Shabazz Palaces – The Deaf Institute, Manchester

So, I saw this space hop duo support for Flying Lotus and was suitably impressed, I even recall the felt album cover I promptly purchased afterwards which I spent far too long stroking. Far. Too. Long. As a support set they provided some wonderful minimalist space age beats, though with Flying Lotus’s huge cube of fun in the middle, the two were rather separate from each other, both playing in synch but without that true connection. A few years pass and here we are again, only this time the two are closer than ever as they headlined the Deaf Institute, and such space really is the place. Continue reading

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Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Luciferian Towers

Godspeed You! Black Emperor
Luciferian Towers 

Release Date: 22nd September 2017
Constellation 

What does the world sound like after its been sent to ruin? Godspeed You! Black Emperor have been giving us an idea for a while now, with Luciferian Towers being another hot take on a world of dilapidated buildings and nothing much more. And again, it’s yet another beautiful post apocalyptic warning. Good morning end of the world, good day to you my fellow rioter, and good night to all those who once hoped for a calmer more tranquil world. You have to find it through the music here.  Continue reading

Queens of the Stone Age – Villains

Queens of the Stone Age
Villains
Release Date: 25th August  2017
Matador

Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age made the album Villains as an album you could dance to, an album you could get groovy to. He even brought Mark Ronson on board, of Uptown Funk fame, to ensure we’d all be dancing. But to keep talking about how your new album is all about dancing, well, it isn’t all that different from saying your next album will be more song based. And besides, Josh, I was already dancing… Continue reading

LateNightTales – BadBadNotGood

BadBadNotGood
LateNightTales
Release Date: 28th July  2017
LateNightTales

If you need something to get you through the night or those early morning moments waiting for the dawn to rise, LateNightTales always have you covered. Each release allows a music artist to select the tracks that make up their nights, mixed together so they flow until you’re ready to see a new day, or to drift off into a comfortably numb sleep. Artists from The Flaming Lips to Jon Hopkins have had a go at making your night. This time round we have BadBadNotGood showing us all that, actually, their late night tale is goodgoodnotbad.  Continue reading

The XX – I See You

I See You
The XX
Release Date: 13th January 2017
Young Turks

The self titled debut from The XX was the soundtrack to my 2009, capturing the feelings of youthful love, longing and loss with dream pop guitars that made those emotions seem like a personal nostalgic melancholia, rather than a current ongoing set of themes. Coexist didn’t have quite the same impact, minimising the sound to the point of nonexistence, but with ‘I See You’ I can see my reflection in the music once more. Or maybe it’s just the reflective cover doing that for me.
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Sun Kil Moon – Common as Light and Love Are Red Valleys of Blood

Common as Light and Love Are Red Valleys of Blood
Sun Kil Moon
Release Date: 24th February 2017
Sacred Bones Records

Mark Kozelek has been enjoying a creative writing splurge in recent years, putting out Sun Kil Moon and solo projects each year. For 2017 we have two Sun Kil Moon albums, with the first, ‘Common as Light and Love Are Red Valleys of Blood’ (phew) being a two-hour plus monster! (double phew)
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Migos – Culture

Culture
Migos
Release Date: 27th January 2017
Quality Control

It can be argued that the three Migos have helped create the culture surrounding hip hop over the last few years now. Dabs and trap (rap done in triple time, it’s clear when you hear) had to grow from somewhere, and so we have Culture, the album from the Migos which digs into it all, asses and all.  Continue reading