Consensus on the website is divided about the quality of this year’s albums. And it’s not that hard to see why. Plenty of big name acts have released albums that – even if some of us rather liked them – weren’t exciting in a way that sophomore albums should be. You don’t always have to re-define your sounds and expansion is a goal; the worst thing to feel about an album is that it’s lacking ambition. Ambition is good. And it could be found in abundance in 2012. Robert Glasper’s Black Radio, Purity Ring’s Shrines and Passion Pit’s Gossamer dared and won critical acclaim. And for every big name artist that failed, a Taylor Swift succeeded. So we leave 2012 with a few ‘must try harders’ but just as many ‘great jobs.’ Check out our choices after the jump.
It’s a funny time of the year to fall in love, right? Right. But love don’t work to no calendar, y’all. Coming up are the best songs to listen when: a) thinking about your crush, b) (day-)dreaming about your crush c) playing over scenarios in your head about your crush. Enjoy, and keep on keeping awake at night. [Read more...]
The first dose of Music Made in Chelsea was actually super popular so it’s back. This time I actually concentrated, even during Richard’s ridiculously pretentious centurion, key-bracelet launch party.. This week you get my choice as well as a list of every other artist featured. [Read more...]
My aversion to upbeat pop keeps getting proven wrong recently and Kwes is an example of a great up and coming producer who makes infectious electro-pop tracks that are pretty hard to resist.
I’ve long been a fan of Manchunian producer/DJ Synkro ever since his excellent The xx and Daughter remixes (see ‘Night Time’ and ‘Love’ respectively) and now with his signing to electro-heavyweights R&S’ sister label Apollo Records, he’s going to hit the big time (as big as you can get as a minimalist post-dubstep DJ). So, what better way to celebrate than with a review of his first EP ‘Look At Yourself’?
Let me first start off by saying how much I love The xx. They are masters of minimalism and quiet kings of subtlety. Their first album was incredible, and so please join me as I dive into analysing their second:
Tired of partying all summer (I feel your pain) and need a rest? Too overwhelmed at the prospect of returning to work/school and need to calm down? Or just generally so cool that you’ve run out of chilled music to listen to? Well look no further, we’re here to fulfill all your needs with some essentials for chilling out.