Album Reviews

Album Review: MIKE’s War in My Pen (2018 LP) is a concise exploration of maturity and loss

January 9, 2019

This project from prodigious New York rapper MIKE dropped just before the end of last year, and may have flown under the radar as a result. Though it proves more than deserving of proper attention, despite being lost in the flurry that is the holiday season. MIKE’s style of music is an incredibly experimental take […]

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Album Review: On I am > I was (2018 LP), 21 Savage emerges victorious despite all odds

January 7, 2019

21 Savage has, for the past few years, stood as a divisive character in modern hip hop. Though, regardless of countless criticisms he has definitely become an established figure on the scene – becoming one of the most commercially successful and well known members of the early soundcloud-rap renaissance of 2016. As a result, following […]

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Album of the Week: The Paz Band’s Supply & Demand (2018 LP) delivers more energy than a lightning bolt

December 21, 2018

Take five cups of rock n roll, two spoons full of Buddy Guy influenced electric blues, a sprinkle of 60s style soul, and top it all off with a voice as versatile as a chameleon… and you have something that resembles The Paz Band, a five-piece from Tel Aviv, who have been packing large venues in […]

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Album Review: On IIWII (2018 LP), Kirk Knight has rinsed his sound

December 20, 2018

The knife edge between underground and commercial has never been thinner than now in current music trends – one song, catchy hook, or even just a throwaway lyric is enough to propel an artist to the next height in their career (look at YBN Nahmir, JPEGMAFIA, or many others), but sometimes things aren’t as serendipitous […]

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Album of the Week: Karrie Hayward – Ephemeral (2018 EP)

December 13, 2018

Karrie Hayward is a Brisbane based songstress with a pop infused, indie edge sound. Spending the last few months travelling solo in a van performing shows down the Eastern coast of Australia from Townsville to Melbourne she recently released her debut EP Ephemeral. An album about the experiences of a past relationship and the raw […]

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Album of the Week: Jacob Collier – Djesse Vol. 1 (2018 LP)

December 5, 2018

Jacob Collier is not your average English Twenty Four year old. He is a singer, arranger, composer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist. The London bred artist released his debut album In My Room in 2016, which led to a 200 date global tour and won him two Grammy Awards, and being dubbed “Jazz’s new messiah”. Managed by […]

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Album Review: Earl Sweatshirt is still looking for the light at the end of the tunnel, but on Some Rap Songs (2018 LP) his vision is clearer

December 3, 2018

After three years of intermittent presence and mystique Earl Sweatshirt has returned with a fifteen track exploration of himself and all things in his periphery. Some Rap Songs only weighs in at twenty-five minutes, but each short track is laden with quote-ready lyrics and vulnerability that acts as a reflective point for his career and personal life […]

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Album Review: The 1975 – A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships (2018 LP)

November 29, 2018

Manchester pop stars The 1975 have divided critics and music lovers since their self titled debut album back in 2013. Lead singer Matthew Healy has been at the forefront of most of the distaste for the band, glorifying the drugs, sex and money culture to his adoring and impressionable teenage girl fanbase. Despite falling captive […]

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Album of the Week: Antony & Cleopatra – Hurt Like Hell (2018 EP)

November 28, 2018

No, we are not talking about the Shakespeare drama here, even if “Hurt Like Hell” was probably something Cleopatra would have said about her demise. Hurt Like Hell is the title of the new EP by the deep house Duo Antony & Cleopatra. The album was released on Friday and contains six ready-to-dance-to tracks packed with […]

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Album Review: Clea reveals her cleverly crafted debut Vermillion (2018 LP)

November 21, 2018

22 year old Brisbane girl Clea is set to release her debut LP Vermillion on Friday after she finishes touring Australia and New Zealand with pop-star of the moment, King Princess. Like King Princess’ tracks, Vermillion is a panoramic look at growing up in our contemporary world told through Clea’s resonant and rich voice. From a […]

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Album of the Week: Harts unleashes the eclectic Queens, Kings, & All Big Things (2018 LP)

