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Underworld’s Magical Score Was the Making of Olympics Opening Ceremony

Director Danny Boyle is quite rightly being tipped for a future knighthood following the astonishing four-hour spectacular which kick-started the London 2012 Olympic Games on Friday night. But almost as pivotal to the stunning opening ceremony as his ingenious vision was the dramatic and hugely emotive score from electronic veterans Underworld. Having largely flown under most people’s radar since 1996’s anthemic “Born Slippy,” Karl Hyde & Rick Smith weren’t exactly […]


Niki & The Dove “Instinct”–Album Review

Sub Pop (2012)

Combining the avant-garde pop of early Bjork with the melancholic electro of Robyn and the minimal techno of The Knife, Stockholm trio Niki & The Dove further cement Scandinavia’s reputation as the true home of the nu-synth revival with their Sub Pop issued debut album, Instinct. Whilst many similar acts have struggled to make themselves heard having emerged from such an already-crowded scene, Malin Dahlstrom’s naturally kooky vocal presence and […]


London 2012 Gets Into the Groove With Official Olympic Themes

From Whitney Houston’s “One Moment In Time” to Gloria Estefan’s “Reach,” the official Olympic themes are usually epic power ballads full of inspirational messages about achieving your dreams and reaching your goals. However, adding a more contemporary twist to the concept, the organisers of London 2012 have chosen not one but five very different sporting anthems to soundtrack this year’s Games. Perhaps reflecting the dominance of electronica in the current […]


Introducing: Purity Ring

The name may conjure up images of The Jonas Brothers, but Canadian witch house duo Purity Ring produce the kind of unsettling creepy electronica that would give the squeaky-clean former Disney trio nightmares. Formed in Edmonton in 2010, producer Corin Roddick, previously a drummer with post-rock outfit Gobble Gobble (now Born Gold), and trained pianist-turned-bewitching chanteuse Megan James became the darlings of the blogosphere after uploading a futuristic blend of […]


Delilah – From The Roots Up

From Emeli Sande’s Heaven to Lana Del Rey’s Born To Die, several of 2012’s biggest breakthrough female artists have flirted with the timeless trip-hop sounds of Massive Attack, Portishead and Tricky. But with From the Roots Up, 21-year-old French-born chanteuse Delilah is perhaps the first to commit to an entire album of such dark soulful electronica. Co-written with a rather random selection of collaborators, including former Razorlight drummer Andy Burrows, […]


Introducing: Disclosure

Possibly the most boring inspiration for a band name ever, South London siblings Disclosure chose their moniker, not because of a fondness for the Michael Douglas film, but because they spotted the term whilst filling in a car insurance form. Luckily, their music is rather more imaginative. At the forefront of the sound which has been coined ‘post-garage,’ 20-year-old Guy Lawrence and younger brother, Howard, 17, may have been far […]


Can Skrillex Prove Himself To Be More than a One-Trick Pony?

A virtual unknown two years ago, former From First To Last frontman Sonny Moore has since become dubstep’s first-ever superstar under the moniker Skrillex, picking up three Grammy Awards, courting the attention of everyone from nu-metal pioneers Korn to rock legends The Doors, and even bagging himself a celebrity girlfriend in the shape of Ellie Goulding. Continuing his remarkably rapid rise to fame, it was announced this week that Skrillex […]


Hervé – Pick Me Up, Sort Me Out, Calm Me Down

Cheap Thrills (2012)

Perhaps the most appropriately-titled dance album of the year, Pick Me Up, Sort Me Out, Calm Me Down, Joshua Harvey’s first studio album under the name of Hervé, is as hyperactive and restless as you’d expect from an artist who changes his moniker seemingly on a daily basis. The man also known as Young Lovers, Action Man and Voodoo Chilli, one-half of London electro duo The Count & Sinden and […]


Flashback: The Prodigy – Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned

After a seven-year wait during which their leader Liam Howlett had ditched a whole album’s worth of material, disowned their disastrous 2002 self-parodying comeback single, “Baby Got A Temper,” and relieved Keith Flint and Maxim of their duties, The Prodigy were always going to struggle to live up to the ground-breaking success of 1997’s US & UK number one, The Fat Of The Land. So it was no surprise when […]


Introducing: Madeon

Inspired by the space disco of Sheila B. Devotion, the P-funk of George Clinton and the sampling techniques of the Chicago dance scene, the French house movement has produced an endless supply of loop-filtering duos (Cassius, Modjo, Galleon) since Daft Punk’s ground-breaking Homework in the mid-90s. But considering David Guetta and Bob Sinclar have all but abandoned their roots in favour of rubbing shoulders with pop royalty, 18-year-old Hugo Pierre […]


Elton John vs Pnau – Good Morning To The Night

Casablanca (2012)

An aging piano man more renowned for throwing tantrums than throwing shapes and perhaps the most eccentric act to emerge from the thriving Australian indie-disco scene? On paper, a collaboration between Sir Elton John and Sydney duo Pnau seems as unlikely as the pop legend’s previous forays into hip-hop with Eminem and Tupac. However, Good Morning To The Night (set for a July 17 release) is far from a random hook-up. […]


Dan Le Sac Goes It Alone with “Space Between The Words”

Sunday Best (2012)

Best-known as the less beardy half of socially-conscious hip-hop duo Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip, producer Daniel Stephens now follows in the footsteps of his Essex MC bandmate by launching a solo career with this debut album, Space Between The Words. Whereas his usual partner in crime’s articulate and witty rhymes have taken centre stage on their two collaborative efforts, it’s Le Sac’s ability to create an eclectic but […]


Introducing: Jessie Ware

In an era where the likes of The Voice and X-Factor have encouraged the notion that belting out a song with all the subtlety of a sledgehammer is the only way to prove one’s vocal ability, 27-year-old singer-songwriter Jessie Ware is a breath of fresh air. Anyone who’s listened to her guest spots on the post-garage of SBTRKT’s self-titled debut and the kaleidoscopic dubstep of Joker’s The Vision will already […]


Is the EDM Scene in Danger of Turning Against Itself?

Hip-hop rivalries have existed since the dawn of vinyl-scratching. Pop’s biggest icons have always had to deal with younger upstarts snapping at their heels. The punk scene has virtually encouraged aggression and confrontation between bands. But EDM has built its foundations on the idea of uniting people from all walks of life through the power of its hedonistic and escapist sound. However, the crop of artists responsible for EDM’s current […]


Hot Chip Lets Us Into Their Heads

Domino (2012)

For over a decade, British electronic synth-pop band Hot Chip has flirted with the edges of big-time success. Part of it, in my opinion, is that while they appear to be genuinely talented, they haven’t been too good at first impressions. Chalk it up to their collective off-beat sense of humor, perhaps, but between their occasional cartoonish mixes and the unfortunate imagery of videos like “I Feel Better,” it’s been […]

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