‘Automaton’ by Jamiroquai

‘Automaton’ by Jamiroquai

Released on January 27, and already with more than 2 million views, Jamiroquai are back with a new song, video and album after a 7-year hiatus.   In Jay Kay´s words: “The inspiration for Automaton is in recognition of the rise of artificial intelligence and technology in our world today and how we as humans are beginning to forget the more pleasant, simple, and eloquent things in life and in our environment including our relationship with one another as human beings,” Their 8th album, also called Automaton,  brings the signature funk style back, but the sound is feisty, it is poignant Read more »

‘Pills, Thrills & Bellyaches’ by Happy Mondays

‘Pills, Thrills & Bellyaches’ by Happy Mondays

Revisiting the classic days of Madchester with the band who crashed genres and helped define an era. There are in any music lover’s life a handful of moments where hearing something for the first time acts as a kind of epiphany; when a piece of music grabs you, shakes you, shocks you even and nothing in your world of music is ever quite the same again. I can clearly remember the moment when, as a 17 year old working in a shop, the opening chords of a particular song caused me to almost involuntarily stop what I was doing, walk Read more »

Blood Sugar Sex Magik by Red Hot Chili Peppers

Blood Sugar Sex Magik by Red Hot Chili Peppers

This week we celebrate this cornerstone funk rock record which many see as Red Hot Chili Peppers’ finest hour. I was 19 back in 1991, an age where music as much as at any time in my life defined who I was. I was also sharing a flat for a while with a guy who is still my closest male friend. We were both rock music fans, both drummers, and both pot-heads, so as you can imagine there were many late nights spent talking stoned bollocks and obsessing over music. And at that time one album more than any other Read more »

Stop Making Sense and the art of the concert movie

Stop Making Sense and the art of the concert movie

We explore a film that captures the mighty Talking Heads at their peak and is for many is the finest concert  movie ever made… Is this the greatest concert movie ever made as some have claimed? That’s a tough question. It’s certainly one of the most unique. It’s also an expertly executed experience, a film that grabs you from the opening moments and never really lets you go. Whenever I watch I find that by the 5th or 6th song I’m gone; big smile, armchair dancing, under the spell. The first time I watched it (with some friends who sat Read more »