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Well – it wouldn’t be Christmas without Del Boy Trotter, Harry Potter or Lord of The Bloody Rings now would it? And though it’s arguable which is likely to be the more remarkable resurrection in 2005 – the bringing back to life of J.R.R Tolkien or the elusive comic faculties of ‘Fools’ creator, John Sullivan – it’s likely to keep on going for years to come – whether we like it or not. Howard Shore’s music for the hugely successful first Continue Reading

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Agent provocateur to the ‘quiet is the new loud’ of 2001 and tall, bespectacled one half of Kings of Covenience, Erlend Oye. Whilst the results of his whimsical nordic science are due out in earnest next Spring with the release of his first serious solo effort, ‘Unrest’ the crossover electronic world of indie-spock can be gently prepared by the 12“ vinyl only release of ‘Symptom of Disease’. Soft, spooky and crackling along like a small yuletide fire,’Symptom of Disease’ is not Continue Reading

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Hip-hop. Built entirely on bling-blings and bang-bangs. Or so it would sometimes seem. Of course it isn’t entirely, but that doesn’t stop the majority aspect seeping like spilt blood under the toes of those that do still see it as an art-form, rather than a survival-of-the-luckiest lifestyle choice (still sore case in point, Jam Master Jay). But there must be those out there that have evolved past a primal, Neanderthal urge for territorial scrappings, and developed instincts beyond those of Continue Reading

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In 1981 there were thousands of kids holed up in their bedrooms just killing themselves over the android, analogue beeps and battery acid spills of ‘synth’ music. Today those kids are holed up in the studio and just killing themselves all over again: but this time it’s called Electro-clash. Ladytron initially existed as a concept dreamed up by founder members Danny Hunt and Reuben Wu, two friends from Liverpool who shared a love of music and djing. This rather simple Continue Reading

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Says Kweli of ‘Rush’, the second track on the album: “I wanted to call this song ‘Heroin’, but C. Smyth wouldn’t let me. He kept saying something about kids getting the wrong idea. Maybe he’s right. I would never use herion, but doesn’t it sound like a great name for a rock song?“ It’s an intriguing duality that sizeably sums up the ambitious nature of this record: it has all the allure and excitement of the street but with the Continue Reading