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Category: Reviews (page 2 of 131)

CULT WITH NO NAME Mediaburn

CULT WITH NO NAME are possibly smoothness personified. The suave crooner figure of  Erik Stein and the understated ivory virtuoso of Jon Boux issued their first album ‘Paper Wraps Rock’ in 2007. Having released their best album to date in 2017’s ‘Heir Of The Dog’, ‘Mediaburn’ is their ninth and features the familiar cast of esteemed supporting players such as Kelli Ali, Steve Brown and Blaine L Reininger, who made their names in SNEAKER PIMPS and TUXEDOMOON. Continue Reading ›

CHROMATICS Closer To Grey

Oregon-born CHROMATICS have undergone multiple line-up changes since their first release ‘Chrome Rats vs. Basement Rutz’, as well as style shifts and near death experiences. Needless to say, the now foursome Johnny Jewel, Ruth Radelet, Adam Miller and Nat Walker are back from a seven year hiatus with a powerful vengeance in form of ‘Closer To Grey’. Since their fifth studio opus, ‘Kill For Love’, the band had been planning outing number six, entitled ‘Dear Tommy’. Continue Reading ›

M83 DSVII

‘DSVII’ AKA ‘Digital Shades Volume Two’ is the 8th studio album by Anthony Gonzalez. 'DSVII' primarily takes its inspiration from the soundtracks to classic adventure-based video games such as ‘Final Fantasy’, ‘Dragon Quest’ and ‘The Legend of Zelda’ and musically gives nods to ambient heavyweights TANGERINE DREAM and BRIAN ENO. Gonzalez explained that the gestation of ‘DSVII’ started after some of the negative reaction to his album 'Junk'. Continue Reading ›

CIRCUIT3 The Price Of Nothing & The Value Of Everything

‘siliconchipsuperstar’, the debut album by CIRCUIT3 slipped out quietly in December 2015 but became one of the surprise independent success stories of 2016. Behind the CIRCUIT3 persona is Dubliner Peter Fitzpatrick, whose new synths have now been put to good use on ‘The Price Of Nothing & The Value Of Everything’, the long-awaited follow-up. But some things in the music biz never change, whatever the level and it has been that difficult second album. Continue Reading ›

THE MYSTIC UNDERGROUND Simple Minds, Simple Pleasures EP

A year since their last single 'Athletes', Brooklyn based electronic pop duo THE MYSTIC UNDERGROUND are back. With the likes of PET SHOP BOYS, KON KAN, INFORMATION SOCIETY and NEW ORDER onimpresent in their sound, Vladimir Valette on vocals and Benedetto Socci on keyboards first started releasing music together back in 2010. Their 2016 debut album ‘Protagonist’ gathered their best songs recorded over a six years period. Continue Reading ›

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