LDN ISSUE 2

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A Saharan Acid Western

Released November 23, 2018, Zerzura is the original soundtrack to the film (of the same name) composed by and starring Ahmoudou Madassane, a prolific Tuareg multi-instrumentalist. Regarded as the first ever ‘Saharan acid Western’, Zerzura tells the tale of a nomad’s search for a magic city of gold through free form guitar improvisations. Madassane encapsulates a…

Live review: Matt Maltese @ EartH Hackney, 27.11.18

In front of a giant glowing heart and perched behind a keyboard is everyone’s favourite South London crooner Matt Maltese – a 22 year-old who has been compared to Leonard Cohen. His first London show since his headline at Scala earlier this summer is met with roars of applause from the Hackney Arts Centre (or EartH…

Christmas cheer?

What do Bruce Springsteen, Wham!, Louis Armstrong and Mariah Carey have in common? They all have huge Christmas hits. They might have been released decades ago but almost everyone can sing along to them. You might hate them, you might even love them but not knowing them is not an option. During the end of…

Dance Music – From Hedonism to Exclusivity

It is 2018 and dance music is everywhere. Dominating charts and festival line-ups, the genre is almost inescapable whether you like it or not. However, much of the scene today is unrecognisable in comparison to when it was first born in the early 80’s. Inclusivity and togetherness has been replaced by overproduction and greed. Over…

Not so down under.

2018 has been the year of the dog. Venus (hysterically) went into retrograde and the world got flipped upside down as music from Oz dominated attention overseas. Technically, this isn’t really revolutionary. Australia has always been the birthplace of sonic champions. There’s Kylie, ultimate dreamboat and icon to us all (petition for a Kylie agony…

Writing about music is fucking hard, but listening to music is even harder

Pendulum died, and so did my soul. Writing about music is fucking hard. There’s too much of it, and not enough at the same time. To talk of spending your days blissfully writing away about this and that new release (the dream) is bullshit because music writing is stressful.  It’s all-consuming and achingly obsessive by nature; I…

Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino – in retrospect

By Finn Ewing Arctic Monkeys’ most recent album, Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino is very different to the rest of their material. Think of Arctic Monkeys as a cheeseboard. This cheeseboard consists mostly of cheddar; the cheddar being representative of their work up till now. Alone, this cheddar cheeseboard is good – great, even –…

Une Critique de Pub Avec… Mio Flux – The Asparagus

Where’s good to pub? God knows there are plenty of pubs in London, but which ones are good enough to be comprehensively reviewed by an enthusiast and a musical guest? Well, esteemed reader, let’s find out together along with this week’s guest: Mio Flux.  The Asparagus in Clapham Junction is the venue for our first foray. It’s…