London Grammar’s Debut Album

Luke Gallimore/ September 21, 2013

Ever since first hearing Hannah Reid’s vocals on Disclosure’s ‘Settle’ released at the tired end of May this year, I’ve been waiting for London Grammar’s debut album. Their first release was late 2012, and it seems incredible that the Nottingham grads have turned around ‘If You Wait’ in such a short time, released on Columbia records. Often when you hype

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Goldfrapp – Tales of Us

Kamiah Overaa/ August 23, 2013

The upcoming album Tales of Us from the hugely successful electronic duo Goldfrapp is something  you might not expect, particularly  if most of your experience with the band lies with some of their chart-topping hits. Tales of Us is a gorgeous album of soft ambient songs, but it’s miles from the electronic disco anthems such as Ride A White Horse

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Alex Chilton – Electricity by Candlelight

Kamiah Overaa/ August 23, 2013

There’s something quite special in the pipeline, coming to us from Bar None Recordings. This release from Alex Chilton was born from a power failure at his solo gig at The Knitting Factory NYC back in February 1997. With a borrowed acoustic guitar from a member of the crowd and only the diehard fans staying put, Electricity by Candlelight is

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Tribes ‘Wish to Scream’ Album

The Mic/ June 11, 2013

There are many contested things in this turbulent day and age: Palestine, Britain and the Euro, the efficacy of the 4-4-2 system, to name but a few.   The intrinsic worth of the new ‘Tribes’ album ‘Wish to Scream’ (release date 20/05/13) is another such issue. Widely panned as a ‘disappointment’, the general consensus is that ‘Wish to Scream’ lacks

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Charm of Achilles: Debut EP release

The Mic/ March 31, 2013

Charm of Achilles is a band that has been growing in reputation and musical individuality in Nottingham since bassist Luke enrolled at UoN last September. Their live presence in the city has become infamous thanks to the distinct vocals of Alex and the Duo’s powerful song writing style. We’ve even had them play at the two Mic gigs we love

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Jeff Buckley ‘Grace’ Album Review

The Mic/ March 7, 2013

One thing that Matt Corby said during our interview stuck with me- his claim that Jeff Buckley will remain ‘unrivalled’. Due to his tragic death at the age of just 30 and the legacy that he managed to inspire from such a short career, I suspect there are a great amount of people who agree with this postulation; there is

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Astraea by Rolo Tomassi

The Mic/ November 10, 2012

Fans who associate Rolo Tomassi with a sense of pure chaos may have to readjust for Astraea. After the departure of Joe Nicholson and his blurry-fingered guitar-dada, as well as bassist Joseph Thorpe, the band recruited members of Brontide and No Coast to complete their lineup, with the result of a more direct and approachable song writing mode. It is their least

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Passion by Para One

The Mic/ November 9, 2012

Passion’s upbeat electro-pop single ‘Lean on Me’, featuring is a good place to start looking at their new album, Passion. The song bounces along cheerily to an electronic-driven backdrop, in a similar manner to much of SBTRKT’s output, yet its lyrics are often unrecognisable. It is a fun, but by no means gripping, effort from Para One. The rest of the album

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Polly by The Heartbreaks

The Mic/ November 9, 2012

‘Polly’ further extends The Heartbreaks’ claim to the grand tradition of British guitar pop, following a run of outstanding singles and the release of their superb album, Funtimes. The song is typical of the band’s style, in that it features a catchy chorus, Matthew Whitehouse’s typically intelligent lyrics, and Ryan Wallace’s intricate guitar lines. A band to be filed very much alongside Britain’s

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Babel by Mumford and Sons

The Mic/ November 9, 2012

It is not often that the revival of a genre can be attributed to one band alone. However, it is more than arguable that with their debut Sigh No More Mumford and Sons achieved just that for folk. In their dapper finery, the quartet brought the relevance of a banjo as a musical instrument to a mainstream audience. Following their

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