a Little Englander myth about not being able to find a poolside sun-lounger on holiday because the Germans have bagged them all previously, by placing their towels on top. You may have heard it. It’s not a conspiracy though. No. Things are a little delicate in Europe just now.  And Die Krupps, a band going since 1980, is very much aware of this, indeed, always have been, and never so much as now with the new album,…

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Cult With No Name “Mediaburn” – album review

Cult With No Name “Mediaburn” – album review

  I keep discovering new music and it’s funny that my discovery of this group this week coincides with ‘Cult With No Name’ getting airplay on Chris Watt’s ‘In the Moog’ radio show and that he recently had them in the studio. They have such a wonderful, warm sound. The album ‘Mediaburn’ has just come out at the right time. Who wouldn’t want to listen to this fireside favourite when winter closes in? I briefly…

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Soft Riot “When Push Comes To Shove” – album review

Soft Riot “When Push Comes To Shove” – album review

  After his outstanding 2018 album The Outsider In The Mirrors, Soft Riot has surprised us with another brilliant release. When Push Comes To Shove is the seventh studio album by the Glasgow based Canadian artist JJD, who goes by the stage name of Soft Riot. Jack continues the tradition of writing synth-pop danceable songs that aren’t necessarily as poppy as one would imagine. There’s more to his vision of synth-pop; it comes with a…

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