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My Favourite Game Soundtracks of 2017

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ANDRE 04.12.02017 The video game industry is a bit shit, 2017 has all but confirmed that. Still, for all the controversies — the microtransactions, the lootboxes, EA being EA — the past year has actually been an absolute stormer for video game releases. As a responsible adult (honest), I find myself with less time to play video… Read more »

All the Pigs, All Lined Up: Ranking Nine Inch Nails’ Studio Albums

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Andre 24.08.02017 Hi, my name is André and I’m a Nine Inch Nails mega-fan. For years now the music of Trent Reznor has proved to be, yes, The Perfect Drug. I’m here without my comrades at Audioxide to provide an ordered list of the NIN discography. As most fans are aware, there are a large… Read more »

Elliott Smith: Behind the Lyrics

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Rüya 14.08.02017 Channeling the sounds of Bob Dylan, Simon & Garfunkel, and more, Elliott Smith’s words still cut deep. His lyrics unravel the darker elements of our existence, and are as precious now as they’ve ever been.     Chances are, if you listen to Elliott Smith when you are already feeling down, you will… Read more »

World On Fire: the Music of Fallout 3

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Fred 11.08.02017 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. Fallout 3 is a unique beast, something taken for granted sometimes. Generally — though not quite universally — adored, the game occupies… Read more »

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: Radiohead’s Studio Albums Ranked

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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 »