Reviews Index

Gruff Rhys & London Contemporary Orchestra @ Barbican Hall, London

by Ben Hogwood

First, the encore. Gruff Rhys has never been a man bound by the book, and in typically about-face fashion he delivered his first solo gig…



The Field – Infinite Moment


Axel Willner, also known as The Field, recognises the power of repetition. Each track of his creates a blissful open space through washed out loops...

Paul McCartney – Egypt Station


Seventy-six years in and Paul McCartney could be forgiven if he decided to hang up his bass and coast the final few miles along the...

Paul Simon – In The Blue Light


As the man himself once said, every generation throws a hero up the pop charts. Paul Simon has been, for nearly 50 years, one of...

Low – Double Negative


All albums are to a degree informed by the circumstances and environment in which they were written and recorded but this feels especially relevant for...

Festival Review: Festival No 6 2018


As the curtain came down on Festival No 6 the boutique event enjoyed one last chance to demonstrate why it has been head and shoulders...

Yves Tumor – Safe In The Hands Of Love


Yves Tumor’s third release and Warp Records debut is hard to describe, as it seems to play tricks with the listener’s expectations. On the pre-released...

Mark Lanegan & Duke Garwood – With Animals


Mark Lanegan’s long and winding career has seen him as a member of Screaming Trees, a solo artist, a collaborator and a hired hand. The...

Justice – Woman Worldwide


There’s no doubting Justice’s credentials when it come to creating epic tunes designed to fill dance floors (worldwide). Over the course of their career, they’ve...

Ólafur Arnalds – Re:member


Listening to a record as accomplished as Re:member, it’s hard to comprehend that Ólafur Arnalds became a classical composer almost by accident. Back in his...

Festival Review: End Of The Road 2018


Now in its 13th year, End Of The Road is firmly cemented as a final hoorah in the UK festival calendar. Set amidst the idyllic...

BC Camplight – Deportation Blues


Two days after the release of his last album in 2015, How To Die In The North, BC Camplight‘s Brian Christinzio was informed that he...

Mothers – Render Another Ugly Method


“I am excited at the prospect of living without a body / I am ungrateful and this proves it” – WEALTH CENTER RISK CAPITAL It...

Spiritualized – And Nothing Hurt


The long wait is over, as chief space cadet Jason Pierce and his band of sonic explorers return to soothe and stir in equal measure....

MNEK – Language


MNEK’s reputation precedes him: at only 23 he has already written and produced for some of the biggest names in pop, and his debut album...

Wild Nothing – Indigo


Alongside Neon Indian‘s Era Extraña and Washed Out‘s Within and Without, Wild Nothing’s 2010 debut Gemini was one of the pivotal records of the short-lived ‘chillwave’...

Idles – Joy As An Act Of Resistance


If last year’s Brutalism acted as a battering ram for Idles to force themselves into the public’s consciousness, Joy As An Act Of Resistance will...

Marquis Hawkes – The Marquis Of Hawkes


One of the dilemmas of house albums is the issue of track length: do you put the radio edits on the album, the extended versions,...

Festival Review: Leeds 2018


Debate has raged ever since the first wave of acts for the 2018 Reading and Leeds Festival were announced earlier this year. Some labelled the...

Interpol – Marauder


As we get older, it is a sad fact that things lose tension. Muscles. Hair follicles. That which gives our principles their rigidity. Because time...

Darwin Deez – 10 Songs That Happened When You Left Me With My Stupid Heart


It seems like a different era when we first met Darwin Deez, back in 2009. His live shows were moments of pure joy, where this...