Album Review: The National – Sleep Well Beast (4AD)

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An experimental sonic and lyrical treat The National’s Bryce Dessner seems to be everywhere, he works on so many other projects: the Revenant OST, a ballet, the Planetarium song cycle…

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P9 Signature playlist by Nicholas Parker

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Grammy Award winning London Symphony Orchestra producer Nicholas Parker picks his favourite tracks which bring P9 Signature to life. P9 Signature; the headphones that are the result and celebration of…

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Film Soundtrack Review: Baby Driver

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Breaking the fourth sonic wall When you think of a fast paced action film involving cars, what imagery springs to mind? Well, you certainly wouldn’t be wrong in thinking of…

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Recipe for music by Speech Debelle

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One of the highlights of the Sound System 17 stage at the WOMAD Festival this summer was seeing Speech Debelle perform tracks from her third album tantil before i breathe.…

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Album Review: Micah P. Hinson – Presents The Holy Strangers (Full Time Hobby)

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Gothic opera Having Listened to this fabulously dark tale of gothic Americana it’s no surprise to discover that Micah P. Hinson grew up in a fundamentalist Christian household. The track…

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Album Review: Iron & Wine – Beast Epic (Sub Pop)

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Time traveller Sam Beam’s music is very much about the journey rather than the destination, but his journeys are over time rather than space. On his first album in four…

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These Woods (Human Made): a track by KLARA, Bowers & Wilkins and Volvo

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From its beginnings as a compelling advert soundtrack to a fully recorded, produced and released song, “These Woods (Human Made)” is music inspired by the creative partnership between Bowers &…

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Festival No. 6: A Sound System debut

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Sound travels. And Sound System will reach another destination this September, finding itself for the first time ever in the stunning village of Portmeirion in North Wales for a festival…

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Album Review: Queens of the Stone Age – Villains (Matador)

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Crooning and bruising Queens of the Stone Age or QOTSA for ease of typing have been making albums for over twenty years now but lead singer and head honcho Josh…

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Birmingham Conservatoire: Learning through sound

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With the launch event drawing ever nearer this September, the finishing touches are being applied to Birmingham Conservatoire’s new state-of-the-art facilities. Over the course of the past couple of months…

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Sonic Meditations #3: Brazil’s Deaf Drummers

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For the third in broadcaster and journalist Emma Warren‘s regular column on listening, she travels to São Paulo, Brazil and brings the story of the incredible deaf drummers of Som…

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Album Review: Portico Quartet – Art in the Age of Automation (Gondwana)

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Four is the perfect number Portico Quartet have not always been thus, their last album Living Fields was made by only three members of the band when Keir Vine left…

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BBC Proms 2017 top 10 playlist

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We pick our top ten pieces featuring at the BBC Proms this summer Summer in London usually consists of soaking up the sun (when it appears), enjoying the many outdoor…

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Album Review: Stanton Moore – With You In Mind – The Songs Of Allen Toussaint (Cool Green Recordings)

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A lot more than a tribute Allen Toussaint was a legendary songwriter whose death in 2015 rocked the musical world, so you can imagine the impact it had on his…

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Birmingham Conservatoire: the most sophisticated mastering studio

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“We aim to cleanse student ears and change how they listen to music.” – Dr Simon Hall, Head of Music Technology, Birmingham Conservatoire. In this blog we will delve into…

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Duxford’s DX17 sound sculpture by Nick Ryan, supported by Bowers & Wilkins

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2017 marks the centenary of Imperial War Museums (IWM) and 100 years since work began to create RAF Duxford. To commemorate this landmark occasion I was commissioned to create a…

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Album Review: Laurel Halo – Dust (Hyperdub)

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Expanding the musical universe by stealth Artists don’t like to be pigeonholed in specific genres, they like to think their work is unique and cannot be filed alongside others. Laurel…

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Hannah Peel on ‘Mary Casio’ and her Space Mind Expanders playlist

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Hannah Peel’s new album Mary Casio: Journey to Cassiopeia is the Society of Sound release for July and recounts the story of an unknown elderly, pioneering, electronic musical stargazer and…

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Summer top 10

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Our pick of ten summer tunes It would be rude not to listen to music outdoors – especially in summer. So we have put together a collection of ten timeless…

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Album Review: Radiohead – OK Computer OKNOTOK 1997 2017 (Parlophone)

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Everything in the same place OK Computer was the album that put Radiohead on the map, they had cult success with the single Creep but it wasn’t until this seminal…

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Album Review: This Is The Kit – Moonshine Freeze (Rough Trade Records)

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Fun and games in the dark This Is the Kit’s songwriter Kate Stables has figured out that the best way for her to process the world around us is to…

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