Reviews Index

Sons Of Kemet @ KOKO, London

by Bekki Bemrose

As we edge towards the end of the year Sons Of Kemet find themselves at the tail end of a pretty great one for their…



Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks @ Asylum, Birmingham


Stephen Malkmus is not the kind of man that you’d associate with the word ‘surprise’. His career has been, for the most part, about ploughing...

Julia Holter – Aviary


With 2015’s critically acclaimed Have You In My Wilderness, Los Angeles-based avant-garde composer/songwriter Julia Holter finally seemed to have discovered a winning balance between innovation...

Crooked Man – Crooked House


6/8 isn’t a well-loved time signature in modern electronic music, largely absent apart from some naff big room tracks and Disclosure’s Latch. So when Crooked...

Georgia Anne Muldrow – Overload


Georgia Anne Muldrow has been carving out her niche in alternative R&B for over a decade, and her newest release combines her signature sound with...

Richard Ashcroft – Natural Rebel


Richard Ashcroft may regard himself as a natural rebel but the music on his new album is thoroughly unadventurous. His fifth solo outing (not counting...

Neneh Cherry – Broken Politics


It’s nearly 30 years since Neneh Cherry burst into our consciousness, performing Buffalo Stance on Top Of The Pops while – gasp! – heavily pregnant...

John Carpenter – Halloween OST


As anyone who knows their horror movies knows, you can’t keep a bad guy down. This Halloween, or more precisely, shortly before Halloween, the apparently...

Blancmange – Wanderlust


Blancmange has had quite the curious past. The band enjoyed success in the ’80s with Living On The Ceiling and released three albums, but then...

Yoko Ono – Warzone


Revisiting old work isn’t uncommon, but rarely is it entirely rewarding. Artists from Kate Bush to Will Oldham have rehashed songs with varying degrees of...

Virginia Wing @ Oslo, London


One of the many satisfying things about music is watching a band establish themselves over time and then release a game changing album that propels...

MØ – Forever Neverland


Karen Marie Ørsted, also known as MØ, is a good example of the indie and mainstream worlds colliding. She had been making a name for...

How To Dress Well – The Anteroom


Tom Krell’s previous album as How To Dress Well, Care, was very poppy in places, and while his falsetto didn’t sound bad next to its...

Kurt Vile – Bottle It In


The intensely mellow yet rather obsessive compulsive character of Kurt Vile’s songs is summed up well in the first track from Bottle It In. Loading...

St Vincent – MassEducation


Around this time last year, Annie Clark aka St Vincent released MASSEDUCTION, which even by her sky-high standards, was an exhilarating ride. It was an...

Matthew Dear – Bunny


Matthew Dear’s sixth album and long-awaited comeback under his eponymous alias is called Bunny, about which he says: “Bunnies are cute. Bunnies are weird. They’re...

John Grant – Love Is Magic


Listening to John Grant’s fourth solo album, it’s difficult to believe that he turned 50 this year: like all of his work it’s cut through...

Tim Hecker @ Barbican, London


Tim Hecker has amassed a formidable body of work since his releasing his debut back in 2001, each album seemingly an attempt at refining and...

Mark Lanegan & Duke Garwood @ Union Chapel, London


Collaboration is one of the many lifebloods of music. Whether it is the exchange of ideas, the juxtaposition of styles or unexpected changes in direction...

Phosphorescent – C’est La Vie


Matthew Houck – aka Phosphorescent – is an intriguing character. His last record, the sublime Muchacho, was a triumph of experimentation. The album was composed...

Kristin Hersh – Possible Dust Clouds


Kristin Hersh’s career has seen her create a number of classic albums with her bands Throwing Muses and 50ftWave, but for many, it’s her solo...