Dark Side Of The Moon by Pink Floyd

Dark Side Of The Moon by Pink Floyd

We continue our albums series with a look at Pink Floyd’s 1972 masterpiece Dark Side Of The Moon.   “There is no dark side of the moon… as a matter of fact it’s all dark” So what is your favourite album? For music lovers that age-old question is one that most will tell you has no clear answer. Such are the vagaries of musical taste that it does little more that elicit a response loaded with provisionals and caveats. It’s not easy when so many great examples exist. However when push comes to shove, and if I simply had to Read more »

New Reels: ‘Life Itself’ by Glass Animals

New Reels: ‘Life Itself’ by Glass Animals

The wonderful Glass Animals are back (so much love still for their song Gooey) with a new album (How to be a Human Being, to be released on August 2016) and a strange and unnerving video to go with their new single. Life Itself – Glass Animals The video was released on June 6, 2016 and its directed by photographer turned video director Neil Krug. He has also directed videos by Boards of Canada and Ladytron. Glass Animals hail from Oxford, and had great success especially in America (selling almost half a million copies) with their debut album Zaba. They have played festivals Read more »

Unsung Figures No.8: Chris Spedding

Unsung Figures No.8: Chris Spedding

In the latest edition of our series looking at under-appreciated artists from the world of music we profile a British guitarist and singer more famous for his session work than his own records. You may not have heard of Chris Spedding but if you’ve been a music lover for some time chances are you will have heard him play. You may have even heard ‘Motor Bikin” – the closest thing he ever had to a hit – pop up on driving compilations or golden oldies stations. Having worked as a gun-for-hire with Paul McCartney, Nilsson, Roxy Music and Bryan Ferry, Read more »

New Reels: ‘Do Matter’ by Plaid

New Reels: ‘Do Matter’ by Plaid

Stalwarts of British electronic music return with the second single from their forthcoming album The Digging Remedy. Plaid seem to have been around forever. In fact, they’ve been around for some 25 years making music that fits in to any number of categories whilst at the same time not really fitting in to any of them. You can call it IDM, ambient-techno, post-techno; whatever you like, but ultimately it doesn’t really matter, least of all one suspects to the duo themselves. The rush by so many critics and fans of electronic music to constantly stick some kind of label on Read more »

New Reels: ‘Old Skool’ by Metronomy

New Reels: ‘Old Skool’ by Metronomy

This week we showcase the new single from this highly groovy British electronic four-piece. It’s almost ten years since Metronomy released their first lp Pip Paine (Pay the £5000 You Owe) and this July sees the release of their fifth entitled Summer 08, which is preceded by this, the lead single. The video, directed by Dawn Shadforth, sees a clearly dysfunctional couple enduring the false niceties of an increasingly out-of-control dinner party. It’s great fun and yet has a definite dark edge borne of the increasing sense of discomfort arising from the couple’s ever clearer loathing of each other. As Read more »

The Tuesday Playlist No.48: Damon Albarn

The Tuesday Playlist No.48: Damon Albarn

With it being his 48th birthday this Wednesday we thought that seemed like the perfect excuse to celebrate this multi-faceted musical talent. There was a time when Damon Albarn was only the front man of Blur, and that was good enough being that they were  pretty much the most consistently inventive and interesting group of the 90’s, much more so than their plodding, one-dimensional northern neighbours Oasis. Since then however he’s gone from strength to strength with Gorillaz and a plethora of other projects proving that there was much more to him than Blur and Britpop and emerging as one Read more »

The Bends by Radiohead

The Bends by Radiohead

We explore the album that proved there was plenty more to Oxford’s finest than ‘Creep’… With their status as one of the world’s premier rock bands long since established (and reaffirmed by the excitement surrounding plans for a new tour and album) it seems strange to think back to a time when Radiohead were seen as one-song wonders. And yet for a year or two at the beginning of their career that was pretty much the case. In 1992 they had announced themselves to the world with their mega-hit ‘Creep’ which with it’s quiet/loud dynamic and introspective lyrics had come Read more »

Back to Black by Amy Winehouse

Back to Black by Amy Winehouse

Amy Winehouse´s confessional, soulful, intimate and heartbreak anthem album that is “Back to Black”. Amy Winehouse´s second and final studio album gives us a glimpse into the short life and brilliant musician and sensitive soul that she was. Back To Black – Amy Winehouse   Amy Jade was an English singer and songwriter, sadly now a part of the 27 Club.  Since her debut album “Frank” she gained  critical success with her music showing influences of soul, jazz, and rhythm and blues. Amy was also known for her struggles with alcohol and drug abuse, bulimia, mental health issues and sometimes violent behavior. Read more »

Madness: The Great British pop group

Madness: The Great British pop group

Pop music has for a long time now been a central part of British life, but less often it’s the case that British life is a central part of pop music. By that I mean there have been few pop artists in the last 50 or so years who have really been able to capture something of the true essence of what it is to live a working class life on this colourful, windswept isle of ours. Ray Davies of The Kinks is often correctly cited as the only one of the 60’s generation of songwriters to faithfully capture the Read more »

New Reels: “Heavy Seas of Love” by Damon Albarn

New Reels: “Heavy Seas of Love” by Damon Albarn

Today marks the 20th anniversary of one of the most important albums of the 90’s, the one that alongside the first two Oasis records epitomized the whole Britpop era, and that record is Parklife by Blur. When people talk about great British songwriters it’s very often the case that the same familiar names – Lennon & McCartney, Ray Davies, David Bowie, Paul Weller etc – come up time and time again. For my liking Damon Albarn’s name isn’t mentioned nearly often enough in the same breath which is a shame because it’s hard to think of a better songwriter from Read more »