I See You – The xx

Release Date – 13th January 2017 After making waves with their Mercury-prize-winning debut album ‘xx’ and then struggling to stay afloat with the sparse and arid ‘Coexist’, The xx return with a more expansive sound that sees them play with a new, Jamie xx ridden sonic pallet, which delivers both triumphant moments and plodding duds.

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Godfather – Wiley

Release Date – 13th January 2017 I‘m sure I’m not alone rejoicing the fact that Godfather has finally seen the light of day. After multiple revisions of the tracklist, and even hints of the album being scrapped altogether, the grime originator has dropped his (possibly) final album in the most characteristically unpredictable Wiley manner. Wiley…

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Top 10 Albums of 2016 – Stephen Barrett

10. Beyond the Fleeting Gales – Crying Beyond the Fleeting Gales is such a lively and energetic listen, with its playful melodies and vocals giving off a strong feeling of childlike innocence. I have to say that on first listen, the overbearing, sickly sweet cheerful melodies and slap-in-the-face cheesy guitar solos didn’t sit well with me…

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Top 10 Songs of 2016 – Ronan Hatfull

10. Sweet Relief – Kimbra Kicking off my countdown of the year’s best songs is one I’ve only discovered in the final throws of 2016. However, it’s simply too good to omit from this list. New Zealand singer Kimbra, whose diverse list of collaborators includes Gotye (with whom she won two Grammys in 2013 for…

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London Does Hardcore

Counterparts + Expire + Landscapes + Knocked Loose + Renounced 6th December 2016 – Camden Underworld I would like to point out first and foremost that, yes, the picture above is extremely unflattering, but it probably encapsulates the night of debauchery we experienced better than this bulk of words can. Deal with it. Another week, another chance…

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The Cost of fabric

Rejoice! All of culture has been saved! For a while it seemed as though we were all doomed, culture was dead and all of London was a sterilised cesspit of soullessness, but thanks to an out of court settlement between Islington Council and the nightclub fabric, it seems as though we really did do it!…

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