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Album Review: Xiu Xiu – Angel Guts: Red Classroom

There’s always something cinematic about Xiu Xiu records. Stark, melancholic images of lonely people—perhaps lingering invisibly behind a curtain or reaching towards a glowing stove in a dark kitchen—are frequently evoked by Jamie Stewart’s distinctive lyrics. Angel Guts: Red Classroom conjures up a cast of similar characters.

Except that …



Album Review: CYMBALS – The Age of Fracture

London quartet CYMBALS’ last full-length, Sideways, Sometimes, may have felt almost rustic with its simplistic hooks and well-rehearsed ‘ahhs’ (not to mention lines about sharing candy bars), but it’s that record’s most pop elements that have spiralled out onto The Age of Fracture. Named after the monograph



Delving into Genres with the Google Music Timeline

As part of the step-by-step plan to Google’s world domination, the search engine-cum-multinational corporation has launched a new music service called Google Play. To give us a gentle nudge towards these new services, the techies over at Google HQ have disembarked their Wi-Fi buses and formulated a Music Timeline



Interview: Is Tropical

Pepe Jeans S1ngular Festival came to London town last month with a one off performance from hipster rockers Is Tropical at Hackney’s trendy Oval Space. Celebrating 40 years of denim excellence from the London brand originally founded on Portabello Road in 1973, Pepe Jeans S1ngular Festival has made its way …



New track: Au Revoir Simone – Crazy

It’s like the famous phrase – all good things come to those who wait. This is certainly the case for Au Revoir Simone fans, as the girls are gearing up to release their first album in four years, ‘Move in Spectrums’, next month. The three piece have recently dropped the …


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New track: Frankie Rose – Sorrow

There’s nothing better then a slice of Indie Pop on a hazy Friday afternoon. Thanks to Frankie Rose, her debut single ‘Sorrow’ offers just the right amount of breezy guitar mixed with silky vocals. The track is an organic production of a catchy melody, and steers clear of the …



Issue 64 Feature: HAIM

When people talk about the buzz surrounding a new band, a meteoric rise to fame is always on the cards but having playing together for 7 years with 5 failed EP recordings under their belts, we spoke to the Haim sisters to find out why taking their time and doing



Introducing: SHINIES

Manchester’s finest, indie pop band SHINIES are ready to release their debut EP, ‘Tangle’ on August 12th. Produced by MJ of Hookworms, and mixed by Rory Attwell, the band are a brilliant mix of fresh talent and chilled shoegaze sounds.

2012 saw SHINIES release just two singles, but begin to …



Swim Deep bonus track ‘Crush’ makes waves

Today, a new song surfaced from Swim Deep. The track ‘Crush’ is set to be released as a bonus track available exclusively through iTunes with the upcoming album, ‘Where The Heaven Are We’. The track is perfect for cruising in a car throughout summer, and the bass solo two …



New Track: Blackstreet – No Diggity (Bondax Edit)

Despite only being in their teens years, Bondax have shown that they can create some mind-blowing tracks and remixes. With plans to depart on their ‘Bondax & Friends’ tour – with dates across Brighton, London and Ireland as well as a forthcoming gig in Manchester (date TBA) – the boys …