Review: Madonna – Madame X


Madonna dials up the crazy on new record Madame X, treating us to a Latin-influenced mish-mash of ideas that manages to impress. I think everyone’s given up on seeing Madonna retire. Why should she? She enjoys what she does, has … Read more

Review: Baroness – Gold & Grey


Baroness return with an ambitious and expansive record, and the results are stunning. Gold and Grey is the much-anticipated follow up to the 2015 Purple record, and it is destined to be their masterpiece. Stellar musicianship, dynamic and atmospheric songwriting, … Read more

Review: Daughters – You Won’t Get What You Want


Daughters album You Won’t Get What You Want adds a level of progression from previous work, allowing for a chaotic and all-consuming record that doesn’t quit.  Eight years have passed since Daughters released their self-titled album, and You Won’t Get What … Read more

Review: The Skints – Swimming Lessons

The Skints

The Skints return with new record Swimming Lessons, as the band tailor their reggae-influenced mix of genres and styles into stylised perfection. In this day and age, it can be hard to make any music influenced by reggae that stands … Read more

Review: Skepta – Ignorance is Bliss


Skepta is back with Ignorance is Bliss, but has becoming Grime royalty­­ mellowed the now 36-year-old rapper? After winning 2016’s Mercury Prize with his previous album Konnichiwa, Skepta’s music career seems to have been put on the back-burner. Collaborating with … Read more

Review: Vanishing Twin – The Age of Immunology

Vanishing Twin

The London space cadets Vanishing Twin present a glorious, sci-fi-tinged album to fill the Broadcast-shaped hole in our affections that is both infectious and oblique. Utopias, lost futures and intergalactic exploration permeate the dazzling second long-player from London-based psych-electronica troupe … Read more

All Points East Festival 2019 Review – Sunday 26th May

All Points East - Crowd

Victoria Park’s summer festival, All Points East, returned for another diverse helping of guitar rock, art-pop, jazz and electronica. Victoria Park’s eclectic, two-week blockbuster summer festival, All Points East, opened for its second-year with a varied three-day programme encompassing the … Read more

Single Review: Emile Sandé – Extraordinary Being

Emile Sandé

Emile Sandé’s new single Extraordinary Being, a tie-in with Marvel’s X-Men Dark Phoenix, is more ordinary than extraordinary. The Scottish superstar has been quiet in recent years, but her latest single clearly takes inspiration from her collaboration on Chic’s 2018 … Read more