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Dan Croll - Emerging Adulthood

Dan Croll - Emerging Adulthood

Despite critical and commercial success with his debut album Sweet Disarray, Dan Croll still found himself in the unenviable position of being dropped by his record label just before recording the follow-up. Having previously included one of his tracks in 2012’s New Faces compilation, Communion Records swooped in and have allowed this interesting artist space and freedom in which to produce and record this album in the style that he wanted. Setting himself the challenge of writing and recording the entire piece solo, Croll has rewarded Communion’s belief by delivering a fantastic album seemingly full of confidence and self-belief.

Dirty White Fever – ...on the shores of San Salvador

Dirty White Fever – ...on the shores of San Salvador

Dirty White Fever are a band with a hell of a reputation for rawkus, eardrum-bursting live shows. They really are one of the loudest bands I’ve seen in action, which seems even more impressive when you consider that there are only two of them. They’re a band that seem to pop up periodically to play a few killer shows before slipping away into the night and out of view. Lead singer and guitarist Dominic Knight has been kept busy, as a former member of The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster and Bad For Lazarus, while drummer Leon Holder can often be found in local venues working the sound desk as one of Brighton’s most respected live engineers. This is apparently how the two met and formed the band: Holder was engineering a night where Knight was performing as a one man band. Having swiftly completed the sound-check Holder thought he’d have a cheeky bash on the kit, Knight caught him in the act, liked what he heard and the rest is history, as they say.

Declan Mckenna - What Do You Think About The Car?

Declan Mckenna - What Do You Think About The Car?

Every now and again an artist comes along who redefines the music scene, bringing something completely fresh to the table, Declan McKenna is most certainly one of those artists. What Do You Think About The Car? is an album which I have been eagerly awaiting as I remember the night when this 15-year-olds life would be changed forever. I recall my Twitter feed blowing up with demands for hearing ‘Brazil’ to be played on the radio and, once the host adhered to the tidal wave of requests, this teenager’s gateway to stardom was opened. Since then, Declan’s career has been one of a non-stop rollercoaster, winning Glastonbury’s Emerging Talent Competition in 2015, playing shows all over the world and being signed to a Sony record label all by the age of just 18, the only way seems to be up.

Childhood - Universal High

Childhood - Universal High

The very second after the final chord was struck on Childhood’s 2017 Great Escape set I was counting down to the release of this record. A show made up of completely new material, I was intrigued as to how the Brixton band would transfer this completely revamped sound in the studio.

Japanese Breakfast - Soft Sounds From Another Planet

Japanese Breakfast - Soft Sounds From Another Planet

“The follow up to Japanese Breakfast’s critically acclaimed debut is a work of self-reflection,” reads the press release, “one that looks out at the cosmos in search of healing, finding inspiration in science fiction, outer space, and the Mars One Project.” If you feel all this is sounding slightly absurd, then you’re certainly not alone. The follow-up to Psychopomp feels wholly less real, less grounded and more experimental in its themes and, also, in what Michelle Zauner projects into her sound. It’s an album that promises an odyssey, suggests the intangible and, ultimately, looks to find escape within an often horribly conscious world.

Oh Wonder - Ultralife

Oh Wonder - Ultralife

Oh Wonder began to make a real impact back in September 2014, when they released the first in a series of monthly single releases. For a year thereafter, fans eagerly awaited the first of every month for a new song as the electro-pop duo sought to do things on their own terms. The thought process behind this DIY approach was simple, Josephine Vander Gucht explaining it as, “If you’ve been drip fed someone’s music for a whole year, you’re going to really love them… if an artist dropped an album, you’d probably enjoy it for a few weeks and then move on to something else.”

Lucy Rose - Something's Changing

Lucy Rose - Something's Changing

Since showing up on the open mic circuit as a 20-year-old in London, Lucy Rose Parton has demonstrated herself to be the veritable real deal. A singer/songwriter of rare substance, allied to a seemingly insatiable lust for life, Rose initially made her mark as a semi-permanent touring member of Bombay Bicycle Club whilst making her own music, beginning with 2012's Like I Used To. An immediate hit, alongside her major label and top ten album Work It Out, you felt that somehow Rose's songs were being smothered in some kind of pop ointment, as the men and women in suits searched hard for big radio hits. What Rose eventually concluded was that her songs and her general music making approach needed to be radicalised in order to return to some state of naturalness. With some success under her arms, the scene was set for this to happen.

Public Service Broadcasting – Every Valley

Public Service Broadcasting – Every Valley

Public Service Broadcasting are a very British band. Who else could amalgamate audio and film, largely culled from the British Film Institute, and marry that to beats and grooves concocted by a trio of bespectacled nerd-a-likes, who trade under the old school monikers of J. Willgoose, Esq., Wrigglesworth and JFAbraham?

Waxahatchee – Out in the Storm

Waxahatchee – Out in the Storm

Waxahatchee’s fourth album Out in the Storm sees Katie Crutchfield’s songwriting given a studio boost resulting in a more polished, well-rounded outing than its predecessors. Supposedly the album was recorded after a slightly turbulent time for Crutchfield around the release of Ivy Tripp, with Crutchfield now finding herself in a place of strength and clarity. This is the sound of someone at peace with themselves and the result is an empowering listen.



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