Jordan Rakei – Cloak review

Jordan Rakei is an Australian singer and producer making soulful, dreamlike R&B. He released his Groove Curse EP in 2014, and contributed to Disclosure’s 2015 album, Caracal, with the track ‘Masterpiece’. His debut album, Cloak, is an innovative and modestly arresting creation that discerning listeners will appreciate. Continue reading

Bat for Lashes – The Bride review

Bat for Lashes press shot, 2016, 01 (1500x844)Natasha Khan revels in the unusual and the antiquated. The Bride, her fourth full-length in her guise of Bat for Lashes, is a tale of macabre beauty and tragedy. Continue reading

Masayoshi Fujita – Apologues review

Masayoshi Fujita, by Alexander Schneider (01/06/2015), 02 colour (1920x1080)Japanese vibraphone player, Masayoshi Fujita, may not be using traditional Japanese instruments on his second studio album under his own name, but his music nonetheless feels connected to the culture and traditions of his home nation. Apologues is a porthole to the palace of the mind. An instrumental album of subtle grace that requests your presence, rather than demands it. Continue reading

Jam of the Week: Birthday Boy & Allie – I Can’t Wait

Allie & Birthday Boy (700x329)Patience is a virtue. But a mind fixated on passionate love-making rarely stops to consider anyone, or anything, else accept it’s beloved. That’s the emotion in Birthday Boy & Allie’s ‘I Can’t Wait’. Continue reading

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. Continue reading

Björk – Vulnicura review

Bjork - Vulnicura, 2015 press photo (650x366)With age comes experience, and age has had a powerful effect on Björk’s emotional aural portrait of a break-up, Vulnicura.

Björk is an artist who sees it as her duty to pour herself into projects, no matter what the medium or how outlandish they may appear. For her previous 2011 album, Biophilia, she participated in the creation of a series of interactive apps that formed part of a multimedia experience intended to enhance the album’s theme of musicology. In exposing her vulnerable core in a Vulnicura, she has been just as meticulous and self-critical, as evidenced by the fact that she sat on demos of these songs for some two years before deciding it was the right time to shape them into an album. Continue reading