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Callaghan A History Of Now

26/04/2015

A History Of Now by Callaghan (Album)

Having already tasted success in the US, Lincolnshire-born songstress Callaghan brings her country-flavoured adult pop back home to the UK…
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Arborist

23/04/2015

Twisted Arrow by Arborist (Single)

Cut against a wintery backdrop, Arborist’s single arrives showcasing a mournful tone and featuring the backing vocals of Kim Deal…
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There Is Nothing To Fear by The North Country album cover

22/04/2015

There Is Nothing To Fear by The North Country (Album)

The North Country have taken their bitterness at the American Dream turned sour and transformed it into a magical cacophony…
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Holy Fire by Many Things cover

21/04/2015

Holy Fire by Many Things (Single)

Ahead of their debut album Many Things release an energetic anthem with strong hints of both U2 and The Stranglers…
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Fifty Shades Of Blue by Blair Dunlop

18/04/2015

Fifty Shades Of Blue by Blair Dunlop (Single)

A mature ballad full of observational storytelling which suggests that talented songwriting Blair Dunlop could soon be a household name…
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For The Road by Sukh

16/04/2015

For The Road by Sukh (Single)

The youthful Mancunian songwriter Sukh saves lives by day and writes folk in the vein of Cat Stevens by night…
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Netsuke-Heliotrope-Single

15/04/2015

Heliotrope by Netsuke (Single)

London trio Netsuke announce themselves as the latest act to try the synth-addled pop approach to songwriting, leaving you giddy…
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Josh Garrels 'Home' cover

07/04/2015

Home by Josh Garrels (Album)

The new album from Portland songwriter Josh Garrels is a reflective record which gives an intimacy to his usual eclecticism…
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Alimony Hustle

04/04/2015

Gutter Gutter Strike Strike Gutter Gutter by Alimony Hustle (Single)

Bristol’s Alimony Hustle may be newcomers but they’re all ready to make a name for themselves on their debut single…
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Searching For The Supertruth by The Dreaming Spires

04/04/2015

Searching For The Supertruth by The Dreaming Spires (Album)

On ‘Searching For The Supertruth’, The Dream Spires display a range of influences that marks them out from their contemporaries…
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Alfie Connor – Stranger cover

29/03/2015

Stranger by Alfie Connor (Single)

The debut single from Sheffield’s Alfie Connor is a dark R&B inflected pop song full of potential and early promise…
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The Fade In Time by Sam Lee

29/03/2015

The Fade In Time by Sam Lee & Friends (Album)

Sam Lee & Friends have collected traditional songs from their travels and then turned them into vibrant and modern reworkings…
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Yellow Streak by Simmer

25/03/2015

Yellow Streak by Simmer (EP)

Yellow Streak sees the aptly named quartet Simmer nodding towards emo’s early 90s legends and succeeding as they do so…
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A Whole New Shape by Happyness (Single)

24/03/2015

A Whole New Shape by Happyness (Single)

College rock revivalists Happyness return with their new single ‘A Whole New Shape’ and show that their potential’s still keen…
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Cameron Blake - Alone On The World Stage album cover

22/03/2015

Alone On The World Stage by Cameron Blake (Album)

Cameron Blake’s latest album is an intimate affair which takes an empathetic look at the problems facing the world today…
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The Fine Art Of Hanging On by The Leisure Society (Album)

22/03/2015

The Fine Art Of Hanging On by The Leisure Society (Album)

Inspired by a difficult time in his life, Nick Hemming and The Leisure Society have turned their sadness into beauty…
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Fawn Spots From Safer Place

18/03/2015

From Safer Place by Fawn Spots (Album)

The York trio Fawn Spots hit a fine post-hardcore stride on their impressively frenetic debut long player ‘From Safer Place’…
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The Jar Family In The Clouds

17/03/2015

In The Clouds by The Jar Family (Single)

Hartlepool act The Jar Family may just have brought a new genre to the folk music fray with ‘industrial folk’…
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Ub40 carousel

10/03/2015

Present Arms [Deluxe Edition] by UB40 (Album)

The second album by Britain’s biggest ever reggae band gets the deluxe reissue treatment, 34 years on from its original…
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The Grubby Mitts – What The World Needs Now Is album cover

09/03/2015

What The World Needs Now Is by The Grubby Mitts (Album)

Andy Holden and his allies create an uncategorisable, genre-hopping assortment of sounds and songs that’s part anthology and part debut…
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