Review: Beyond the Road: Journeys in Space and Sound

“Once you have walked the road, Everything becomes clear” So begins The Road: Part II, James Lavelle (UNKLE)’s enigmatic latest album, the second of a trilogy. And springing from this work is Beyond the Road, a multi-sensory exhibition taking place at the Saatchi Gallery, London. Through sound, film and visual effects you can take that…

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Ealing Blues Festival 2019: Nick Lowe

Ealing Blues festival was given the thumbs up – and it managed to escape the rain. I was unable to go as I was at Bluedot festival (review to come) but I was sent these photos by a big Nick Lowe fan. He played an engaging acoustic set, and left his fans absolutely delighted. Here…

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Review: Bliss at Nambucca, north London

When the elements come together and the stars perfectly align, you have to take full advantage of the moment. Such is the situation Rachel Morrison and Tom Morrison found themselves in earlier this year: a chance encounter with a group of Brazilian musicians provided the ideal combination to reinvent Bliss, the band that she so…

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W H Lung, debut album at Oslo, Hackney

W H Lung have taken around two years to release their first album Incidental Music. Even when interest in their deep and moody music started to escalate, the band were quite obviously going to do things in their own time. I first heard them at Bluedot festival two years ago and had one of those…

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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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Green Man festival review 2018

Something was definitely missing from Green Man festival 2018 – that wet stuff falling from the sky which churns the Brecon Beacons mud to a smelly mush. Instead, this year’s festival was blessed by sun and wafting clouds; so it was off with the cagoules and on with the fancy dress… and the fine weather…

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