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Category: Reviews (page 3 of 137)

CERRONE DNA

Marc Cerrone is best known for 'Supernature’, a Top10 UK hit in 1978 which subsequently gained longevity thanks to its use as incidental music during the first series of ‘The Kenny Everett Video Show’. Its transfixing hook put Cerrone up with Giorgio Moroder in the European electronic disco stakes. Having influenced the likes of DAFT PUNK and remixed THE HUMAN LEAGUE, the diminutive French maestro returns with a new album 'DNA', his seventeenth. Continue Reading ›

NICOLAS GODIN Concrete & Glass

Any AIR-related side project can be guaranteed to not deviate too far from the band’s tried and tested template of downtempo atmospherics, retro synths, dry stripped-back PINK FLOYD style drumming and occasional vocoder flourishes. Unsurprisingly, Nicolas Godin’s second solo album ‘Concrete & Glass’ features plenty of tracks which would seamlessly slot into an AIR album. It is a concept-based work of sorts with each song being inspired by buildings and their architecture. Continue Reading ›

THE WEEKND Blinding Lights

Canada does it again, using a bit of help from Sweden, with THE WEEKND’s new single ‘Blinding Lights’ owing more than a small debt to the supreme Nordic synthpop of A-HA and in particular ‘Take On Me’. Noted for his dark wave R 'n' B and already a veteran of three albums, THE WEEKND is the musical vehicle of Abel Makkonen Tesfaye. ‘Blinding Lights’ sees THE WEEKND working with noted Swedish pop supremo Max Martin. Continue Reading ›

PET SHOP BOYS Hotspot

PET SHOP BOYS have enjoyed a lifetime spanning career, never shying from things in the spotlight, crudely observed realities and the knowhow of song writing. Somehow they managed to stay fresh and down to earth with quality music creation, shadowing many of their contemporaries and staying on top. So 2020 plugs into the ‘Hotspot’, captured in the renowned Hansa Studios in Berlin. The album is culminating the trilogy of long players worked on by Stuart Price. Continue Reading ›

MOLINA Vanilla Shell

Originally signed to the Danish label No3, Danish Chilean vocalist Rebecca Molina released her debut EP ‘Corpus’ in 2017 and has since put out a series of singles on Tambourhinoceros in 2018-2019. ‘Vanilla Shell’ neatly rounds up all of these alongside additional tracks ‘Fastfood Widow’ and the EP’s eponymous title work. Citing a wide range of influences, ‘Vanilla Shell’ takes the listener on a trip though MOLINA’s eclectic psyche and is anything but a predictable listen… Continue Reading ›

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