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'.
on Tuesday, December 31, 2019
Rebel Sounds (5 July 2019-5 January 2020) at Imperial War Museum, London // Words: Saam Das

"Is it okay to attack culture in order to win a war?" A fascinating question posed by London's Imperial War Museum to lead their Culture Under Attack season, comprising three central exhibitions alongside performances and talks, discussing attempts to erase and protect culture in modern war-time. One of three exhibitions, Rebel Sounds, uses case studies to highlight how music can be key in resisting oppression and sounding off (pun intended) against war.
on Wednesday, December 18, 2019
Words: Saam Das

Richard Frenneaux's been keeping busy of late, undertaking a PhD on the music industry at Griffith University in Brisbane, but we're pleased to hear that he's also still creating his own music. Having made his own mark on the UK music industry with a top 20 album as frontman of Red Light Company and working with artists such as Laura Welsh and Natasha Bedingfield, Frenneaux's latest work is of a solo nature - listen to the pulsating synth-pop of 'Arcades' below.
on Saturday, December 14, 2019
Words: Saam Das

We caught Leicester's Cj Pandit at his local festival Handmade a couple of years back, enjoying the "smooth grooves" of his Magique guise at the time. One of our highlights of the festival, high praise considering the quality of the line-up which included the likes of Easy Life, Future Of The Left, and Black Futures. He's undergone a re-invention of sorts, finishing off 2019 in sparkling fashion with 'Karelu', the debut single under his own name.

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