It’s a truth universally acknowledged that Kieran Hebden is the best producer of the past twenty years. Don’t look at me for explication, it’s an inarguable cosmic absolute, I can’t fuck with the laws of physics. Now, unless some of you dweebs are suffering flat-earther syndrome, we can move onto New Energy, Hebden’s ninth album as Four Tet. Considering 2015’s Morning/Evening’s figurative standing as an elongated 12”, New Energy...Read more
Demi Lovato is a fighter. Literally. If you follow her on Instagram, you know she can kick serious martial-arts ass. But she’s also a lover. That’s the takeaway from her sixth, R&B-inspired album, Tell Me You Love Me. The 25-year-old has never been one to shy away from vocalizing her opinions, whether it be through music or social media. But while 2015’s Confident was a punchy, booming album that established Lovato as a powerhouse vocalist,...Read more
In 1996 Brix Smith Start quit The Fall for a second time and the smart money was on her leaving music behind for good. That gruelling second stint in her ex-husband’s band wasn’t much fun: Mark E. Smith, always erratic, had started to come apart at the seams as decades of amphetamine and booze took its toll, while his band fell from indie mainstays balancing on the lip of the mainstream to a cultish niche. It’s a fairly brutal story that ends...Read more
Having put his solo career on the back burner for 20 years, Sky Trails is Crosby’s third album since 2014 – not a bad work rate for a man who, aged 76, could be forgiven for taking things easy. And it’s a pleasure to report that he’s come up with something much more tangible than a mere phoned-in hash of former glories. The opening She’s Got To Be Somewhere is an extraordinarily sprightly piece of music, its electric piano riff, guitar...Read more
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