on Monday, March 13, 2017
Words: Saam Das


It's fair to say that few would have predicted a double whammy of Britain exiting the EU and a Trump victory in the US Presidential Election last year, so perhaps the business of prediction is something of a fruitless exercise. But I do have a soft spot for lists, so here's an assessment of my shortlist of tips for 2016:
on Thursday, March 09, 2017
Words: Saam Das


One day, I will track down a 7" vinyl test pressing of Dan Black's incredible, otherworldly cover of Notorious B.I.G's 'Hypnotize' and it will become one of my most cherished possessions. Nine or so years from the time that 'HYPNTZ' appeared in a blaze of glory (before Biggie's estate sadly nixed its release) and four years since his collaboration with Kelis, Black is finally prepping his second album. Listen to comeback single 'Headphones' below.
on Monday, March 06, 2017
Words: Saam Das


With the 2017 Oscar results now finalised, I suppose I should also get around to celebrating the best in film in 2016. As per usual, our top ten list is based on UK release dates, meaning that Best Picture winner 'Moonlight' and multiple Oscar winner 'La La Land' will have to wait for my consideration. It should be noted that I would have liked to have caught the likes of Jim Jarmusch's 'Paterson' and Richard Linklater's 'Everybody Wants Some!' but nonetheless, this list represents the cream of the crop from over 50 movies seen in 2016:
on Wednesday, February 08, 2017
Words: Saam Das / Photo: Peter Kaaden


London-based post-punkers Lea Porcelain are taking on 2017 headfirst, with a four song x four cities gambit, that is seeing them play gigs in London, Berlin, Hamburg, and Paris, and release four new singles. The first of which is 'Bones' - a 2015 track getting a new lease of life. But it's a deserved one.
on Monday, February 06, 2017
Words: Saam Das // Photo: Etienne Dufresne


The striking promo photo for new Montreal outfit Chances evokes an otherworldly sense - somewhat reminiscent of Paul Verhoeven's Mars-based, Ahnuld-starring 1990 cult classic 'Total Recall' - that is carried forward in their debut offering. Listen to the mesmerising 'Shine' below.
on Monday, January 16, 2017
Words: Rajan Lakhani


Before we jump right into my top ten albums of 2016, here's a collection of my top tracks of 2016 (some of which can be heard below):

Suede - 'No Tomorrow' / The Weeknd - 'Starboy' / Christine And The Queens - 'Tilted' / David Bowie - 'I Can’t Give Everything Away' / Jamie T - 'Tinfoil Boy' / Clare Maguire - 'Spaceman' / Mitski - 'Your Best American Girl' / Weezer - 'Wind In Our Sail' / Rae Stremmund - 'Black Beatles' / Band Of Horses - 'Hag'.

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