2017. Careful with that wax, Eugene.

Xmas lists are being finalised by excited children and in true let’s fill up the pages of a magazine or blog style, my best of 2017 list has taken shape, and is now complete. But the records here, and there are only records, are what I have bought in the past 12 months, new or … Continue reading

Spellbinding electronica from East Anglia

If you like your techno Teutonic, your basslines hypnotic and your punk anamorphic, this is the train journey for you. Like an echo of new wave European travelogues, If You See Me winds it’s way through Berlin, Dusseldorf, Leeds and Glasgow, on a rhythmic Eurostar of art rock post modernism. Maria’s honey dipped, dreamy vocals … Continue reading

Triviality in triplicate

“You have these weeks in the music press which are quieter weeks than others, and it just so happened that this was a quiet week,” said Tony Stewart talking about when he reviewed Simple Minds debut, Life in a Day, in the northern spring of 1979. This week, in 2015, is not quiet. Not for me. But … Continue reading