on Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Words: Saam Das

One of my ambitions for 2015 was to listen to more albums. I wouldn't exactly say I'm going great guns on that one, having taken in Boxed In's self-titled debut and Iain Woods's long-awaited album. Titled 'Psychologist' after his former moniker, it's an intriguing effort that blends his earlier introspective material with more explosive tracks. Listen to one of my favourite tracks 'Forbidden' below.
on Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Words: Saam Das

In Cinemas: Foxcatcher (2014) + Birdman (2014)

on Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Words: Saam Das

I have vivid memories of being somewhat befuddled by a clip of 'Donnie Darko' late one night on the BBC film show with Jonathan Ross, and effectively forcing a group of my schoolfriends to see the film with me the next weekend. Followed by a KFC bargain bucket. What a whirlwind day. One of the most lasting impressions from the cult film was Gary Jules and Michael Andrews' dark version of 'Mad World' - synthy duo Treasureseason have made a similarly evocative cover.
on Monday, January 12, 2015
Words: Saam Das

It's a welcome challenge to look back on the previous year's music and narrow down my favourite tracks - this year I've opted for an economical ten song selection. Which means that the likes of rising stars Allman Brown and Sophie Jamieson miss out (with their collab, 'Fields Of England'), as do much larger acts such as Purity Ring, whose 'Push Pull' was an excellent return late in the year. Find out who did make the cut below.
on Wednesday, January 07, 2015
Words: Saam Das

I've had a bit of an up and down relationship with Londoner Years & Years, who streamlined both their line up and sound since I first heard them back in 2012. It's been a successful transformation for the band, led by sometime-actor Olly Alexander, who have been appearing on many a tips for 2015 list of late. New single 'King' debuted earlier tonight on BBC Radio 1, and we likey.
on Tuesday, January 06, 2015
Words: Saam Das

No, you're not dreaming. The Go! Team are indeed back. Ahead of the release of their fourth album, 'The Scene Between', on 23rd March, the Brighton outfit have unleashed the record's title track. The somewhat indecipherable lyrics and lo-fi sound remain, as well as that warm feeling that saw me really gunning for the band to win the 2005 Mercury Music Prize. Alas, they didn't win the prize but they certainly won us over.

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