Music Reviews


Mattiel - Satis Factory Album Review

Mattiel follow their stunning eponymous debut album with a bold and brassy second, 'Satis Factory'.

By Andrew Lockwood on 05 June 2019

Slam Dunk 2019 - Leeds, Temple Newsam Park Live Review

It's Slam Dunk's hometown of Leeds we visited this year, following it to Temple Newsam Park for its biggest year yet!

By Max Cussons on 28 May 2019

Injury Reserve - Injury Reserve Album Review

On their self-titled debut album, it's really game time for jazz rappers Injury Reserve.

By Max Cussons on 22 May 2019

Phildel - Wave Your Flags Album Review

Phildel has gone back a step, in terms of her musical compositions, and returned to a style more reminiscent of her debut album with her latest release 'Wave Your Flags'.

By Andrew Lockwood on 20 May 2019

Aldous Harding - Concorde 2, Brighton 15.05.2019 Live Review

To promote the release of her latest album 'Designer', Aldous Harding has undertaken an extensive European tour. On Wednesday night Harding played to a sold-out Concorde 2 in Brighton.

By Andrew Lockwood on 20 May 2019

Injury Reserve - The Victoria, London 16.05.2019 Live Review

Injury Reserve have spent the last few years rising to the top of underground hip-hop and becoming one of the most exciting acts in the whole genre.

By Max Cussons on 20 May 2019

Four Tet - Alexandra Palace, London 08.05.2019 Live Review

Kieran Hebden, AKA Four Tet, hits London's Alexandra Palace for a one-of-a-kind show.

By Max Cussons on 15 May 2019

Four Tet

The Luka State - The Forum Basement, The Sussex Arms, Tunbridge Wells 11.05.2019 Live Review

From the salt mining town of Winsford in Cheshire, The Luka State came to play in the underground confines of The Forum Basement.

By Andrew Lockwood on 15 May 2019

Finley Quaye - The Ballroom, Dreamland, Margate 10.05.2019 Live Review

Friday night The Ballroom at Dreamland in Margate played host to Finley Quaye, the Brit Award winner of Best Male Artist of 1998.

By Andrew Lockwood on 13 May 2019

Finley Quaye

Atari Teenage Riot - Islington O2 Academy, London 02.05.2019 Live Review

ATR hit Islington's O2 Academy tonight to fully display their importance to thrilling effect.

By Max Cussons on 07 May 2019

Atari Teenage Riot

Daughters - The Brudenell Social Club, Leeds 19.04.2019 Live Review

Daughters in the current climate are stronger than ever following last year's You Won't Get What You Want.

By Max Cussons on 01 May 2019

The Unthanks - The Quarterhouse, Folkestone 28.04.2019 Live Review

Rachel, Becky and Niopha; The Unthanks, 'Unaccompanied, As We Are'; returned to Kent in their latest incarnation to sing songs old and new in their purest form.

By Andrew Lockwood on 30 April 2019

The Unthanks

Stealing Sheep - Big Wows Album Review

Stealing Sheep's eleven track album is a shimmering piece of bright and bold pop that translates a day-glo and glitter imagination into a sparkling electro hybrid.

By Andrew Lockwood on 23 April 2019

Nouvelle Vague - The Ballroom, Dreamland, Margate 20.04.2019 Live Review

Nouvelle Vague are master craftsmen and women breathing new life into old songs by way of inspired arrangements.

By Andrew Lockwood on 23 April 2019

Nouvelle Vague

Marissa Nadler - Prince Albert, Brighton 16.04.2019 Live Review

Before taking her tour to the far reaches of Europe and beyond, Marissa Nadler took up a brief residence in the upstairs room of The Prince Albert.

By Andrew Lockwood on 23 April 2019

Marissa Nadler

Amy Odell - The Tom Thumb Theatre, Margate 13.04.2019 Live Review

In one of the tiniest theatres, on one of the smallest stages, and playing to a diminutive audience, the petite Amy Odell played a tremendous gig with an intense passion.

