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Huddyglo - Be My Sequencer review

Most things about Huddyglo are wrong. It’s not just restricted to his inordinate level of affection he holds for his sequencer. Yes, the song in question is quite enjoyable and sounds like a French electro-excursion of the 1970s. But, the real selling point here is…
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Karen Mansfield - Lover for the Ride review

With a sweet voice drenched in reverb, and carefully crafted jazz-indie instrumentation, Karen Mansfield challenges for the much coveted “Nancy Sinatra of her generation” role. There’s a doom-laden feel to the music throughout, but Mansfield’s…
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Western Maude - Cracking review

Western Maude’s tune reminded me of some seriously strange, slow dreams about old Batman cartoons. But, enough about personal traumas. Yes, the mixing on Cracking is off, but it’s a great artist choice on her part. There are hints of Bristol alumni Portishead…
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Colorama - Reconciliation review

I am usually suspicious of modern day soul music on principle. Much of it feels rushed, haphazard, and .. well, has no soul. This is not the case with Colorama. Sounding like the work of someone who’s just enjoyed a month-long yoga retreat, Reconciliation is…
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Titi Woo - Critical and Balanced

It’s the curse of the critic that’s been over-exposed to music to search for odd mixtures of sounds. Titi Woo qualifies easily, with a singer (Jody) hailing from St. Petersburg, living in Israel, and singing in a lovely Russian accent. The guitars shimmer…
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Nané - Blue Velvet review

Nané doesn’t need an excuse to be funky. Nané is a 24 hour party machine. His influences include Red Hot Chili Peppers, Anderson paak, Portugal the man, Janelle Monae. Y’know, all acts that are funky. It may all get a bit cartoonish pretty quick, but…
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Sigurd a B L - First Stage review

It’s a testament to the power of great guitar music, that the influence of the Smiths would be felt as far north as Norway. But, take Sigurd a B L’s opening lines to First Stage and you’ll notice a gem professedly ghostwritten by Morrissey.
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Creature Comfort - Darkside review

Creature Comfort, unlike their name may suggest, are no slackers. Pavement songs may have entered their playlist by accident, but this group has more in common with the world-conquering ambitions of bands like indie-pop stars like Arcade Fire (whom they mythologize on a…
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Feed the Monkeys - Shell City review

Feed the Monkeys, an indie bedroom project, from Chicago, issues an early PR warning about their brand genre-skipping music. But, from the onslaught of the disorientating guitar swirls and drums of Shell City, clearly, they’re hesitant to call this…