Sweet and sad times: an interview with singer songwriter Luca Wilding

The debut single Heartachers by Luca Wilding is released today via Abbey Records; it’s a poignant and emotional song with a strong depth of feeling. It is described as ‘dream folk’ which does go some way to pinning a genre on to Luca’s unique and thoughtful approach to his craft. There’s a sublimely beautiful shift…

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Interview with Leeds art-rock band Fehlt

The first track I heard by art rockers Fehlt was Closure and it had an instant appeal. Liking that first listen can go one of two ways: it might stick with you or it might just be a brief flirtation. Fortunately it’s the former and the confident, expansive, soundscapey lushness of Closure, out now via…

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Interview: The Lounge Society

There must be something in the water, or the ale, in West Yorkshire’s Calder Valley these days, judging by the surfeit of young musical talent emanating from the craggy moors and valleys around Hebden Bridge. Other factors that play a part are a clued up, supportive network and a handful of local venues willing to…

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Featured single of the week: Crazy Enough by Pattern Pusher

They supported Wolf Alice and Supergrass in 2019, scaled the heights of the BBC6 Music playlist and even have a Robert Plant connection. The band in question is Pattern Pusher, who I saw at Bearded Theory festival last year and was impressed by their upbeat, funky set, skittering summer beats and beautiful bass lines. Now…

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Interview: Bliss are back with a tour and re-release

Bliss are back. First there was the stunning performance at Nambucca in north London earlier this year, with former members Rachel Morrison and Tom E Morrison on top form – along with their new Brazilian band. Fired up with enthusiasm after such a great response, the couple have been hard at work making things happen….

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After Bluedot: 5 mins with Working Men’s Club

I managed to catch five minutes with Working Men’s Club after their set at Bluedot last Saturday. They’ve been in Sheffield doing a recording session, attending photoshoots, left to head off to Latitude… and they’re now on to Port Eliot festival. Busy busy. The in-depth interview is going to have to wait. Q Hi Jake,…

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Cassoulet Nights pop-up dining in Hackney

Tasty French country food popup Cassoulet Nights is set to run through to December 23rd. There’s a new Xmas menu with Vegetarian option, plus a la carte dishes but you can pop in for drinks and snacks if you like

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Gilles Peterson talks to Will Ashon and Dave Haslam

As part of the Safaplace mental health charity pop-up run by Stoke Newington School, with events, records and books curated by Gilles Peterson, Gilles interviewed Will Ashon and Dave Haslam. Both have been involved in the music business and made that shift to the literary world. First in Peterson’s hotseat was Will Ashon, the former…

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Blue Zoo: new songs and a new direction

Eighties band Blue Zoo got back together in 2010 with ‘unfinished business’ as far as their old material was concerned. Now the band are shaking off the past and moving forward with new material set for imminent release plus live dates on the calendar.  The band still comprises front man Andy O, with drummer Mickey Sparrow and bass player Mike Ansell. In 2013…

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