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The Rise and Rise of Audiobooks

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FRED 14.06.02017 Answering a demand we barely notice is there, the growth of audiobooks seems unstoppable. They are filling the silences that litter our days, redeeming commutes, menial work, and empty evenings.      Last week, the Audio Publishers Association (APA) released the 2016 sales figures for audiobooks, and things are looking rosy. There has been… Read more »

Keep Playing: the Fire at the Heart of Whiplash

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FRED 09.06.02017 Monster or not, Terence Fletcher gets into our heads because we recognise him in ourselves and understand his value. In the world of Whiplash, the forgotten are those cowed by failure.     Whiplash hit — and shot — plenty of nerves when it was released in 2014. It lit up the year’s film awards… Read more »

2 + 2 = 9: Ranking Radiohead’s Studio Albums

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05.06.02017 This may surprise you, but here at Audioxide, we quite like Radiohead. For each of us, the band played a significant role in our own music development — a circumstance that is not so much coincidental as it is common among a certain demographic. Indeed, Radiohead are not just a masterful rock band, but also… Read more »

Gorillaz Go 1-D

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FRED 12.05.02017     When is a virtual band over? That’s been the question on my mind since listening to Humanz, an album that confirmed fears which had been lurking since Plastic Beach. Gorillaz don’t seem to be a thing anymore. Albums have their name on them, the gang get wheeled out for interviews, but I don’t hear them in the music…. Read more »

Little Dragon settle for competence on ‘Season High’

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ANDRÉ 15.04.02017     You know what you’re getting with a new Little Dragon album: mid-tempo R&B with a heavy ‘80s influence and a dash of modern dance. If nothing else, the Swedish group know how to strike a groove, and they have found success in the formula for ten years now. Though they’re perhaps… Read more »

Goldfrapp find familiarity in space

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ANDREW 03.04.02017     Since their debut at the turn of the millennium, Goldfrapp haven’t been afraid to toy with the components that characterise their music. Be it the cinematic, eerie quirk of the debut with tracks like “Lovely Head” and “Oompah Radar”, the thumping, rasping electronica of the two releases that followed it, well demonstrated… Read more »

Our 10 Favourite Albums of 2016

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2015 // 2016 // 2017   10. THE LIFE OF PABLO // Kanye West ANDREW When we reviewed Kanye West’s latest discography entry, The Life of Pablo, the media circus surrounding him and the new release gave me a negative bias: I wanted to hate it. Despite everything though, the album has become one of the most memorable releases of the year,… Read more »

Our 10 Favourite Tracks of 2016

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10. “Pripyat” // Mogwai ANDRÉ Much of Mogwai’s latest record/soundtrack is exceedingly beautiful, at times bordering on the realms of tranquility. “Pripyat”, with its ever-evolving drones and boisterous crescendos, is the terrifying exception. Named after the abandoned town in Ukraine that was subject to a tragic nuclear disaster 30 years ago, the track is utterly relentless… Read more »

Our Biggest Disappointments of 2016

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What sort of music review website would we be if we didn’t dance on a few creative graves? Music in 2016 had its fair share of letdowns, and, with the best intentions in the world, we’ve identified some standout face-plants. Success is a brittle thing.   ANDRÉ The Hope six Demolition Project // PJ Harvey     As… Read more »

A late love-in for ‘How To Be A Human Being’

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ANDREW 16.12.02016     I was immediately intrigued by Glass Animals from the first listen of “Gooey” off their debut album, Zaba. Between the soft warm synth bassline and the airy atmosphere the track was wrapped in, something felt distinct from similar bands. The rest of the album didn’t disappoint either, and I particularly enjoyed the… Read more »