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Download Four Tet’s Justin Timberlake Remix

Download Four Tet’s unique take on the latest JT single.


July 16th, 2013

5 of the Best Small UK Festivals 2013

There’s too many to choose! We’ve put together this little list of the 5 small UK festivals we think really stand out (for various reasons) in 2013


June 23rd, 2013

Manics Recording 2 New Albums

And you thought they’d hung up their stenciled t-shirts and balaclavas for good..


May 18th, 2013

Arcane Roots – Blood and Chemestry

Arcane Roots are are 3 piece from Kingston Upon Thames, fronted by a guy with lungs the size of two space hoppers (Andrew Grove). There are echo’s of early Biffy Clyro and At The Drive present throughout, and that’s definitely a gap that is ready to be filled. Listen to Sacred Shapes for the best evidence of that. The production is smooth, too smooth perhaps, too much reverb? That isn’t something I find myself saying often. I think if you’re going to make this kind of album then have it sound a little more dirty, fresh and spontaneous. That’s not always true and it’s certainly doesn’t mean the downfall of the album, but I feel it loses some of its potential power because of it. I think that is emphasised when two thirds of the way through  ”Second Breath” kicks you in the shin, getting some of that “Pulled Apart By Horses” energy the whole affair needed. I mentioned At the drive in at the start of this and listening to “Sacred Shapes” a couple of times has confirmed that for me. Those  intricate but heavy guitar lines and soaring, half shouted vocals make me want to dig out In/Casino/Out. The problem is it makes me want to dig it out and listen to that instead of this.

First single off the album “Slow” has plenty of dynamic shifts and has a real pop charm to the chorus. It’s got energy and Andrew’s vocal is given the space it needs to be properly appreciated. There are less guitar acrobatics in it, but enough to give people a taste of the rest of the album.

There are a few times they pull the “break everything down to almost nothing” trick, not least in the last track “You Keep Me Here”, on that to be fair is quite a beautiful interlude. It’s a nice way to end the album and kind of sums up the rest of it. It has it’s decent moments, vocals are really impressive but there is something about it that isn’t grabbing me, I’m as ungrabbed as a fair ground teddy.


3.5 out of 5      

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