LIVE: Natalie Duncan @ Thekla

It’s not often that authentic talent ever comes out of reality shows, and especially not reality shows devised by drum and bass pioneer and all-round hard-man Goldie, but Natalie Duncan is one such exception. After appearing on Goldie’s 2011 show ‘Goldie’s Band: By Royal Appointment’, a three-part reality series that sought to find the best young talent in the UK for a … [Read more...]

The 9 Saddest Break Up Songs

In the interest of fairness, I thought it only right to follow up Henry's Nines a few weeks ago on songs about beginnings of relationships and falling in love with one on the nastier side of relationships - the break ups. So, whether you've been a 'dumpee' or 'dumper' or just avidly read all my posts (unlikely) then you should listen to these songs: … [Read more...]

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Algiers – Austin Peralta

I was very saddened to hear of Austin Peralta's premature death yesterday at the age of just 22. He's an excellent pianist, musician and composer and not enough people have heard his great records, so here's a few reasons why you should: … [Read more...]

(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher – Jackie Wilson

This song keeps lifting me higher and higher, all day, every day. … [Read more...]

Memories – Sambassadeur

First and foremost, can we appreciate that this is an absolutely phenomenal name for a band. The ambassadors of Samba, Sambassadeur, definitely have the funky tunes to back up their bold claim as the leaders of samba. Dive in, there's nothing but trumpet flares and raspy hooks to entertain you here … [Read more...]