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Fuck Being Polite

A$AP Rocky – Wild For The Night feat. Skrillex This song is every fan of hipster-hop worst nightmare. On one hand it’s by A$AP Rocky, who apart from Frank Ocean and Kendrick Lamar, is just about the trendiest rapper working today. On the other it features Skrillex, an artist whose name is used as derogatory…


[edit] radio podcast 161 – 2012 In Review pt 3

Winner of [edit] radio’s least mediocre podcast of last year, Tom Crook and his posse return to give their take on the music of 2012. Band “Song” [Album] Bill Wells & Aiden Moffat “Tasogare” [Everything’s Getting Older] Lightships “Two Lines” [Electric Cables] Singing Adams “London Trocadero [Moves] Richard Hawley “Don’t Get Hung Up In Your…


Christen Them With Paraffin

Crystal Castles – Wrath Of God In the year 1880 any song with the title ‘Wrath Of God’ would have seemed foreboding, one which conjured images of fire, brimstone and the vengeance of an omnipotent creator. But in a modern society where belief in a ‘God’ of any kind is waining, what sort of message…

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We Both Enjoyed A Good Fight

Lucy Rose – Shiver There is an earnestness to Lucy Rose’s debut album, Like I Used To, that makes it hard to ignore. In most ways, the record is just another collection of an unremarkable set of acoustic songs, with very little to differentiate it from an already crowded genre. In Rose’s case, perseverance will…


We Don’t Need Each Other Now

Foals – My Number There’s something very eco-friendly about ‘My Number,’ from Foals. The second cut from their forthcoming album, Holy Fire, feels like a slice of retro-funk which has been upcycled. That restyles the sound of Wild Cherry into the danceable yet intelligent indie for which Foals are famed. The indifference with which Yannis…


We Used To Be Closer Than This

The xx – Chained How do you improve on perfection? That was the problem facing The XX after their 2009 self-titled debut album. An LP that flawlessly realised their spatially aware minimal sound, and through tracks like VCR, captured shyness in a way that no record before or since really managed. With their second album,…



So you can stick your words of comfort

Los Campesinos! – Allez Les Blues Release wise, 2012 was a quiet year for Los Campesinos. As one of the most prolific bands around, it’s strange to come to the end of the year list and not to have a new record or EP to consider. This downtime has allowed the band to focus on…


I Haven’t Got A Clue

Metz – The Mule Given the 20 year anniversary of Nirvana’s Nevermind, it’s perhaps unsurprising that plenty of bands found inspiration from 90s lo-fi bands in 2012. One of the better examples was Canadian post-hardcore trio, Metz. Their excellent self titled debut album offers fans of Fugazi and Lizard Jesus, 11 scuzzed out tracks which…


Their Heavy Words Can’t Bring Me Down

Lana Del Rey – Radio 2012 was a year of transition for Lana Del Rey (real name Lizzy Grant). Riding atop a wave of hype that followed the late 2011 release of ‘Video Games’ – one of the best pop songs of the last 5 years – she entered the year a critical darling. The…