Live Reviews

CHRIS CORNELL – ULSTER HALL, BELFAST – 24/04/2016

Chris Cornell brought his iconic voice to Belfast for the first time on Sunday night, and after a career spanning thirty years, is still improving his craft. Best known as the frontman of grunge gods Soundgarden, Cornell is equipped with one of the most powerful rock voices of his, or indeed any generation. When let… Continue reading CHRIS CORNELL – ULSTER HALL, BELFAST – 24/04/2016

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KENDRICK LAMAR – UNTITLED UNMASTERED.

Released out of the proverbial blue, untitled unmastered. is a collection of demos recorded around the same time as To Pimp a Butterfly. The tracks don’t have the cinematic grandeur of those that made that album, but the dark, stalking hypnosis of the ‘untitled’ tracks that didn’t make the cut only serve to further display Lamar’s stratified, multi-faceted genius.… Continue reading KENDRICK LAMAR – UNTITLED UNMASTERED.

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RJD2 – DAME FORTUNE

Philadelphia-based producer Ramble Jon Krohn manages to cover a time-span of over 2000 years with his sixth solo studio album. Anchored in psychedelic funk, he manages to take us back to the 70s soul of Rick James right through to the sci-fi sounds of a future millennium with consummate ease, firing light through holes in… Continue reading RJD2 – DAME FORTUNE

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HÆLOS – FULL CIRCLE

Full Circle is a debut LP that shows a band inherently secure in their own sound. It’s a metropolitan take on the fertile British 90s electronic scene, incorporating the suppressed breakbeat dynamic of Massive Attack and a ghostly delivery of shared vocal duties. Keyboards and synths swell and wane like a tide as the album… Continue reading HÆLOS – FULL CIRCLE

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KOI CHILD – KOI CHILD

Koi Child are a brain child of Kevin Parker, and that alone is testament to the potential in their ranks. The Fremantle seven-piece are made up of two active bands: nu-jazz quartet Kashikoi, and hip-hop trio Child’s Play. Parker saw the two bands having an impromptu jam, loved it, asked the union to support Tame… Continue reading KOI CHILD – KOI CHILD

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DESERT MOUNTAIN TRIBE – EITHER THAT OR THE MOON

Either That or the Moon is the debut LP from Anglo-German trio Desert Mountain Tribe, and it boasts guitars as far as the ears can hear. Its kaleidoscopic, driving rock anthems are drenched in acid, evoking the mid-nineties sounds of Ride if they’d been galvanized by a psychedelic power station. The album was recorded directly to… Continue reading DESERT MOUNTAIN TRIBE – EITHER THAT OR THE MOON