Reviews

Darkside - Spiral

Crack Magazine

... jamming has no ground rules

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Rochelle Jordan - Play With The Changes

Resident Advisor

The Canadian artist finds new meaning in dance floor pop and R&B on this stellar album.

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For Those I Love - For Those I Love

Crack Magazine

Grief is a fickle monster, and on For Those I Love, Balfe captures the beast with a visceral clarity.

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Lafawndah - The Fifth Season

Crack Magazine

A testament to Lafawndah’s theatrical vision and imagination, The Fifth Season is her most affecting work to date.

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Kelly Lee Owens - Inner Song

Crack Magazine

It’s in these moments that you see Inner Song for what it truly is: a mesmerising and spectral sophomore effort, where Owens captures the sweeping landscapes of her inner world.

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Roza Terenzi - Modern Bliss

Resident Advisor

A striking debut album streaked with colourful rhythms that resonate outside the club.

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U.S. Girls - Heavy Light

Crack Magazine

Heavy Light, the eighth U.S. Girls album and her third on 4AD, continues where 2018’s critically cherished In a Poem Unlimited left off, smoothing out her once-DIY sound into something more pop-aligned but no less potent.

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Sega Bodega’s debut album is sweet and sour

The Face

The NUXXE labelhead evolved from club producer to twisted pop frontman for Salvador.

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Beatrice Dillon - Workaround

Crack Magazine

Dillon’s DJ sets are valued for her playful affinity for rhythm and groove – Workaround is a thrilling extension of that dancefloor fascination.

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Four Tet - Baby

Resident Advisor

A dreamy taste of the UK star's next album.

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Torres – Silver Tongue

London in Stereo

The follow-up to 2017’s Three Futures, in Silver Tongue Torres continues in her sumptuous pop, rock and electronic hybrid, musing on love and desire; finding it, chasing it, fighting for it, losing it, understanding it.

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Draaimolen Festival 2019

Resident Advisor

One day, six stages in the woods and more than 40 of the best dance music artists around. Katie Thomas investigates.

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Sampa The Great – The Return

London in Stereo

Sampa The Great’s debut LP, 19-track The Return, will cement her position as one of contemporary hip-hop’s freshest and most intriguing voices.

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Octo Octa’s ​‘Resonant Body’ captures the blissful sensations of the dancefloor

The Face

The DJ/producer’s new album goes hard for the dancefloor, but soothes the soul in the process.

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Moor Mother - Analog Fluids of Sonic Black Holes

Crack Magazine

Analog Fluids of Sonic Black Holes demands, with increasing fervour, that the listener confronts their own complicity. And it feels vital.

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Carla dal Forno - Look Up Sharp

Crack Magazine

Here, Carla dal Forno delivers a more accessible palette, and a sharp, sardonic view of the monotony of the city.

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Melt Festival 2019: Five key performances

Resident Advisor

Grime, techno and apocalyptic thunderstorms—the 22nd edition had it all.

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Love International 2019 boasted intimate, hedonistic partying on the Adriatic coast

Dummy Mag

The Croatian festival provided some spectacular beachside moments, from the Idle Hands b2b to Barbarella's...

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Peggy Gou’s DJ-Kicks invites us into her deep record collection

The Face

Gou has become a high-demand club DJ. Her instalment of the esteemed mix series explores some of her softer musical preferences.

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India Jordan - DNT STP MY LV

Resident Advisor

A thrilling debut inspired by trance, rave and warehouse tapes.

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Pinty - City Limits

Resident Advisor

A sentimental ode to Peckham.

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Listen! Festival : A key component of Brussels’ thriving underground scene

Crack Magazine

The fourth edition of Listen! welcomed around 18,000 guests to 13 different venues over five days.

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Karen O & Danger Mouse – Lux Prima

London in Stereo

Lux Prima delivers a liberating landscape from two luminescent alchemists.

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Octo Octa - For Lovers

Resident Advisor

Rich, highly personal house.

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DJ JM - Sorriso

Resident Advisor

Driving hard drum beats laced with melody.

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Skee Mask in London

Resident Advisor

The in-form artist joins Bruce and Afrodeutsche at The Cause.

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Hodge - Exogenesis

Resident Advisor

Cosmic techno workouts with nimble rhythms.

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Bicep live at Printworks

Resident Advisor

The Belfast duo play the first of three-sold out shows.

