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Hyrule’s Lament: the Music of Twilight Princess

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ANDRÉ 22.07.02016 This is the first in 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. The music of The Legend of Zelda ranks amongst the most iconic in gaming history, capturing the imaginations of millions of… Read more »

‘Cheetah’ sees Aphex Twin remain in style

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ANDRÉ 11.07.02016     Richard James has been ‘back’ for a couple of years now, and I’m still struggling to comprehend it. His influence never ceased during his years of inactivity: on the contrary, he has grown into an enigmatic, enlightening symbol of electronic music. 2014’s Syro was a greatly satisfying return, serving as proof that he’s still ‘got… Read more »

The DMCA Rabbit Hole

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FRED 27.06.02016     In the latest of an ongoing dialogue about revenue and copyright in the music industry, Big Name Musicians released a petition last week directed at the United States Congress. ‘THE DIGITAL MILLENIUM COPYRIGHT ACT IS BROKEN AND NO LONGER WORKS FOR CONTENT CREATORS’ is the all-caps gist of their concern. A worthy and important… Read more »

The Strokes continue their search for a sound

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ANDRÉ 06.06.02016     Upon hearing the mundane misfortune of 2013’s Comedown Machine, I couldn’t help but wonder how such a decline had occurred in The Strokes. It seemed inconceivable that this was the same band who authored one of the most outstanding debut albums in contemporary music; a record responsible for the birth of… Read more »

A retrospective look at The Avalanches

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ANDREW 03.06.02016     A massive release at the time, and still referenced today through the likes of “Frontier Psychiatrist”, The Avalanches’ Since I Left You is now nearing twenty years old and will likely have fallen out of consciousness for the modern audience. With sampling at its core—band member Robbie Chater estimates 3,500 samples went into the making… Read more »

Flume covers considerable ground with ‘Skin’

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Andrew 01.06.02016     Flume has made huge strides since his eponymous debut in 2012, rocketing to notoriety earlier this year with his single “Never Be Like You”, which had huge success in his home country of Australia and on an international scale, making it onto primetime radio playlists in the weeks following its release. This… Read more »

Skepta returns with international support

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Andrew 30.05.02016     Grime has been travelling to America with momentum over the last few years, and it feels as though Skepta is at the centre of the export. His latest release goes a little further to prove this with featured appearances from British and American rappers including Pharrell Williams. Existing fans should find a lot… Read more »

PatternPusher’s “Still” a Statement of Intent

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ANDRÉ 27.05.02016     “Still” is the latest single by PatternPusher, an art rock band from Exeter who claim to captivate listeners in their mix of post-punk and electronic music. For the opening few minutes, “Still” drives along smoothly in a dreamlike state, harking back to an ambiance prominent on The xx’s debut effort back… Read more »

Richard Ashcroft Wasting His Northern Soul

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ANDRÉ 23.05.02016       Those who saw fit to look beyond Parklife, (What’s The Story) Morning Glory?, The Bends, Different Class, Ladies and Gentleman We Are Floating in Space, and numerous other landmarks of British guitar music in the 90s, would have likely come across Urban Hymns. Often referred to as ‘the one with “Bittersweet Symphony”… Read more »

‘Bottomless Pit’ Shows Death Grips Oddities are Still No Gimmick

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ANDRÉ 09.05.02016     They may not have set the precedent themselves, but Death Grips were ahead of the trend with surprise album drops. In the past week alone we’ve seen two major instances of how this movement has spread, with James Blake announcing his third album would be available to stream in a matter… Read more »