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Introducing: Oh Wonder

Following in the footsteps of Justin Bieber’s Journals and Ash’s A-Z, British electronic duo Oh Wonder are the latest act to toy with the album format by pre-releasing every single track that appears on their first full-length studio effort. The risky strategy might not have exactly reaped rewards for the former tween idol or Northern Irish rockers, but with each song racking up over a million Soundcloud plays and topping […]

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Disclosure ‘Caracal’ – Album Review

After their debut almost singlehandedly changed the landscape of commercial dance music, in-demand siblings Disclosure now face the difficult challenge of avoiding the dreaded sophomore slump with Caracal. Thankfully for the Lawrence brothers, the follow-up to 2013’s Grammy-nominated Settle is unlikely to derail their career, but by sticking rigidly to their well-worn formula, it’s also just as unlikely to elevate it. Indeed, like its predecessor, which flirted with two-step garage, […]


Introducing: Georgia

A product of the BRIT School that launched the careers of Adele, Amy Winehouse and Jessie J, 21-year-old Georgia Barnes (often stylised GEoRGiA) could have been lining up for England in the recent Women’s FIFA World Cup had the lure of the drums not proved too hard to resist. The daughter of Leftfield’s Neil Barnes was once a gifted soccer player, serving as defender for both QPR Ladies and Arsenal […]

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Nils Frahm ‘Late Night Tales’ – Album Review

Having already released a surprise free album to celebrate the inaugural Piano Day and provided the soundtrack to one-take film Victoria this year, German classical-electronic composer Nils Frahm continues his prolific streak by becoming the latest contributor to the long-running Late Night Tales. Now in its 14th year, the series which invites artists to showcase their own personal pet sounds isn’t a stranger to Frahm’s music, with both Mercury Prize […]

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Introducing: Petite Meller

If you’ve ever wondered what a cross between Brigitte Bardot, Lolita and Lady Gaga would be like, then the emergence of eccentric Parisian chanteuse Petite Meller means that you don’t have to wonder any more. Combining the breathy high-pitched tones of the 60s French icon, the childlike chic of the fictional temptress and the wonderful wackiness of Ms. Germanotta, this 28-year-old is undoubtedly one of the more curious acts to […]

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Empress Of ‘Me’ – Album Review

Formerly of Brooklyn art rockers Celestial Shore, Honduras-American talent Lorely Rodriguez, aka Empress Of, now cements her transition into full-blown synth-pop songstress with her first full-length solo effort, Me. As its simple title suggests, the self-produced ten-track collection is a highly autobiographical affair which deals with everything from the financial difficulties of living in a gentrified city (“Standard”) to Rodriguez’s carnal desires (“How Do You Do It?”) in a manner […]

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The September 2015 Dance/Electronica Playlist

From a beachside anthem by Texas’ biggest chillwave export, to a dance-rock stomper from Mumford and Sons’ unlikely touring buddies, these are the dance/electronica tracks you need to wrap your ears around this month. Blonde feat. Karen Harding – “Feel Good (It’s Alright)” Two rising stars of the British deep house scene, production duo Blonde and former U.K. X-Factor contestant Karen Harding, continue to build on their promising year by […]

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DāM-FunK ‘Invite the Light’ – Album Review

Continuing his quest to revive the synth-funk sound of the 80s, Los Angeles producer Damon Riddick, aka DāM-FunK, has roped in an intriguing array of guest artists to provide assistance on third solo album, Invite the Light. Having previously recorded joint albums with Steve Arrington and Snoop Dogg (the latter of whom also shows up here on the low-slung G-funk of “Just Ease Your Mind From All Negativity”) 44-year-old Riddick […]

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The Black Dog ‘Neither/Neither’ – Album Review

Continuing their prolific streak, the fourth incarnation of IDM stalwarts The Black Dog use Neither/Neither, their seventh album in a decade, to address the dangers of political systems, propaganda and social media. The fact that a garbled sample of Adam Curtis, the acclaimed documentarian renowned for his work on media manipulation, is the only dialogue heard makes the efforts of Martin and Richard Dust and founding member Ken Downie all […]

