Mighloe Releases Soulful & Atmospheric EP ‘Desperate Times’

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Toronto-based Mighloe traverses all kinds of terrain in the atmospheric journey of her latest EP, Desperate Times. From the distant, reverb-saturated ‘Stolen Paradise’ that opens the record, to the popping and soulful ‘Don’t Call Me.’ the record blends guitar-heavy, dreamy, saturated sounds with elements of R&B. This unusual sonic palette and Mighloe’s arresting vocals make … Read more

Cariss Auburn Offers Comfort With Dreamy R&B EP ‘Refraction’

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The Refraction EP from Cariss Auburn is one of the most refreshing releases to land this year. Sonically, the record calls to mind old school and alt-R&B, as well as synthy, dream-pop – reminiscent of Solange and her collaborations with Dev Hynes. The themes on the record reflect a diverse mix of Auburn’s life experiences, … Read more

The Northern Jazz Revival: An Interview With Jasmine

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A jazz revival is happening in the UK. After spending many years as a symbol of wine-sipping middle-class civility, a new generation of music lovers are getting back the gritty, sweaty, passionate roots of the genre. The likes of London-based Brownswood Recordings and Gilles Peterson have been important to publicising the movement. But outside the … Read more

Reza Pahlevani: The Story Of His ‘Roozmaregi’ EP

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Born and raised in Iran, Reza Pahlevani has lived in the north of England since 2012. Reza is no stranger to the world of showbusiness in the Persian music scene – establishing himself in a new community in the UK where he is basically unknown has been an exercise in patience and growth. But for … Read more

Noya Rao Talk Trees, Karate, and The Creative Process

From the fertile ground of Leeds’ verdant music scene springs Noya Rao. The band, whose name refers to the mystical Amazonian ‘tree of light,’ describe themselves as ‘electronic soul’ – deriving their sound from the playfully fluttering vocals of Olivia Bhattacharjee, the OB6 synth, and a rhythm section that specialise in getting heads nodding. It … Read more

GracieSouz Gets Spooky In Electro-Pop Video ‘Before, An Apparition’

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Before, An Apparation’ is the new single from Sheffield electro-pop artist GracieSouz. Exploring themes of ephemeral moments and memory, she creates a strange and dark sonic and visual world. An interdisciplinary artist, GracieSouz is the solo project of Grace Strickland de Souza. Her other projects include the likes of alt-pop band KIN. ‘Before, An Apparition’ … Read more

RETRIEVER Debut Stunning Psychedelic Video ‘Weekend Spiders’

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RETRIEVER’s debut release ‘Weekend Spiders’ whisks you to a lush, synth-laden world of beauty and revenge. Released via Paris-based label Profil de Face, with stunning visuals directed by Theo Le Sourd, RETRIEVER offset warm, nostalgic sounds against a sinister narrative, to spellbinding effect. Blending dream pop and psychedelic textures, RETRIEVER’s sound calls to mind the … Read more

Jamaal Monarch Gets It All Out In Raw R&B Anthem ‘Love’s A Joke’

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Love’s A Joke, I’m The Butt Of It’ is a charmingly naive R&B anthem from emerging Manchester artist Jamaal Monarch. Walking a fine line between sensitivity and bravado, Monarch reflects on love and coming-of-age during lockdown. The lyrics flit between the coy, the humorous, and even the childish, ultimately landing on Monarch’s self-affirming chorus, ‘you … Read more

Dur Brain Drops Lethargic, Satirical Hip-Hop Release ‘Retraining’

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Dur Brain, Dr Syntax, and Binbags capture the spirit of the age in the cynical and lethargic retraining. Uncovering everyday frustrations and probing broader political paradigms, the three UK rappers explore the pandemic zeitgeist with a comical touch. The sharpness of the verses offsets the sluggish, psychedelic boom-bap beats, produced by Osirus. This is satirical … Read more

Sleepsang Reflects The Bitter And Complex Present In Ambient ‘Beyond’

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It feels as if ambient and experimental soundscapes are the most suitable musical response to our times. With sentiment around the ongoing pandemic decaying from a fragile optimism to a dreary, head-down resignation, music that tries to address the situation with words often grates, and misses the mark. Listen: Sleepsang – Beyond Beyond, the new … Read more

Yusuf Yellow: Vulnerability, Masculinity & Hip-Hop

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Yusuf Yellow takes things at his own pace. It hasn’t hindered his progress. With his debut album, The Yellow Tape, the Leeds-based hip-hop artist grabbed attention with his curiously gentle flows, and the candid vulnerability of his lyrics. Marching to the beat of his own drum, the young artist has resonated with an audience that’s … Read more

