Category Archives: electronica

Ghostdream – Nick Nicely (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Most people build songs based on solidity – riffs, defined chord progressions, choruses, verses – you know all the stuff that has been tried and tested over many years by thousands of artists through millions of songs. But doesn’t that … 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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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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That Wave – Fassine (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

It initially seems like an odd step for my new, favourite purveyors of ultra-chic, hi-concept, cinematic, alt-pop to cover my home town’s most famous musical son, but once you get your head around the idea you realise that there is … Continue reading

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Twitch – James Kruman (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

It came as no surprise to find that James is the product of the dark satanic brickwork and cold streets of Manchester, the same vibe that oozed out of Joy Division’s challenging art attacks also shrouds his stark, subtly nuanced … Continue reading

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Under My Skin – SPC ECO (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Preconceptions will always let you down. After all, a band made up of a dad and daughter just smacks of working men’s club acts and pub duos doesn’t it? Well, not when the dad is Dean Garcia, better known as … Continue reading

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Crow Swan Wolf – They Called Him Zone (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

  Whether a conscious decision or not, Crow Swan Wolf may just be the perfect sound track to the world we find ourselves going into. Yes, the dystopian vibe is certainly obvious right from the start but there is also … Continue reading

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New Music of the Day – CLII : Nikko – Pick a Piper

Ontario electronic experimentalist Brad Weber aka Pick A Piper releases his most gripping and emotional collection of songs yet, Distance, on March 3rd. Weber – also known for his role in dance favourites Caribou – has ventured everywhere from Chernobyl … Continue reading

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New Music of the Day – CXXXI : Other Side – C Duncan

Delving into more expansive and experimental territories, Glasgow’s prodigious talent C Duncan released his already critically claimed second album ’The Midnight Sun’ back in October. The follow up to his Mercury Prize nominated debut ‘Architect’ blends electronic elements and sweeping synth sounds with his signature … Continue reading

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Bones – Seconds (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Pop music used to have fairly easily delineated lines; it was easy to tell what was inside the generic box and what was out. Pigeonholes ruled, musical tribes prevailed and anyone crossed boundaries were at best confused or at worst … Continue reading

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