Headspace – Issues

Release Date – 20th May 2016 “Michael Jackson, Limp Bizkit and Meshuggah meet in the studio for a jam session…” If the above statement sounds like the start of a cruel joke lampooning music genres, it’s probably time to forget all of your preconceptions and listen to Issues’ latest album, Headspace. Those already familiar with…

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The Colour in Anything – James Blake

Release Date – 6th May 2016 There has long been rumour of a curse that accompanies winning the Mercury Prize. Despite a cash prize of £20,000 and unprecedented album sales spikes following a win, recipients of the award can fade into obscurity or deliver a less than impressive follow up to their award winning album.…

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Oathbreaker – Game of Thrones – S06 E03

*SPOILERS* This week’s Game of Thrones review comes courtesy of Scott Reynolds, who is very much clued in on the show. Worry not, there’s nothing regarding the books, but it is certainly filled with spoilers for the show.   If this week’s episode had to be described in as few words as possible, I would quote Ser Davos and…

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Home – Game of Thrones – S06 E02

*SPOILERS* This week saw a strong episode featuring two (fairly) major deaths, and two Stark(ish) returns – sound good? The episode begins with the return of Bran Stark after his season-long hiatus, who, now with the Three-eyed Raven, is shown Winterfell from when his father, Ned, was a boy. In the vision, we are shown…

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Sleep Cycle – Deakin

Release Date – 6th April 2016 It’s been a long time since Animal Collective’s Deakin (Josh Dibb) opened up a Kickstarter project to raise funds for a solo album in 2009. Finally, the 7 year long ordeal is over and despite the wait and unrealistically high expectations, the project somehow has its happy ending. There has…

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Drones Tour – Muse at the O2 Arena

International Tour Ends 19th August 2016 Muse will always be my favourite band. Despite having made, in my opinion, their last truly great album a decade ago in 2006, Black Holes and Revelations, the band are one of the few of the mid-00s British guitar band boom to have since sustained an enormously successful career. Only…

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Gore – Deftones

Release Date – 8th April 2016 It’s difficult to recall another band in the metal scene that oozes class in the same way that Deftones does. Since the Sacramento outfit’s debut album Adrenaline in 1995, they have consistently transformed their youthful angst into controlled heaviness juxtaposed by soaring beauty. The ironically-titled Gore successfully builds on…

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