Top 30 Albums of 2016: 15-1

We are finally here, we are done. Continue reading

Top 30 Albums of 2016: 30-16

Here’s what just missed out on being in the final list:

Nails -You Will Never Be One Of Us [Grindcore] / Mr. Yote – The Terrible Tales Of Scurvy Jones [Experimental Hip-Hop] / OvO – Creatura [Noise Rock/Sludge/ Dead Congregation – Sombre Doom [Death/Doom Metal/ Oozing Wound – Whatever Forever [Thrash Metal/Sludge] / Départe – Failure, Subside [Death/Black Metal] / Trap Them – Crown Feral [Hardcore/Crust] / The Gaslamp Killer – Instrumentalepathy [Electronica] / ColdWorld – Autumn [Atmospheric Black Metal] / Perturbator – The Uncanny Valley [Electronica]

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Top 50 Songs of 2016: 25-1

The final 25 (and top) favourite songs of 2016. I’ve obsessively listened to these tracks over and over and over. I hope you enjoy them as much as I have.  Continue reading

Top 50 Songs of 2016: 50-26

So, it starts with my top fifty songs of 2016, the reason I brought it back this year is because there were so many songs that I obsessed over that were released as singles or on EPs/albums that didn’t make it in my top albums list. Dig in! Continue reading

Top 30 Albums of 2015: 15-1

Here is the second and final part of my top releases of 2015, these are the biggest highlights in the year for me. Don’t forget to lemme know what your favourites were or to link me your own list. Hope you all had a great start to 2016!  Continue reading

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Top 30 Albums of 2015: 30-16

2015, overall, has been a year of slight disappointment when it came to music. There’s been a few releases I highly anticipated but ended up being a tad disappointed in, but that hasn’t stopped some rays of sun coming through. So here it is, the first half of my end-of-year-list for releases. A lot of these ended up being EPs for some reason.  Continue reading

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Catch-Up Reviews #6: Sleaford Mods, Chelsea Wolfe, Krallice…

Sleaford Mods – Key Markets

Sleaford Mods have had an interesting rise to popularity since the release of their 2014 album “Divide And Exit”, an album that hooked a lot of listeners in with Andrew Fearn’s simple, no-nonsense instrumentals and Jason Williamson’s equally vicious vocals and lyrics. The Mods are a duo of their time, seething at current politicians and the attitudes that cripples a steady life in the UK, and it’s pretty much impossible not to relate to the rants in some way. Setting the bar so high for themselves, the question of “how will they follow this up?” was a big one.  Continue reading

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Lianne La Havas – “BLOOD” Review

Lianne La Havas – Blood
Genre: Soul / Pop

Label: Warner Bros. Records

Lianne La Haves is a s(h)inger-s(h)ongwriter from London, who has managed to turn her soft and powerful range – along with her fingerpicked guitar – into a signature sound in the overlapping world of soul and pop. She made her first big impression on the world (me being one of them) with her single Forget, which was a refreshing pop track thanks to its witty and stinging lyrics, playful timing and raw instrumentation. It was the most infectious, gimmick-free single I’d heard on the radio in years. Literally.  Continue reading

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Ithaca – “TRESPASSERS” EP Review

Ithaca – Trespassers
Genre: Chaotic Hardcore/Hardcore

Label: COF Records / Soaked In Torment Records

If you’re new to this London lot like I was, let me share some basics: Ithaca are a five-piece that are pissed, mixing hardcore with chaos and emotive influence. Imagine a mash of Throats and Botch, with a bits of Curl Up And Die and Loma Prieta, and you’re pretty close – so to fans of the genres that those bands are associated with, Ithaca will seem familiar but fresh. This is their second EP to date and is made up of four short, sharp tracks. Continue reading

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RIP ‘Quick Reviews’

There’s gonna be a change in the style of reviews from now on: the full-length reviews I tend to go track-by-track and it usually ends up at a 1000 words. I won’t be doing this anymore, instead I’m gonna resort to what I tend to do for the ‘Quick Reviews’, which is just briefer and doesn’t go track-by-track – usually 500-650 words.

Writing about every single track (especially on albums with 12+ songs) is a bit taxing for my vocabulary, time and probably any reader’s patience. Things will still be done properly though, no half-effort reviews, they’ll be thorough enough, but this is just a lot more convenient for everyone.

The round-ups will still happen though. More reviews to come!

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