‘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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Aurelia Dey strikes with ferocity and flair on her dancehall anthem ‘Huntress’

In the past few years, waves of women (perhaps freshly motivated by the success of #MeToo) have risen to reclaim their space – at work, at home, but maybe nowhere more notably than online. Aurelia Dey is an artist doing just that. As the world locked down and everyday life went virtual, she made the […]

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‘Inescapably rhythmic’: SunDivas epitomise St Lucia’s sound on ‘Djèn Djèn’

We need music that takes us to someplace else, now more than ever. Because even if St Lucia is on the amber list, SunDivas are doing their best to get us a ticket with ‘Djèn Djèn’.  I don’t speak ‘Kweyol’ (French-derived Patwa), and I’ve never been to a ‘Soca Fete’, but this track smacks you […]

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Positive affirmations abound on Robyn Wilson’s ‘Love Songs To Myself’

“I’m so done with guys,” starts Robyn Wilson (aren’t we all?), before she runs through a laundry list of self-affirmations on her sophomore single “Love Songs To Myself”.  The 22-year-old singer-songwriter has a lot of experience for her age. She picked up the guitar and started to write her own material at only age 10. […]

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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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