Reviews Index

Drab Majesty – Modern Mirror

by Graeme Marsh

Mysterious duo Drab Majesty are an intriguing entity. In the normal world, Andrew Clinco and Alex Nicolaou are no different to anyone else, lost in…



Doves @ Somerset House, London


The return of Manchester trio Doves this year after an extended spell away may not have coincided with any new material but it has shown...

Africa Express – EGOLI


Africa Express may have made headlines earlier this year when they played a show in Leytonstone to celebrate Waltham Forest being named as the London...

The Soft Cavalry – The Soft Cavalry


When Steve Clarke, hitherto a bass player and backing singer for assorted bands, took on the role of tour manager for recently reformed shoegaze darlings...

Jónsi & Alex Somers: Riceboy Sleeps @ Barbican, London


2009 was a time of change for Sigur Rós and frontman Jónsi. The band had just released their fifth album Með suð í eyrum við...

METZ – Automat


It takes balls of steel – or a devil may care recklessness – to be releasing a compilation of demos, off-cuts and spare parts just...

Tycho – Weather


Throughout the 2010s Tycho have been slowly but surely establishing themselves at the forefront of the contemporary ambient scene, with lush sound design and structures...

The Black Keys – ‘Let’s Rock’


Old-style guitar rock is back in big business it seems. The Raconteurs’ comeback album Help Us Stranger (their first Number 1 in the Billboard charts)...

Will Young – Lexicon


If we were prone to such underhanded, clickbaity ways, we’d headline this review with something like ‘you won’t believe how long it’s been since this...

The Raconteurs – Help Us Stranger


After a gap of 11 years, The Raconteurs finally return with their third album, Help Us Stranger. The White Stripes were still active when Jack...

Kate Tempest @ Broadway Theatre, London


Hanging in a pub window opposite tonight’s venue, Catford’s 800-capacity Broadway Theatre, a sign reads: ‘WE LOVE YOU KATE’. It’s a reminder, if one was...

Cassius – Dreems


As tributes roll in for Philippe Zdar, the member of Cassius who died a few days prior, it’s hard not to conclude that he was...

Mark Ronson – Late Night Feelings


It was clear from the moment Uptown Funk was released in December 2014 – pushed forward a month by popular demand – that Mark Ronson’s...

Hot Chip – A Bath Full Of Ecstasy


Four years since their previous album Why Make Sense?, Joe Goddard, Alexis Taylor and the Hot Chip gang are back with a record that serves...

Black Midi – Schlagenheim


Adele, Jessie J and Amy Winehouse are amongst a host of stars to have already emerged from Croydon’s BRIT School For Performing Arts and Technology,...

Bruce Springsteen – Western Stars


Hot young up-and-comer Bruce Springsteen is now on his third or fourth LP (these things can be confusing, man). By golly, what a talent this...

Bill Callahan – Shepherd In A Sheepskin Vest


There’s something a bit disarming about hearing Bill Callahan singing about domestic bliss. This is a man who, after all, has built a 30-year career...

Festival Review: Field Day 2019


Established in the peak-festival mid-noughties at east London’s Victoria Park, Field Day has latterly undergone something of a nomadic journey in search of a home....

Kate Tempest – The Book Of Traps And Lessons


The comparison isn’t often made but in many ways two-time Mercury nominee Kate Tempest, with her focus on concept, narrative and shifting perspectives, is the...

Bastille – Doom Days


Music has long been used as a form of protest, and Bastille know this well. Dan Smith and co’s second album, Wild World, was released...

Matmos @ Jazz Cafe, London


“Star quality. Some plastic objects have it, some don’t”. Drew Daniel throws out this deadpan quip early in Matmos‘ set. He’s referring to a giant...