Hitting heavy with a relentlessly raw sound, ‘Laundering Diamonds’ is the latest release from industrial rockers Purple Glass

Industrial music is a fractious, varied genre under which you can find discordant walls of noise as well as Gary Numan. What unites it, isn’t just a brash attitude, but a keen sense of experimentation. Purple Glass show both on this tune.  Lacking the chunky, droning synth of their 2018 EP, ‘Blood Stained Glass’ (which […]

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‘One Night’s Promises’: Midnight musings from indie rockers, ‘Seven Purple Tigers’

I’m always disappointed by bands with misleading names. Seven Purple Tigers – featuring not a single big cat playing bass – may be the worst offenders yet. Still, they’ve put out a stunning tune in ‘One Night’s Promises’: tender, shimmering, indie-rock tailor-made for midnight listening. Lead singer Austin Horne delivers a wonderful croon. His delivery […]

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Punt Guns serve up sinister, spacey rock-opera on Nemesis

‘Nemesis’ is a brooding piece of cyber rock that flirts with both spy and sci-fi sensibilities. Punt Guns have aimed for a cinematic sound, and Nemesis oozes it. Lyrics are sparse, but the impressive tones from the two-pieces baritone guitar and six-string bass do enough talking. Foreboding, you could imagine it being a staple on […]

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‘A Flock of Seagulls’ classic hits’ given new vigour, on the orchestral ‘String Theory’

A Flock of Seagulls: unfairly branded as a one-hit-wonder with a novelty haircut. In fact, their self-titled debut album formed a benchmark for British New Wave. Optimistic, melodic, and with a futuristic grandeur, it was a departure from the punkier acts of the US towards a more emotional sound that would grow into the New […]

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Håkon Skogstad turns a genre on its head with his ‘Visions of Tango’

There’s a local dialect in Buenos Aires called Lunfardo. Making excellent use of idioms, words, and phrases from across Europe grew out of prison slang in the late 1800s but has since spread to every inch of Argentinian society. This was, in part, thanks to Tango lyrics. ‘Visions’ of Tango’, the latest release of Håkon […]

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‘FXMOUS’ by MXOM delivers melodic trap with flashes of Kanye style

MXOM employs effortless flow and punchy trap production on his new song FXMOUS. Drawing on Kanye West, high-energy, autotuned ad-libs sound around the track, and well-placed samples are given full length to shine.  The beat boasts the usual hallmarks: rattling hi-hats, the answering machine intro, but with pulsing bass and shimmering guitars adding a more […]

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Jade Moss delivers noughties soul with a retro flair on ‘Only U’

Only U is a delightful single, sitting somewhere between nostalgic 50s pop and 00s British Soul, brought to you by Jade Moss. It takes the best from both genres, pairing emotionally honest, life-affirming lyrics with groovy, driving production (like if Mark Ronson leant less hip-hop and more doo-wop). This makes the song really danceable at […]

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‘Dialectics’ by R Zak collects lush soundscapes from the edge of space

As a collection, the songs on R Zak’s ‘Dialectics’ hang like paintings in a gallery. Sure, each of them could be displayed on their own, and people would admire the rich, textured sonic canvas, but when shown together, they reveal an intriguing theme. R Zak explains the album’s title as “a reciprocal exchange between opposites, […]

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Barry Noakes debut album ‘A New Dawn’ set for release 1st May.

Cher Perkins Currently residing in Glasgow, singer songwriter Barry Noakes is all set to release his debut album titled ‘A New Dawn’. This album showcases his versatility, particularly on tracks such as ‘Trailer Tent’, while his multifaceted instrumental skills are highlighted throughout. This comes as no surprise as he has been playing violin, viola and […]

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From Busking Beginnings to Your Dad’s New Christmas Present – Malcura Release Sophomore Album ‘Malcura II’

With their success coming from a busking beginning, Melbourne-based Flamenco sensations Malcura are releasing their new album Malcura II this Friday. With a compelling combination of passion and ability, they are infusing the sounds of Gypsy Jazz and Latin rhythms with rock ‘n’ roll attitudes and the odd…heavy metal riff! With the Australian public already […]

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