Author: Andrew Sockanathan

Leeds & Reading Festival - Leeds Festival, 2011

Leeds & Reading Festival - Leeds Festival, 2011

See pictures from Leeds Festival 2011FridayAt Leeds Festival, wondrous as it is, there's little else to do apart from watch music and eat rather underwhelming fast food, so unless you are a major comedy and...

Review posted on 30th August 2011

Jamie Woon - Mirrorwriting

Jamie Woon - Mirrorwriting

I saw Jamie Woon play in Leeds in the early 00s, when he'd managed to gain an underground reputation for his one-man Loop Station gigs, layering 8-part harmonies building to massive, beautiful electro-soul crescendos. I...

Review posted on 11th April 2011

The Doves - Kingdom of Rust

The Doves - Kingdom of Rust

Review of Doves album 'Kingdom of Rust'There has never been a better time for a band of middle aged men from Greater Manchester to make a record, especially a band that has managed to come...

Review posted on 31st March 2009

Alela Diane - To Be Still

Alela Diane - To Be Still

Review of Alela Diane's album 'To Be Still' released through Rough Trade. Alela Diane is a folk artist whose ability to sing of family, nature and love in pure, disaffected tones has led to her...

Review posted on 26th March 2009

Flying Lotus - Los Angeles

Flying Lotus - Los Angeles

Review of Flying Lotus' album 'Los Angeles' released through Warp.An early indicator that hip hop producer Steven Ellision (A.K.A. Flying Lotus) is a force to be reckoned with is the ease at which he has...

Review posted on 23rd February 2009

N.E.R.D - Seeing Sounds

N.E.R.D - Seeing Sounds

N.E.R.D. - Seeing Sounds Album ReviewAccording to Pharrell, the previous N.E.R.D. record 'Fly or Die' was intended to be a "kaleidoscope of sounds" but in reality failed to depart from the realm of the kitsch;...

Review posted on 17th July 2008

Gnarls Barkley - The Odd Couple

Gnarls Barkley - The Odd Couple

Album Review of 'The Odd Couple' by Gnarls Barkley.At their best, Gnarls Barkley manage to effortlessly combine accessibility with gravitas. They are able to execute that cunning trick, common in much of the pop pantheon,...

Review posted on 15th July 2008

PlantLife - Love Toy

PlantLife - Love Toy

PlantlifeLove ToySingle ReviewOf the myriad of artists that have been compared to Prince since his re-invention as a commercially viable proposition, I doubt many have as deeper understanding of his oeuvre than Plantlife. On new...

Review posted on 14th April 2008

Cadence Weapon - House Music

Cadence Weapon - House Music

Cadence WeaponHouse Music Single ReviewThe term 'hip-house' re-entered music review parlance last year, following Kanye West's all-major-label-guns-blazing reinterpretation of Daft Punk's glitzy electro-disco 'Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger'. The.ahem.'hip-house' aesthetic of Cadence Weapon's 'House Music', an...

Review posted on 14th April 2008

The Heavy - Great Vengeance and Furious Fire

The Heavy - Great Vengeance and Furious Fire

The Heavy Great Vengeance and Furious FireNinja TuneAlbum ReviewIn an environment where the idea of simply having a deep sense of rhythm and melody has become subordinated to banal social commentary, whether that be of...

Review posted on 10th April 2008

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