By Andrew Lockwood on 16 April 2019

Eyre Llew / In The Endless Zanhyang We Are - Carrier Split EP Review

After a successful debut album, 'Atelo', Eyre Llew have returned to collaborate with Korean shoegaze band In The Endless Zanhyang We Are for joint EP 'Carrier'

By Mark Moore on 12 April 2019

Joep Beving - Henosis Album Review

Joep Beving's latest album 'Henosis' is an epic affair of more than twenty tracks and follows his 2018 release 'Conatus'.

By Andrew Lockwood on 08 April 2019

O'Hooley and Tidow - Astor Theatre, Deal Live Review

On the South-East coast O'Hooley And Tidow treated the people of Deal to an evening of fabulous folk music.

By Andrew Lockwood on 08 April 2019

Kristin Hersh - The Quarterhouse, Folkestone 31.03.2019 Live Review

Returning to the Kent coast exactly nine months to the day after her sold out show in Ramsgate, Hersh rocked up in Folkestone as part of her 'Live And Loud' tour.

By Andrew Lockwood on 02 April 2019

Lucy Rose - No Words Left Album Review

In 'No Words Left', Lucy Rose has put down a marker, relatively early in the year, for a definite contender for album of the year.

By Andrew Lockwood on 25 March 2019

Lucy Rose

Chai - Punk Album Review

'Punk' by Chai is a curious anomaly that will divide opinion but at its heart there is some musical magic.'Punk' by Chai is a curious anomaly that will divide opinion but at its heart there is some musical magic.

By Andrew Lockwood on 18 March 2019

Self Esteem - Ramsgate Music Hall 10.03.2019 Live Review

Slow Club's Rebecca Taylor, under her new moniker Self Esteem, began her latest tour at Ramsgate Music Hall.

By Andrew Lockwood on 15 March 2019

James - Margate Winter Gardens 06.03.2019 Live Review

In the century old venue in front of two thousand fans, James put on quite a show; well, two shows actually.

By Andrew Lockwood on 15 March 2019

James

Poppy Ackroyd - Attenborough Centre for the Creative Art, Brighton 22.02.2019 Live Review

If there was ever a reason for you to try something fresh and new then Poppy Ackroyd is surely it.

By Andrew Lockwood on 26 February 2019

The Unthanks - Lines Album Review

As projects go, you'd have to say that the latest one from The Unthanks draws together three remarkable strands under one ambitious umbrella, 'Lines'.

By Andrew Lockwood on 21 February 2019

The Unthanks

Feels - Post Earth Album Review

The eleven tracks that make up Feels' latest release combine a raw garage band authenticity with a self-assured swagger.

By Andrew Lockwood on 20 February 2019

Peter Doherty & The Puta Madres - Fort Road Yard, Margate 14.02.2019 Live Review

Peter Doherty once again highlighted his talent as a musician, lyricist and performer during a very entertaining evening.

By Andrew Lockwood on 18 February 2019

Pete Doherty

Lou Doillon - Soliloquy Album Review

Doillon's latest release is self-assured, positive and empowered; it is not trying to be something it's not.

By Andrew Lockwood on 15 February 2019

Du Blonde - Lung Bread For Daddy Album Review

'Lung Bread For Daddy', a phrase appropriated from a friend and referring to a request for a cigarette, is a multi-faceted journey through the life of Du Blonde.

By Andrew Lockwood on 11 February 2019

Sleeper - The Forum, Tunbridge Wells 02.02.2019 Live Review

After a 21-year gap between albums and a full 19-year break as a band, Sleeper seem at last to be back in earnest.

By Andrew Lockwood on 06 February 2019

Sleeper

Beans On Toast - Dreamland, Margate 01.02.2019 Live Review

Jay McAllister - otherwise known as Beans On Toast - brings his raucous road show to Kent's infamous seaside town.

By Andrew Lockwood on 05 February 2019

Beans On Toast

Unloved - Heartbreak Album Review

Unloved are back with their second full-length album 'Heartbreak'. The trio of David Holmes, Keefus Ciancia and vocalist Jade Vincent are set to release the follow-up to 2016's 'Guilty Of Love' on February 1st.

