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Kesha - High Road

Kesha – High Road

by Nick Smith

It’s been over 10 years since Ke$ha ram-raided her way into the charts with the genius and trashy trip Tik Tok. Gleefully riding the crest…



Dubioza Kolektiv – #fakenews


There is a minor irony, for UK listeners at least, in the release date of Dubioza Kolektiv’s new album. Landing in the week in which...

Kiwi Jr – Football Money


Keeping it at under 30 minutes, Toronto based Kiwi Jr have somehow managed to fill their concise debut Football Money with a long list of...

Robert Henke: CBM 8032 AV @ Barbican, London


A small neon green rectangle pulses in the top left corner of a large black screen at the rear of the Barbican stage, eagerly awaiting...

Of Montreal – UR Fun


There’s a reason why break-up albums are so commonplace, they’re almost a genre within themselves. It’s that window into an artist’s soul, the diary where...

Nicolas Godin – Concrete And Glass


“Writing about music is like dancing about architecture”. So reads one of the most famous quotes about our profession, which has a curiously uncertain origin....

Fred Deakin – Fred Deakin Presents The Lasters


It was perhaps inevitable that sooner or later we would experience Climate Change: The Musical. Less likely was that it would come from such a...

J-Hus – Big Conspiracy


The road from J-Hus’ previous record, 2017’s Common Sense, to this one has been turbulent – he was arrested for knife possession and spent four...

Pet Shop Boys – Hotspot


The third in a trilogy of Pet Shop Boys records produced by Stuart Price (Jacques Lu Cont, Thin White Duke, various other aliases and groups),...

Les Amazones D’Afrique – Amazones Power


The origins of Les Amazones D’Afrique date back to 2014 when the first incarnation of the now shapeshifting collective was formed by three long-established Malian...

Eminem – Music To Be Murdered By


In 2018 Eminem released a lead single from a new album that featured him calling another rapper a ‘faggot’: so far, so usual. But this...

Pinegrove – Marigold


There’s no way to listen to Pinegrove‘s latest album without being aware of a particular elephant in the room. In 2017, at the height of...

Halsey – Manic


Halsey’s breakout appearance on Chainsmokers’ Closer, which splashed all over international charts in 2016, was a mixed blessing. Yes, it showed off her sleek delivery...

Bombay Bicycle Club – Everything Else Has Gone Wrong


What are your reasons to be cheerful in January? In a month where inspiration can be in short supply, it’s not bad thing to opt...

Bill Fay – Countless Branches


It has been a long and winding road to the release of Countless Branches for 76-year-old Bill Fay. Back in the mid ’90s the London-born...

Mura Masa – R.Y.C


Alex Crossan a.k.a. Mura Masa came into the electronic scene as a purveyor of Flume-ish, HudMo-ish beats, all sidechain and wonky synths that were so...

Algiers – There Is No Year


After touring both stadiums supporting Depeche Mode and tiny eastern European headline shows directly afterwards, all in support of their excellent second album The Underside...

Lina_Raül Refree – Lina_Raül Refree // Lee Ranaldo & Raül Refree – N...


Two albums involving producer Raül Refree are released early this year, and his name appears prominently on both, suggesting a collaborative involvement deeper than that...

Keeley Forsyth – Debris


The tale of an actor turning their hand to music is an old one, but Keeley Forsyth seems to be going about things rather differently...

Louise – Heavy Love


Louise had quite the musical career in the ’90s. Following the stellar success as part of R&B girl group Eternal, she then pursued a solo...

Holy Fuck – Deleter


Four years since their previous record Congrats, Holy Fuck are back with another record of distorted, punky electronica. On Deleter the Toronto outfit are joined...