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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 through the Racing Post / Orders coffee, another round of…



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 man whose very silhouette marked him out. As part of...

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 to down tools, to appreciate those around you, to spend...

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, leather and sexual ambiguity. Yet, it was a particularly bleak...

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. We covered those first five albums here. Now the remaining...

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 whose albums have made the cut. Here’s the full list,...

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 enthralling, unique musical soundscapes. New album Sleepless, a suite of...

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 release. His comeback calling card, appropriately for one rudely interrupted...

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 Times, May 1982 The first Felt album didn’t sell many...

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 approach, drawing vivid parallels between mankind and the world we...

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 Pistols gig at Manchester’s Free Trade Hall in 1976, and...

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 Here Now album either, despite the date of its arrival...

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 mediocre 2014 album Songs Of Innocence to listening to Bono’s...

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 chart-topping success of Delta Machine, the new work sprawls across...

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 tragic Dunblane massacre saw 16 innocent children’s lives taken. There...

Track-By-Track: The Early Years – II

by musicOMH

Almost a decade on since their self-titled debut album’s release, The Early Years are back to pick up where they left off with a new work called, simply, II. Recorded in a shed in the back garden of...

Spotlight: Nick Cave in One More Time With Feeling

by Tim Lee

Close to the end of One More Time With Feeling, Nick Cave looks at us and says “I don’t know what the fuck I’m doing now… I don’t know why I’m doing this,” gesturing at...

Spotlight: The Verve – A Storm In Heaven / A Northern Soul

by Ben Hogwood

Twenty-five years is a long time in pop music. Not many bands stay the course for a quarter of a century – and Verve, as they were known in 1991, did not come close either....

Track-By-Track: Autoheart – I Can Build A Fire

by musicOMH

The splendid Autoheart, comprising Jody Gadsden (voice), Simon Neilson (keys) and Barney JC (guitars), return after far too long away with their second album I Can Build A Fire on 26 August. “We were hoping...

Spotlight: Simple Minds – New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84)

by Graeme Marsh

It was a big year, 1982, and for Britain in particular. Two hundred and 55 military personnel would lose their lives during the Falklands War following an Argentinian invasion of the island, the decision to...

Track-By-Track: Bright Light Bright Light – Choreography

by musicOMH

Rod Thomas is back with Choreography, Bright Light Bright Light‘s third album – this time featuring guest turns from Elton John, all of the Scissor Sisters and Alan Cumming. Now dividing his time between London...