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In a stellar collision of post-punk melancholy and scintillating synth-pop, Affairs offer a crisper, more introspective indie experience. Thoughtful, elaborate, but – make no mistake – resoundingly catchy. It’s a sound that ticks all the boxes. I spoke to the band’s guitarist Liam about constructing the sound of Affairs, their new EP, and the possibility of an album. How did Affairs all start? Affairs all started back in Hull on the East Coast of England. I already met up with a guitarist (Dan) before everything really kicked off. At first it was just me and him trying to do something a…

It’s been a decade since The Enemy sprung into prominence with UK Number 1 record We’ll Live And Die In These Towns. Three albums, a handful of awards and a trip to Wembley – in support of Oasis – later, and the Coventry trio are ready to bow out. I talked to bassist Andy about the end of The Enemy, the radio industry and the future of bands. How difficult was the process of everyone knowing The Enemy was going to have to be brought to an end? Difficult, definitely. Not a nice conversation, but maybe a sensible conversation. We don’t…

Familiar fragments of Busted, Fightstar, Union Sound Set and More Dangerous Animals unify to form a sound that is utterly unexpected. Once Upon a Dead Man’s debut EP, Concepts and Phenomena, sees the Simpson brothers – plus an old friend – venture into the dusky underpass of musical uncertainty, only to come out the other side gleaming in a blitz of silk-lined electro-pop. Concepts and Phenomena is instrumentally impressive. No doubt. However, striking more immediately, is a resounding sense of liberation. Each track pours with the kind of expression often found absent in conventional pop music. This isn’t just the…

Many fans were left worried when it was publicised that singer Ellie Goulding was going to be quitting the music business. However, Ellie’s fans shouldn’t panic because the lady herself has taken to twitter to clear up the matter. She has stated that she isn’t quitting, just taking a long overdue break from music. She tweeted: “I am not quitting music; I’ve come too far for that! Just having a break. It’s been seven years since I had time off… love you all”. The Herefordshire born singer has had a busy career so far. In between her endless recording sessions…

First the Oscars, and now the Brits. Once more, concerns have been raised for the lack of diversity at the Brit Awards which took place on 24th February in London’s O2 Arena. All the winners were white and the only nominated non-white artists fell into the International Artists sector. In a similar backlash to the Oscars, people took to Twitter with the hashtag #BritsSoWhite to express their concerns with this year’s nominees. I have never personally been a fan of the Brits anyway so this doesn’t come as a shock to me. However, these allegations have caused a divide in opinions.…

There’s no justifiable excuse thinkable. How did you miss Golden Fable at the Teras Lounge last Saturday? It didn’t cost a penny to get in. It didn’t plunge you into nausea. And, notably, it didn’t make you leave with an overwhelming sense of regret. In fact, it probably would have been the most morally correct decision of your life. I first saw Golden Fable three years ago at Bestival. They had me sold. Despite the grating raucous of the festival environment – where I was cold, muddy and cold – the Welsh duo’s elegance blossomed through the very noise that…

This is certainly a difficult question to answer. It isn’t something you think about often. But when you do, it’s always the same songs that spring to mind. Those classics such as Whitney Houston’s ‘I Will Always Love You’, and Elvis Presley’s ‘Love Me Tender’. Or perhaps more modern models such as Plain White T’s ‘Hey There Delilah’, and Jason Mraz’s ‘I’m Yours’. Love songs have the appearance of being ageless, they constantly evolve with time. Although often mundane and monotonous, the subjects of love songs are not simply restricted to significant others and relationships. So, is it really fair…

Miles Davis – Kind Of Blue The best Miles Davis record of all time. The best jazz record of all time. One of THE records of all time. If it’s a sinuous onslaught of smooth horns you want, this is the LP for you. Your romantic night in and Miles Davis’ Kind Of Blue aren’t too dissimilar when you think about it. They’re both improvised for a start (be honest with yourself). On a serious note, no jazz album grips me with performance like Kind Of Blue does. Each melody is ingrained with allure, each transition is graceful; every second feels…

