SINGLE REVIEW: Jamie xx – Gosh

Originally posted on Noise Cannon as part of the Noise of the Week feature (30/03/15): http://noisecannon.com/2015/04/05/noise-of-the-week-300315/

One of Jamie xx’s most recent releases, ‘Gosh’ is a much more grimey affair than ‘Loud Places’, which shared its premier slot on Radio 1 last week.

Opening with a consistent thrash of beats and several vocal lines of “oh my gosh”, it might come across robotic and a bit repetitive at first, but you’ll soon be playing it any chance you can. Halfway through, the song plunges into an ethereal state of sound that could fill a room of any size with pure ecstasy. Overall it’s a different vibe to ‘Loud Places’ but maintains a space on your summer playlist nonetheless.

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Caribou – Our Love

You can dance to it, you can plug-in and chill out to it – you just can’t do without it. Caribou’s latest album Our Love is more than a list of songs, its many layers of genres come through in an abundance of warm synths and airy vocals.

It’s got pop, it’s got soul, and most of all it’s got depth. There is something wonderfully complex about the waves of different genres in this album, but not so much that it distracts you. When listening you think along with the music and hear all these different elements that leave you second guessing those explicit pop tones. ‘Can’t Do Without You’ is one track of many from the album that if you played in a club it’d go down a treat. Take it out of that context, however, and even through its repetition it becomes much more elaborate and this recurs throughout the album. Intricate combinations of R&B and, arguably, hints of drum and bass, Caribou blurs the genre lines to some extent beyond recognition, resulting in an original and established album.

Single Reviews from Noise Cannon’s NOTW


These single reviews are a collection of my latest featured on Noise Cannon’s Noise of The Week:

Fish Tank – Friends

If you’re into something along the lines of quirky, mathematic rock that cuts off in all kinds of different directions, then Fish Tank are the band for you. It’s been a while since the trio unleashed their previous EP Henry, however they are back with something even wackier, a definite step forward – even if the video does leave you the slightest bit worried for their sanity. Continue reading “Single Reviews from Noise Cannon’s NOTW”

Noise of the Week – 01/12/14

Another Noise of the Week, this time I wrote about The Black Keys’ Weight of Love…

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NC logoThis week we’re talking about a band who are ever-popular, an authentic ska-punk track, and a new singer-songwriter who is anything but cliché

Heart In Hand – A Beautiful White

With the recent release of A Beautiful White, and their outstanding title track, British quintet Heart In Hand are hitting up the road this month with Australia’s The Amity Affliction. ‘A Beautiful White’ is certainly a step up from all past material, this is shown instantly right from the very start of the guitar intro, which is soon joined by a bashful beat. Highlighted by Charlie Holmes’ reaching vocals that carry the pace, the track provides a classic HIH beat which is filled with uplifting changes that are left implanted in your head.

Words by Isha Shah

The Black Keys – Weight of Love

Recent announcements that The Black Keys will be playing at next year’s Isle…

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Native People

A new band feature I wrote this week…

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The winter weather getting you down? Well we have just the dose of summer feelings you need from Kent four piece, Native People. Their selection of indie dance tunes reflect their coastal roots of hometown Folkestone, evoking memories of days at the beach in the long gone summer weather.

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INTRODUCING:Demob Happy

Originally posted on Noise Cannon: http://noisecannon.com/2014/11/26/demob-happy/

Working on creating “edible pop chunks” out of songs originally standing as ten minute prog-rock operas are grungy garage four piece Demob Happy from Brighton. Packing a deep bass line behind a fuzzy rock tone, bass playing vocalist Matt Marcantonio claims that lyrically there is an influence from his “bitter disdain for humanity’s engineered ignorance” – so nothing too lighthearted then. Continue reading “INTRODUCING:Demob Happy”

SINGLE REVIEW: As Elephants Are – Crown

Originally posted on Noise Cannon as part of the Noise of the Week feature: http://noisecannon.com/2014/11/02/noise-of-the-week-021114/

Striking in with a funky guitar riff that coincides perfectly with the smooth vocal pattern, ‘Crown’ is yet another heavily infectious indie-pop track from As Elephants Are. In comparison to previous tracks this latest effort is one of their most guitar-driven, with it building up to a greater energy throughout as it grows that little bit more erratic. This, paired with vocals that become more drenched in emotion as the song goes on, makes this one of the band’s biggest tracks so far. It’s catchy, layered in a coat of euphoria, and it sets the bar high for their upcoming EP of the same name.

Introducing…The Floodgates

Originally posted on Noise Cannon: http://noisecannon.com/2014/11/01/the-floodgates/
Photo credit: Max Jowitt – http://www.maxjowittphoto.co.uk

From busking in London to headlining local events, fresh-faced acoustic rockers The Floodgates have rocketed through the past year, even playing for Heavyweight Boxing champion David Haye at the opening of his gym. The Tunbridge-Wells trio draw inspirations from Mumford and Sons, Bruce Springsteen and Jeff Buckley, resulting in a sound rich in folk tones and raw, organic vocals. Continue reading “Introducing…The Floodgates”

ALBUM REVIEW: Spiders – Shake Electric

Originally posted on Noise Cannon: http://noisecannon.com/2014/10/29/spiders-shake-electric/

shakeelectric-e1414582318863Guitar driven and full of seveties hard -rock inspiration, Swedish rockers Spiders have shown off their tight skillset with latest album Shake Electric, even if lacking in something new to the palette of guitar-focused music in today’s mainstream. However, it’s not always as simple as whether an album brings something edgy and ground-breaking, sometimes it’s just about pure talent and that’s definitely something that comes across in this album. Continue reading “ALBUM REVIEW: Spiders – Shake Electric”

SINGLE REVIEW: Bonobo – Flashlight

Originally posted on Noise Cannon as part of the Noise of the Week feature: http://noisecannon.com/2014/10/26/noise-of-the-week-20102014/

Leave it to a genius of experimental music to create something that is both lively and somewhat soothing. Though at first hinting at a typical (yet nonetheless strong) electronic number, Bonobo’s latest track ‘Flashlight’ soon opens up to the idea of a fuse between electronica and funk. It’s a song that can liven you up or cool you down, fitting in to whatever context you need it to. Mind-numbing in all the right ways, ‘Flashlight’ is upbeat, and, without getting too philosophical here, full of clarity in the striking nature of each sound, closing with an otherworldly tone.