May 2nd, 2020

Album Review: Ist Ist – Architecture

Posted on 02 May 2020 at 8:04am

Spoiler alert: this record is unlikely to lift your mood.

If you listen to music as an act of escapism (we all do), but also for its capacity to feel swathes of joy rather than recognition or melancholy, Ist Ist are not the band for you right now.

The Mancunians have taken their time over this debut. Operating since 2015, the steps taken to get to this point are familiar yet different: as most bands do, the four-piece cut their teeth on stage, but had both the gumption and the nous to release limited edition CDR bootlegs of these gigs which financed their early recorded work in the form of EPs which then, in turn, paid for Architecture.

Thinking further outside the box, the band have drip-fed tracks from the album over the last few weeks – similar to the traditional format of singles, but for every track. Whilst the approach is risky, the way the music industry is moving it was only a matter time before someone went the whole hog. Such clarity of thought and focus is apparent in the music itself, and is there from the off.

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Fontaines D.C., Shame, black midi, Kate Tempest all on Live At The Windmill charity album

Posted on 02 May 2020 at 5:47am

Fontaines D.C., Shame, Black Country New Road, black midi and Kate Tempest have all contributed to the Live At The Windmill album which is aiming to both raise money for the venue’s long-term future and its local charity Brixton Soup Kitchen.

Track Of The Week: Nicolas Bougaïeff – Thalassophobia

Posted on 02 May 2020 at 5:08am

Our pick of the week’s new tracks is Thalassophobia, a thumping slice of club electronica from Berlin-based producer and artist Nicolas Bougaïeff.

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