Sound City 2019 Review – Bringing the Best New Acts to Liverpool

Sound City 2019 Review – Bringing the Best New Acts to Liverpool

Sound City, is the UK’s leading independent festival and conference for new music. It made it’s grand return to Liverpool this past May Bank Holiday. Liverpool is renowned for its musical heritage and radiates energy unlike any other city in the UK. Sound City captures the vibrancy of the city with the unforgettable 3-day festival. You’ll find established names perform alongside a constant stream of local, national and international emerging talent. This year’s festival was…

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Ruel, ‘Painkiller’ – Single Review

Ruel, ‘Painkiller’ – Single Review

Ruel might only be 16, but the teenage Aussie is back with a massive new single. ‘Painkiller’ is the first single from his forthcoming EP, following on from the debut EP that made him, READY. ‘Painkiller’ is a strong start to this new era. It’s Californian pop with exciting strings and thick bass, it’s very half alive and truly a track benefiting life in the sun. Ruel’s voice is smooth as hell, it’s like Troye…

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Vampire Weekend, ‘This Life’ – Single Review

Vampire Weekend, ‘This Life’ – Single Review

Indie rock staples, Vampire Weekend are back with a new single ahead of the upcoming release of their fourth studio album. Released as a double single alongside ‘Unbearably White’, ‘This Life’ is the third and final taste from Father of the Bride. On the surface, the song is exactly what you would expect from Vampire Weekend. Upbeat twangy guitar riffs, bouncy percussion and campy vocals from lead singer Ezra Koenig are all present here. In…

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Au/Ra, ‘Assassin’ – Single Review

Au/Ra,  ‘Assassin’ – Single Review

Au/Ra is an outsider made mainstream with her eclectic pop styles she’s Billie Eilish meets Bowie meets the Inception soundtrack. The Line of Best Fit have described her as ‘One of the year’s most sought-after voices in dance and pop music’. The alt-pop star is back with her latest release ‘Assassin’. ‘Assassin’ is a bass heavy, dark track with an array of melodies. It’s an intoxicating and evocative track, with introspective lyrics focusing on feelings…

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The National, ‘Light Years’ – Single Review

The National, ‘Light Years’ – Single Review

With an upcoming album and short movie ready for release in May, The National has unveiled another haunting track bound to leave listeners wanting more. ‘Light Years’ is the second single from the American alt rock band’s upcoming album, I Am Easy to Find. When compared to their first single ‘You Had Your Soul With You’, this song is definitely light years away from their usual stylistic choices. The instrumentation is sparse with only a…

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Billie Eilish, ‘When We Fall Asleep Where Do We Go?’ – Album Review

Billie Eilish, ‘When We Fall Asleep Where Do We Go?’ – Album Review

Unless you’ve been living under a rock over the last few years, you’ll have heard of the musical phenomenon that is Billie Eilish. At the age of 17 she’s had a dedicated art exhibition to her new album. She’s amassed a ridiculously huge social following and she’s sold out tours all over the world. By sold out, we mean really, really sold out. Beyond Tickets sold out. When We Fall Asleep Where Do We Go?…

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The Lumineers, ‘Gloria’ – Single Review

The Lumineers, ‘Gloria’ – Single Review

After an almost three-year break since their second album Cleopatra, The Lumineers are back with a new single. It seems the American folk band is following a similar pattern from their last album. Back in 2016, they released ‘Ophelia’ as the lead single from their second album. Now they’re going with ‘Gloria’ as the introduction to their highly anticipated third album titled III. The song follows the typical formula for the band. The acoustic guitars…

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Karen O and Danger Mouse, ‘Lux Prima’ – Album Review

Karen O and Danger Mouse, ‘Lux Prima’ – Album Review

Karen O and Danger Mouse would not seem like a natural pairing, to say the least. She’s best known as the front-woman of New York dance-punks the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.  He’s the creative half of soul duo Gnarls Barkley, alongside Cee-Lo Green. Basically, he’s the guy who gave the world ‘Crazy’, as well as producing Gorillaz’ ‘Demon Days’. Where he is chilled, smooth and soulful, she’s frenetic, intense and commanding.  ‘Lux Prima’, their new collaborative…

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Weezer, ‘The Black Album’ – Album Review

Weezer, ‘The Black Album’ – Album Review

Weezer have always been a band with a penchant for irony. ‘Buddy Holly’s’ opening left-hook of “What’s with these homies dissing my girl?” on their 1994 self-titled debut certainly showed self-confidence. Coming from arch-nerd Rivers Cuomo, it showed self-awareness and a boundless capacity for a wink and nod at their own expense. So it’s sad that fans hoping for a return to form from their latest self-titled effort, especially after the ray of hope that…

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San Holo brings ‘album1’ to Hangar Fields, London

San Holo brings ‘album1’ to Hangar Fields, London

Fresh off the back of his self-released debut ‘album1’, Dutch music producer San Holo brought his eclectic future bass sounds to Hangar Fields at the beginning of March. Seen as a luminary for his music genre, his UK appearances have marked a huge achievement for Holo and bitbird’s Duskus and Taska Black. Holo released his debut back in September 2018. It came after countless single releases, an EP, and a shed load of remixes too….

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