Category Archives: dance

Turn It Up – JV and Teej (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

If you think that hip-hop missed its chance to go wholly over ground as a musical style and that rap music seemed to jump the queue and became the radio friendly, unit shifting, happy to compromise, edgy dance music of … Continue reading

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Kermesse Machine – Manu Louis (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Sometimes you have to just realise that you are beaten, admit defeat and move on to the next job. No, I’m made of more determined stuff than that, so let’s have another go at describing Manu Louis’ strange and mercurial … Continue reading

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Big Big Heart – Kittens Slay Dragons (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Catalysts come in many shapes and forms, and that’s a finely hued pun right from start. After hitting a difficult point in her personal life and searching for the missing motivation towards her musical career, Sarah Donner found an unexpected … Continue reading

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New Music of the Day – CLXXXIII: Mildred Pierce / Millard Filmore – Emerald Suspension

I’m a great believer in the approach that if you are going to cover another artist’s work then in doing so you should at least bring something new to the table. When Minneapolis noise manipulators Emerald Suspension decided to take … Continue reading

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Stronger – Brielle Von Hugel ft. B.o.B. – Exodus x Sweet and Sour remix (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

The last time I encountered Brielle she was tugging heartstrings and weaving emotive strands via slick, chilled pop vibes like a jazz diva re-invented for modern times. It was wonderful stuff, elegant, classy, restrained and controlled. But everyone needs a night … Continue reading

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Mineral Rave – Basseah (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

People who read my reviews will already know my fondness for the word soundscape; I know I should be more adventurous in my word choices but sometimes there is a perfect word for the job. And soundscape is the perfect … Continue reading

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New Music of the Day – CLXXVIII: Feel The Night – Vladrumetz

There is something wonderfully familiar in the pulsing bass, the clinical drum sound and the minimal synth patterns that skitter around between voice and backbeat. Comfort zones are nice places to exist in and Vladrumetz builds ones that take me … Continue reading

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Stop Pushing Love Away – The Pete V Project (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

We all know that music is cyclical in nature and that there isn’t too much that exists in the present that doesn’t have some sort of root in the past. Even with that in mind it isn’t often that a … Continue reading

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New Music of the Day – CLXXI: Lead Me Down – Sally Caitlin

Pop music is done often, but generally not well. Too many gimmicks and non-musical compensation via dance routines or PR driven drama might create hyperbole but when the song is analysed it is often found wanting. No so in the … Continue reading

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New Music of the Day – CLXVI: Triple Exclamation Mark – I, Symptom

The post-genre musical world is a fantastic place. If punk broke the dominance of the powers-that-be, who largely played by the rules then the period that followed created all sorts of musical tribes and generic affiliations and it is possibly … Continue reading

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Rouse – Gunfight (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Punk by any other name would smell as sweet. If you know what I mean. If you are one of those people who recognises that punk, like hip-hop, grunge and all those other game changing genres, was an attitude not … Continue reading

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New Music of the Day – CXXXIII: Hummingbird – Equanimous ft. Cyndy Fike

As the winter chills begins to make themselves felt, the heating is turned on and coats and scarves are reached for, Equanimous is doing his bit to help keep the cold at bay with a video filled with warm vibes … Continue reading

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An Intimate Portrait – Kenny Fame (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

  I guess the question that this short collection of music asks us is this….where next for the seemingly tried and tested format of contemporary R&B? And without deviating too far from the recognisable traits of the genre…smooth, beat driven … Continue reading

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Feather Jesus – Fassine (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

When I was trying to describe the sound of last year’s single Sunshine, I resorted to words like bleak and minimal but on reading back what I wrote I wish to change my plea, m’lud. Subsequent listens to that track … Continue reading

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