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FKA twigs ‘M3LL155X’ – E.P. Review

The release out of nowhere, the accompanying videos for nearly all of its tracks, the recruitment of producer Boots – FKA twigs’ surprise E.P., M3LL155X, may share several things in common with Beyoncé’s self-titled opus, but its five tracks show that sonically, the two stars remain poles apart. Named after her “personal female energy,” (pronounced Melissa), the more imaginatively-titled follow-up to 2013’s EP2 certainly won’t spawn any radio or chart […]

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Introducing: Milk & Bone

A one-time member of Cirque de Soleil and a classically trained trombonist don’t seem the most likely candidates to spearhead Canada’s alt-R&B scene, but as the curiously named Milk & Bone, Camille Poliquin and Laurence Lafond-Beaulne are doing just that. The Montreal-based duo first met as music program students at the Cegep de Saint-Laurent in their teens, where they both honed their skills as multi-instrumentalists. After graduating, they went onto join […]

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Teen Daze ‘Morning World’ – Album Review

Having pioneered the chillwave movement with a prolific run of four albums in three years, Vancouver producer Jamison, aka Teen Daze, takes a new tack for his fifth studio effort, Morning World. Indeed, the ambient electronica that defined the likes of 2013 predecessor Glacier has been all but abandoned, and in its place is a more organic, if equally hazy, guitar-led sound co-produced by San Francisco journeyman John Vanderslice (Spoon, […]

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Health ‘Death Magic’ – Album Review

Six years on from their last proper studio effort, Los Angeles noise-makers Health finally return to the fold with Death Magic, a record apparently inspired by artists as diverse as Depeche Mode and Rihanna. The mention of the Barbadian superstar may ring alarm bells for those who prefer the electro-punks firmly in aggressive/confrontational mode. But although the long-awaited follow-up to 2009’s Get Color occasionally veers into surprisingly poppy territory, there’s […]

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Introducing: A.G. Cook

The name A.G. Cook might not be immediately familiar, but as the founder of the most “love it or hate it” music label in recent memory, he has been credited with redefining style and youth culture in 2015 and beyond. Home to a plethora of manufactured yet entirely enigmatic acts (Hannah Diamond, Lipgloss Twins, Princess Bambi), all of whom peddle a dizzying blend of tween-pop, happy hardcore and K-pop, P.C. […]

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Shorts to Watch For: ‘Sic Transit Glory’

Going against the grain of the current glut of punchline-driven, quick-plotted short films trying to clamor for attention, Sic Transit Glory is an insightful piece dealing with human emotion at a depth many shorts fail to reach due to their limited runtimes. Set for release this fall, the fourth short by emerging writer/director Joshua McQuilkin is a moving visual poem reflecting on the pain of a dying friendship. From the […]


Guillermo del Toro Is Launching A Horror Film Contest

Guillermo del Toro. He’s one of the biggest names in the movie business. He writes, directs, and produces his films. He also produces other peoples films. Meaning he cherry picks brilliant works that wouldn’t be seen by a wide audience and he, through his fast connection network, is able to get them wider distribution. Well, now the man is taking his producer habits one step further. He’s launching a contest. […]


Watch David Fincher’s New Gap Ads

David Fincher is one of the greatest living directors. He’s created masterpieces like Fight Club, Seven, and Zodiac. He also directed Alien 3. But that’s neither her, nor their. He’s a man who, with some regularity, creates some of our culture’s most talked about films. And on occasion he directs commercials. It’s a fairly common occurrence. Directors working in commercials allows them to make smaller films, with less risk, at […]


Michael Fassbender Has Ideas For X-men: Apocalypse

Michael Fassbender is, arguably, one of the biggest stars on the surface of planet Earth, currently. He’s a leading man who can pull massive crowds into a theatre and simultaneously win numerous amounts of awards. We’ll have to wait till May 2016 to find out exactly what Fassbender, Kinberg, and company have in store for us. I, for one, am really excited to see what happens. I’m really into the […]


