Author: Thom Holmes

31Knots - Trump Harm

31Knots - Trump Harm

Portland, and Oregon in general, has been a veritable hive of brilliant music for years now, with a plethora of great bands and acts serving up a number of formidable releases. No exception to this...

Review posted on 6th September 2011

Hudson Mohawke - Butter

Hudson Mohawke - Butter

Review of Hudson Mohawke's album ButterTimes have been quiet in electronic music of late, so joy is me when I am passed a fresh Warp release to cast my critical ear upon. Here we have...

Review posted on 11th February 2010

These Monsters - Call Me Dragon

These Monsters - Call Me Dragon

Review of These Monsters' album Call Me DragonLong awaited debut from Leeds based rockers, These Monsters, consisting of Tommy Davidson on drums, Sam Pryor on guitar and singing, Ian Thirkill on bass guitar and Johnny...

Review posted on 11th February 2010

Beak - Beak

Beak - Beak

Review of Beak's self-titled album. Live bands that experiment with electronics. Far from being a new concept, perhaps, yet bands like these have been popping up all over the place over the last decade. Pioneers...

Review posted on 21st January 2010

Kelpe - Cambio Wechsel

Kelpe - Cambio Wechsel

Review of Kelpe's album Cambio WechselLoughborough wanderer Kel McKeown, aka Kelpe, has returned to the studio to sneak his way back onto the scene. Discovered and outed in 2003 by DC Recordings 'Cambio Wechsel' is...

Review posted on 21st January 2010

Sia - TV Is My Parent Music

Sia - TV Is My Parent Music

Review of TV Is My Parent a live music DVD from Sia.The live concert DVD.The last ditch hope of the corporate label, in this case Sony Music, to claw back the losses incurred by kids...

Review posted on 14th July 2009

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A Hawk and A Hacksaw - Delivrance

A Hawk and A Hacksaw - Delivrance

Review of A Hawk And A Hacksaw's album Delivrance.'Delivrance' the fifth album orchestrated by a keen pair of open-minded artists and instrumentalists; Jeremy Barnes and Heather Trost, a duo from Albuquerque, New Mexico who also...

Review posted on 1st June 2009

Systematic Colours - Volume 2 mixed by Marc Romboy

Systematic Colours - Volume 2 mixed by Marc Romboy

Review of Systematic Colours Volume 2 mixed by Marc Romboy.Don't you just love the label samplers that are really worth forking out for? Not just a mere showcase of previous releases by each artist/band on...

Review posted on 27th May 2009

Speech Debelle - Speech Therapy

Speech Debelle - Speech Therapy

Review of Speech Debelle's album Speech Therapy.Are you like me in that you've grown very, very tired of British hip-hop? The same mockney accents used to project the pseudo gangster alter egos of the baggy...

Review posted on 18th May 2009

Inspiration Information - Mulatu Astatke & The Heliocentrics

Inspiration Information - Mulatu Astatke & The Heliocentrics

Review of Inspiration Information compiled by Mulatu Astatke & The Heliocentrics.Every now and then, even in times of musical recession, a release hits that commands you to sit up and pay attention. Now for me...

Review posted on 18th May 2009

MSTRKRFT - Fist of God

MSTRKRFT - Fist of God

Review of MSTRKRFT album Fist of God.MSTRKRFT, stands for Masterkraft, just incase you're an idiot or something, caught a lot of attention back in 2006 remixing the likes of The Metric, Bloc Party, The Kills...

Review posted on 18th May 2009

Daniel Haaksman - Presents Funk Mundial

Daniel Haaksman - Presents Funk Mundial

Review of Daniel Haaksman's compilation 'Daniel Haaksman Presents Funk Mundial'Daniel Haaksman, Berlin based DJ, the man behind Man Recordings (formerly behind Essay Recordings) and the guy they say is responsible for bringing Baile Funk to...

Review posted on 28th April 2009

The Long Lost - Self-titled

The Long Lost - Self-titled

Review of the self-titled album from The Long Lost.The husband wife duo. There's a lot to be said for keeping it in the family, but sometimes it doesn't work. Ike & Tina, Sonny & Cher...

Review posted on 1st April 2009

Teitur - The Singer

Teitur - The Singer

Review of Teitur's album 'The Singer'.With a name that in old Norse literally means 'happy', 'The Singer', Teitur Lassen's fourth studio album (third recorded in English) sees a more optimistic approach to his folk fused...

Review posted on 1st April 2009

Royksopp - Junior

Royksopp - Junior

Review of Royksopp's album 'Junior'.Depending on which side of the fence you sit on Royksopp either signalled the sign of new things to come in house or you just plain hate them. Either way its...

Review posted on 1st April 2009

The Long Lost - Amiss

The Long Lost - Amiss

Review of The Long Lost's single 'Amis' released through Ninja Tune. The Long Lost, a husband/wife duo with a musical relationship to boot. Can't be bad. Particularly if the husband is electronic producer Daedelus. Not...

