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COAX - Holding On (EP Review)

Andy Muscat from COAX recently contacted me on Twitter to listen to his bands debut EP, Holding On. If you submit your music then I will listen to it, no matter what. However, every now and then a band will catch my eye and I will see the invigorating potential that they have. I've seen it with acts such as Tiny Hueman, Proserpine, Craig Olson and more. COAX are one to be added to that list because after taking a listen to their music I could see the potential for something special.

I'm not insinuating that COAX's Holding On is perfect, because it isn't. But then what even is perfect anyway? I digress. There are some mastering problems with the album, but that is absolutely to be expected with unsigned bands, and it can't be helped. The opening track to the EP, Over It, is by far and away the best track on this very short EP. It reminds of a mix between The Hunna and Kovic whom are both absolutely brilliant in their own right. I think what has made me appeal to CO…

Introducing... COAX

COAX are a band whom I recently followed on Twitter after hearing some of their music, the lead singer Andy then emailed me asking me to listen to their music. It was the perfect opportunity to get an up and coming, incredibly talented band on the 'Introducing...' series that you guys love so much. COAX released their EP, Holding On, not long ago and it has been something I've been enjoying very muchly. The review is coming soon. The band are incredibly talented with some very rock influenced vibes but there's a much softer side to them, with much of their lyrics being very insightful and very sensitive. I had the chance to talk with lead singer and guitarist, Andy Muscat, about what makes COAX so special...

Question. Firstly, What made you want to start making music?
Andy Muscat:
Me (Andy - singer/guitarist) and Ben (drummer) have known each other for years, and have always wanted to work together but the timing hasn't worked out until now. And we've both known…

Depeche Mode - Spirit (Review)

Synth Pop legends, Depeche Mode, return with their 14th studio album, after more than 30 years in the music business it must have been quite the ride. The band has fought through Dave Gahan's drug addiction, mediocrity and changing times to consistently evolve and make popular and successful music in order to be the musical heavyweight they are today. What I love most about Depeche Mode is their incredible talent at creating synthed out pop and Gahan's very unique voice, combined these have created hit after hit, especially in the late 80's.

The album opens with Going Backwards, immediately a blistering start to the album, a great song about modern times with some very eclectic, throwback beats, very reminiscent of their earlier stuff. My only qualm is something that comes up throughout the whole album, it's very 80's. I understand that you should always stick to what you're good at, but there's very little sign of progression throughout this album, and in…

Introducing... Heis

I think that finding a decent unsigned rapper is like finding a needle in a haystack. I've scoured Soundcloud looking for ones before because, being a massive rap nerd, I wanted to have a rapper feature on my 'Introducing...' series. Throughout that search I found only one rapper, who wasn't good but was actually excellent. His name was Heis. However, I couldn't find any contact details nor find him on Twitter, so I gave up. That was until a week ago when I got a DM on Twitter from Heis asking me to check out his new tune, Dirty. It was as if the stars had aligned and it is with great pleasure that I got the chance to actually talk to Heis who is an incredibly genuine guy with a deep love for Hip Hop and its roots, and a shared distaste for the route it's going...
Question. Hello Heis, firstly when did you decide you wanted to rap?
Heis: Recently, I've been actively writing/recording for about 3-4 years now. I released two tapes "System Error" and…

Introducing... Liam B. Smith

A website called PushPowerPromo, which helps aspiring musicians get their music out there, tagged my blog as their tip of the day, because if you submit you music I will listen to it, no matter what. And whilst I don't get chance to reply to them all, I get chance to give some feedback to quite a few of them. Liam B. Smith contacted me to listen to his new single, Morning Glory, and I loved it. It was so good that I had to invite him to partake in my 'Introducing...' series which is ever growing with artists. Liam has been a great sport and has answered every question I could throw at him, and he's insanely talented. See what we spoke about below...

Question. Firstly, What made you want to start making music?
Liam B. Smith: My story here’s probably different than most. I’ve never thought myself to be naturally gifted in music, but I’ve always had a bit of an interest. One day, I felt that God was calling me to do things with music and I’ve been pursuing since then.