Donald Glover To Play Miles Morales in Ultimate Spider-man Cartoon

In 2010, the Amazing Spider-man was rumbling to life. People were saying that Sony was going to reboot the franchise and of course the topic of what actor could take over the role of Spider-man was an instant debate. One of the names the quickly became a source of heated discussion was Donald Glover. Fans of the actor-rapper-writer were convinced that he could play Peter Parker, while more conservative individuals […]


Ridley Scott Talks Prometheus and Blade Runner Sequels

Ridley Scott has a line of projects that seems to circle the block. He’s wrapping up Exodus: Gods and Kings, then he’s moving on to The Martian, with Matt Damon, and then he’ll finally be getting around to the films that everyone wants him to make Blade Runner 2 and Prometheus 2. Scott recently sat down with EW and had a few things to say about each of the upcoming […]


Bond 24 In Need Of A New ‘Iconic’ Henchman

Bond 24 is inching towards production. They have a script, they have a director and an established cast. What they don’t have is a cool new henchman, apparently. A casting call just went out for a man who is above 6’2”, age 30 – 45, and has a ‘ very unusual look’. What that means is they’re looking for someone who is taller than Bond, and has the capability to […]


Parks and Rec Blooper Reel

Parks and Rec is inching towards completion. And as such interesting odds and ends from is sixth season are ending up online. Check out this hilarious blooper reel from the season. Needless to say, Parks and Rec has one of the most comedically gifted casts currently on TV. Watching Chris Pratt, Amy Poehler, Adam Scott, Nick Offerman, and Aubrey Plaza in these bloopers makes me almost wish the show was […]


‘Young Ones’ Looks Absolutely Jaw Dropping

Young Ones is the second feature film from writer and director Jake Paltrow. It’s a futuristic western with an amazing cast that looks absolutely spectacular. The film appears to have gravitas and empathy in spades. Set in a futuristic dystopian world where drought has covered the United States, the film follows a family and their struggles to find equilibrium in this new unforgiving world. The cast includes Michael Shannon, Elle […]


The Emmys Don’t Matter

The Emmy’s have long been the strange, slightly gangly, socially awkward cousin in the award show family. They don’t really matter. They’re there. They’re at the table. They’re frequently seen around at family functions. But most people don’t like them. They’re certainly not the Oscars. The pride and joy of the family. The accomplished and good looking favorite child. They’re not even the Golden Globes, the stocky, slightly less accomplished […]


Men, Women, and Children

Jason Reitman is one of those directors that you always need to keep an eye on. He’s always in the background, doing interesting things. While other directors with his level of clout would be attempting to direct Transformers 16, he’s out making interesting, character based pictures. His latest effort is entitled Men, Women, and Children. What’s it about? The intersection of technology and the human condition.  


Jackie Chan Needs To See A Script For Rush Hour 4

In the endless deluge of sequels, reboots, preboots, and remakes I can honestly say I’ve never heard anyone say ‘Man, I wish there was another Rush Hour movie’. Well, apparently there are plans slowly rumbling to life. Somewhere there’s a studio executive who is attempting to breathe new life into the franchise. While promoting the Chinese Zodiac, Jackie Chan sat down with Jonathan Ross and answered some questions. One of […]


William H Macy’s ‘Rudderless’ Looks Heartwarming

William H Macy is one of the few ‘that guy’ actors who has transcended character acting and become a household name. In films like Fargo, Magnolia, The Cooler and Mystery Men Macy has showcased his skills and verisimilitude at every turn. The man is an amazing talent. Well, now it looks like Macy is turning his skills to another aspect of filmmaking. Namely, being behind the camera.  


The Revenge of the Green Dragons

Crime movies are released pretty regularly. They’re easy to make from a logistical point of view. They don’t require tons of special effects and high profile actors. But, let’s be honest, most of them aren’t earth shattering. They’re just not. Yeah, of course there are amazing crime films made. But let’s be real. They’re few and far between. Well, the godfather of crime films is executive producing a new one […]

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