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by Sarah Zupko

14 Sep 2017


Brilliant UK artist Kate Tempest raps her way through a deeply socially conscious track in “Tunnel Vision”, which appeared on her Mercury Prize-nominated Let Them Eat Chaos. With her gift for words, Tempest is a poet of the left behind people in this era of neoliberalism. She also critiques the abuses of the capitalist system and the cult of the individual: “The myth of the individual has left us disconnected, lost and pitiful.” Tempest’s music is meant to enlighten and educate, as well as to entertain.

by Sarah Zupko

14 Sep 2017


British electronic artist Burial has been busy in the last two years after quite a gap in his recordings. The dubstepper has released a number of compelling singles recently and on 22 September, he has another coming. Titled “Rodent”, the lead track features Burial’s trademark use of echoey and slightly eerie vocals. Meanwhile, the Kode 9 remix ups the beats adding a techno sheen to the track. “Rodent” releases 22 September via Hyperdub and can be pre-ordered at Bandcamp.

by Jedd Beaudoin

14 Sep 2017


Photo: Drew Robinson

Shining Mirrors perfectly finds the intersection of Phil Spector-style pop and punk on “Cardiac”, the first single from the trio’s self-titled EP out 3 November. The hooks are immediate, and the track’s warm confidence wins us over within seconds; for two minutes and 51 seconds, we can revel in the trio’s remarkable combination of innocence and danger. Frontman Drew Robinson delivers a vocal performance reminiscent of Joey Ramone at his peak, suggesting at the tune’s outset that the band give it one more try.

by Jedd Beaudoin

14 Sep 2017


“What I Know” is the latest cut from Trevor Hall, featured on his new release The Fruitful Darkness Pt.1. The track is disarming in its quiet approach, spiritually informed lyrics and deceptively simple structure. With shimmering guitar figures, jazz and island inspired rhythms, the tune takes us to unexpected emotional heights in its earliest moments, then higher from there.

by Jonathan Frahm

14 Sep 2017


From behind the fanfare of electropop and indie rock, another scene is bubbling up to the surface. Fronted by composers like Chris Thile, Bela Fleck, and Edgar Meyer, acoustic instrumental compositions are seeing a return to the forefront.

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