Andre Dack

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 »

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 »

13 Songs for a Horrible Halloween

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ANDRÉ 28.10.02016 Let’s face it, Halloween playlists can be awful. “Monster Mash”, “Ghostbusters”, theme tunes from dated horror flicks… hell, even “Thriller” has become tainted. As a tasteful alternative, here lies a less conventional collection of frightening contemporary songs. Tracks that are fantastic in their own right, but flourish in an ambience of horror. More treats than tricks, I… Read more »

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 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 »

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 »