Benjamin Zephaniah and The Revolutionary Minds: Trinity, Bristol – live review

Benjamin Zephaniah and The Revolutionary Minds Trinity, Bristol 16th May 2019 Revolutionary dub poet Benjamin Zephaniah and The Revolutionary Minds land in Bristol on their UK tour. Elfyn Griffith dances political and Michael Brumby takes the photos. Benjamin Zephaniah doesn’t mince his words. Never has done. The dreadlocked dub poet from Handsworth has railed and…

Elephant Sessions: What Makes You – album review

ELEPHANT SESSIONS: WHAT MAKES YOU Elephant Sessions CD / DL Available  now Rolling Stone magazine reckons these guys from the Scottish Highlands use their instruments like weapons to destroy clichés…. Award-nominated and award-winning benefactors of the Belhaven Brewery Bursary (one that actually matches the amount from winning the Mercury prize…), we present a new album…

Vukovar: Cremator – album review

Vukovar – Cremator (Other Voices Records) LP / CD / Cassette / DL 24 May 2019 Genre defying, experimentalists return with their seventh album. Louder Than War’s Paul Scott-Bates reviews. Never has the phrase ‘quality over quantity’ been turned so much on its head than with the current output of North Western doom purveyors Vukovar.…

Stacey Blades: Electric Radio Kings – interview

Having already charted in the top 40, and just unleashing their new album entitled Purrr, Electric Radio Kings are well on their way to success. Already creating a massive buzz, their music is as powerful as a raging tsunami. The Vegas-based band features Stacey Blades on guitar, Paul Christiana on vocals, Keith Horne on guitars,…

Kate Rusby: Philosophers, Poets & Kings – album review

Kate Rusby: Philosphers, Poets & Kings (Pure Records) CD / DL Released 17th May 2019 Philosophers, Poets & Kings sees Kate Rusby up to seventeen studio albums which, as she’s occasionally reminded us, is apparently more than Madonna. From the nineties and noughties into whatever we decided to clumsily call the twenty-tens that we’re well…

Various: Gay Jamaica Independence Time – album review

Various – Gay Jamaica Independence Time Doctor Bird 2CD/DL Released 17th May 2019 Reissue of the classic 1970 Reggae compilation album from Duke Reid’s Treasure Isle label, with many bonus tracks including a selection from sound engineer Byron “Smitty” Smith’s Baron label….LTW’s Ian Canty hears the Duke’s late but vital take on Reggae… Duke Reid…

The Fall – Dragnet (3 CD Boxset) – Album...

The Fall – Dragnet Cherry Red 3CD/DL/LP Released 24th May 2019 Deluxe reissue of the Fall’s second LP which was recorded for Step Forward Records in 1979. This edition has the two final single for that imprint Rowche Rumble and Fiery Jack, as well as contemporaneous live sets from Retford and Los Angeles….LTW’s Ian Canty…

The Fall: Live At The Witch Trials (3CD Boxset – Cherry...

Album Review The Fall: Live At The Witch Trials  (Cherry Red/Fall Sound Archive) 3CD Boxset / Limited edition red vinyl Out 24 May 2019 The original album, a disc of singles & session tracks and a live show from  Liverpool in 1978 on the third disc – remastered by long-term Fall engineer Andy Pearce. The…

Viagra Boys: Record Junkee, Sheffield – live review

Viagra Boys Record Junkee, Sheffield 14th May 2019 Viagra Boys? A surreptitious offer or a nightmarish trip to a sold out Record Junkee in the spiritual home of middle age male stripping. Actually it’s the dispensing of the thoroughly unwholesome rock groove of Sweden’s finest that has got an overwrought Steve John into a bit…

Slowthai: Nothing Great About Britain – Album Review

Slowthai Nothing Great About Britain CD/LP/DL Method Records Available now There are quite a few new artists these days delivering the goods with their debut albums. Can Northampton hip hop grime artist Tyrone Frampton join the ranks with his? He’s already making waves with his live shows. Wayne Carey gives it a spin. Slowthai knew…
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