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Enter Shikari – The Spark

Enter Shikari – The Spark

A true British rock success story, Enter Shikari have grown from a basement band into one of the biggest alternative names to come out of the country. Their notoriously politically centred material has served as a beacon for movements across the past decade and, in light of today’s circumstances and the current political climate, their new record, The Spark, has more than enough material to work from.

Sløtface – Try Not To Freak Out

Sløtface – Try Not To Freak Out

The Norwegian pop-punkers, formerly known as ‘Slutface’ until the Facebook regulators booted up a fuss, now known as Sløtface, release their long-awaited debut LP Try Not To Freak Out, a joyous marriage between noughties indie-pop and 80s US punk. Try Not To Freak Out buries serious sentiment within a coating of light hearted antics – disguised beneath the layers of candy-cane pop-punk lies a sentiment echoed by artists throughout 2017, it’s anti-Trump and anti-Brexit by default but, asides from the obvious political squabbles, it makes several other statements worthy of further note. What makes Try Not To Freak Out important is that it isn’t so much a call to arms, but rather a call to disarm and pull on your Christmas jumper. There’s a party incoming from Norway and it’s here to shout with you, but show you a light rather than a pool of misery.

Kiran Leonard – Derevaun Seraun

Kiran Leonard – Derevaun Seraun

DEREVAUN SERAUN is a piece I wrote a couple years back in five movements for voice, piano and string trio. Each movement is written about a different piece of literature, exploring the value I see in each work and the impression it has made on me, and there is nothing more to it than that.” Kiran Leonard

It’s a simple and modest description, but there is a great deal more to Derevaun Seraun.

Lee Ranaldo – Electric Trim

Lee Ranaldo – Electric Trim

The latest solo record from Lee Ranaldo is a more traditional album than you’d expect. Electric Trim thoroughly explores all of the ideas it puts forward and Ranaldo doesn’t take any half measures, plunging deep into the songs he creates. Throughout Electric Trim there are really strong contrasts within the songs; having a dark and dirty backing to flip to something very melodic and clean. It’s a trick used several times throughout the album and works every time.

Fink – Resurgam

Fink – Resurgam

Former Brighton resident Finian Greenall was a relative late-comer to the world of live music, despite his beginnings as an EDM producer and DJ. In his early 30s he dropped the decks and picked up an acoustic guitar, re-inventing himself as a live act, and one with the 'blues'.

Prophets of Rage – Prophets of Rage

Prophets of Rage – Prophets of Rage

Nowadays the revolution would not just be televised, it would be live Tweeted, probably by the most powerful man in the world, amongst others and target of much of the rage here. The current atmosphere of distrust and suspicions (on all sides), has given birth to a rap-rock supergroup comprised of artists who have been railing against the hypocrisy and corruption of the modern age for more than 30 years. Chuck D and DJ Lord (Public Enemy), Tom Morello, Tim Commerford and Brad Wilk (Rage Against The Machine) and B-Real (Cypress Hill) came together as a protest against “The mountain of election year bullshit”. As 2017 continues down the same slippery slope at an even greater pace, it's perfect timing for this self-titled debut release.

Foo Fighters – Concrete and Gold

Foo Fighters – Concrete and Gold

Concrete and Gold, the ninth studio album from Foo Fighters, proudly wears its influences on its sleeves from the very start. Each new release by the Foos has attempted to refresh their sound and this is no exception, being produced by famed pop producer Greg Kurstin (Adele). Together with mixer Darrell Thorp (Radiohead), they have come up with a piece of work that Dave Grohl has described as “the biggest sounding Foo Fighters record ever… Motorhead’s version of Sgt. Pepper”. Pulling together strands and influences from an array of the finest classic rock bands of the ’70s, Grohl has again hit the jackpot with an album that still feels current and, above all, succeeds in sounding absolutely massive.

Seaway - Vacation

Seaway – Vacation

Returning with their third full-length record, Vacation, Seaway have thrown themselves back in the deep end of pop-punk. The Canadian quintet have found themselves reaching great heights through their previous releases, landing support slots from titan’s Neck Deep and Simple Plan whilst building themselves a dedicated fanbase who are always seeking some equally huge poppunk singalongs.

Arcane Roots - Melancholia Hymns

Arcane Roots - Melancholia Hymns

A three-piece with one hell of a sound, Arcane Roots may not be a band who you’re currently familiar with, but after listening to their latest 10-piece record, Melancholia Hymns, you’ll instantly fall in love with them. If you’re a fan of huge hitting riffs, colossal vocal ranges and some of the biggest songs of this year, prepare yourself, because this is the album for you.



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