Looking back at Ride's definitive shoegaze Album 'Nowhere'.

There are three albums that are considered definitive of the shoegaze genre; My Bloody Valentine's 'Loveless', Slowdive's 'Souvlaki' and Ride's 'Nowhere'. Although the three albums all sound very different from each other, Ride's stands out. 'Nowhere' combines the noise, feedback and sheer volume of shoegaze and pairs it with traditional pop song structures and hooks; a winning combination. Out of the shoegaze big three, Ride found the most commercial success with 'Nowhere' reaching number 11 on the UK Albums Chart - no mean feat for a shoegaze band, a scene which remained largely underground due to its general inaccessibility and harshness. Ride found the magic formula, bringing the wall of

FlashBack: The Mod Subculture

“We are the Mods, we are the Mods, we are we are we are the Mods”, as the chant familiar to those who have watched Quadrophenia (or Peep Show) goes. But who were the Mods? This edition of Flashback will look at one of the most talked about, written about and imitated subcultures in Britain. While music played a huge part in the Mod movement, other things such as fashion and scooters. The name ‘Mod’ is short for ‘Modernist’, and began as a term referencing ‘modern’ jazz, fans, as opposed to ‘traditional’ jazz fans, which is where the movements origins lie. The movement went on to evolve, attaching several distinctive behaviours to the Mod Subculture. Trends embraced by the Mod's included bei

Behind the Decks: Fakear

The 13th of April marked the release of ‘All Glows’, a date that was long overdue for the electronic producer Théo Le Vigoureux, known to many as Fakear. The sixteen track album release paints Théo in an entirely different light musically and spiritually. The album flirts with several moods, cascading from pop manifestos to melodious snippets of sound. I rush towards Headrow House with my interview questions in hand, in a desperate attempt to salvage them from the onslaught of rain falling from above. I scamper up the stairs in nerves, heading for the third floor of the venue. Halfway up on the second I meet the eyes of David, Théo's agent, who welcomes me backstage where he and Théo are sit

King Nun release explosive new track Chinese Medicine

King Nun are a band that prescribe perfect catharsis through their music. The West London four-piece are unhinged, irrepressible, yet glide in a way that sweeps you off the floor and gets you stomping out any stress. New track 'Chinese Medicine', the first material from the band's forthcoming EP, is the antidote to any repressed negativity. The drums and guitar swagger in unison, shaking you like a soda bottle. Then the chorus comes in and knocks the cap off, bursting any inhibition and possessing you to chase something that's running away from you. It's a track that picks you up and shakes you down, inspiring you to get up and go. Like with King Nun's other releases, you can almost hear the

Louis Ray collaborates with Tamzene in soulful track 'Dancing with the Colours'

Leeds-based producer Louis Ray makes his debut with ‘Dancing With The Colours’, a soulful, chilled-out track featuring guest vocals from Belladrum Records’ Tamzene. Louis wrote, produced, engineered and performed everything - showing himself to be much more than just your average producer. Smooth sax lines, delicate piano parts, subtle guitar and swirling synths make up the base of the track, with an excellent vocal performance from Tamzene. Her delivery is passionate and emotive and complements the instrumentation perfectly. Above: Tamzene The songwriting is also strong - the song has a sense of direction and ebbs and flows, adding layers and subtle variations before a saxophone-led climax

Looking back at New Order's classic sophomore Album

The year is 1983. Three years since the tragic suicide of Ian Curtis that brought Joy Division’s career to a standstill, on the eve of their first American tour. In the wake, the remaining members, with the addition of Gillian Gilbert on keyboards and guitar, formed New Order and released their debut album ‘Movement’ in 1981. A dark, moody affair that sounded like the 3rd Joy Division album that never was.Their sophomore album, however, is the sound of the band spreading their wings, rising from the ashes of Joy Division and finally finding their feet. The album cover is a painting by Henri Fantin-Latour, entitled ‘A Basket of Roses’ and can be found in the National Gallery in London. There

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