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REVIEW: Fontaines D.C, ‘A Hero’s Death’

Possibly one of the most anticipated albums of the year, Fontaines D.C. have a natural challenge with their second album, A Hero’s Death, as it comes as the follow up to one of last year’s most well-received debuts, Dogrel. To take such critical acclaim and in a sense commercial success, especially given the core DIY ethos the band hold, it would be easy for the Dublin based five-piece to create an album similarly aligned with their debut, yet this follow up album is like nothing the music industry has quite heard before.

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REVIEW: Derealization, Tazer

‘Derealization’ is the debut single by Tazer, a band by Taylor Waller, Max White and Dan Francis-Jones. The group is fronted by the character of Tazer (personified by Waller) created by Waller, White and Francis-Jones to “express the purest form [of] chaos and techno.”

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REVIEW: Time, Conrad Ashton

Time,’ the latest single by Conrad Ashton, is a passionate folk and pop-influenced rock track. It has a vibrant and relatable feel and is perfect for anyone wanting to hear an enticing fusion of genres.
 
Lyrically, it’s a poetic and intriguing song which demands more than one listen. Conrad manages to create classic rock energy whilst still fitting in fluidly with the modern music scene. He describes his genre as “beyond basic rock and roll” which perfectly categorises this track.

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REVIEW: Eminem, Music To Be Murdered By

Dedicated to Eminem’s late bodyguard CeeAaqil Barnes and the late Juice Wrld who features on the track ‘Godzilla’, the album was released with no prior announcement and sent a shock wave through fans and critics. The albums titled and cover artwork share the same name and inspired imagery as the 1958 album, ‘Alfred Hitcock Presents: Music To Be Murdered By’, a theme that Eminem refers back to many times throughout the album and both the albums end with Hitchcock stating, “If you haven’t been murdered, I can only say better luck next time. If you have been, goodnight, wherever you are.”

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PREVIEW: Memory Palace, James Humphrys

This EP is easily the soundtrack to your summer: energetic and danceable. ‘Memory Palace’ is due to be released in July and here’s why you should be excited:
 
From my first listen to this EP I was utterly hooked by its strong beats, mesmerizingly catchy horns and guitar grooves. The indie, pop and funk influences can be heard throughout and come together to create a vibrant and thick texture for the listener to sink their teeth into.

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Elly Bailey

PREVIEW: Tom Misch & Yussef Dayes, What Kinda Music

What Kinda Music is the new collaborative project from singer and beatmaker Tom Misch and instrumentalist drummer Yussef Dayes, who have both utilised their unique musical skills and bought them together to create a smooth, lo-fi, electronica jazz/hip-hop album.

The title track, ‘What Kinda Music’, sets the tone for the rest of the album, opening with a snappy snare drum beat, almost as if to introduce listeners to Yussef Dayes, before Tom Misch classic electronic sound and sleek vocals are brought into the mix.

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REVIEW: Maisie Peters, Daydreams

Ethereal, singer-songwriter Maisie Peters is back with her newest single, ‘Daydreams’, a heartbreakingly beautiful track, talking of a scenario that too many of us have experienced; you like someone and they don’t like you back.

Accompanied by a haunting piano tune, Daydreams speaks candidly about unrequited love, with the brutal lyrics of the chorus, contrasting with soft vocals, as Maisie sings…

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PREVIEW: All Time Low, Wake Up Sunshine

In a body of infectious singalongs and glistening production comes ‘Wake Up, Sunshine’, the eighth full-length from pop-punk heavyweights All Time Low. While their last couple of releases have made their ability to tap into the ever influential sphere of pop music more and more evident, the Baltimore quartet has made an ambitiously fantastic effort with this record to please their listeners, both old and new.

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PREVIEW: Cruel Hearts Club, Blame Me Too

So far, 2020 has been a big year for Cruel Hearts Club, a ‘diva-grunge pop-trio’ from London consisting of sisters Edie and Gita Langley as well as drummer Gabi Woo. The band have already achieved impressive accomplishments such as a sold-out single launch show at The Lexington in London as well as supporting huge acts in 2019 like Sting and The Libertines. Cruel Hearts Club’s new single ‘Blame Me Too’ shows that the band have no intention of slowing down with their own brand of 90s inspired garage-punk.

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PREVIEW: False Heads Long-Awaited Debut Album, “It’s All There But You’re Dreaming”

False Heads are a three-piece punk band packing a punch in the music scene at the moment, gaining very high praise from people in very places, Josh Homme, The Libertines and Iggy Pop to name a few. After a long string of singles and EPs, noticeably their most recent single, Rabbit Hole, featured on Jack Saunders’ New Wave Show, creating much anticipation for their debut album It’s All There But You’re Dreaming.

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