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Mr. Mitch – Primary Progressive

London in Stereo

With elegant progressions and rumbling basslines, Primary Progressive cements Mr. Mitch’s position as the producer of softly aesthetic grime instrumentals.

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Tony Allen & Jeff Mills – Tomorrow Comes The Harvest

London in Stereo

West African percussion meets pioneering Detroit drum patterns in the pair’s first collaborative release.

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Innervisions at Royal Albert Hall

Resident Advisor

The beloved label goes all out at the world-renowned concert venue.

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Dimensions Festival 2018: Five key performances

Resident Advisor

From Kraftwerk to Volvox, here are five standout sets from one of Europe's best festivals.

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Anna Meredith – Anno

London in Stereo

Also available as a binaural recording, allowing the listener to experience the space in the composition, Anna Meredith’s latest release is a collaboration with Scottish Ensemble, a famed string collective whose genre-bending performances effortlessly blur the boundaries between styles and periods of music.

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Kala Festival 2018

Resident Advisor

Katie Thomas travels to Albania's stunning Ionian coast for Kala, the country's first international music festival.

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WE LOVE GREEN // LIVE REVIEW

London in Stereo

We Love Green was easy, breezy, and sun-drenched, with a crowd that were as respectful of each other as they were of the festival’s eco-conscious sensibility.

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MDRNTY Cruise 2018

Resident Advisor

As an inflatable whale shot across the crowd to some thumping acid track, someone next to me shrieked: "We're having a whale of a time!"

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serpentwithfeet – soil

London in Stereo

An ode to love, an ode to the loss of love, and an ode to trying to make love work, soil sees serpentwithfeet unfolding, revealing his most intimate and vulnerable self for the world to see.

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DJ Koze at Printworks

Resident Advisor

Leaving Canada Water tube station on Saturday afternoon, you may have thought there was a festival going on.

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Caprices Festival 2018: Five key performances

Resident Advisor

Walking back from a party at first light, surrounded by an icy lake with snowy mountain peaks appearing from the gloom, was a serene and surreal experience.

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Everything is Recorded by Richard Russell

London in Stereo

XL Recordings co-founder Richard Russell presents Everything is Recorded; a collaborative project born from studio jam sessions which sees him sewing together past and present with remarkable cohesion.

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Tune-Yards – I can feel you creep into my private life

London in Stereo

The fourth Tune-Yards album, I can feel you creep into my private life, is an abrasive examination of modern society, of flailing identities, and a starkly introspective look at her own position in America as a white woman.

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Mastermix at The Warehouse Project

Resident Advisor

So close to Christmas and with the Scots out in full force—Jasper James, Denis Sulta, Spencer and Eclair Fifi all joined Jackmaster on the bill—the vibe was boisterous from the get-go.

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Kelela in London

Resident Advisor

Take Me Apart is a lesson in embracing your sexuality and your desires. Monday's show enforced this message.

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Motor City Drum Ensemble at XOYO

Resident Advisor

His XOYO residency, which launched in October, is a marker of his continued success, with almost every night selling out of advance tickets.

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Movement Torino 2017

Resident Advisor

If there's one thing I took away from this year's edition of Movement Torino, it's that Italians love a drop.

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Ziúr at Corsica Studios

Resident Advisor

Haptic Somatic was billed as an "enlivened club night concept," bringing together live performance, noise, light compositions and club music.

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Lost Village Festival 2017

Resident Advisor

As the last of them hit the ground, a cloud drifted across the moon, curling around it and darkening the sky. It was as if the organisers had managed to rope the moon into the performance.

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Percolate Open Air 2017

Resident Advisor

Percolate's first "party in a park"—all the promotional material insisted it wasn't a festival—took place at Three Mills Island near Bow in East London.

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Lovebox 2017

Resident Advisor

Two days, ten stages, 80,000 people—Lovebox has come a long way since that first intimate party in an old strip club off Tottenham Court Road.

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Jeff Mills and the Britten Sinfonia at The Barbican

Resident Advisor

The Detroit artist's latest project, From Here To There, which ran across five days at London's Barbican, encouraged visitors to look beyond their horizons and explore concepts of travel, space, time and existence.

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Sasha live at The Barbican

Resident Advisor

re-Fracted was an uplifting sonic exploration of his work that retained a focus on the optimistic melodies for which his DJ sets have long been celebrated.

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