By Andrew Lockwood on 31 January 2019

Stalker Miller - Homegrown By Joan Album Review

Stalker Miller have seen a will and determination come to fruition with the release of their debut album 'Homegrown By Joan'.

By Andrew Lockwood on 30 January 2019

The Vaccines - Brighton Dome 25.01.2019 Live Review

The rather regal elegance of The Brighton Dome played host to The Vaccines for the first time in years on January 25th to the delight of the sold-out crowd.

By Andrew Lockwood on 29 January 2019

The Vaccines

Toy - Happy In The Hollow Album Review

After ten years together, Toy are releasing their fourth full-length studio album. 'Happy In The Hollow' represents the band's first album for their new label Tough Love Records.

By Andrew Lockwood on 23 January 2019

Go Dark - Neon Young Album Review

The eleven tracks that make up 'Neon Young' combine an alternative electro backdrop with a hip-hop swagger and menacing undercurrent.

By Andrew Lockwood on 16 January 2019

RYD - RYD Album Review

RYD, aka North London producer Ryan Downie, is set to release his self-titled debut album under that moniker on 18th January.

By Andrew Lockwood on 14 January 2019

Steve Mason - About The Light Album Review

Steve Mason, along with producer Stephen Street, has given us his most 'open' and accessible album to date with 'About The Light'.

By Andrew Lockwood on 02 January 2019

Steve Mason

Manic Street Preachers - This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours (20 Years Collectors' Edition) Album Review

By 1998, Britpop bands were on the decline yet for the Manic Street Preachers, the creative juices seemed to flow stronger than ever.

By Mark Moore on 12 December 2018

Manic Street Preachers

The Pere Ubu Moon Unit - Ramsgate Music Hall 7.12.2018 Live Review

On Friday, avant-garde group The Pere Ubu Moon Unit, which was founded back in 1975 in Cleveland by David Thomas, took to the stage of the Ramsgate Music Hall.

By Andrew Lockwood on 10 December 2018

Ride - Dreamland, Margate 30.11.2018 Live Review

Celebrating thirty years of Ride with a special anniversary Unplugged tour, Oxfordshire's finest came to the seaside to play in the Ballroom.

By Andrew Lockwood on 04 December 2018

Ride

Reef - Dreamland, Margate 23.11.2018 Live Review

In the Hall By The Sea at Dreamland, Reef brought their Revelation tour to life as they delivered one of the best live sets I've had the privilege to witness this year.

By Andrew Lockwood on 26 November 2018

Reef

Mattiel - Patterns, Brighton 16.11.2018 Live Review

Mattiel Brown and her band put on an anything but plain performance at Patterns in Brighton.

By Andrew Lockwood on 19 November 2018

Crooked Man - Crooked House Album Review

As the nights draw in and the temperature drops, Crooked Man treats us to a fabulous slice of sun-soaked House, Disco and Electro.

By Andrew Lockwood on 12 November 2018

John Grant - Brighton Dome 29.10.2018 Live Review

With a fourth solo album having just dropped and his 50th birthday celebrations behind him, John Grant kicked off the UK leg of his latest tour in style at The Brighton Dome.

By Andrew Lockwood on 06 November 2018

John Grant

Marie Davidson - Working Class Woman Album Review

Marie Davidson's fourth album, 'Working Class Woman', in form reflects her history of work in projects at home and time spent in Berlin.

By Andy Peterson on 23 October 2018

John Grant - Love Is Magic Album Review

The quality of the back-catalogue of the once-upon-a-time Czar, John Grant, is building to be the one of the most impressive set of albums released in the recent past.

By Andrew Lockwood on 11 October 2018

John Grant

Anna Calvi - All Saints Church, Hove 5.10.2018 Live Review

With the recent release of her third, very well received album 'Hunter' just behind her, Anna had plenty of relatively new songs to showcase.

By Andrew Lockwood on 09 October 2018

Anna Calvi

Lydia Cole - Tom Thumb Theatre, Margate 20.09.2018 Live Review

Lydia Cole came to play at not only one of the smallest theatres in the UK, but also one of the smallest in the world.

By Andrew Lockwood on 26 September 2018

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