Reviews Index

Leaves – Breathe

by John Murphy

Iceland’s place in the pantheon of cool music continues unabated, despite recent challenges from Sweden and Finland. Apart from the wonderfully bonkers Bjork moving from…



Gorillaz – Gorillaz


As with everything Damon Albarn has been involved with since Blur‘s The Great Escape (and much before it), Gorillaz is superb. The sleeve would have...

The Frank And Walters – The Frank And Walters


When it came to my attention that I’d be reviewing a “Best of” The Frank And Walters, I admit I did find it hard to...

Marah – Float Away With The Friday Night Gods


There are few things I find more distasteful than rock music without balls. Take away the passion, the sex the sheer bloody mindedness from rock,...

Dot Allison @ Cargo


Pint-sized Scottish singer Dot Allison is only just beginning to get recognition as an artist in her own right, despite having just put out album...

Venus Hum @ Spitz, London


Something a little different appeared at the tiny, über-cool venue that is The Spitz. It was called Venus Hum. This Nashville-based trio consisted of two...

Future Sound Of London – The Isness


If you are, or ever have been, a fan of’electronica’, then it’s pretty likely that you own arecord by Future Sound Of London. Their 1992album,...

McAlmont & Butler – Bring It Back


It was the reunion that no one was expecting. Their first album, The Sound Of McAlmont And Butler, met with no great interest, despite coming...

Will Smith – Born To Reign


Entertainment industry suits call it synergy – using films to sell music to sell films, and so on, in a constantly circulating – and, when...

Primal Scream – Evil Heat


In 1990, Primal Scream burst upon the scene with their exuberant, funky and utterly infectious song Loaded, which was an essential cut from the year’s...

Raging Speedhorn – We Will Be Dead Tomorrow


In an age when every new-jack rock band lays claim to be the spiritual heirs to the likes of Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath, it’s...

Peter Murphy – Dust


From the beginning of Things To Remember it is clear that ex-Bauhaus front man Peter Murphy has done more than just move to Turkey. On...

Dirty Vegas – Dirty Vegas


Paul Harris, Steve Smith and Ben Harris, together Dirty Vegas, have begun to emulate Moby‘s success with car ad soundtracks. Their first single Days Go...

Ellis Island Sound – Ellis Island Sound


Since leaving the ’80s retro-rock outfit The Weather Prophets, Pete Astor has reinvented himself as an ambient remixer par-excellence. For the past few years, in...

Peter Murphy @ Union Chapel, London


The Union Chapel is without a shadow of a doubt London’s most atmospheric venue. As it is also an in-service church, it has a certain...

The High and Lonesome – From The Playground


It’s clear just from looking at the cover of the debut album from The High And Lonesome that main man David Blayze sees himself as...

Beth Orton – Daybreaker


Norfolk’s biggest export since Bernard Matthews’ frozen turkeys, Beth Orton, appears to be on the verge of something very big in America right now. Whether...

Mixed by Jo Mills and DJ Cirillo – Sorry We Are Circo Loco!


Circo Loco at DC-10 is Ibiza’s most legendaryall-dayer. Officially the after-hours party of theisland, it’s the first club to open and the last clubto close...

Ben Kweller – Sha Sha


It is with some disbelief that we read of Sha Sha being 20-year-old Ben Kweller’s debut album, for from end to end this sounds like...

Darren Emerson / Tim Deluxe – Underwater Vol 1


It’s been two years since his departure fromUnderworld and, far from taking it easy, DarrenEmerson has been hard at work, running the successstory that is...

The Devils – Dark Circles


Every now and again in music you get a blast from the past. The surprise return of someone that, in their own time, was a...