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Father John Misty - Pure Comedy (Review)

Father John Misty is on his third LP under this moniker, after he released numerous albums under his real name, Josh Tillman. Pure Comedy is the follow up to 2015's heart-throbbing epic I Love You, Honeybear. Tillman has now taken it upon himself to release an album racked with dark comedy, and so many different ideas and thoughts. For the most part he sticks to these ideas and once he's focused on a topic within a song he really hones in on it and sings about it in such spectacular detail. Much like in the song Total Entertainment Forever where he sings "bedding Taylor Swift, every night in the Oculus Rift" and the song continues to talk of the dark dystopia we've entered where every person must be entertained constantly, to the point where we are always inside our VR headsets just to avoid the hell outside of it. Eventually this builds to historians finding us in the distant future, all bone, with the headset still attached and a humongous smile on our face. I…

Jeff Lynne's ELO at Wembley (Live Review)

When you get given the chance to go and see a legend live, you never turn that opportunity down. Electric Light Orchestra are legendary pop-rockers, spear headed by the one and only Jeff Lynne. A legend in his own right. For one night only Lynne and co were in London, more specifically Wembley, to blast out all of their greatest hits and finally take the chance to play at Wembley. Immediately as you're walking up Wembley Way and you can see the great arch in front of you, and the 90,000 capacity resting below it's thin shadow. You know this is special, it can make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up just by being around the stadium when there's a concert going on. As a 20 year old lad, I significantly brought the average age of the crowd down. But nonetheless there's still the air of anticipation floating around and it makes for a fantastic evening without even hearing a single note of music.

Inside the stadium, we were seated near the back but Wembley being s…

Introducing... Proserpine

Proserpine are a two piece whom create very spaced, eerily noisy music that is incredibly atmospheric. What I enjoy most about the band is Paul Balcombe very soft and melodic vocals over David Johnson's very incredible use of drum machines and loop pedals. Their debut EP Proserpine expressed these talents ten fold and produced an EP that was thoroughly intriguing from start to finish. I was lucky enough to have a chat with them about their EP, their creative process and much more...
Question. Hey guys, firstly, where did the name Proserpine come from?
Paul:
The name actually came from the song called Proserpine, which is on the EP… We always struggle with naming our bands. The song Proserpine is named after a painting by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, and we liked it so took it for the band… although now we hate it a bit. Exceptionally easy to mispronounce.
Q. How did you two come about working together?
Paul:
We’ve been playing together for a long time. I met David in Manchester in 2002 an…

Top 20 Arctic Monkey's Songs: 20-11

Arctic Monkeys are one of the biggest bands in the world, and their one of my favourite artists out there. With 5 albums under their belt and 59 songs under their belt, I've compiled my favourite 20 out of that, this list took me longer than me most and I'm sure if I did this again it would look completely different, it all depends on what mood I'm in. Especially given the variety of their music with only the first 2 albums really following a common theme. These are MY opinions, if you disagree I'd love to hear what your favourite Arctic Monkeys songs are!

20. Suck it and See The title track for their fourth album, it's got a straight clickbait title and I'm not on board with that. But it does have some substance to it, just enough to make the top 20. I can imagine sitting in the American deserts and just putting this on and just chilling, it reminds me of that sort of thing... except I've never been to America.

19. Dancing Shoes The prodigal first album has…

Chainsmokers - Memories... Do Not Open (Review)

Chainsmoker's are a DJ duo who have taken the charts by storm with their generic contemporary dance with pop and R&B influences, there's nothing particularly special to their releases o far other than something you would hear at a school disco and everyone would be sliding on their knees to it. Kids now will look back on music like The Chainsmokers like we look back on Flo Rida and cringe, but when you're drunk in a club you can't help but jump around.  One of the songs here, Break Up Every Night, honestly sounds like it was written by a 7 year old who has just had his first love and thinks he's cool when he drops the word fuck into a sentence. The problem is, there's nothing all that special with the beats on this album, there's nothing here that your average DJ couldn't do, it's honestly like listening to a 2008 David Guetta album if he decided to write one for 8 year olds.

