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BOTW Playlist: Alex Barck

We’ve spent a lot of the last week ranting about how Jazzanova founder and Sonar Kollektiv A&R manager, Alex Barck, draws upon an eclectic, dazzling array of influences. Something that’s made abundantly clear by his diverse yet well-rounded debut solo album, Reunion. Well, stubborn mules that we are, we



Album Review: Holograms – Forever

Since the release of their debut album last year, Holograms have clearly had a soul-searching ride. The overwhelming experience of extensive touring and losing their jobs left the band returning home to working class Sweden feeling bored and isolated once more. Forever homes in on the exhaustion suffered and sanity …



Tour preview: Live_Transmission – Joy Division Reworked

Live_Transmission: Joy Division Reworked, a celebration and re-imagination of the works of Ian Curtis and Joy Division through an audio-visual extravaganza, has been commissioned for a full UK tour after amazing crowds at last year’s Brighton Festival. A jaw-dropping ten minute sneak preview available now:

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BOTW Playlist: Wild Nothing

With his latest EP, Empty Estate, Wild Nothing‘s Jack Tatum has left behind the more despondent virtues espoused by his first two full-lengths, 2010′s Gemini and last year’s follow-up, Nocturne. Instead, he’s produced a riveting suite comprised of buoyant new wave, motorik post-punk and dabbles in carefully



Interview: Sonny Smith

Sonny & the Sunsets‘ latest album, the new wave-infused Antenna to the Afterworld, feels like a stark departure from the group’s previous outing, 2012′s Longtime Companion. Rooted in the sci-fi literary influences and beat poets that informed band leader Sonny Smith‘s childhood, it’s a whirlwind post-punk



BOTW Playlist: Gypsy & the Cat

With their second full-length, the expansive – and infectious as hell – ‘The Late Blue‘ currently being on repeat at Notion HQ this week (and many more before it), we asked our BOTW, Melbourne’s Gypsy & the Cat, to compile a playlist of the tracks that inspired



Interview: Cyril Hahn

Ahead of a tour that takes him all over Europe in the next two months, and with tickets selling out fast, it is fair to say Cyril Hahn is very much in demand. We caught up with him to talk remixes, relaxing and (new) records.

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Guest Playlist: Blood Red Shoes

Ahead of their new EP Water dropping next week, we got Brighton garage rock duo Blood Red Shoes to compile a playlist of the tunes that sustained them – and got them riled up – while recording Water in Texas last year.

It’s an unsurprisingly stormy affair; one that veers …



Preview: Hacienda 30th Birthday Party at KOKO

Legendary Manchester clubnight the Haçienda is celebrating its 30th birthday this year and is coming to London’s KOKO for one night only on December 15. It marks the first time the Haçienda has graced the sound-systems of the big smoke since 1992 and what a night it’s set to be. …



New Video: Kites – ‘Brother’

Kites are a four-piece from London, formed in 2010. With two classically trained musicians, a charismatic and passionate singer and a robot-precise drummer their dynamic is solid and sharp. The band have grown steadily to create an image as strong as their atmospheric sound where influences come from the eighties, …