Paul Woolford started Special Request as a way to channel his childhood love affair with pirate radio. Over time, the layers of nostalgia have fused with something more modern and stylish. That much was clear when I saw Woolford DJ as Special Request at this year's Bass Coast festival, where he threw down bass-heavy music of all stripes, venturing outside the hardcore and jungle domain of the earliest Special Request records. His latest album, Belief...Read more
Having changed their name from Lynched for fear of malign associations while touring the US, Lankum have lost none of their skull-splitting intensity in doing so or since signing with indie big hitters Rough Trade. Between The Earth And The Sky is the perfect summation of this extraordinary ensemble - this is music tethered deep in the black, black earth whose only limit is the blue, blue sky. Opening track What Will We Do When We Have No Money? is...Read more
Curtis Harding's debut album, 2014's Soul Power, was a strikingly confident work that demonstrated he was one of the smartest and most gifted artists to emerge from the retro-soul scene, a vocalist and songwriter with a respect for the past and a vision of the future. It turns out Harding was just getting started; his second full-length, 2017's Face Your Fear, is an even more ambitious set of material, an exercise in psychedelic soul that feeds from...Read more
Whether he'll ever get his absolute props is irrelevant but Ty Dolla $ign is an incredibly consistent artist. Though it can be argued that he's done little to push the envelope or develop artistically across his catalog, he stays in his lane pushes the luxury whip of his choosing well past the speed limit. His latest offering, Beach House 3, which serves as his official sophomore LP, is a lot of what fans love about Ty -- great features and production...Read more
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