Exmagician – Scan the Blue review

Exmagician, press photo 2016, 01 (1024x569)Danny Todd and James Smith are Exmagician, two members of the band formerly known as Cashier No 9, who released the stupendous – though mostly overlooked – To the Death of Fun in 2011. Scan the Blue sees the Belfast duo stirring up more of the ethereal vocals and psych rock patterns that made their previous effect such a buoyant record. Continue reading

Jam of the Week: De La Soul – Drawn (ft. Little Dragon)

De La Soul - Drawn (640x360)De Le Soul have teased us with a couple cuts from their long, long awaited ninth album – And the Anonymous Nobody – earlier this year. We’ve had the wavy ‘TrainWreck’ and the funky new classic, ‘Pain’, featuring Snoop Dogg.

Now Pos, Dave and Maseo have let loose this quasi-orchestral, hip-hop masterpiece, which features Swedish electro-soul group, Little Dragon. Continue reading

Jam of the Week: Douglas Dare – Doublethink

Douglas Dare - Aforger (640x360)Dorset-born pianist and singer, Douglas Dare, has become fixated with the idea of the double life. Discovering his boyfriend had been living a “double life” led him to re-read George Orwell’s frightfully bleak classic, Nineteen Eighty-Four. Continue reading

Jam of the Week: Charlotte Day Wilson – Find You

Charlotte Day Wilson - CDW (600x338)It takes a special kind of singer to enchant you with the caffeinated-cool of an old-school jazz club moonlighter. Amy Winehouse is the obvious choice. But there are others: Claudia Brücken, Alice Russell and, now, Charlotte Day Wilson. Continue reading

Star Trek Beyond review – Shoots for the stars, makes it to the moon

Star Trek Beyond, still 01, Spock, Jaylah, McCoy (2560x1440)Director: Justin Lin  Starring: John Cho, Simon Pegg, Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Anton Yelchin, Idris Elba

Crash landing on an uncharted planet was never going to look anything but spectacular when the minds behind the last two Star Trek films and the director of Fast & Furious 36 got together. Star Trek Beyond doesn’t wrap up as spectacularly as its bold initial vector, but this sci-fi adventure still manages to be rip-roaring fun. Continue reading