To be honest, the song with Coldplay isn't all that bad, it's…

Types - The Future Is Close Enough (Review)

To be honest, I had never heard of Types until the other day when they contacted me on Twitter to promote their new single, I Can Taste Blood, which I really enjoyed so I went back and listened to their debut LP which was released earlier this year. From the second I pressed play I was astonished that this band had gone unnoticed for so long. They've crafted themselves such a unique and raw sound in such a short amount of time that it's hard to not see this band blowing up soon. What I mean with the term 'raw' isn't necessarily that they are new, but that in parts the mastering of the records can be very off key, with tracks such as Untitled Building Society Introduction being the ones to fare worse from this but what can you can you expect from an unsigned band that have had to fund their own LP, it was never going to be perfect.

What the album does well is deliver something so hauntingly obvious, that it's staring you right in the face as the raucous drums h…

Let's Talk About Hip-Hop...

I saw the video the other day where it hand picked a Hip-Hop/Rap song from every year since '79, it was titled the 'Devolution of Hip-Hop'. This video angered me so much, they cherry picked classic rap songs like Brenda's Got a Baby and Dead Presidents II yet when it got t about 2006 it started picking songs like Low by Flo Rida or XO Tour Lif3 by Lil Uzi Vert. There was not a single Kendrick song in the whole video, nor was any of it a fair representation. Obviously, there are phenomenal albums from the birth and growth of hip-hop such as Illmatic, 36 Chambers, Straight Outta Compton and many more. However, there have been albums released in the past 10 years that will be undeniable classics like To Pimp A Butterfly, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Atrocity Exhibition and that's just scraping the surface. One of the best representations of the yearly evolution of rap is The Rap Yearbook by Shea Surrano and Arturo Torres, What they defined here, was not the bes…

Hudson Mohawke - Ded Sec (Watch_Dogs 2 OST) (Review)

If you haven't read my Watch_Dogs 2 review, then catch that here. Anyway, Hudson Mohawke is a Scottish DJ and producer whom is best known for working with artists such as Drake and Pusha T and is also signed to Kanye's G.O.O.D. Music record label. Despite being in such illustrious company at all times he has kept himself fairly anonymous allowing the music to present his persona rather than throwing himself at media savvy people all the time. However, he has only released two full length projects before this, Butter and Lantern. Neither are yet to reach that huge status. Nonetheless, he is well regarded within the electronic and techno community because of his unique production and use of new and iridescent sounds.

To coincide with 2016's phenomenal Watch_Dogs 2, Mohawke was asked to produce the whole soundtrack for the game, and he came through. Big time. With this project and the ones before this I feel that Hudson is elevating the underground electronic scene to someth…

Lorde - Melodrama (Review)

I've struggled to consider myself a fan of Lorde, mainly due to the fact that her first album was very much a mixed bag for me. I loved songs like Royals and Team but on the whole, the album was very safe and never really stepped out of her comfort zone. Which is why I was incredibly shocked when Green Light was released earlier this year and I was treated to a dance-infused, pop-busting track which also stretched Lorde's vocal capabilities as well. From the second that track finished for the first time I was immediately excited for whatever album it was going to be a part of, and here is that album. Melodrama. From the title you can tell this isn't necessarily going to be a happy record and the painting of Lorde on the cover depicts nothing but a solemn, lonely woman. And for the most part she sticks to that persona that adorns the cover, but occasionally she will step out from its shadow.

