Are The Prodigy really as important as Oasis or Blur?

Liam Howlett’s recent claim that the dance giants should be considered as important as the Britpop icons is definitely a big claim, there’s no doubt about it. Without a doubt the two most important bands in the whole Britpop era with an endless back catalogue of tunes that have shaped, defined and influenced a generation.

But where do The Prodigy actually rank in the discussions of the most important bands in the last few decades? Continue reading


Doldrums – Hotfoot (Track review)

An explosion of noise right from the off, these huge crashes of electronic samples set up this huge eccentric, surreal convergence of synths, drums and who knows what from all angles.

There’s a measured chaos about the track, intertwined between these onslaughts of in your face style snippets of sound are these more mellow, ethereal vocals that compliment the madness in a brilliant way, only to provide a stepping stone for the madness to ensue once again.

In a period where the electronic music scene is undoubtedly becoming more and more saturated, making it harder for anyone to stand out without doing something special, ‘Hotfoot’ is something that is completely fresh, something that sets itself apart from most something that definitely possesses that “something special”.

Clint Boon: A view into tour life, new music & a political revolution

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I can still party, I choose not to a lot of the time”. Sitting down with one of Manchester’s much loved sons, founding member of the iconic Inspiral Carpets, drive time airwaves guru with XFM and club DJ on the side, Clint Boon gave an insight into his hectic every day life.

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University portfolio: “Top 10…” pieces produced at Manchester Confidential

Top 12 things to do in MCR: 17 -26 Oct
“The mass gathering of street food and drink vendors from across the land is back, and it’s got new digs. Following on from successful stints at Upper Campfield Market Hall in Castlefield and Brownsfield Mill in the Northern Quarter, B.Eat Street are back for another round of Friday Food Fights which promises even more grub, booze and live music and the chance to sample a range of delicacies in an environment far removed from any restaurant, in Deansgate’s Great Northern Warehouse. The Friday food party is back, so bring your Friday fat pants.”
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Top 12 things to do in MCR: 31 – 9 Nov
Cat On A Hot Tin Roof
“Perhaps Tennessee William’s best-known work, this Pulitzer Prize winning (1955) play is full of bubbling, raw, intense emotion and some hugely uncomfortable scenes. Maggie and her husband Brick return to his home of the night of the patriarch Big Daddy’s 65th Birthday. The evening spirals into disaster as the family scramble to secure their futures and their relationships with one another. Sharpe‘s Daragh O’Malley is sensational as Big Daddy.”

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Top 10: Gigs in November

PAOLO NUTINI | Phones 4U Arena | Thursday 6 November

Coming off the back of another hugely successful number one album, Caustic Love, the unmistakably gravel-voiced Scottish soul singer will be back with his ten-piece band and a hit packed set including new smash-hit Ironsky and old-faves Pencil Full Of Leadand New Shoes.

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Music Review section: University portfolio assessment

Here I have selected a number of, what I consider to be my strongest music reviews that I completed during my placement period. I have also tried to vary the types of reviews I have constructed by including two album reviews and live reviews from different publications, to fully display the diversity of audiences I was writing for depending on which magazine. I have also included a shorter single track review, to show I can write much shorter, concise pieces when necessary.

Jamie T – Carry on the grudge (Album review)

5 years is a long time ey? That’s how long it’s been since we last got a Jamie T album with the critically acclaimed “Kings & Queens”

The album signals a change of pace for Jamie, let’s not forget he was 24 when we last got material from him, he’s closer to 30 now, it wouldn’t be fair to expect the same angsty fast paced style all the way through. Things change with age, song writing isn’t immune from the changes that are part of growing up, something which is clearly evident in “Carry on the Grudge”

Full article Published on Vulture Hound magazine

Jesus Fucking Christ – Homophobia is like totally gay (Album review)
Jesus Fucking Christ (Remi Semshaug Langseth) has dropped his debut release ‘Homophobia Is Like Totally Gay’, and for a one man project, it truly is something monstrous.

It’s like an insane middle ground between electronic, punk and rap. There’s this cohesion of different genres that produces a monumental noise, picture a middle finger to any sort of genre boundaries or expectancies.

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Beans On Toast – Lizzy’s cooking (Track review)
Not many people around the music industry have such an individuality as Beans on Toast, and as ever that’s the case with his new track ‘Lizzy’s Cooking’

A good old serenade sort of track, an appreciation for the other half, for something as simple as their cooking. It actually captures what Beans On Toast is about so well, such a simple sentiment goes with his style of songwriting. It’s not groundbreaking and deep, it’s a sweet, fun love song, sometimes music doesn’t need to be any more than that.

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Beans On Toast – Live @ Ruby Lounge Manchester

One of Manchester’s iconic rock and roll venues, The Ruby Lounge was singer-songwriter Beans On Toast‘s stage for the night – something which turned out to be a more fitting combination than expected.

Renowned as a musician who has never tried to kid anyone into thinking he’s something he isn’t or one who has taken himself too seriously, tonight was never going to be a typical gig. True enough, this turned out to be the case when Beans began playing a mixture of songs of his choice and calling for requests.

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Peter Hook & The Light play triumphant homecoming gig

Back where it all started some 30 odd years ago for Peter Hook, well, kind of, let’s leave out the whole Salford / Manchester debate for the sake of this and concentrate on what really matters. The music.

Manchester’s iconic Ritz played host, with it’s famous “bouncy dancefloor” and rich history to one of the cities much loved talents with a richer history. This was set to be something a bit special, the band would be playing the full Low-Life & Brotherhood albums, that were released by New Order way back in 1985/1986, who Hook was an integral part of forming after the tragic ending of Joy Division.

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Enter Shikari – The Last Garrison (Track Review)

Great to see Shikari getting right back to what they do best, having a complete disregard for any sort of genre boundaries. Undoubtedly, there was a shift to the more electronic side in their last record ‘A Flash Flood Of Colour’. That seems to be the case again, but in a different sort of fashion, think more the electronic segments of ‘Common Dreads’, that’s more the ballpark this new track seems to be in. Bassist Chris Batten’s cleaner, more melodic vocals play a massive part in conjunction with the infectious electronics throughout, with Rou’s harsher vocals giving the record more of a heavy edge.

While She Sleeps – New World Torture (Track review)

Exploding straight in with a harmonious, chanting choir, the track is immediately set for something huge. The intricate melodic riffs that Sleeps have stamped their unique sound on and made their own in such emphatic fashion ring throughout the track building up to this massive breakdown, that sounds sort of like, dare it be said, very Slipknot-esque for a few seconds. Not to take anything away from the originality though, the whole song has the bands trademark sound plastered all over it, and if the rest of the new record is to be half as good as this, it could be their finest work yet.