Bottler – Tacoma

5th May 2022 · 2020s, 2022, Music

I’m not sure if it’s the soothingly hypnotic sounds or the hypnotically surreal images that drew me to this tune, Tacoma. Probably both. (more…)

I’ve always been a sucker for a melancholy song about grief and loss, and this one’s a real heartbreaker. The music, the lyrics, the vocals, the video… all of it. (more…)

When the sun comes out, as it finally has (and not before bloody time), there is little I would rather listen to than some desert blues from Mali. (more…)

I don’t know anything about Ten Benson except that when I heard this song on Marc Riley’s 6Music show I thought it might be a lost out-take by The Stooges. (more…)

Hot off the press (yesterday) comes this collaboration between the two top synth pop duos of our time. Or – let’s be fair – any other time. (more…)

Beton – Kyiv Calling

22nd March 2022 · 2020s, 2022, Punk

Here’s a familiar song as it’s never been heard before.
Ukrainian punk band Beton have reimagined The Clash’s hit single London Calling as an “anthem of solidarity and hope” for their people amid the Russian invasion.


Warpaint – Champion

21st March 2022 · 2020s, 2022, Music

Warpaint return from a six-year lay-off with the same line-up but a glitchy, claustrophobic new sound on Champion. (more…)

In many ways Bodega seem like a computer-generated hipster band from Brooklyn, if not the most pretentious band in the world. But I like ’em. (more…)

Joe Rainey – bezhigo

16th March 2022 · 2020s, 2022, Music

About 25 years ago I wrote a big exposé about one of the first New Age ambient albums, called Sacred Spirit. (more…)

Steady Habits sound like an old-timey country music band from somewhere in the American South – but actually come from Oxford. (more…)