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Kosheen “Independence”: Album Review

Kosheen Recordings (2012)

A late addition to the Bristol scene which spawned the likes of Massive Attack, Portishead and Tricky, Kosheen graced both dancefloors and dinner parties with their sophisticated blend of trip-hop, gothic synth-pop and drum & bass on 2001 debut Resist. However, their subsequent two releases saw them ditch the ProTools and pick up their guitars in a slightly misguided attempt to become the next Texas. Perhaps buoyed by the success […]


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DJ Fresh “Nextlevelism”: Album Review

Ministry of Sound (2012)

The founding member of the Breakbeat Kaos label and the influential Dogs on Acid website, as well as one third of supergroup Bad Company, Daniel Stein, aka DJ Fresh, had been an instrumental figure on the underground drum & bass scene for the best part of a decade. But following the slow-burning success of 2010’s hyper Santogold-esque single, “Gold Dust,” Fresh has become almost as ubiquitous as David Guetta. Now, […]