London outfit Qlowski share an uncompromising and brooding debut album in ‘Quale Futuro?’

‘Quale Futuro?’ is a multifaceted beast, an album that rallies itself from within and a dystopian mind map for our times. Words by Karl Johnson The second you dive off the springboard and splash into the cooling yet disorientating waters of Quale Futuro? – the debut full-length from London’s Qlowski – you’d be forgiven for not knowing what on earth you’ve fallen into. The wandering, … Continue reading London outfit Qlowski share an uncompromising and brooding debut album in ‘Quale Futuro?’

Leeds newcomers English Teacher return in stunning B-side tradition on ‘Wallace’.

‘Wallace’ really cements the band as a diverse powerhouse of genres and shows the headier side of English Teacher. Words: Brad Harris | Photo: Sophie Jouvenaar My first English teacher was a tall, towering mountain of a man. A man who seemed to only wear large, overfitting shirts that he had accidentally ripped the holes in the armpits of. When he insisted on raising his … Continue reading Leeds newcomers English Teacher return in stunning B-side tradition on ‘Wallace’.

London’s 00:01 Festival is set to welcome back full capacity shows at the stroke of midnight.

East London venues Oval Space and Pickle Factory will play host to the first full capacity gig back, the second restrictions are lifted. Words by Karl Johnson Socially-distanced gigs have been a lifeline for so many, a way for music communities to re-engage with each other and a place for artists to reconnect with their audiences after so long. Music Venue Trust and the charity … Continue reading London’s 00:01 Festival is set to welcome back full capacity shows at the stroke of midnight.

Vancouver outfit NOV3L have crafted a debut album that lifts up a mirror to society with ‘Non Fiction’.

‘Non Fiction’ slaps the rose-tinted ray-bans off your face and forces you to look between the cracks. Words by Karl Johnson The debut LP by NOV3L is a multifaceted beast, a jigsaw of intriguing sounds and oddly shaped interlocking parts. It requires both your attention and your imagination as you bask in the dark lyrical underbelly, jagged instrumental left turns and the dimly-lit corners of … Continue reading Vancouver outfit NOV3L have crafted a debut album that lifts up a mirror to society with ‘Non Fiction’.

‘Dirty Knees’ reflects on sun-kissed summers past. Meet Medium Love.

Medium Love are conquering lockdown, having released their stellar debut EP Overcoming Shyness back in August, the London band are back with a new single. Dirty Knees harnesses the spirit and freedom that summer brings, it tears at the ripped knees of your denim and reinvigorates the memories of those stretched out, warm days of summer. Dirty Knees is dreamworld steeped in romantic imagery and … Continue reading ‘Dirty Knees’ reflects on sun-kissed summers past. Meet Medium Love.

Truly unstoppable psych-rock goodness by Melbourne’s Badgers

NEW MUSIC | BADGERS | WORDS BY KARL JOHNSON The beating heart of modern psychedelia – through it’s many strains and mutations – belongs to the heat-stained and unforgiving terrain of Australia. Out on Strong Island Recordings, Why Am I Your Only Friend? waits for no-one as it tears at the seams of traditional psychedelic rock. There’s a sense of control in the chaotic and … Continue reading Truly unstoppable psych-rock goodness by Melbourne’s Badgers

Brooklyn’s brand new hope? GUSTAF ARRIVE WITH DEBUT RELEASE ‘MINE’.

New York City’s newest and grooviest unleash their debut single. NEW MUSIC | PHOTO BY ADAM LEMPEL | WORDS BY KARL JOHNSON Since forming in 2018, Gustaf have been putting in the hard yards playing shows around New York City. Amidst political turmoil and of course the COVID-cursed year of 2020, the Brooklyn outfit have emerged from the city’s talented underbelly winning. Before the release … Continue reading Brooklyn’s brand new hope? GUSTAF ARRIVE WITH DEBUT RELEASE ‘MINE’.

London’s Attawalpa share ‘Done Hanging On’ with animated visual.

NEW MUSIC | ATTWALPA | WORDS BY BRAD SKED Hooking up with animator and illustrators Alex Gamsu Jenkins and Joe Taylor, Attawalpa have shared the video for Done Hanging On, and it might be the video of the year. With mind-blowing visuals, Done Hanging On is a psychedelic marvel. If you’re a fan of the animation and visuals of The Fantastic Planet or the criminally … Continue reading London’s Attawalpa share ‘Done Hanging On’ with animated visual.

Dublin’s Sprints share industrial-rock track ‘Drones’.

The band’s savage new single arrives ahead of their debut EP. NEW MUSIC | SPRINTS | WORDS BY KARL JOHNSON Alternative rock can mean many things in 2020. Dublin outfit Sprints fall into this particular crater of guitar-focused noise. Over three single releases in 2020 the four-piece have hollowed-out their own area of sound, enabling them to experiment and release under the nurturing wing of … Continue reading Dublin’s Sprints share industrial-rock track ‘Drones’.

New music, new artists and Hard Of Hearing Firsts.

Sink into our weekly list of marvellous new musical discoveries. NEW MUSIC | FIRSTS | WORDS BY KARL JOHNSON As the UK preps for another essential lockdown, our time and attention must go to supporting those most vulnerable to being alone: physically and mentally. Mind is a mental health charity based in England and Wales – directed by Stephan Fry – and offers information and … Continue reading New music, new artists and Hard Of Hearing Firsts.

Female identity and toxic masculinity, Lizzy Laurance on ‘Famous’.

A mind-bending alternate reality through a patchwork-pop lens. PREMIERE | LIZZY LAURANCE | WORDS BY KARL JOHNSON We’re incredibly excited to be premiering the new single by South East London artist Lizzy Laurance. Famous, the hypnotic and powerful new single, marks the first glimpse of music from Laurance’s upcoming debut record Rocketman. Amongst other subjects Famous explores the perpetuation of toxic masculinity, combining shattered instrumental … Continue reading Female identity and toxic masculinity, Lizzy Laurance on ‘Famous’.

Japanese electronic-rock duo Paris death Hilton reveal debut LP.

Both seductive and destructive ‘Age Of Death’ is a strong opening statement by the Tokyo duo. NEW MUSIC | PARIS DEATH HILTON | WORDS BY KARL JOHNSON Paris death Hilton aren’t meant to be understood. Their music is a frantic rush of blood to the head, a heavy dose of dopamine or perhaps just two friends from Japan doing their thing. The Tokyo duo utilize … Continue reading Japanese electronic-rock duo Paris death Hilton reveal debut LP.