The Week’s 5 Essential Releases Worth Listening To

As well as the obvious, polarising choice of Katy Perry’s newfound ‘purposeful pop’, New Music Friday yields some beautifully quirky releases from all corners of alternative universe. Here are the week’s five big releases that should be on your radar: Continue reading The Week’s 5 Essential Releases Worth Listening To

Major Lazer: Know No Better EP Review – Relying On Of-The-Moment Star Recruit Only Gets You So Far

After the success of 2015’s Peace is the Mission, an ensemble delight that would even challenge a Wes Anderson wishlist, Major Lazer’s new EP, Know No Better, has the same intentions as Continue reading Major Lazer: Know No Better EP Review – Relying On Of-The-Moment Star Recruit Only Gets You So Far

Arcade Fire’s ‘Everything Now’ is ABBA-Inspired, 2017-Appropriate Wokeness

The fact that Arcade Fire’s momentous new single ‘Everything Now’ sounds like ABBA (‘Dancing Queen’ in particular) is by no means a coincidence. The Swedish pop maestros were Continue reading Arcade Fire’s ‘Everything Now’ is ABBA-Inspired, 2017-Appropriate Wokeness

Dua Lipa: Dua Lipa Review – A Powerhouse Pop Star in the Making

With delays leading to a release nine months after its intended September date, Dua Lipa’s debut album could’ve been damaged by its injection into a Continue reading Dua Lipa: Dua Lipa Review – A Powerhouse Pop Star in the Making

Halsey: Hopeless Fountain Kingdom Review – Individuality Gives Way to Pop Industry Standard

Even with the tempting call of the mainstream and its riches within earshot, Halsey claims to be more than just an artist that feeds the voracious Continue reading Halsey: Hopeless Fountain Kingdom Review – Individuality Gives Way to Pop Industry Standard

alt-J: Relaxer Review – The New String-Laden Approach Leaves us with Nothing Much to Decipher

Over the last five years, alt-J have become wonderfully wonky soundtrack poster boys for nerd chic. Armed with a salvo of digital ticks and squawks, an absurd bibliography of Continue reading alt-J: Relaxer Review – The New String-Laden Approach Leaves us with Nothing Much to Decipher

The Week’s 5 Essential Releases Worth Listening To

This week was already geared up as a massive week for releases from the world of pop but it was to be the two big surprise returns that caught our eye at Vendor this week when New Music Friday rolled around. Here are the week’s five big releases that should be on your radar: Continue reading The Week’s 5 Essential Releases Worth Listening To

Swet Shop Boys: Sufi La Review – Heems and Riz MC Swap Conscious Rap for Tongue-in-Cheek Anthems

On their debut album, Cashmere, the Swet Shop Boys’ broadness of discussion was only outdone by the South Asian diaspora that came to inform their work. Like so many of the Continue reading Swet Shop Boys: Sufi La Review – Heems and Riz MC Swap Conscious Rap for Tongue-in-Cheek Anthems

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