Neon Loneliness: Inside Eschaton & Parallel’s ‘PM:AM’ LP

“Reflective, haunted by something and praying for absolution, then realizing that you had the power to change it all along” In the last decade, the rapid advancements in technology effectively changed the channels of publishing and promoting music. A plethora of artists and smaller net labels emerged to fill in the new creative space, asContinue reading “Neon Loneliness: Inside Eschaton & Parallel’s ‘PM:AM’ LP”

Tracks I Wish I’d Written (issue #20): Intense – Only You

“If you want an example of mid-90s liquid this is it; lush, warm and beautiful. Not claustrophobic like today’s 4-minute ‘slam bam’ drum & bass tracks. It has a nice sense of pace. Nothing sounds rushed, which is a homage to late 70s jazz funk. To me this is their finest moment. The thing hereContinue reading “Tracks I Wish I’d Written (issue #20): Intense – Only You”

Tracks I Wish I’d Written (issue #19): Mouly & Lucida – Inertia

“Back then, you might hear an incredible new tune played exclusively on a plate by a DJ like Bukem or Fabio and you’d have to wait for months before you could get it on vinyl.  That was part of the magic of the scene at the time.  Nowadays, if you hear an amazing tune playedContinue reading “Tracks I Wish I’d Written (issue #19): Mouly & Lucida – Inertia”

Sing me a line from your favourite song

“Ever get that feeling, when you experience some sort of musical epiphany and strive to memorize the melody and the lyrics of a song you have just listened to, before they‘re lost into the next morning’s haze?” This month is my blog’s 8th year anniversary and to be honest I’ve never expected to make itContinue reading “Sing me a line from your favourite song”

The Morning of the Magicians: Inside the Album

“The fine art of deception” This terrible world pandemic is unprecedented in our generation. At the time of writing, more than 3 billion people are self-isolating and most countries have enforced partial or total lockdown measures. Dismally, that’s not a ‘Black Mirror’ episode or a sci-fi movie script. The tragedy is literally on our doorstep,Continue reading “The Morning of the Magicians: Inside the Album”

Tracks I Wish I’d Written (issue #18): Calibre – Hypnotise

“A song for a life I left behind” When I started the ‘Tracks I Wish I’d Written’ series six years ago, I had an abstract vision in mind: to hand-pick, document and present sentimental music from my collection in an endeavor to unlock something magical, to capture that moment in time and that beautiful place,Continue reading “Tracks I Wish I’d Written (issue #18): Calibre – Hypnotise”

Postcards from Wales – Serein

“There is a thread that runs through all this music that ties it together. Listening to ambient came much later, but again you hear similarities. I mean, in the early days you could just remove the beats and call it ambient! No beat? Ambient!” The first blog post of 2020 is the third part ofContinue reading “Postcards from Wales – Serein”

Liner notes on 2019

“Forget the times ahead” As another exceptional year for important things, like new wonderful music, draws to an end, I would like to take the opportunity once again to thank all artists and record labels for gracing this year with their beautiful music and safeguarding the art, the passion and the romance. Despite our cultureContinue reading “Liner notes on 2019”

Tracks I Wish I’d Written (issue #17): 36 – Fade To Grey

“… I can’t understand those musicians who make the most beautiful music, but show little care or attention for the visual side. It’s like stuffing a Rembrandt painting inside a £5 plastic frame from IKEA …” The ‘Tracks I Wish I’d Written’ series is perhaps the most personal, preferential and esoteric category of the blog.Continue reading “Tracks I Wish I’d Written (issue #17): 36 – Fade To Grey”

Songs for the misfits: Inside Klute’s ‘Whatever It Takes’ LP

‘Whatever It Takes’ is a phrase I’ve been saying to myself over the last few years, when I despair with manipulative behaviour, in the face of what seems to be happening in the current climate of media/consumer culture; the lengths that people will go to, the things that they will do to get attention orContinue reading “Songs for the misfits: Inside Klute’s ‘Whatever It Takes’ LP”