Q. Wh…

Flying Vinyl: June 2017 (Review)

I've always been a massive fan of the concept of Flying Vinyl, with the idea of printing 7" singles for bands that would never have been able to have them printed before. And through that it gives bands such as Blaenovon, Estrons, Marika Hackman etc... an extra dimension to be able to get their music out there and there's been so many success stories throughout it's short history. Most notably is The Amazons going on to achieve a top 10 album earlier this year. Nonetheless, being a student for the past 2 years I could never justify the £20 being taken out of my bank account every month (That was my Pot Noodle money). But now that I'm steadily earning in a job I've bit the bullet and finally signed up. The June 2017 package is my first package of many (until the girlfriend realises) and I don't regret a single second of signing up to this excellent service. As many of you readers of KMMR know, I love to discover new music and interview new bands so to have…

Declan McKenna - What Do You Think About The Car? (Review)

The thing that always astounds me about Declan McKenna is the fact that he's 18, and he's just released an album that has been years in the making. Having an album that started being in the works when he was only 15 and he penned the FIFA bashing tune, Brazil. When you really think about that, it just blow my mind. When I was 15 I could barely make a Pot Noodle, let alone write one of the best singles of the past 5 years. Anyway, what Declan delivers is very upbeat, retro inspired tunes with such damning and prolific lyrics behind them. Sometimes it will take many, many listens to even understand what he's trying to get at with the song and that makes the listens very interesting because it's almost as if they are layered to work like that. If you take the opener to the album, Humongous, at first this single sounds like a large, indie pop tune about the same old teen-angst. However, once you delve deeper you find that this record is representative of the political dis…

We're No Heroes - Youth (Track Review)

We're no Heroes are the first band I ever interviewed, and what a pleasure it was to speak to them! If you missed that then please go and read it, it showed how dimensional this band are and how they really put a lot of thought and effort into their music, but not only that, they care deeply for their fans. Which I'm proud to call myself. Thankfully, the guys have been signed to a record label, Spiral Icon, and from here I can only see a fast rise to the top and what a meteoric one it will be as well.

WNH have finally hit back with a new single, Youth, after the great reception that Voodoo received it's confusing that they took as long to put out another one. However, it only displays the graft and the toil that they put into their work. As soon as you press play on this record you'll immediately recognise that it's We're No Heroes, as they have such a unique and raw sound that it's impossibly to imagine anyone else even being able to make a carbon copy of i…

Jay-Z - 4:44 (Review)

I was one of the few people who enjoyed Magna Carta, Holy Grail, but then I took it for what it was. Simply a fun album where Jay would occasionally step his toe into untamed waters like on songs Fuckwithmeyouknowigotit. To be fair it's ridiculously titled but I really just enjoyed the flashiness of the album. Sometimes rap needs that sense of bragging, and who better to do it than someone who is nigh on a millionaire? But nonetheless the album was still undeniably average. Fun, but average. The problem is that Jay-Z has no reason to rap anymore, he's incredibly rich, he has a family and a thriving business. So what did he need to get back in the booth? Well Trump being inaugurated as President of the United States has obviously awoken Hova from his slumber. However, the long time Obama fan rarely mentions politics on this album, which is strange because I was expecting it to be very politically charged and full of anger. But instead what we have received is a very thought pr…

Stevie Parker at The Cookie, Leicester (Live Review)

On Saturday 15th July I was lucky enough to see Stevie Parker live at The Cookie in Leicester. This is a brilliant little venue with a bar on the top floor and the basement has been converted into a room for live gigs to be played. This dimly lit underground creates a vibe that you wont get at any other venue, a vibe that you only get when you watch documentaries of bands like Oasis and U2 playing in tiny little venues before they were famous. I saw Slaves here last year on their 'Back in The Van Tour' but this couldn't have been any different. A lot less sweaty and A LOT less mental, but still fantastic nonetheless. Stevie has such a unique voice in that I think I actually preferred her live than I do on the CD, that's how amazingly she performs live. I don't think I've ever seen someone live where I thought to myself "I'd love to have this released on CD" and that was such an incredibly unique thing to feel at a gig.


