The Colours Of Darkness is the third album from John Cowhie aka Goodtime John but now just GOODTIME (previous albums and an EP are here). If you read this blog regularly, you’ll have heard ‘One Shot’ or ‘Behind This Sun’. At a succint 33-minutes, The Colours Of Darkness has a warm-toned comforting night-shade feel to… Read more »

Posted on November 1st, 2011

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Twin Sister’s In Heaven has been my most-played most-inviting record for the last while: hardly off the stereo, iPod or turntable so it’s really album of the month. It’s a sonic space where dream pop, synth pop, new-wave, indie-pop, disco and funk co-exist and are interchanged in a barely noticeable fashion. That the five-piece New… Read more »

Posted on October 25th, 2011

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The best of new album streams this week in A-Z form. The Ambience Affair – Burials Body Language – Social Studies Civil Civic – Rules The Golden Filter – Syndromes M83 – Hurry Up We’re Dreaming (alt stream) Marketa Irglova – Anar Mayer Hawthorne – How Do You Do My Brightest Diamond – All Things… Read more »

Posted on October 11th, 2011

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The best of new album streams this week in A-Z form. Bjork – Biophilia Death in Vegas – Trans-Love Energies Feist – Metals The Field – Looping State Of Mind Future Islands – On the Water Iceage – New Brigade Jeffrey Lewis – A Turn in the Dream-Songs Joakim – Nothing Gold Leyland Kirby –… Read more »

Posted on October 5th, 2011

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“I had thought that the follow up to Ritual was finished about three times so far, but I kept getting drawn back to writing more and more songs, trying to push my songwriting as hard as I could and see how many different styles and moods I could try out, to feel out the album…. Read more »

Posted on September 30th, 2011

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Nicolas Winding Refnd’s Drive is a brilliant neon-lit noir tale of a getaway driver. It is soundtracked to perfection by Cliff Martinez’s score and a host of neo-retro ’80s synthesizer electronica. Ryan Gosling’s character doesn’t say much throughout the film so a lot of the time, it’s left up to the music to say it… Read more »

Posted on September 29th, 2011

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A little bit of that Popical Island magic has rubbed off on Land Lovers‘ second album Confidants. You would hope for that at least as in their capacity as some of the founding members of the collective they have raised the standard of Ireland’s indie-pop output and added some semblance of a scene to it… Read more »

Posted on September 27th, 2011

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I caught these Housse De Racket guys at Berlin Festival and was impressed enough to check out their second album Alesia which turns out to be a jubilant collection of French indie-electro pop in the style of Phoenix. That’s not a surprising comparison as the two members served as session musicans for Phoenix and Air… Read more »

Posted on September 23rd, 2011

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Brooklyn three-piece cheeky rappers Das Racist released two mixtapes last year Shut Up, Dude and Sit Down, Man . This week, the trio (Heems, Kool AD and Dap) released an album proper that they want you to buy called Relax. It features production from Chairlift’s Patrick Wimberly, Diplo, Blood Diamonds, El-P , Rostam Vampire Weekend… Read more »

Posted on September 16th, 2011

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You Are All I See, the debut album from Pat Grossi aka Active Child has a magnetising and alluring charm to it. A former Philadelphia Boys choirboy, Los Angeles-based Grossi’s modus operandi includes an angelic falsetto, effects-laden expansive harp tones and big reaching ’80s synthesizers and on his debut album he combines all of these… Read more »

Posted on August 19th, 2011

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Tieranniesaur – Tieranniesaur is album of the week. When Popical Island first appeared on the scene last year, it was Tieranniesaur’s ‘Sketch!’ that marked out the collective as something more than a fleeting visit into bright and breezy tropical pop tones. It embodied Popical Island’s ethos of fun over serious art. For fun indie-pop music… Read more »

Posted on July 28th, 2011

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Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood label releases a second compilation of electronic beat music which picks up where the first one left off in its main aim – providing bumping electronic funk instrumentals from up and coming producers who are bubbling under. The first compilation last June introduced us to Shlohmo, Letherette and featured tracks from Mount… Read more »

Posted on July 22nd, 2011

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Patrick Kelleher & His Cold Dead Hands‘ second album was never going to be exactly the same sound as his debut You Look Cold. Where that album traded on the sounds of leftfield electronica, experimental and ambient music, Golden Syrup moves between the shadows and sub-genres of electronica and ambient music into deeper territory. Golden… Read more »

Posted on July 13th, 2011

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Take a look at that tribal mask. Aaron Jerome’s producer alter-ego is about the join the likes of DeadMau5 and Daft Punk in the “electronic-musicians-who-present-themselves-in-iconic-headgear” stakes. On SBTRKT’s self-titled debut (pronounced ‘Subtract’) Jerome displays considerable skill at fusing different strands of electronic music that make up the zeitgeist of the genre. Jerome manages to weave… Read more »

Posted on June 24th, 2011

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