Ash live at Sheffield Leadmill Review

Ash played at the Sheffield Leadmill on Tuesday 16th October, with support from Death by Unga Bunga.

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Death by Unga Bunga

Death by Unga Bunga were one of the most entertaining opening acts I had seen in a while, with non-stop energy throughout their set, while still performing great musically. Check them out if you can.

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Northern Irish rock trio Ash performed a lengthy set, but at no point did they show any signs of drifting off, with even their new album tracks pleasing the crowd.

The earliest highlight for me came in the form of a blistering rendition of ‘Kung-Fu’, and the whole set was filled with hits, reminding me just how many they’ve had over the years, with the likes of ‘Oh Yeah’, ‘Goldfinger’ and ‘Angel Interceptor’ all coming thick and fast in the first half of the set.

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This tour is in support of their latest album, ‘Islands’, and while they did play a fair number of new tracks (6), they slotted in perfectly with their greatest hits and fan favourites, especially ‘Confessions In The Pool’ and ‘Did Your Love Burn Out’.

 

Ash put on a memorable performance, and the quality of the whole set is a real testament to just how good they still are. They seemed to be enjoying themselves on stage too, which is the most important thing.

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You can check out all of Ash’s upcoming tour dates here: http://www.ash-official.com/shows/

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Kiran Leonard and Let’s Eat Grandma team up for ‘Legacy of Neglect’

Coming in at around 9 minutes, this new track from Kiran is a long one, but miraculously it doesn’t drag on. This cut, featuring the amazing Let’s Eat Grandma, is from Kiran’s upcoming album ‘Western Culture’ out on the 9th November.

 

Kiran has an upcoming UK & Ireland Tour, check out the dates below:

20 Oct – Oxford, Ritual Union                                                                                                            22 Oct – Leicester, Cookie                                                                                                                  23 Oct – Cambridge, Portland Arms                                                                                                    24 Oct – Guildford, Boileroom                                                                                                          25 Oct – York, Crescent                                                                                                                      26 Oct – Huddersfield, Parish                                                                                                                27 Oct – Stockton, Georgian Theatre                                                                                                21 Nov – Galway, Roisin Dubh                                                                                                              22 Nov – Dublin, Whelans                                                                                                                  23 Nov – Limerick, Kasbah Social
24 Nov – Cork, Cyprus Avenue                                                                                                        26 Nov –Brighton,  Green Door Store
27 Nov – London, MOTH Club                                                                                                              28 Nov – Manchester, Soup Kitchen                                                                                                  29 Nov – Birmingham, Hare & Hounds                                                                                        30 Nov – Glasgow, Hug & Pint                                                                                                            01 Dec – Newcastle, Cumberland Arms                                                                                          03 Dec – Norwich, Arts Centre                                                                                                            04 Dec Bristol, Rough Trade                                                                                                            05 Dec – Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach

Photos by Manox and Charlotte Patmore

New Release Roundup 9th October 2018

Charli XCX & Troye Sivan – 1999: An over the top, 90’s inspired pop track with a really irresistible hook, and great production. Exactly what I expected, and wanted from a collab between these two. 90%

Anderson .Paak & Kendrick Lamar – Tints: Great performances by Anderson and Kendrick on this effortlessly smooth synth-funk track, that fittingly sounds like driving round a city at night. Very nice. 93%

Jaden Smith – Goku: An unexpected banger from Jaden here. I didn’t realise he could actually rap, but this new cut from his upcoming ‘Sunset Tapes’ project is actually pretty solid! 80%

Mutual Benefit – Come To Pass: A really pleasant, breezy track with a melancholy undertone taken from Mutual Benefit’s new album, Thunder Follows the Light, which is out now. Love the vocals on this too, 85%

Roses Gabor – Stuff: ‘Stuff’ is a dark, synthy cut from Roses, and the minimalist beats and production on the track really fit well with her echoey vocals. Very vibey. 80%

Kiran Leonard – Unreflective Life:  A great new track from Kiran, giving me a kind of Mystery Jets meet Doves vibe, and i’m really here for it. Always a good sign when a 6 minute long song keeps my attention. 80%

 

New Release Roundup: 14th September 2018

The 1975 – Sincerity is Scary: Another new single from upcoming album ‘A Brief Relationship into Online Relationships’, another completely different sound. The chillest cut from this album so far, this is a jazzy, smooth track making great use of a choir for backing vocals. A slow burner, but it really shows that the 75 are pushing the boat out and really trying new things. Good. 90%

Django Django – Swimming at Night: Taken from a new upcoming EP, this new track from the Djangos is nothing unexpected or new, but it’s never a bad thing to have another good quality, groovy, catchy Django song out there. 70%

Estrons – Body: A really great, punchy riff and another great vocal performance from Tali makes this new Estrons track really stick in your head, and makes me look forward to their upcoming album. 80%

Dizzee Rascal & Skepta – Money Right: This is good. ‘Money Right’ is a  classic grime track with two of the genre’s biggest voices on top form, and bouncing off each other effortlessly. What feud? 83%

Lana Del Rey – Mariners Apartment Complex: This sounds to me a bit like Lana doing a version of a sad Arctic Monkeys cut but also at the same time like a sad ABBA song when the harmonies come in. Surprisingly good. 92%

Sarah Close – Crazy Kind:  This new track from Sarah is a great, well produced pop track with echoes of Rae Morris, which is definitely a good thing. Her latest singles are looking very promising for a full length release. 80%

Khalid – Better: A fairly standard track from Khalid in my opinion, with his vocals sounding dull and uninspired over a normie beat, which is a shame as usually his great voice helps him to stands out from the crowd. 50%

Joji – Slow Dancing In The Dark: A dreamy, slow-jam synthy track from Joji here, with his vocals slightly eerily placed over the chill, almost lo-fi instrumental. It all comes together really well. 75%

Kiran Leonard – Unreflective Life: Taken from his upcoming album ‘Western Culture’, this new Kiran track is full of energy and it sounds massive, ringing similar to tracks by Doves and Elbow, which is no bad thing. 85%

Teleman – Family of Aliens Review

The third album from Teleman has  somehow managed to improve on their previous two releases; it being a more electronic, robotic and dance-able collection of songs while showing off more of their personalty than ever before.

When an album has a couple of very strong singles i’m always worried that the rest of the album will disappoint, and with ‘Cactus’ being an absolute banger and probably the best Teleman song to date I certainly had those fears.

They were quickly dismissed as soon as the opener, and title track ‘Family of Aliens’ began. The same brilliant Teleman as usual, but sounding even more energetic. ‘Between The Rain’ is a Paul McCartney-esque upbeat piano track, and ‘Always Dreaming’ is a slower, calm moment on the record. These two tracks show just how diverse Teleman can be while still maintaining a consistent sound.

Another album highlight for me is the very groovy ‘Twisted Heart’,with the opening synth riff sounding like a Pokemon battle theme gone wrong and it just generally being one of the catchiest tracks they’ve put out to date.

‘Somebody’s Island’ has another great melody throughout, with the song again being one of the best the band has ever put out, it being so well produced and full of emotion and personality. The album closer, ‘Starlight’, aptly sounds like a really dramatic end credits song for a movie, a fitting end to a great album.

This is Teleman’s best album to date, and one of the best albums of the year so far.

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Best Three: Cactus, Twisted Heart, Starlight