Review posted on 19th March 2009

Shuttle - Tunnel

Shuttle - Tunnel

Review of Shuttle's EP Tunnel released through Ninja Tune.Recent times has seen Ninja Tune Records veer more and more from the care-free nu-jazz scene it's been shrowded in for longer than I care to recall....

Review posted on 19th March 2009

Zombie Nation - Zombieliscious

Zombie Nation - Zombieliscious

Review of Zombie Nation's album ZombielisciousMention Munich based Zombie Nation to any of the self-considered music-elite and you'll get a frown, scowl or maybe even a grimace if you're lucky. Trust me this is based...

Review posted on 19th March 2009

Prefuse73 - Everything She Touched Turned Ampexian

Prefuse73 - Everything She Touched Turned Ampexian

Review of Prefuse 73's album 'Everything She Touched Turned Ampexian' released through Warp Records.Its nice watching relationships bloom between artist and label. Seeing the two grow and become wise together. That's exactly what we have...

Review posted on 19th March 2009

Mr Oizo - Lambs Anger

Mr Oizo - Lambs Anger

Review of Mr Oizo's album 'Lambs Anger'.It seems like an age ago since the infectious bass-hook of 'Flat Beat' grasped me from beyond the Levi's marketing strategy of the late 90's, just over a decade...

Review posted on 11th February 2009

Higamos Hogamos - Major Blitzkrieg

Higamos Hogamos - Major Blitzkrieg

Review of Higamos Hogamos' single 'Major Blitzkrieg' released through DC recordings.Higamos Hogamos is the new project of Steve Webster of Black Neon, Fort Lauderdale and Toby Jenkins of Zan Pan, The Squire of Somerton, and...

Review posted on 11th February 2009

Diplo - Decent Work For Decent Pay

Diplo - Decent Work For Decent Pay

Review of Diplo's album 'Decent Work For Decent Pay' released through Big Dada Recordings.Diplo, formerly Diplodocus.no joke, has been doing the rounds both as a DJ and a Grammy Award nominated producer for awhile now....

Review posted on 11th February 2009

Digitalism - Idealistic

Digitalism - Idealistic

Digitalism IdealisticSingle ReviewNow, here I have for you a German duo taking their cues from France, Digitalism. With their sound sitting comfortably in an classic wing-backed armchair on the ever prevalent post-daft punk dance-floor it...

Review posted on 2nd October 2007

Ed Bangers - Compilation

Ed Bangers - Compilation

Ed BangersCompilationAlbum ReviewSo.'Save The Rave' eh?! Well The Klaxons might be doing absolutely nothing for the actual rave scene, but there is a collection of kids who will. Ed Banger Records, small French electro-house collective,...

Review posted on 4th June 2007

Sage Francis - Human Death Dance

Sage Francis - Human Death Dance

Sage FrancisHuman Death DanceAlbum ReviewOkay folks, here we have a hip-hop album that has been released on a well established punk label, namely Epitaph. So what does this mean? Is the label adapting? Well, no,...

Review posted on 4th June 2007

DJ Mehdi - Lucky Boy

DJ Mehdi - Lucky Boy

DJ MehdiLucky BoyAlbum ReviewRemember when you first heard Daft Punk's 'Homework' and you listened to it repeatedly for weeks, but was still in denial about the fact you liked house music? Well here's another effort...

Review posted on 4th June 2007

LCD Soundsystem - Sound Of Silver

LCD Soundsystem - Sound Of Silver

LCD SoundsystemSound Of SilverAlbum ReviewRight then guys and gals. You're in for a treat. Here I have an album that is set to please indie heads and dance-floors alike. 'Sound Of Silver' is James 'LCD...

Review posted on 11th April 2007

Maximo Park - Our Earthly Pleasures

Maximo Park - Our Earthly Pleasures

Maximo Park Our Earthly Pleasures Album Review Well, well, well.the dreaded second album.make or break time. Now that's true for all acts, but it is even more relevant for Maximo Park. 'Why!?' I hear you...

Review posted on 2nd April 2007

Ben Westbeech - Welcome To The Best Years Of My Life

Ben Westbeech - Welcome To The Best Years Of My Life

Ben WestbeechWelcome To The Best Years Of My LifeAlbum ReviewCome one, come all, and feast your ears up on the debut album from newcomer Ben Westbeech. ‘Welcome To The Best Years Of Your Life’ is...

Review posted on 21st March 2007

Simian Mobile Disco - It's The Beat

Simian Mobile Disco - It's The Beat

Simian Mobile DiscoIt's The BeatSingle ReviewWith more than a handful of club bouncing 12"s under their belts, Simian Mobile Disco are set to release an album later this year on Wichita Recordings. This, 'It's The...

Review posted on 20th March 2007

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