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TINY MAGNETIC PETS Drowning In Indigo

Having boosted their profile with the house-laden remix by Vince Clarke of ‘Automation’, Irish trio TINY MAGNETIC PETS are back in their usual territory with a new single. ‘Drowning In Indigo’ is a wonderful atmospheric set piece with an understated electronic template that affirms “nothing is rose tinted”. A reflection of the song's isolated genesis during the 2020 lockdown, the accompanying video sees front woman Paula Gilmer underwater where “every colour turns to a shade of blue”. Continue Reading ›

DUBSTAR Tectonic Plates

With ‘Hygiene Strip’ and ‘I Can See You Outside’, Sarah Blackwood and Chris Wilkie have been re-exploring the electronic direction of their earlier sound, having celebrated the 25th Anniversary of their debut single 'Stars' in 2020. Taking its title from the slowly but constantly moving pieces of Earth's crust and uppermost mantle which cause earthquakes when stuck together, ‘Tectonic Plates’ focusses on friction over a neo-baggy beat, but paradoxically sparkles on entry in a seismic shift. Continue Reading ›

HEAVEN 17 Reproduction + Travelogue Live at The Roundhouse

Having been mooted for several years and postponed twice, HEAVEN 17 finally delivered their 40th anniversary celebration of THE HUMAN LEAGUE albums ‘Reproduction’ and ‘Travelogue’. “We’re not pretending we were reforming THE HUMAN LEAGUE, all the publicity states this is HEAVEN 17’s interpretation of those two albums” said Martyn Ware, “As you well know, I was the major writer on most of those tracks. I always felt they deserved a wider audience, hence why we’ve played a lot of those songs live with HEAVEN 17 anyway.” Continue Reading ›

BLANCMANGE Commercial Break

Never one to sit still, Neil Arthur explores a new direction for BLANCMANGE’s 14th album ‘Commercial Break’. While the synthesizer framework remains, the unexpected textures of acoustic six string and various field recordings permeate on this reflective work co-produced by Benge at his Memetune Studios in Cornwall. The second half may come as a shock to long standing BLANCMANGE fans but it shows Neil Arthur’s appetite to evolve and try something different. Continue Reading ›

ALICE HUBBLE Hexentanzplatz

Literally meaning “Witches’ Dance Floor” in German, ‘Hexentanzplatz’ is the evocative title of the second album from Alice Hubble, formally of ARTHUR & MARTHA and COSINES. ‘Polarlichter’ was a fine avant pop debut that captured an earthy musical aurora. Named after a mountain located just over 70km south west of Magbeburg located in what was the former DDR, ‘Hexentanzplatz’ begins with a gorgeous filmic set piece entitled ‘West Reservoir’ that could be best described as a watery wash of aural morning dew. Continue Reading ›

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