Moments We Remember: David Thomson on Lemmings

Chronicling stories of how gaming has changed us – one moment at a timeLemmings (1991), Psygnosis cover (682x384)Title: Lemmings (Psygnosis, 1991)
Format: Amiga, Atari ST, PC, various formats

Moments We Remember returns with a reflection on Lemmings from game developer, David Thomson. 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

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

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’. Continue reading

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. Continue reading

Ratchet & Clank’s Metropolis: fourth time’s the charm

Ratchet and clank, PS4, screenshot 04 (1920x1080)Few video games have a single level that has evolved with the franchise itself quite like Ratchet & Clank’s Metropolis. This towering, planet-wide city of the future made its appearance in the series’ debut on the PlayStation 2, and has since reappeared in future iterations, becoming more visually impressive each time. Continue reading

Oshun – Asase Yaa mixtape impressions

Oshun, press photo 2015, 01 (1778x1000)If you have a problem with the struggle for equality and self-respect, Oshun’s debut mixtape, Asase Yaa, is not for you. The goal of this neo-soul and hip hop duo is to “empower women, and all people,” through music. Care to disagree? Because let’s not kid ourselves: Nicki Minaj and Beyoncé may be having the time of their lives “feeling” themselves, but history shows us that women, and women of colour especially, get the shortest straw of all in the white man’s world. But what makes Asase Yaa all the better is the sleight of hand and the alluring lyrical flow with which Oshun share their stories. Continue reading

E3 at 21: a brief history – part one

E3 2010, welcome signage, Jun 16, 2010, by sgfogel05 (1920x1080)This month, the Electronic Entertainment Expo, better known as E3, celebrates its 21st anniversary*.

It’s hard to believe that this video game trade show, often thought of as a Mecca for game enthusiasts, is 21 years old. Back in 1995, I was only just becoming aware of video games, thanks to the Sega Mega Drive at my cousins house, a handful of PC games and cartoon series of Sonic the Hedgehog. So suffice to say, I had other things occupying me when the first E3 took place in Los Angeles, USA, in May 1995. Continue reading