November 21, 2018

Darren Hart, more commonly known as the multi-instrumentalist Harts, gained recognition with his debut album Smoke Fire Hope Desire in 2016 and is now taking the meaning of the one-man show to the next level (though he does perform with an incredible band, it must be said). The musical blend of the Indian-born and Australia […]

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Album Review: Larkin Poe’s Venom & Faith (2018 LP) is a modern interpretation of traditional blues music

November 15, 2018

The blues sisters from Atlanta are back with their long-awaited fourth studio album, Venom & Faith, which follows up on the critical acclaim of last year’s Peach, which was nominated for a Blues Music Award, with a collection of ten bluesy tracks. Don’t be fooled Larkin Poe is not a man, but instead two sisters, Megan and Rebecca […]

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Album Of The Week: Vance Joy – Live at Red Rocks Amphitheatre (2018 LP)

November 14, 2018

Vance Joy has been round the world over the last eight months, putting on an impressive 83 shows on the back of his most recent album, Nation Of Two. If you somehow missed this massive run of shows or are just suffering from post concert depression, he is now releasing a 16 track live record which […]

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Album Review: Imagine Dragons’ Origins (2018 LP) is disappointingly unoriginal

November 14, 2018

Las Vegas four-piece Imagine Dragons are probably best known for their incredibly overplayed songs “Radioactive” and “Thunder”. They fuse genres from Pop, to EDM and Hip Hop on one LP, and strike up a wide angle of important topics like world peace, depression and love. A mixture that might sound intriguing, but the outcome is […]

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Album Review: Muse’s Simulation Theory (2018 LP) is a masterful sensory sledgehammer

November 12, 2018

There’s an indescribable level of anxiety that comes with being a Muse fan any time a new album is announced. It’s the heady mixture of excitement, overwhelmingly peppered with fear of the unknown. It’s been a divided fandom for as far back as I can recall, with old-school versus the progressives, and there’s no shortage […]

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Album of the Week: Cyanide Thornton’s debut self-titled LP is a transcendent experience

November 7, 2018

It almost seems unbelievable that the self-titled LP is Cyanide Thornton’s first release. The Melbourne three-piece formed in 2016 and quickly gathered a local following in the alternative rock circuits of the city. The much-anticipated self-titled album will drop on Friday and is a collection of seven unique and musically advanced tracks. The album is like a […]

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Album Review: E^ST’s Life Ain’t Always Roses (2018 EP) is an eclectic look at young relationships

November 2, 2018

As we look back on music in 2018, female indie-pop artists swarm my mind, with G-Flip, Nicole Millar, Mallrat, Angie McMahon, CXLOE, Amy Shark and E^ST all dominating airwaves. After really making a name for herself in 2017 with glowing single “Life Goes On,” E^ST‘s seven track EP Life Ain’t Always Roses was released last […]

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Album Review: Oh Pep! – I Wasn’t Only Thinking About You… (2018 LP)

November 1, 2018

Melbourne Duo Olivia Hally and Pepita Emmerichs, known as Oh Pep!, are back again. Since they first met in a performing arts school in 2009, the girls have brought out two EPs, one full-length album, and concluded several international tours. Now the duo follow on from their critically acclaimed debut Stadium Cake with I Wasn’t Only […]

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Album of the Week: Glades – To Love You (2018 LP)

October 31, 2018

Sydney electronic pop trio Glades are releasing their long awaited debut album, To Love You. Featuring singles “Eyes Wide Shut”, “Not About You”, “Drive” and “Do Right”, the album is out this Friday. With a remarkable 150 million streams under their belt already, this trio clearly aren’t messing around. To Love You opens with a track called “Nervous […]

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Album Review: Thelonious Monk – Mønk (2018 LP)

October 30, 2018

2018 really has been the year for Jazz treasure hunters, with the release of not one, but two, previously unreleased recordings from jazz’s most influential artists – John Coltrane and Thelonious Monk. Back in June we saw the release of Coltrane’s Both Direction at Once: The Lost Album; and now we have Mønk – a […]

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