Miroslav Kiss On Music Videos, Storytelling, and Breaking the Mould

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Done well, music videos can expand music into multidisciplinary, multisensory works of art. Visuals can add new dimensions of depth and meaning that transcend what is possible with sound alone. Yet by definition, the music video almost always plays ‘second fiddle’ to the song itself – this is, perhaps, until you’re talking about exceptional producers … Read more

Zyggurat Journey Through Imagined Landscapes In Earth II

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The debut EP from Birmingham-based future jazzers Zyggurat represents a passage through imagined landscapes. Travelling across abstract wilds to urban civilisation and beyond, the band arrive at Earth II. Led by Pete Grimshaw (synths, trombone, samples, production), Zyggurat combines elements of jazz, electronica, experimental, and ambient music. The journey is cerebral and sonically pleasing. Underpinned … Read more

Spacey Basement Cult Continue Down The Rabbit Hole With New Wonk-Pop Single

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Spacey Basement Cult’s new release sees the Leeds trio continue down the experimental-wonk-pop rabbit hole. The tongue-in-cheek description on their Bandcamp (“chill beats you can’t study to”) is suggestive of the artistic milieu the group push off from, if not where they land. There may be a quick nod to seminal electronica artists of the … Read more

Tonia Victoria Returns With Soulfully Playful ‘U Cute’

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Tonia Victoria returns with the soulfully playful ‘U cute’. Hailing from Huddersfield via South London, Tonia Victoria first made her mark with her melancholic, self-produced Herstory EP, which made waves on Spotify. Growing from the gritty candour of Tonia’s earlier work, themes of self-respect and empowerment underpin ‘U Cute,’ while a fresh layer of playfulness … Read more

Skeltr Elevate With Spiritual Jazz Rave Album ‘ Dorje’

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Skeltr seamlessly blend spiritual jazz and rave in their epic debut album Dorje. In a distinctly unusual fusion of genres and ideas, the Manchester-based duo pull off a crossover that feels unwaveringly coherent and organic. Drawing inspiration from Buddhist philosophy and practice on the one hand, and Manchester‘s rave scene on the other, the record … Read more

Robbie Thompson Talks Music, Dreams, and Therapy

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The poetry of Robbie Thompson is the sort that can stop you in your tracks. His rasping, croaking voice is at times almost atonal, always richly textured and expressive. His words, drawing on his background and interests in psychotherapy and philosophy, offer generous reflections and insight on his accumulated experiences. Thompson’s new EP, Look Who’s … Read more

Seigfried Komidashi Drops Experimental Lofi EP ‘Sagittarius Rising’

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Poet and saxophonist Seigfried Komidashi collaborates with Sheffield-based producer Zillch on his new EP Sagittarius Rising, combining jazz samples with lo-fi, experimental production, elements of noise, and spoken word. Bold, meandering, and at times abrasive, Komidashi’s low-energy vocal murmurs combined with unpredictable and at times lopsided production makes for a listening experience that is at … Read more

Apricot Ballroom: Meet The North’s Psychedelic Audiophile Party-Starters

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You’ll be hard-pressed to find anyone more passionate and knowledgeable about 1960s psychedelic audiophile parties than Gabriel Presland and Dave Sheard, the founders of Apricot Ballroom. Between them, they possess the obsessive geekiness, meticulous selectivity, and social awareness necessary to pull off one of the north’s most popping parties. Launched in Sheffield in 2018, the … Read more

Tee Peters & Mensing Lock In On Challenges In ‘Breath of The Wild’

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Everyone, at one point or another during lockdown, has felt they’re going a bit crazy. And while some of us are getting sick of ‘lockdown chat,’ there’s no denying that lockdown has had a huge impact on all of our lives. The latest single from Tee Peters & Mensing explores feelings of claustrophobia and the … Read more

Millicent James Releases Cinematic Jazz Debut ‘Moyo’

Millicent James blends jazz, gospel, and contemporary classical to create a daring, accomplished debut EP in Moyo. In the four tracks, Millicent explores the themes of silver linings, history, and ‘becoming more comfortable with my identity as a black woman.’ The cinematic ‘Moyo/Ancestors’ is a bold opening to the record. A Swahili chant segues into … Read more

Luke Royalty Vents In Breakup Lament ‘October Seven’

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Luke Royalty’s first release of 2020 is a bitter, searching breakup lament. Filled with the inevitable questions, disappointment, and regret that surround a failed relationship, the mood of ‘October Seven’ captures something distinctive about the flavour of breakups today. Bluesy guitar licks, soulful delivery, and hints of a backing choir define the sound of this … Read more