Tony Allen was a shapeshifting legend who supplied Afro-beat with its polyrhythmic verve and grace. Michael Sumsion pays tribute to the musical powerhouse who has died in Paris at the age of 79. The world of music has just felt another jolt, another sad loss. Tony Allen was more than just a drummer; he was a force of nature who helped lay the groundwork for a whole genre of … [Read more...] about Tony Allen: Legendary drummer and Afrobeat pioneer
Have you been struggling to listen to music lately? Read on to hear about one of our writer's thoughts on this, and ways you can get back to your happy place! Have you been asking yourself recently, "what's been inspiring me?" Are you struggling to think of many artists, or instantly think of your 'go to' artists that you've known for years? You may feel like listening to … [Read more...] about I haven’t been listening to any music lately. What’s up?
Poppy Scarlett takes a look back though new wave, and how music stays with us through the interaction of generations. As I write this article I quickly switch from listening to The Jam, A Town Called Malice to the bright, ‘just hopped in your car’ echo of The Cure’s Friday I’m In Love. The new wave hit the 80’s decade from the word go, with new music flowing out of the … [Read more...] about New Wave: Through My Mother’s Eyes and Ears…
Michael Sumsion takes a look back at Primal Scream's acclaimed record Screamadelica, and how it changed the way he viewed music and the record industry in general. Back in the autumn of 1991, British indie guitar pop resided in its polite, 'NME'/'Melody Maker'-driven niche away from the vagaries of the glossy pop mainstream. 'BritPop' was waiting to be coined four years down … [Read more...] about Primal Scream – Screamadelica: The Record That Changed My Life
Halloween is nearly upon us, so we’re sharing with you our picks of some of the best scare-mongering tracks that will have you dancing like a zombie all night long. These songs are perfect for a Halloween party, just enjoying by yourself, or with the family on the scariest (and most fun) night of the year. Michael Jackson - Thriller Why not start off with a classic? Any … [Read more...] about Halloween Playlist: Keep The Party Going With These Ghoulish Tracks!
When the time comes to buy a record player, whether this is your first venture into a decent turntable set up or you’re upgrading to a new system, you will want to buy the best for the funds you have. Often this means buying second hand. In reality, with a turntable setup, the technology hasn’t really moved on much in the last 20 years. This means there's a massive amount of … [Read more...] about A Guide To Buying A Second Hand Record Player Setup