As many of you know, I'…

Introducing... Types

Types are an incredible new band, they've developed such a unique sound. It's impressive how hard hitting and fantastic their debut LP 'The Future is Close Enough' was, it is one of my favourite albums of the year so far and even featured on my top 10 list a few weeks ago. With the release of their new single, I Can Taste Blood, Types are beginning to certify themselves as one of the greatest talents emerging out of the underground scene. Luckily, I got the chance to talk to them about their new single, their unique sound and what's next...

Question. firstly, the new singles just been released, what's that like?
Types:
people have been sending us random comments saying how much they like it... it was supposed to be a bit of an awkward listen on purpose... 60+ seconds with no band, unorthodox instrumentation, weird rhythms. types in a nutshell really

Q. And what are the themes and stories behind I Can Taste Blood?
T:
We titled our last EP after a lyric in our song…

My Top 7 Concerts

I'm a big fan of concerts, I personally see it as the best way of supporting an artist because the artist is more likely to see profit from a tour with thing such as merchandise and meet & greets rather than their album sales where the record company is likely to swallow a large chunk of that profit. However, I've compiled a list of my top 7 concerts that I've ever been to from the 20 something concerts I have been to, I chose 7 because 5 didn't seem enough but 8 seemed too much. Nonetheless, I think what this list shows aswell is the variety of music I listen to aswell as the sheer amount of money I've pumped into these experience since my first ever show in 2012.

Watch The Throne - Genting Arena, Birmingham (22/06/2012) My first ever show. Jay Z and Kanye West performing their hits for 3 hours straight, I was in my absolute element. These are two of my favourite and to see most of my favourite songs by these two and see them on the same stage just spitting bar…

Wale - Shine (Review)

Wale is a rapper from Washington, already this is incredibly unorthodox, it's not exactly where you see many rappers come from usually you get LA, Atlanta, NYC. However, Wale shot onto the scene after a series of very popular, widely positively reviewed mixtapes. But his albums have always been off the mark, with The Gifted being one of the worst rap albums of 2013, and The Album About Nothing not even coming close to the mixtape it was a sequel to. Wale has thus decided to switch up styles and attempt to go back to his Nigerian heritage with dancehall vibes, singing and banging beats. The only problem is, it's terrible.

Wale's singing on this album is very rarely on key, with his grovelly voice spoiling most of the songs on this albums. Especially Scarface Rozay Gotti which is arguably the worst song I've heard this year, it has this horrible chorus with him warbling the name of the song and it's barely listenable. But one thing I did enjoy on this album was all …

My Albums of The Year So Far...

It's that time of the year again, well halfway towards that time of the year. It's when people like myself start feeling the need to spew their opinions on what they think was the best music of the year. I've compiled the list into a 'top 10' of sorts of albums that I've not necessarily given the best rating of the year but instead the albums I've listened to very, incredibly regularly. So let's get this show underway...
The XX - I See You If you've read my review for this album then you'll know that I love it so incredibly deeply. Jamie XX's deeply crafted beats and Romy and Oliver's soulful and emotional vocals combine as well as they ever have to produce an album where if I had to compile a top 10 then this would undoubtedly be at number 1.


Run The Jewels - Run The Jewels 3 I kind of feel like I'm cheating a little bit with this one, because technically it was released in 2016 and I did place it on my favourite albums list for last…

ORGANISMS - Mollusk (Review)

In late 2016 Joseph Quinn (Grazing Saints) and Lizzy Burt (Woodland Creatures) were brought together to build a project from the ground up as ORGANISMS. What birthed out of that recording process was Mollusk, an eccentric, personal and sensual album. To contain this record within any one genre would be incredibly insulting to the music on offer within these 9 tracks. The opening track of the album, Waves, starts off with this creepy and yet soothing bass that slowly builds until Quinn throws his vocals at the track. The song is so dark and psychedelic it's hard to process all 6 minutes of it even after 4 listens, and I still don't think I've processed it in it's entirety. However, it's such a brilliantly low key performance by Quinn and Paul Taylor's bass guitars are so hard hittingly abusive, it's hard not to fall in love with the track. Something I would have enjoyed more on this is more of Lizzy Burt's soothingly iconic vocals, to lessen the overbea…