Review: Cook Strummer – The Fall

I have to admit that when I agreed to review the Cook Strummer album The Fall, I genuinely thought it was a posthumous release of song that The Clash’s Joe Strummer had recorded with The Sex Pistols Drummer. Sometimes though mistakes can be quite fortuitous. When the post-punk synth sound of The Fall hit my eardrums I was, after an initial moment of confusion, pretty happy that my musical stupidity had brought the album to my attention.

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Review: wojtek the bear – A Talent for Being Unreasonable

wojtek the bear, gained their unusual moniker after their lead singer, Tam Killean, fell down a Wikipedia shaped rabbit hole one evening. He became momentarily obsessed with the story of Wojtek, a Syrian brown bear, who rather surreally was enlisted into the Polish army, eventually reaching the rank of corporal before finally taking up residence at Edinburgh Zoo.

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Jorgie Porter: The character I’m playing now, Iris Kelly, is sort of like a dream come true.

Jorgie Porter rose to fame playing the feisty Theresa McQueen on Hollyoaks and entertained us in the jungle when she took part in I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here. Now she’s playing wannabe ballerina Iris Kelly in a new production of Fame. The hit musical will be visiting Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen as part of a UK wide tour this summer and Jorgie took some time out of her busy schedule to chat to us about it.

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Review: Esther Joy – The Acid Caves Vol 1

London singer and producer Esther Joy self-released her eponymously titled debut back in 2015 and since then she has been busy collaborating and touring with Charlie XCX. Now she’s back with an ambitious new EP titled The Acid Caves Vol 1. Its three songs feature a non-human alien immigrant called Silipur heading Earthwards to feed on all the emotional energy (called ‘The Chaos’) that we Earth dwellers pump out into the atmosphere. Esther explains: “Over the last millennium, all lifebloods (non-humans) developed the ability to physically see and manipulate this energy, leading to huge advancements in better mental health and supernatural power”.

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Review: Jon Hopkins – Singularity

I’m really only familiar with Jon Hopkins through his stellar work with King Creosote, including their excellent Diamond Mine, but this London born musician has had a really fascinating journey into the world of electronica. From the age of twelve until seventeen Hopkins studied piano at the Royal College of Music in London entering competitions where his performances of Ravel and Stravinsky earned him prize money. He would eventually use that money to buy his first Roland synth and embark on a different musical path.

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