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Jam of the Week: Teddy Au Top – Words

Teddy Au Top - Words (2953x1660)Every once in a while it’s good to be stopped in your tracks by an unusual piece of music. Something that snaps you back to reality or guides your mind back to where you know it needs to be. Either way, it feels completely on your wavelength from the moment its harmony reaches your ears.

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Favourite games of E3 2015

Uncharted 4, PS4, 01 EU 23/06/2015 (1920x1080)Best of E3 round-ups: they’re so subjective, aren’t they? But that’s not going to stop me doing one of my own.

Not being present at E3 2015, or played any of the games on display, a small selection of some of my personal favourites seems the most honest way to approach things. What follows are 10 of the games that impressed me at this year’s E3.

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E3 2015 news highlights

Nintendo, E3 2015 booth, 18/06/2015, by emr9801 (2048x1152)Given the number of announcements in the two weeks prior to E3 2015, I was afraid the show itself would struggle to offer up many surprises this year. But that didn’t prove to be the case. First Microsoft stepped up with its broadest line-up since the early days of the 360. Then, Sony follow it with a trio of well-wishers’ most wanted. And elsewhere new ideas are blossoming for the next generation systems at last.

Previously, I’ve felt pretty underwhelmed by all three of the current-gen consoles. But this E3 has given me, and others yet to pick up a PS4, Xbox One or Wii U, reason to take notice again. Here are some of my highlights from E3 2015.

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Jam of the Week: Wolf Alice – Freazy

Wolf Alice - My Love is Cool (1500x844)Alt-rock four-piece, Wolf Alice, are a band that have been in my periphery since 2013 – I vaguely recall seeing the eye-catching cover for their Blush EP, released via Chess Club. Members Ellie Rowsell, Joel Amey, Joff Oddie and Theo Ellis have being getting plaudits from all corners of the music industry. And with their debut album, My Love is Cool, out this Monday, June 22, I’ve finally tuned into what all the fuss is about.

From the instant their song ‘Freazy’ begins, Wolf Alice send lush, ethereal sound waves gushing forth from your speakers. The percussion is nonintrusive. The guitar chords, a steady haze of shimmering vibrations. And the harmoniously layered vocals, radiant and dreamy. It’s three minutes of total joy that brings summer into your day with the strength of two suns. Needless to say, you need to hear this NOW. For more thoughts on Wolf Alice, check out PressPlay’s review of their debut album.

Freazy features on My Love is Cool, out now on Dirty Hit / RCA Records.

Image: Dirty Hit/RCA Records

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Jam of the Week: Keida – M16

Keida - Ebb and Flow EP artwork cropped (1500x844)The sun is in the sky, the festival season has begun, and the time for limming has come. What’s limming, you say? Sitting, chilling, relaxing, especially out on your front porch/doorstep in a slow, we’ve-got-all-the-time-in-the-world Caribbean way. And this week, I’ve not heard a better jam to lime to than Keida’s ‘M16’.

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Gengahr – A Dream Outside review

Gengahr, press photo 2015 (800x450)The common criticism of indie rock bands today is that they are perpetually stuck rehashing ideas from rock’s golden age. Listening to A Dream Outside, the debut album from north London band, Gengahr, such a criticism might seem fair to some. But to dismiss this band simply because of their “borrowed sounds” would be to miss out on an artful, effectual debut.