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BOTW Download: Barbarossa – Battles

Sometimes in a sea of trendy chillwave bands and poptastic anthems, it’s nice to return to something bucolic, something simpler, something indie. The poor guitar band has been puhsed aside in the rush for the new, and we’re all about brining you something that you might not normally expect. Hence …



Introducing Our BOTW: Barbarossa

Barbarossa – namesake of James Mathé – has been releasing his own exquisite collection of songs since 2006, and we can’t quite understand why more people don’t love him. This is why he’s our BOTW – we want to scream about his brilliant talent from the rooftops for all of …



Video Premiere: Barbarossa – Battles

Ahead of our Band Of The Week feature with the brilliant Barbarossa (James Mathé) next week we have an exclusive premiere of his new video for ‘Battles’. The song itself is a beautiful, stripped back work of scattering drum beats, simple electric guitar lines, with Barbarossa’s velvety vocals pouring over …



Preview: Bloc Weekend

The Bloc Weekend lineup has been getting increasingly stellar for the past few months now. If you don’t already know (how though?), Bloc is a yearly festival of the biggest, newest and weirdest electronic music around. It’s been going for a few years now at the much-loved Butlins in Minehead. …



Introducing our BOTW: Kwes

London based pop maestro Kwes has had something of a rise of late. Since starting out as a producer for people like The xx and Micachu, he has penned a solo record deal with Warp Records (home to Battles, Grizzly Bear and Flying Lotus), played a set for …



Standon Calling Festival, the line-up, AND a free mixtape.

This year’s festival is over the weekend of August 12-14 in Standon, Hertfordshire, just 45 minutes away from London. The UK’s only festival with a swimming pool, Standon Calling is a three-day party with musical icons, breakthrough acts, themed fancy dress and an on-site nightclub and bars that are …


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Introducing Band of the Week: Washed Out

When most kids take some time off to save money and move back in the parents it’s a year (or four) spent working at the local shop you used loiter outside of when you were kid and a lot of time on a sofa. But when Ernest Greene moved home …



BOTW: Battles Stream For ‘Ice Cream’

If you have yet to pick up Battles’ new album Gloss Drop, (well why haven’t you?) then you can get a little taste of it from their first single, ‘Ice Cream’ with guest vocalist Matias Aguayo, because you know, their original vocalist left. Is that old news? Thought so…. …



Battles Announce Tour Dates!

If you have’t noticed, Battles are our Band of the Week, and we’ve been loving them! Apparently so has the US and Canada. After a string of intimate, sold-out gigs in anticipation for their second studio album, Gloss Drop, the New York trio have annonced a string of dates …


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BOTW: Battles A La Blogotheque

We showed you the video for ‘Ice Cream‘ back when it first came out in May. We were super excited for it, and while that video is truly amazing, we don’t like repeating ourselves. So, when we found out that Battles teamed up with one of our favourite blogs …