Ocean Grove – ‘The Rhapsody Tapes’ [Review]

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Just as you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, you shouldn’t judge a band by its name. When I first heard of Ocean Grove, I expected them to be a pop-punk outfit, a happy-go-lucky group of charming cheeky chaps writing songs about looking back nostalgically at teenage years full of good times, sunshine, girl problems, and probably either surfing or skating.

But, of course, expectations don’t always equal Read more…

Posted on 31 January 2017

Tesseract – ‘Errai’ [Review]

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Normally, nothing makes a potential listener’s ears glaze over faster than the words “bonus material”. A collection of letters that instantly bring to mind haphazard collections of half-hearted acoustic songs, iffy remixes, and just plain shitty live recordings. Bonus material is for superfans only; it’s a long-established fact.

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Posted on 08 August 2016

Nothing But Thieves [Interview]

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Over the past couple of years, Nothing But Thieves have risen from underground up-and-comers to guaranteed stars in the making. On the evidence of last year’s eponymous debut album and a firecracker of a show at the O2 Forum in Kentish Town (not to mention support slots scored with the likes of Muse), Nothing But Thieves are set to become global household names by 2018 at the latest. I had a quick chat with NBT vocalist Conor Mason as his band look forward to a set of recently announced winter shows… Read more…

Posted on 07 July 2016

Fifi Rong: Forbidden Desire [The Interview]

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With her new EP Forbidden Desire, future electronic superstar Fifi Rong continues to go from strength to strength. Click here for a review of the full EP, and read on as I chat to Fifi about Forbidden Desire, her creative process, and her biggest project to date…

Your new EP Forbidden Desire is out on April 29. How’re you feeling today?

I’m feeling good thanks – I’m looking forward to hearing how this EP is received!

While you were writing and recording Forbidden Desire, what was your creative process?

The Forbidden Desire EP is basically an outline for a bigger picture, leading into the new album I’m making. These songs came from many demos to go into production.

There was a lot of drama and ups and downs producing and recording the EP, but everything flowed very Read more…

Posted on 25 April 2016

Fifi Rong – ‘Forbidden Desire EP’ [Review]

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Fifi Rong is a future superstar. Very few musicians in general possess an instantly recognisable style of their own – but Fifi Rong has overcome one of the most common sticking points in the modern music business. Whether captivating audiences with beautifully eccentric live shows, or birthing wickedly seductive electronic tunes, Fifi Rong’s original creativity is something to marvel at.

Forbidden Desire’s title alone encapsulates Fifi Rong’s core characteristics: Exoticism and tasteful sensuality. We’re not talking about Read more…

Posted on 16 April 2016

Nothing But Thieves [Live Review – The O2 Forum Kentish Town, London, 31/3/2016]

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Watching a band get big feels great when you know they really deserve it. There’s no doubt that Nothing But Thieves have put the time in and then some – and last night, they kicked off their latest UK tour in front of a rammed 2,300-capacity O2 Forum.

It went pretty well.

I remember seeing Nothing But Thieves play a small-scale set in Guildford back in the day – and at the Forum, they were greeted like the Proper Rock Stars they’re finally becoming. From Read more…

Posted on 01 April 2016

Alyusha – ‘Black Butterfly’ [Review]

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I love trip-hop – and if you’re on the same page, you need to check Alyusha out ASAP.

Black Butterfly is a seriously self-assured masterclass in songwriting and composition. I’m struggling to move on, as all music journalists must, to the next act on my listening list even after an hour’s worth of Read more…

Posted on 30 March 2016

Fifi Rong [Interview]

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Few music-related experiences are as satisfying as discovering a musician who completely spins your head around – even when you feel sure you’ve heard it all. Fifi Rong is just such a musician. Following the release of her new EP Violently Silently (reviewed on TMMP here), I caught up with Fifi Rong to discuss the creative process behind her latest release, while she dug deep into the motives behind her music…

Your new EP Violently Silently is starting to make its way out into the world. What thoughts and feelings are going through your mind right now?

I’m happy with the creative cycle, putting my thoughts and feelings and what I have become into my songs and production. Passed on to the people who are there to receive and interpret the music subjectively. What was once mine is now theirs; it’s a great feeling.

What was the underlying creative process behind Violently Silently? I understand the tracks are linked together in a very intriguing way…

I used the same set of sound elements, sampled, crafted, and re-sampled, to present a set of songs that Read more…

Posted on 09 December 2015

Fifi Rong – ‘Violently Silently’ [Review]

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If you’re a sucker for finely crafted trip-hop-tinged tunes, London-based Tricky collaborator Fifi Rong will make your ears prick up.

Violently Silently‘s Intro is guaranteed to lull you into spy-movie-themed daydreams, all grittily seductive beats and slowly swirling samples – but before you assume you’ve heard it all before, Once proves a right-angled tangent. Fifi Rong refuses to be easily pigeonholed, leaning hard on her experimental inclinations and digging out odd alt-pop hooks that feel awkward and alien on first listen, but slowly work their way into the mind. Beachhead established, Slow Poison bounces with Read more…

Posted on 26 November 2015

Skye Edwards – ‘In A Low Light’ [Review]

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Imagine lying on a wide, warm waterbed, quietly letting go of the world. Literally lying In A Low Light. First tracks Give In and Here Is What Is, fuelled by soft synths and Skye Edwards’ sparse vocal, provide precisely this feeling.

Sometimes, you need a quality detox from the chaos of modern life – and once it’s over, you’ll want to get moving again. Slinky and seductive single Said And Done provides all you need, as does Read more…

Posted on 06 November 2015

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