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.

SINGLE REVIEW: Jamie xx – Loud Places (Noise Cannon)

My contribution to the Noise Cannon’s “Noise of the Week/#NOTW” 23/3/15
Originally posted on Noise Cannon: http://noisecannon.com/2015/03/29/noise-of-the-week-230315/

Our top noises this week feature a slightly moody dance number from Jamie Smith of the The xx, otherwise known as Jamie xx. If his latest singles are anything to go by, his upcoming album is going to be a blitz of dance energy with everything from grime to soul thrown in there too. If this isn’t your thing, we have the experimental trials of Turnover as they follow the shoegaze trends, creating another track that may well be the soundtrack to your summer. Alternatively, we have a track from We Are Harlot, and despite featuring Danny Worsnop as their front man, they are definitely nothing like Asking Alexandria – take that as you will. Continue reading “SINGLE REVIEW: Jamie xx – Loud Places (Noise Cannon)”

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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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.

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.

SINGLE REVIEW: Caribou – Can’t Do Without You

Originally posted on Noise Cannon as part of the Noise of the Week feature: http://noisecannon.com/2014/10/13/noise-of-the-week-61014/

More often than not electronic music is passed off as club music with very little consideration of anything else it may have to offer. Caribou has successfully challenged this notion with ‘Can’t Do Without You’, the opening track for latest album Our Love. The track may be relatively simple, highly repetitive, and sure it sticks to some of your typical ‘club’ sounds, but nevertheless each element of ‘Can’t Do Without You’ increasingly functions as a surge of intense emotion. It’s easy to listen to, it’s relateable, plus it’s a fun one to boogie to, so what’s not to love?

SINGLE REVIEW: Paolo Nutini – Iron Sky

Originally posted on Noise Cannon as part of the Noise Of The Week Feature: http://noisecannon.com/2014/10/06/noise-of-the-week-29092014/
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Iron Sky from Paolo Nutini’s latest album Caustic Love is straight up class. With excruciatingly soulful vocals and an extremely dramatic melody, this single stands out as a theatrical masterpiece amongst the rest of the album. Nutini’s voice is rich with passion, forcing it into the foreground even over the powerful combination of brass and melodic guitars. Truth be told, every element of this song is so on point you can’t help but to take note of it all as well as let it take you. The more you listen to it the more compelling that mellow introduction becomes before leading you into a whirlwind of emotion-driven brilliance.