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This frilly ape’s ‘Lovely mutant cauliflower’ as weird and wonderful as it sounds

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ANDRÉ 04.01.02020     According to Jérémy Rumerio’s bandcamp page, This frilly ape plays ‘mainly sad, sometimes, absurd, ironic, self-derisory, aggressive, nostalgic, often pessimistic, tormented, anxiety-inducing music’. With a description like that I wasn’t totally sure what to expect, but the more I’ve listened to Lovely mutant cauliflower the more I think that bio is… Read more »

Our 10 favourite albums of the 2010s

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31.12.02019 The end of the 2010s is upon us, and you know what that means. Yes, as a music review site we are bound by obscure 16th century law to rank our favourite albums of the decade. So here they are, in all their glory . It wasn’t easy, but no arbitrary list worth making… Read more »

Our 10 favourite singles of the 2010s

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30.12.02019 It’s been quite a decade, folks. Congrats to those who made it to the end. Condolences to those who didn’t. Wherever you’re situated on (or off) the mortal coil I think we can all agree great singles are satisfying things to listen to, each one a sonic harbinger of albums to come. The 02010s… Read more »

Our 10 favourite albums of 2019

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28.12.02019 The album is dead, long live the album. We’d be lying if we said this year of our Lorde was bursting with instant classics, but that’s brought it’s own charms. This was a slow burner year, where the best albums were weird and wonderful rather than tour de forces. From newcomers to old favourites… Read more »

Our 10 favourite singles of 2019

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27.12.02019 The role of singles has changed massively in recent years, but they still tend to lead the charge during an album’s full release. In 2019 we got some pretty unconventional warfare. From haunted hip hop rides to lunar cruise muzak, this will likely be the most un-single-like list of year-end singles we ever do,… Read more »

Keep Faith: the music of Mirror’s Edge

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Fred 06.10.02019 This is part of a series of articles in which we reflect on video game soundtracks. The pieces examine the musical content of the score and analyse the effects it has on the game.     Every so often a game comes along that really jibes with people’s imaginations. Mirror’s Edge is one of those… Read more »

Confessions of an album reviewer

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FREDerick O’Brien 08.09.02019 For reasons known not even to himself, Fred decides to disparage the memory of George Orwell’s essay ‘Confessions of a Book Reviewer‘. Scathing reviews of this piece are welcome and deserved. In an expensive yet strangely characterless flat in some important city or other a man sits unblinking before a computer screen…. Read more »

Mr. Tambourine Fan: Bob Dylan’s studio albums ranked

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Charlie Clissitt 12.07.02019 I started listening to Bob Dylan about four years ago, having put a few of his albums (pilfered from my Dad’s collection) onto my iPod Classic before a trip through Eastern Europe. It didn’t feel pretentious at the time, I swear. I think Blonde On Blonde was the first album I tried,… Read more »

Soma, Spotify, and the brave new world of music consumption

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Fred 15.04.02019 Streaming services like Spotify have revolutionised listening habits. Anyone, anywhere, can listen to just about anything. In 2012, David Byrne wrote that music risked becoming a soma-like drug. Today his concerns may be the reality.     In 2012 David Byrne asked whether music had become a ‘soma-like drug,’ a kind of emotional medication…. Read more »

How Spotify has changed the way we listen to music

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Rüya 11.02.02019 Spotify has revolutionised how we consume music. From mood playlists to machine learning algorithms, the streaming service has become the definitive tastemaker.     From vinyls to cassettes to mp3 players, the way we access music is constantly changing. Today, instant music streaming services like Spotify are making it easier to find and… Read more »