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Musician Cosmo Sheldrake standing in a forest wearing a boat hat

Cosmo Sheldrake transports listeners to warmer, wilder climes with the birdsong of ‘Wake Up Calls’

Using recordings from birds (mostly) on endangered lists in Britain, Sheldrake layers and manipulates birdsong to produce music as calming as it is beautiful.

By Andrew Bridge

Promotional image for the album 'Call Your Mum' by Goan Dogs

Goan Dogs deliver guitar pop romp in ‘Call Your Mum’ (and excellent advice to boot)

Bristol band Goan Dogs have been going strong for ten years, and the work they've put in during that time has come to captivating fruition in their debut.

By Andrew Bridge

Collage of the first 250 albums reviewed by Audioxide

Statsioxide: our first 250 reviews in numbers

After six long, resolutely joyless years we passed another album review milestone. To celebrate here’s a look at some sweet, sweet data.

By Frederick O'Brien

Photograph of Danish composer Anders Filipsen

Anders Filipsen channels Brian Eno and C418 in solo debut ‘Waiting Music’

Danish composer Anders Filipsen delivers something serene and uncannily innocent, bringing a playfulness to his sweeping ambient soundscapes.

By Frederick O'Brien

Album artwork of 'We Will Always Love You' by The Avalanches

The Avalanches marshal star-studded line up to delight in third album

Gliding in under the radar at the tail end of last year, the Australian duo earn their 70-minute playtime and show they’ve plenty left in the tank.

By Andrew Bridge

Photograph from the album cover of 'The Joshua Tree' by U2

How to Dismantle a Frontloaded Discography: U2’s studio albums ranked

Our journey had its ups and downs but we feel confident of where we ended up. Which is just as well, because we’re never putting ourselves through this again.

By André Dack, Frederick O'Brien & Rob Wilson

Artwork of Spotify as a musical meat grinder

What would a music streaming minimum wage look like?

Business is booming for streaming services, but not for the musicians who make them possible. Is it time for a music streaming minium wage?

By Frederick O'Brien

Run the Jewels performing live

Our 10 favourite albums of 2020

Music took on new meaning this year. For many of us it was the only remedy; at times, a vital kickstart. New releases became sources of vigour and inspiration

By Rachael Davis, Marcus Lawrence, Frederick O'Brien, André Dack, Gabriel Sutton & Andrew Bridge

Screenshot of the music video for "Me In 20 Years" by Moses Sumney

Our 10 favourite singles of 2020

This year has been... testing, to put it mildly. Music's magic has been a valuable support for many of us. Some would say essential. Here are the songs that kept us afloat.

By Rachael Davis, Marcus Lawrence, Gabriel Sutton, Frederick O'Brien, Andrew Bridge & André Dack

BioShock-themed ink and pencil artwork

State of Rapture: the music of ‘BioShock’

Splicing classical arrangements with avant-garde experimentation, Garry Schyman’s soundtrack reflected the game’s grand, warped, doomed vision of a new world.

By Frederick O'Brien