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Fontaines DC at DIY

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Fontaines DC’s ‘Too Real’ - single review at DIY.

The foundation of Dublin punks Fontaines DC is based around their love of poetry. Inspired by Yeats, Joyce and their vibrant, ever-changing hometown, two worlds blend together gorgeously in their ramshackle guitar pop.
— DIY

Sunshine Frisbee Laserbeam at Drowned In Sound

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Sunshine Frisbee Laserbeam album review at Drowned In Sound.

The second half of the record is pure unadulterated joy, the accelerator pedal pushed down hard to the floor on ‘Mrs JR Hartley’ and ‘MK Ultra’. Punk rock in ethos and delivery, they capture the band’s live fury in all their glory.
— Drowned In Sound

Sarathy Korwar review in The Guardian

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Sarathy Korwar album review in The Guardian.

Jazz musicians have been borrowing from Indian music for more than half a century. Sometimes it was just the textures – the drones of the tanpura, the exotic patter of tablas, the zing of a sitar. Sometimes it was deeper...
— The Guardian

Bert Jansch at The Quietus

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Bert Jansch ‘A Simple Soul’ review at The Quietus.

From his first solo releases through his years with Pentangle and on to his equally brilliant late work – an elegant, rich compilation spanning Jansch’s whole life.
— The Quietus

Black Belt Eagle Scout at Loud and Quiet

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Black Belt Eagle Scout album review at Loud and Quiet

...a large part of the album acts as a meditation on her life and identity at this point in her life, especially on ‘Indians Never Die’, a song about the destruction of her ancestral land.
— Loud and Quiet

Idles at NME

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Idles on Jools Holland ‘Best Moments’ at NME

Cacophonous and chaotic, batshit but brilliant, it was a run-through of pro-immigration anthem ‘Danny Nedelko’ that felt like history in the making.
— NME

The Molochs at The Quietus

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The Molochs ‘Flowers In The Spring’ album review at The Quietus

The Molochs are nonetheless a striking proposition, for two reasons: their spectacularly caustic wit; and their refined ability to chisel away at a song until it is sharp, sinewy and instantly catchy.
— The Quietus

Camel at The Daily Express

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Camel live review at The Daily Express

The searing synthesized siren wail of opener Aristillus heralded a majestic first-half run through of their entire Moonmadness album.
— The Daily Express

Mothers at Loud And Quiet

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Mothers album review at Loud And Quiet

Variegated textures come with jagged rhythm guitars and heavy percussive lines; the polyrhythmic influence is evident on tracks like ‘PINK’ with a brilliantly thunderous mesh of pedals and distortion.
— Loud And Quiet

IDLES at NME

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IDLES new album ‘Joy As An Act Of Resistance’ - 5 star review at NME

The fun punks’ second album is an instant classic, one that people will turn to in times of need for years to come.
— NME

Wojtek Mazolewski Quintet at Stereogum

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Wojtek Mazolewski Quintet - album review at Stereogum

Their version of “Theme de Yoyo,” probably the most aggressive, funkiest thing the Art Ensemble ever recorded, is great; the horns jump and shout, as the rhythm section repeatedly devolves from an airtight groove into brief interludes of free jazz chaos.
— Stereogum

Tomberlin review at The Observer

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Tomberlin review at The Observer

These 10 powerfully personal songs are in the main backed just by acoustic guitar and piano, and suffused with subtle melodies, which makes the occasional bursts of dissonance all the more potent...
— The Observer

Wojtek All About Jazz

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Wojtek reviewed at All About Jazz

Great tunes, infectious beats and rhythms, concise solos—around half the playing time is through-composed—striking ostinatos, lots of call and response and counterpoint in the arrangements, an atmosphere of passion and joie de vivre, and respect for tradition combined with a future-facing vibe.
— All About Jazz

Tancred new album review at Upset

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Tancred new album ‘Nightstand’ review at Upset

The result is a masterclass in pacing and storytelling, with Abbott orchestrating a world where pop and purpose live together in perfect harmony.
— Upset

The Get Up Kids at NME

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The Get Up Kids new EP review at NME

The Get Up Kids have announced new material – their first for seven years – in the form of a new EP and cracking new single ‘Maybe’.
— NME

Tancred new album news at DIY

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Tancred new album news at DIY

Her new collection ‘Nightstand’ is out on 1st June through Hand In Hive/ Polyvinyl and comes after Jess Abbott experienced a blossoming into a more confident person, but one that came with an unexpected side-effect.
— DIY

You Are Wolf album review at The Quietus

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You Are Wolf album review at The Quietus

Clear and bright, Kerry Andrew’s captivating voice is at the forefront of You Are Wolf’s new album, Keld, airy and eerie set of watery folk songs.
— The Quietus

Mildlife album review at The Observer

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Mildlife album 'Phase' reviewed at The Observer.

Here were four musicians on guitar, bass, drums and analogue synths pretending it was 1974 and that brown was the most kaleidoscopic colour.
— The Observer