ALBUM REVIEW: Natural Order

The Four Owls . Natural Order . High Focus Records It’s been three years but there is stirring in the woods. Rustling as feathery beasts emerge from the trees. Yes The Four Owls, High Focus’s most loved group are back. With a fresh plume of feathers, their second album Natural Order puts these Hip-Hop hybrids at the…

SONG OF THE DAY

Happy Valentines! From the senseless to the sublime this is a beautiful song and a powerful performance. Share it with someone you love!

MUSIC RECOMMENDATION

If you’re looking for a European festival to do this summer, why not try Outlook? Situated in Pula, Croatia Outlook takes over Fort Punta Christo, an abandoned stronghold partially hidden above the Adriatic sea. The amount of money you spend on Outlook isn’t just for the four days of music, it’s for a holiday and you certainly get this vibe…

ARTIST REVIEW: Will McNicol

Will McNicol One to watch… I first got to hear about Will McNicol ironically through his old school teacher. Unsure of instrumental music I was doubtful whether a purely acoustic guitar album could maintain my interest. I was wrong and Snapshots – Will’s second album – became a calming remedy against the stress of exams. In…

SHOP REVIEW: Rough Trade, Nottingham

          Rough Trade talks music in Nottingham It has been little under two months since Rough Trade opened its doors here in Nottingham. Situated on Broad Street in Hockley’s Creative Quarter, the store boasts an impressive range of CDs and Vinyl. You’ll also find books, films, clothing, lorry tarpaulin bags and…

LIVE REVIEW: Bondax @ Concorde 2 Brighton

Bondax is a tropical twist between garage, house and soul electronica. They are a fruity cocktail that’s refreshing whilst still carrying some punch. The Lancaster duo, George Townsend and Adam Kaye, have carried their own sound wave across multiple cities on the Bondax & Friends tour. I caught them in Brighton where their DJ set was…

LIVE REVIEW: Chali 2na @ Rock City Basement

Chali 2na is a big man. He has a big voice too, arguably one of the most iconic in transatlantic hip-hop. As co-founding father for legendary group Jurassic 5, most people would recognise his bass-baritone on tracks like Freedom or Thin Line. He has however had a successful solo career. Releasing two mixtapes, two E.Ps…

SHOP REVIEW: Mimm, Nottingham

Mimm talks music in Nottingham Nottingham’s not always had a blazing love affair with music but today there’s definitely a sense of things heating up. Venues like Stealth and Bodega Social Club have provided a hub for forward-thinking music and the people of Nottingham have reacted. There’s a new buzz in town and people are…

ARTIST REVIEW: Méle

Melé Melé a.k.a Liverpudlian lad Krissy Pears has been in innovator within the U.K’s dance music scene since the age of 18. He is now only 21 but is championed by the likes of Annie Mac, Toddla T and David Rodigan as well as getting regular primetime sets at all the big European and UK festivals….

ARTIST REVIEW: Little Sister Blue

Little Sister Blue Little Sister Blue is an acoustic 5-piece band headed by singer-songwriter and guitarist Sarah-Louise. Blessed with a tender voice, Sarah-Louise can’t help but transfix her audience. I discovered the band walking across Glastonbury festival in a tent filled with no more than 20 people. Like a Siren she had the crowd enchanted,…

ARTIST REVIEW: Van Morrison

Van the Man Van Morrison is an artist that reminds me of my childhood. Sitting on the back seat of Bertie (our infamously slow and decrepit VW bus), his folky soulful voice was ubiquitous on our travels. 15 years later I am still wondering why I like Van Morrison so much. Is it a nostalgic…