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Pixies - Bossanova

Spotlight: Pixies’ Bossanova, 30 years on

by Sam Shepherd

Black Francis and co’s space-themed third, released just a year after their second, became their only Top 3 album. Is it their best?



The Beloved – Happiness (Special Edition) – Spotlight

by Graeme Marsh

On its 30th anniversary, Graeme Marsh looks back on how Happiness became the band’s defining moment

Spotlight: Closer – Joy Division’s pure and final masterpiece at 40

by Ross Horton

Marking an anniversary reissue, Ross Horton examines the enduring influence and impact of the band’s second and final album

Imperial legacy: Kraftwerk’s Florian Schneider remembered

by Ross Horton

Examining the Germans’ classic phase, without which entire genres of music would not have existed

Bandcamp in the time of Corona: a beginner’s guide

by Ben Hogwood

The user-friendly resource, waiving its fees again, is used by small-scale music makers and larger record labels alike. Where to begin?

Andrew Weatherall: A Tribute

by Ben Hogwood

The outpouring of shock, love and reverence at the passing of Andrew Weatherall speaks volumes. The conclusion reached by musicians and listeners alike was unanimous:...

Spotlight: Tiger Bay – Saint Etienne’s Masterpiece at 25

by Rob Mesure

“There are some nice parts of London / You can see them from here” – Archway People “Rainy cafe, Kentish Town, Tuesday / Barry’s looking...

We walk through mindfields: The Prodigy’s Keith Flint remembered

by Ian Roullier

The Prodigy‘s Keith Flint, who has died aged 49, was one of the most recognisable figures in modern music, a pioneering life force of a...

Spotlight: Making Christmas Albums – Aidan Moffat and Engelbert Humperdinck on th...

by Ben Hogwood

To quote a famous song, it’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year. Christmas is – with very few exceptions – recognised as a time...

Spotlight: Bronski Beat – The Age Of Consent

by Nick Smith

The year was 1984. Wham!, Nik Kershaw, Queen and Frankie Goes To Hollywood were everywhere, swatting away toxic masculinity with their bleached-blonde and toussled bouffants,...

Spotlight: Felt – A Decade In Music (continued)

by Rob Mesure

Back in February, Cherry Red began the A Decade In Music reissue programme, releasing the first five of 10 studio albums by sainted indie-poppers Felt....

Mercury Music Prize 2018: The Nominees

by Michael Hubbard

This year’s Mercury Music Prize nominations have been announced, with Lily Allen, Florence + The Machine, Arctic Monkeys and Wolf Alice among the 12 artists...

Track-By-Track: Immersion – Sleepless

by musicOMH

Wire frontman Colin Newman & Minimal Compact‘s Malka Spigel are Immersion, a project which provides an outlet for the Brighton-based duo’s ongoing fascination for crafting...

Spotlight: John Howard – Incidents Crowded With Life

by musicOMH

musicOMH has been publishing articles about John Howard‘s music since he picked up where he’d left off with his debut album, 30 years after its...

Spotlight: Felt – A Decade In Music

by Rob Mesure

“How we felt/Did you feel low?/Not at all…” – Television – Venus “Some things generate their rewards in second-hand ways” – Brian Eno, Los Angeles...

Remembering Jóhann Jóhannsson, 1969-2018

by Steven Johnson

The work of Jóhann Jóhannsson may not have featured much in the way of voices, but it was richly emotive and deeply human in its...

Remembering Mark E Smith, 1957-2018

by Sam Shepherd

One of the most influential figures of the post-punk era, Mark E Smith died on 24 January  2018. Smith was present at the infamous Sex...

Spotlight: The Verve – Urban Hymns At 20

by Graeme Marsh

1997 was a year of snapshots, moments in particular days never to be forgotten. We’re not talking about the grossly over-hyped arrival of Oasis’ Be...

Spotlight: U2 – The Joshua Tree

by Graeme Marsh

For more recent generations, it’s difficult to view Irish megastars U2 as anything other than annoying. From arrogantly gatecrashing Apple users’ iTunes accounts with their...

Track-By-Track: Depeche Mode – Spirit

by Michael Hubbard

Dave Gahan, Martin Gore and Andy Fletcher return this spring with Depeche Mode‘s 14th album and second for Columbia, Spirit. Four years on from the...

Spotlight: Suede – Coming Up

by Graeme Marsh

Looking back, 1996 was not exactly one filled with happy, joyous events in Britain. IRA bombings sadly began again after a lengthy ceasefire and the...