on Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Words: Saam Das


We recently introduced you to the latest musical efforts of former Hot Club de Paris main man, Paul Rafferty, and his unusually titled Doomshakalaka project. Having taken the bold move of unveiling his new guise with a six-minutes-plus opening gambit in the form of the intriguing 'Black Balloons', he opts for a somewhat more conventional path this time with the metronomic 'James Asleep', celebrating the announcement of his self-titled debut album.
on Saturday, February 15, 2020
Words: Saam Das


James Cameron's 1984 classic 'The Terminator' introduced us to TECHNOIR, a nightclub within the film but also a wider genre mix of film noir and sci-fi. In 2020, new Irish duo Dark Tropics have delivered their debut "pop-noir" single, with the enveloping (and possibly Terence Malick-inspired) 'Badlands'. Dark Tropics by name, dark music by nature.
on Tuesday, February 11, 2020
Words: Saam Das


Another year, another list of our favourite TV shows. 2019 was dominated by HBO, but not always for good reason as 'Game Of Thrones' came to a divisive end. However, 'Peep Show' co-creator Jesse Armstrong's second season of 'Succession', the small screen adaptation of 'Watchmen', and the dramatic retelling of 'Chernobyl' were all tremendously well received. Unfortunately, they escaped our viewing this year, and before we get into our top ten TV shows of 2019, we've got a couple of honourable mentions.
on Sunday, January 26, 2020
Words: Saam Das // Photo: Timothy Casten


Burgeoning Scottish trio OK Button had a prolific 2019, with a slew of singles, culminating in their 'Sepia Spectres' EP. One of their finest offerings from last year, 'Verso', with its shades of Bon Iver and Daughter, has been given a 2020 twist - a new stripped back "Winter Version", emphasising the track's lyrical vulnerability and intimacy.
on Friday, January 24, 2020
Words: Saam Das


One of the very first times we wrote about music was after seeing Hot Club de Paris at the first edition of The Great Escape Festival in Brighton way back in 2006. An outfit whose competing time signatures, cheeky lyricism, and penchant for melodies saw them develop a cult following of sorts, releasing three albums through Moshi Moshi. Vocalist-bassist Paul Rafferty adopted a heavier approach in his following band Bad Meds and has again changed tack with new solo outfit, Doomshakalaka. Listen to debut track 'Black Balloons' below.
on Sunday, January 19, 2020
Words: Rajan Lakhani & Saam Das


If you thought you'd escaped another "best albums of 2019" list, then you thought wrong. We've collated our top albums of 2019 below, nipping it down to a lean fifteen, ordered alphabetically to avoid mummy and daddy fighting. Honourable mentions include the likes of Fontaine DC's fearsome 'Dogrel', Charli XCX's poptastic 'Charli', Thom Yorke's 'ANIMA', and Slipknot's visceral return 'We Are Not Your Kind'.

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