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The Mynabirds – ‘Lovers Know’ album review


Washington D.C. native Laura Burhenn’s The Mynabirds project is now onto its third album and her sound is as refreshingly vital and vigorous as ever. Having spent a year on the road with the Postal Service, it quickly becomes apparent she’s taken their love of synths and gorgeous hooks and implemented it further into her…

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Foals – ‘What Went Down’ album review


Foals have always excelled in whatever genre they’ve dipped into. From the amazing pre-‘Antidotes’ tracks of ‘Mathletics’ and ‘Try This On Your Piano’ to their almost-resurrection of nu-metal on ‘Inhaler’, there’s always been something a bit special about the Oxford five-piece. Now they arrive at their fourth album and hopes are high. They turned down…

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yr friends – yr friends over you


yr friends is Alexei Berrow from Johnny Foreigner’s solo project. The band name and song titles are all displayed in lower case – a perfect example of the more uncluttered and acoustic-based sound that features on this Bandcamp EP (although it does drive spellcheck up the wall…). Throughout the five tracks, Lex gets to offer…

Uncle Luc

Uncle Luc – ‘Stay Clean’ stream


Ahead of the March release of a mini album recorded using only old analogue gear – and each song within three hours and in a maximum of three takes – at Lolipop Studios in Echo Park, Los Angeles, Uncle Luc has streamed its first single ‘Stay Clean’ on Soundcloud. Only two minutes long and with…

Uncle Luc – ‘Farewell Monsoon’ video


Uncle Luc – Farewell Monsoon from Uncle Luc on Vimeo. As we eagerly await his debut solo album ‘Humblebrag’ (released on 22 September via the new independent label Super Fan 99), former Stagecoach man Luke Barham has released the latest single under his Uncle Luc moniker. Out on 8 September, ‘Farewell Monsoon’ is a gently…

Sam Airey – Station Approach


Already a favourite with all the trusted BBC presenters, Sam Airey is set to release his debut album later this year, but first he will drop the first single in June, the title track ‘Station Approach’, via Hide & Seek Records. Recorded and mixed by Whiskas from ¡Forward, Russia! and mastered by the Leeds band’s…

Benjamin Shaw – Goodbye, Cagoule World


London’s Benjamin Shaw has released EPs called ‘I Got the Pox, the Pox is What I Got’ and ‘Rumfucker’ in the past, and now he’s following 2011’s debut long-player ‘There’s Always Hope, There’s Always Cabernet’ with the pun-worthy ‘Goodbye, Cagoule World’, a mini album that clocks in at just under half an hour. Bringing up…

Uncle Luc – I Write


We don’t need to reiterate how much we loved Stagecoach. Providing so many great memories over the years, there’s still a tinge of sadness that they called it a day last year. At least they left on a high, with ‘Say Hi to the Band’ being pretty much the perfect indie-pop album and one you…