Music Reviews


Yacht - Chain Tripping Album Review

In terms of approach, 'Chain Tripping' takes some beating. To call Yacht's latest release conceptual would be underplaying its inspiration wildly.

By Andrew Lockwood on 13 August 2019

Feeder - Tallulah Album Review

On 'Tallulah', Grant Nicholas and Taka Hirose seem to have that burning connection again.

By Mark Moore on 13 August 2019

Feeder

Neverworld 2019 Review

With an eclectic mix of established acts, up and coming talent and resurgent household names, Neverworld once again offered up some superb musical entertainment.

By Andrew Lockwood on 08 August 2019

Craig David

Have Heart - The Stylus, Leeds 21.07.2019 Live Review

You couldn't have asked for a better performance from Have Heart.

By Max Cussons on 02 August 2019

Splendour In Nottingham 2019 - Live Review

No-one expected that we were in for a day of the four seasons weather-wise, but that is what we got.

By Mark Moore on 30 July 2019

Gomez - Liquid Skin (20th Anniversary Edition) Album Review

To celebrate twenty years since it was released, Southport's finest Indie band Gomez are re-releasing their second album, 'Liquid Skin'.

By Andrew Lockwood on 17 July 2019

Gomez

Happy Mondays - Dreamland, Margate 13.07.2019 Live Review

Shaun Ryder and Bez took time out from their hilarious stint on Celebrity Gogglebox to join the rest of Happy Mondays as they brought their 'Pills 'N' Thrills And Bellyaches' tour to Dreamland in Margate.

By Andrew Lockwood on 17 July 2019

Happy Mondays

BABii - HiiDE Album Review

Throughout the course of 2019, enigmatic UK singer-songwriter/producer BABii has been creating a buzz for herself ahead of the release of debut album 'HiiDE'.

By Max Cussons on 05 July 2019

Joan As Police Woman - The Quarterhouse, Folkestone 26.06.2019 Live Review

Folkestone bore witness to a mesmerising performance from Joan As Police Woman in celebration of a distinguished, if under appreciated, solo career.

By Andrew Lockwood on 03 July 2019

Joan as Police Woman

Tears For Fears/ABC - The Spitfire Ground, Canterbury 23.06.2019 Live Review

An excellent night of largely 80s nostalgia was brought back to life in spectacular style by two of the biggest bands of the time for a great evening's entertainment in Canterbury.

By Andrew Lockwood on 25 June 2019

Tears For Fears ABC

Forest Live 2019 Live Review

Forest Live, as with every year since the inception of these country wide events, did a damn fine job of selecting the artists for this year's performances.

By Andrew Lockwood on 20 June 2019

Paul Weller

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

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