Sunday evening, Ffriddoedd village. Music resonates around one of the many building of the student accommodation. Students are staying in their  room but, as the singer begins to sing, some of them, out of curiosity, decide to leave their room to follow the sound and figure out what is going on. Surprisingly enough, they will end up in a small, over-crowded kitchen. In between the Christmassy decoration and the dishes laying around, there is a guy with his guitar only. The dozen of people seated are enthusiastically moving their heads as if they knew the song already. Some clap, some…

15. Hudson Mohawke – Lantern This latest instalment from Glaswegian producer Hudson Mohawke has had unanimously mixed reviews. It’s no surprise. With fourteen tracks and a handful of features, you’re never going to win over everyone… although it did win over me. I’ve heard an assortment of electronic albums this year, and Lanterns, for me, is immeasurably bracing, probably because a sizeable portion of these tracks feature that orchestral synth that was in the DJ’s 2014 single, Chimes, which sports more of a club-banger quality. However, in Lanterns, it’s all different. Hudson seamlessly weaves these almost cavernous harmonies all the…

It’s undeniable that streaming has taken the music industry by storm. There are roughly 500 million audio streams each week in the UK alone. Large streaming firms such as Spotify and, more recently, TIDAL and Apple Music with a combined total of 27.5 million paid users are revolutionising the way in which people find and listen to music. Streaming services are everywhere and are hard to ignore, but the question is, how effective are they really? The way in which money is divided in the music industry is changing, and artists are not making money from record sales like they…

Claire Boucher, otherwise known as Grimes, has taken her entire body of work, plastered it in glitter, slapped an EDM bass drum on it, and somehow managed to get an album. Art Angels is widely divergent from her previous projects. She seems to have ditched the ethereal electronic charm of Halifaxa and Visions for a slightly more orthodox approach. Few too many of these tracks lead with superficial guitar riffs jaded with droning percussion, namely California, which is almost embarrassingly stereotypical. But, honestly, this is the most ambivalent album review you’ll read, because clusters of this LP are flawless. Venus Fly, which…

It goes without saying that small venues are crucial in the building of new, up and coming bands and artists. These venues mould and shape the artist; allowing them to grow and to set their sights on bigger goals in the music industry. However, over the past couple of years, there has been a major decline in the number of small and medium-sized music venues all over the UK, leaving amateur artists in a critical position. Every musician has to start somewhere, so with the closure of roughly 35% of small venues in London alone, where are they supposed to…

Previous to the Canadian indie-rock band’s new album, ‘Sun Leads Me On’, they released ‘Dark Eyes’ in 2012. Listening to ‘Dark Eyes’ and then listening to ‘Sun Leads Me On’, one can notice a definite transition between the two. Their first album was incredible – setting the bar high, which they sadly failed to meet with their new album. This does not mean that it isn’t a good album. They seamlessly combine pleasant acoustic guitar with subtle synth work, sweet melodies, and snazzy riffs, topped off by slick harmonies. Much like the old album, there are some lively, heavier tracks…

Two years since clutching the UK’s attention with chart topping ‘Feel The Love’ and debut album ‘Home’, the London drum and bass ensemble Rudimental return with fresh material in the form of ‘We The Generation.’ Predictably, the album embraces an array of collaborators, some I’m modestly surprised by; such as the staggering appearance of Ed Sheeran which, whilst valuable, seems somewhat unorthodox. And some more befitting, the heavy presence of Lianne La Havas really leaks into a couple of these tracks and offers an uncharacteristic Rudimental experience. My main problem with the album is there’s no concrete progression. Yes, I’m…

The Download Festival looks all set and ready with all three headliners being announced within days of one another last week. Iron Maiden were the first to be announced and will be Sunday night’s headline act, marking the band’s fourth performance at Download. Their performance is part of The Book of Souls tour, where the band will be promoting music from their new sixteenth studio album, The Book of Souls, which has received favourable reviews and had also reached number one in the UK Albums chart (Official Charts Company) upon its release. Lead vocalist Bruce Dickinson will be arriving to the festival in style…

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