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Now Hear This: 22/12/13

We’re not really about lists. We like longform interviews and in-depth analysis; wordy think-pieces and lengthy reports. But that’s partly because we’re music-loving writers and there’s nothing we love more than the sound of a keyboard clacking satisfyingly with the sound of our own thoughts. Hey, at least we’re honest.

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Interview: Jen Long on Cassette Store Day

Last month, BuzzFeed posted one of its ‘listicles’ that provoked an outpouring of derision and abuse from music fans everywhere.  Entitled ’35 Music Experiences You’ll Never Have Again’ – and containing things like ‘in-stores’ and ‘reading the liner notes’ – it seemed to state that music on physical …

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Introducing: Aloa Input

Aloa Input, a three-piece consisting of Cico Beck (aka Joasihno), Marcus Grassl and Florian Kreier, are the latest signings to Morr Music. The trio have an obnoxious love for all kinds of input; Animal Collective, Beck, The Beatles and Ennio Morricone. Their debut full-length album, Anysome, presents …

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Album Review: Braids – Flourish//Perish

Braids’ first album, Native Speaker, had a definite child-like feel to it. An emphasis on simple melodies and repetition layered over dreamy harmonies and intricate percussion made for an undeniably catchy, impressive debut. Since then, however, the Canadian group have grown up, losing a member and taking an …

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Album Review: Majical Cloudz – ‘Impersonator’

Considering the wealth of production tricks and techniques at the fingertips of contemporary pop acts, it takes someone with palpable guts to down tools and strip away layer upon layer of protective avant-garde chintz. Montreal duo Majical Cloudz have said guts and gusto in abundance: foregoing the gaudy, sample-heavy textures …

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Playlist: Clean Bandit

Ahead of their appearance at London’s Field Day this Saturday, we asked local baroque house four-piece Clean Bandit to compile a playlist of the tracks sure to be fueling their raucous live set this weekend. From their nascent inspiration by Radiohead and Ace of Base, to in vogue cuts

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Introducing our BOTW: Young Dreams

As the Great British spring gets off to an altogether inauspicious start – looking not unlike the preceding three long months of gloomy winter – you could certainly be forgiven for adopting a similarly bleak disposition. Here at PlanetNotion, we suggest the following daily duties to help shake off those …

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Open’er Festival announces new acts

With an eclectic mix of live music, installation art and a fashion show, Open’er Festival have just announced the addition of Tame Impala (with their first performance in Poland), Animal Collective, Disclosure and the homegrown talent Maria Peszek to play at the festival on the north Polish coast in early …

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New Track: “Too Much” – Amateur Best

We’ve introduced you to Amateur Best best before, and the promise we noted back then hasn’t left Londoner Joe Flory.

When I first heard this new track, “Too Much,” I at first thought it was a remix.  It sounded…familiar, almost, like the beat, lyrics, and catchy chorus were too good …

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First acts confirmed for Field Day 2013

Now, I know it may hardly seem the time to be getting excited about festivals; the weather’s getting colder, the nights are gradually drawing in and it’s getting tougher and tougher to pull yourself out of bed in the morning. With this in mind, why not cast your thoughts forward …

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