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Mount Kimbie - What Love Survives

18.09.2017

Albums

Mount Kimbie - What Love Survives

Six years on from their debut EP, Carbonated, which lived up its name with bursts of fizzing, popping beats like dubstep through a soda fountain, Mount Kimbie release a third full album and enter a more complex phase; one that could even be described as mature. Love What Survives continues a progression from their original incarnation as two guys and a row of knobs to guest vocalists, instruments and layers of production. Fortunately, listening to Dominic Mak...

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Re-TROS - Before the Applause

14.09.2017

Albums

Re-TROS - Before the Applause

Re-TROS, or Rebuilding the Rights of Statues, are bidding to be the first Chinese band to go global. Formed in Nanjing in 2004 and now based in Beijing, the trio are heroes of the Chinese underground rock scene. They are influenced by Joy Division, Bauhaus, Battles, Fugazi, Liars, TV On The Radio and Brian Eno, who has played on one of their earlier EPs. They signed to China’s biggest indie label Modern Sky and are attempting to break the rest of the world wi...

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Sparks - Hippopotamus

07.09.2017

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Sparks - Hippopotamus

Ron and Russell Mael are both approaching 70 but they prove they’ve still got a lot to offer with Hippopotamus. This record comes off the back of 2015’s collaboration with Franz Ferdinand, FFS, which may well be the best thing either band has put their name to. It’s the first Sparks studio album in eight years and the 23rd of their near-50 year career. They previewed some of these tunes earlier this year at the BBC 6music Festival in Glasgow where they shared...

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Musos’ Guide Chats With Monkoora

Musos’ Guide Chats With Monkoora

Some time ago I met up with Julie Crawford, better known in creative circles as Monkoora, for a chat about her life and her art. Sometime later, sorry, I’ve composed a feature piece from the...

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LA Witch - LA Witch

LA Witch - LA Witch

When you think of Californian shoegaze, Mazzy Star might come to mind. Like their predecessors, L.A. Witch put a particularly West Coast spin on things. There are ...

CHUCK - Frankenstein Songs For The Grocery Store

CHUCK - Frankenstein Songs For The Grocery Store

A parting gift from Charles Griffin Gibson, Frankenstein Songs for the Grocery Store is his final release as CHUCK, and a charming farewell it is. Opting not to f...

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Musos’ Guide Goes To That London; Blogtober Preview

Musos’ Guide Goes To That London; Blogtober Preview

On Monday October 9, Musos’ Guide will takeover the Finsbury, London for our leg of Blogtober. For the 31 nights of October, The Finsbury will host 31 gigs curated by a different music site each day. We’ll be...

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HeartSongs - 20170925

HeartSongs - 20170925

Welcome to HeartSongs, our regularly scheduled (probably) look at songs and the people who write them. We spoke to Other States about their recent single ‘Come Back To M...

HeartSongs 20170918 - Blogtober Edition

HeartSongs 20170918 - Blogtober Edition

Welcome to HeartSongs, our regularly scheduled (probably) look at songs and the people who write them. With our Blogtober show fast approaching [http://musosguide.co.uk/comp...