Digitalism – 22/11/08 – The Arches

Harry Akehurst Still young when they left the burrow in 2004, German dance duo Digitalism emerged straight into a field of serious heavyweights. Formed in Hamburg, they share a country with Boys Noize and border with current genre giants…

The Firemen – Electric Arguments – Pinnacle

Tom Bonnick Inevitably, The Fireman’s new album, Electric Arguments, will never really be viewed as anything other than the latest vehicle with which Sir Paul McCartney has been desperately attempting to resurrect his floundering career, and/or some semblance of…

Buraka Som Sistema – Black Diamond – Fabric Integral

George Binning European clubbers are breaking out their obsidian disco balls in preparation for Black Diamond, the first LP from Portuguese break-beat trio, Buraka Som Sistema. The band claim to be championing a painstakingly underground sound known as ‘Kuduro’.…

Where to next?

Gerry McKeever The almighty mess the music industry is in is nothing if not well publicised.  Enormous growth in new alternative methods of acquiring music over the internet have punched a big hole right in the middle of the…

Who are you kidding?

… receives a lesson in indie from Black Kids’ lead, Reggie Youngblood It has been a little over a year since Black Kids played the Athens pop festival, their first gig outside of their hometown in…

Mystery Jets – 25/10/2008 – QMU

Ellie Gallagher The grins on the faces of mid-pubescent crowd widened as the sirens of Hideaway signalled the Mystery Jets’ entrance, rolling out the opening of their set with fingers flying, but bodies still and faces straight (A little…

Hot Chip – 02/11/2008 – Carling Academy

Catriona Reilly Never has the clichéd phrase ‘the crowd was buzzing with excitement’ meant so much; by the time Hot Chip ascended to the stage of the cavernous Carling academy the crowd was ready to explode. Initiating the frenzy,…

Squarepusher – Just a Souvenir – Warp Records

Rudi Zygadlo Squarepusher’s music is often tagged with genres like drill ‘n’ bass – Warp Records’ own online store categorizes him as breakcore. However, it is apparent from his latest installment, ‘Just a souvenir’ that the amen break is…

Deerhunter – Microcastle – Kranky Records

Sanne Stienstra It was no surprise when Deerhunter’s third full-length release Microcastle leaked onto the internet nearly five months before it was due to come out. What was unexpected, however, was the mass of confusion following this regarding the…

Timeless qualities

Gerry McKeever During the Smashing Pumpkins SECC show last year, notoriously onerous front-man Billy Corgan responded characteristically bluntly to the crowd’s light-hearted boos.  Glasgow’s finest had ‘feigned’ offence at the mere mention of England, through a reference to Manchester’s…