The album opens with the incredibly Green Light, bursting out from its own seams. …

Tiny Hueman - Shallow (EP Review)

Tiny Hueman are an alt-rock duo from America. This is only their second EP, after Brittle Bones which serves as a demo/ testing of their talents. Essentially, at this point you would be expecting an artist to be searching for their sound and whilst sonically this EP does vary, it is very much all the same band and that is very evident throughout. What immediately strikes me about this project is how professionally crafted it is. The sound is wholesome and so silky smooth, if you stumbled across Tiny Hueman you would not think that this is a band in its infancy. For example, on the track that kicks off this project, The Mann, the bass is so iridescently wonderful on this track, I could listen to just the bass on this track for hours. But woven into this is the incredible singing talent on offer within this project, you will leave this EP never feeling left short on vocal capabilities and the simple uniqueness. One grind I do have with the track The Mann is that the extended instrument…

Introducing... Tiny Hueman

I get contacted by bands most days, and for the most part I will listen to their music. But every now and then I'll find an artist I really like such as Tiny Giant, Proserpine & Craig Olsen. However, Tiny Hueman are by far and away the best that have ever contacted me. At time of writing their EP has not yet been released, but I can confirm that it is solid gold because I got to hear it early. Their inspirations are very evident within bands such as Royal Blood and the musical elements of Kings of Leon. I got the chance to talk to the duo about their upcoming EP, Shallow:

Question. How did you guys get into music?
Dustin:
I've been jamming with friends since the 6th grade, I initially played the drums but switched to guitar at about age 15. Music has always been my number one passion. I grew up listening to all the music I could get my hands on, regardless of the genre.
Richie: I started played cello in fourth grade, and then shortly after I picked up a guitar and never lef…

Introducing... Craig Olsen

For the first time on Introducing... we have a DJ, and an incredibly talented one at that. When Craig Olsen isn't working full time as a chef, he's crafting some very imaginative and eclectic beats that create an atmosphere and produce a wide array of colours in you mind, that's what always makes a DJ special. And to think this is only part time work is absolutely astonishing! His latest EP, Electronic Collision, is one of my favourites this year, with it's very psychadelic undertones, humongous basslines and expert production. Luckily, I had the chance to chat with the creator himself, here's what he had to say...

Question. Firstly, what made you first get into music? 
Craig Olsen: Music has always had a way of pulling me in. Ever since an early i age, I would be drawn in by music. I started collecting vinyl when I was 10 or so.

Q. how's the reaction been to you new EP?  CO: So far, so good! It is gaining some new exposure and listeners and that always helps!

Q. W…

Jessie Reyez - Kiddo (EP Review)

Toronto Singer, songwriter and guitarist Jessie Reyez has burst onto the scene ever since her single Figures was featured on Zane Lowe's radio show. She's previously worked with Skrillex and Chance The Rapper which are both thoroughly evident on this project right here. Her Colombian father also saw fame as a guitarist, and Jessie claims that this is the biggest inspiration for her getting into music. Kiddo is her debut release, short enough to be an EP but long enough to be an album, even though it is only 19 minutes long there are 7 tracks and one of which features only her mother talking on the phone, therefore 6 tracks is an EP I suppose. The album opens with Fuck It, this is a great debut to the EP because it really showcases the strength of her vocals, and also her songwriting skills. There is a really smooth beat on offer here, which only kicks in as she shouts Fuck It at the start of the chorus. I'm not a big fan of the talking in the intro, it's just a tad cr…

Introducing... Glory Fades

Glory Fades are an alternative rock band from Wolverhampton, despite being very time poor they have found the time to craft a brand new EP, Late in the Day, and it's very good. There's clearly some heavier influences with the song Message being my personal favourite on the EP, there's a plethora of influences on this EP and if you're looking for some very grungy, underground alt-rock then I'd definitely recommend checking out their new EP!
Question. The EP has been out a few weeks now, how do you guys feel about that?
Glory Fades:
We are excited. Its been a long time coming so its great to have our tracks out there.

