Album Review: Cabin Fever Dreams // RALPH TV

If you were sixteen and wide-eyed in 2012, London was a good place to be. The Olympics painted the city with a warm and inclusive backdrop for fresh talent to pass through and do its bit. In the autumn, a new wave of dream pop-inspired kids with pastel-coloured pedals and oversized shirts started to sell […]Read More

Live Review: Kid Francescoli // Oslo, Hackney

Face of Kid Francescoli, Mathieu Hocine, meets me in a bar a short walk from Hackney’s ‘Oslo’. It’s a contrast from the glitz of the evening’s venue – somewhere familiar, cosy and a little boisterous. ‘Oslo’, on the other hand, is a railway-station-turned-restaurant that popped up a few years ago with tidy branding and a […]Read More

Album Review: The Slow Rush // Tame Impala

James Reynolds reviews The Slow Rush, the latest offering from Australian multi-instrumentalist, Kevin Parker. Last summer, Funkadelic’s sixth Standing on the Verge of Getting It On turned forty-five. The record marked a deliberate shift for the collective, away from making artsy psychedelia for blues fans and towards making artsy psychedelia for fans of rock and […]Read More

Album Review: Deceiver // DIIV

Three years have passed since the release of critically acclaimed Is the Is Are (2016) and DIIV have used the time well. In an attempt to move past the “homemade” sentiments of the last album, Deceiver offers a respite between chaos and order, a chance to fine-tune a few ideas, to mark a new era […]Read More

Track Review: Skin Game // DIIV

The subtropical Xanax fling that would become 2015 marked the start of a new era for music, in which not really caring about anything finally attained widespread appeal. This is interesting, as Bowie would still give pose and meaning to music until January 2016. Prince still had a year to go. And yet, it was […]Read More

Album Review: Aida // Rino Gaetano (1977)

Two years before his death, Rino Gaetano stood on a stage on Capocotta beach, just south of his home city of Rome, and announced: “There’s someone who wants to put a gag on me! I do not fear them! They will not succeed! I feel that, in the future, my songs will be sung by […]Read More

When the Fun Stops, Stop: The Problem with FIFA

Once a year, EA release the latest instalment of its flagship game, FIFA, which seems to thrive on compulsive gaming habits. The danger is that such mechanics eventually inspire a lifestyle that very quickly becomes hard to go back on. It’s all too easy to arrange a commute around new content or a weekend around an online league. Eventually, payday can quite easily finance a summer sat inside, waiting for the release of a few blue cards.Read More

Album Review: Peter Doherty & The Puta Madres (Self-Titled)

The world of ‘art’ can feel worlds away from the lives of folk. Talk of ‘Albion’ and ‘The Arcadian Dream’ maybe don’t resonate so much with the everyman’s experience of this small, grey rock. Certainly, my time on the Holloway Road hasn’t been painted with the same Dickensian charm that filters through Peter Doherty’s assessment […]Read More

Album Review: Part 1 Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost

Can you believe it’s been six whole years since Holy Fire? Six years since that hot, hot summer, covering up an otherwise shitty year full of war and natural disaster. 2013 was my first proper festival experience: a simpler time, an exciting time to be alive and part of something bigger. I remember more hype […]Read More