Album Review: Sufjan Stevens – The Greatest Gift (Asthmatic Kitty)

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Another beautiful release It’s hard not to be touched by the music of Sufjan Stevens, his vulnerable, plaintiff style makes you care and gives the impression of total honesty. Not…

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Our favourite tracks of 2017

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As 2017 draws to a close, it’s time to look back over this year’s releases from musicians old and new. So we’ve gathered together our favourite 20 tracks from the…

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Society of Sound: Mammal Hands winter playlist

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Mammal Hands are the Society of Sound artists for November and during this month subscribers can download the band’s third album Shadow Work. To coincide with the release the three…

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Album Review: Anouar Brahem – Blue Maqams (ECM)

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Melodic modes In the month when ECM finally caved into pressure for their music to be available on commercial streaming platforms Tunisian Anouar Brahem released his tenth album for the…

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Interview: Kate Bailey, curator of ‘Opera: Passion, Power and Politics’ at the Victoria & Albert Museum

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Kate Bailey talks technology and opera, the future of the art form, and what gives her sleepless nights. From British rock in the 1950s to Russian avant-garde theatre design, Kate…

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Album Review: Gun Outfit – Out of Range (Paradise of Bachelors)

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Prairie poetry Apparently this, Gun Outfit’s fifth album is an “Orphic-Gnostic suicide drive towards the hallucinatory vanishing points of the Southwestern desert, debating the denouement of the decaying American dream.”…

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Society of Sound: Mammal Hands production notes

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Society of Sound’s November act Mammal Hands hark from the remote English town of Norwich, but their sound, style and energy suggests something wholly different. The band’s engineer George Atkins…

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Album Review: Lost Horizons – Ojala (Bella Union)

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Hopeful return Lost Horizons is a collaboration between two movers and shakers of the eighties and nineties, Simon Raymonde and Richie Thomas, the former was bass player in the Cocteau…

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Seven albums for 700 Series

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We’ve selected seven albums that we think bring out the best in the new 700 Series. From stunning highs, to muscular lows, via wonderfully detailed midrange all delivered by new…

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PX Playlist: Play for longer

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Did you know that PX’s class-leading battery brings you 22 hours of wireless playback? That’s a lot of music to enjoy. So we’ve put together a special playlist of tracks…

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Blue Lab Beats: How we made Xover

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NK-OK, otherwise known as Namali Kwaten, of Blue Lab Beats gives his personal recollection of the making of Xover, the current release on Society of Sound, which was recorded at…

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Album Review: Willow – The 1st (Roc Nation)

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The travails of gilded youth If I had known who this 17 year old was before pressing play I might not have bothered. Singer and actress Willow Smith is the…

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Mira Calix: by beings in two places at once

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Award-winning artist and composer Mira Calix sheds light on her new sound installation ‘by beings in two places at once’, which was showcased at the Coventry Biennial of Contemporary Arts…

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Playlist: what makes music disconcerting?

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From unnerving lyrical imagery, to ominous sounds and harmonies via banned musical intervals (yes, that actually happened), we explore the elements of music that have the potential to chill, and…

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Album Review: Courtney Barnett Kurt Vile – Lotta Sea Lice (Marathon)

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Rawkus harmonies These two unlikely collaborators met when Barnett’s band supported Vile on one of his Australian tours and she told him how much she liked his Smoke Rings for…

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Playlist: Blue Lab Beats

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The Blue Lab Beats album Xover is the Society of Sound release for October. It’s an album that reflects it’s creators, London-based duo NK-OK and Mr DM, shared love of…

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Age of Terror at the Imperial War Museum (2017)

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The largest contemporary art exhibition IWM has presented to date, Age of Terror, examines artists’ responses to conflict since the terrorist attacks on 11 September 2001. The catastrophic events of…

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Album Review: Robert Plant – Carry Fire (Noneuch)

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The dying of the light The weight of history lies heavily on Robert Plant’s shoulders but as he approaches his 70th birthday in apparently finer fettle than many of his…

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Some of the best sounding tracks on PX

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When developing PX, we knew we wanted to make a pair of headphones that sets a new benchmark for sound quality. Now we invite you to hear the music that…

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A decade of Zeppelin

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Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin is 10 years old. This iconic loudspeaker changed the way people thought about digital music and proved that quality sound from an iPod was both possible…

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Album Review: Melanie de Biasio – Lilies (PIAS)

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Dark and direct Belgian chanteuse Melanie de Biasio established a stellar reputation with 2013’s No Deal, an album of smouldering jazz noire songs over dark and expansive soundscapes from piano,…

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