Q.Do you get nervous or excited before release?
GF:
It was our first release and we are/have been very excited. No nerves about the release at all
Q. Which musician would you say was the biggest influence on the EP?
GF:
I'm not sure really, as a band we all have different influences and listen to a lot of different music. No one/ band in particular has i…

Drake - More Life (Review)

Drake, Toronto rapper/singer, has been a roll now for nearly 10 years. He has established himself as one of the biggest stars on the planet, even setting records along the way. Most notably was the most streamed song on Spotify with One Dance accumulating over a billion listens, a crazy amount. Drake released a few singles leading up to, what we thought was an album, this glorified playlist. Most notably was Fake Love, an undeniably Drake-ish song for want of a better term. It's the story of a man being wronged, a subject matter that Drake loves to visit time and time again. However, this song is buried so deep in this album that you have to search through piles of songs just to reach it, which brings me onto the immediate problem you can see just from assessing the tracklist. There are 22 songs here! I can't recall a project that is this long and still excellent, it's extortionately long winded and stands at nearly 82 minutes. I love the 1975's last album but I said …

Alt-J - Relaxer (Review)

Alt-J are a three piece band, now on their third album. Their music has always harked back to geekiness yet exceptional talent and song writing with a touch of being very disturbing. There's always been a large amount of progression through their previous two albums with the first album adopting a very bare, skeletal sound, relying on the uniqueness of their sound to their incredible production talents. I was a big fan of the first single from the album, 3WW, it was very bare bones and even took the talents of Wolf Alice's lead singer, however it was not a sign of progression, rather it sounded like an unreleased demo from their first album. The song never seemed to get going, it never hit that height of pure Alt-J alternative sound. To then find out it was the opener of the album was a very big shock, despite it being a decent song, it was y no stretch an opener. The second single, In Cold Blood, is an example of everything that we know and love about Alt-J, it's on the …

Craig Olsen - Electronic Collision (EP Review)

Craig Olsen is a DJ, originally from New York but currently residing in San Diego. Whilst music is not his full time job per se, it's undenuable his talent and his ability to craft a beat from absolutely nothing. Whilst listneing to this EP i could hear very strong influences from Hudson Mohawke, with the way a beat builds from the way the bass kicks in on the main riffs of the tunes. Regarding the fact that this is only Craig's second EP I think it's fair to say the future can only be bright and ascending from here on in. The EP peaks with Float Away, my personal favourite on the whole EP. What this track manages to do is set the tone for the whole of the album, it persists throughout with an incredibly effective and hard hitting beat, the way this track initially builds reminds me of something that Axwell of Swedish House Mafia would create, it's very house and it also combines this deep, underlying funk that I can really get on board with.

Say So is a track that ta…

Ed Sheeran - Divide (Review)

I've always been a big Ed Sheeran fan, his No. 5 Collaborations project was a fantastic EP and it really caught my eye. Then the You Need Me EP was released and I started to think that this guy really has something. His first debut album, +, was a mixed bag with songs like A Team and Small Bump really hitting the mark of what he was about, but it seemed to just not be cohesive at all. He followed on with this avoidance of cohesion on his second album, X, which was very average in comparison. Not to mention, it was a clear message that he was moving away from the guy with a guitar and loop machine as he realised he was starting to fill Wembley easily with big hits like Sing. A fun but grinding song after a while.

This leaves us with his third full length album, Divide. And at this point I'm questioning whether Ed Sheeran needs someone to put his track list together for him, or if someone else is doing that for him because if they are then they need sacking. Going from Eraser t…

Liam Gallagher - Wall of Glass (Track Review)

Britpop legend and ex-Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher has finally returned with his first ever solo song, Wall of Glass. After the demise of Oasis at the hands of Noel and Liam, the younger brother took the rest of the members and founded Beady Eye, and they were good in parts. Their first album was mediocre at best though and their second album, BE, hasn't stood the test of time very well. Despite only being a few years old. The 44 year old is one of the most outspoken, controversial celebrities that has ever seen a spec of limelight. Liam's brief hiatus from music has led to him revealing the album name (As You Were) months before release, claiming that the new music is so "Sex Pistols" and constantly referring to his brother as a potato. All of this has culminated in his first ever single as simply Liam Gallagher, leader, frontman and figurehead.

The song is undeniably a banger, with it's raucous drums and overpowering guitars throughout. It reminds me very muc…