Author: John W. King

Poliça + Warm Digits @ Gorilla, Manchester – Review

Poliça + Warm Digits Gorilla, 54-56 Whitworth St, Manchester M1 5WW Saturday 8th February 2020 After establishing that I’d been to a gig in Manchester, my taxi driver from Lime St inevitably asked who I’d been to see.  When I told him, he looked a little confused, “What Sting and that?” he asked. It was obvious he’d never heard of Poliça, and to be fair, before I received the announcement of this tour and the current album, I wasn’t aware of them either. When I posted up the preview though, several people came forward and said I’ve got to...

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Dry Cleaning – New Single, and Feb/March UK Tour inc Liverpool

Following the release of their second EP “Boundary Road Snacks and Drinks” back in October, South London’s DRY CLEANING have confirmed a run of UK tour dates for February & March. Firm friends for years, the band (Lewis Maynard, Tom Dowse, Florence Shaw & Nick Buxton) only started making music after a party in 2017 inspired a collaboration. They wrote instrumentally to begin with and six months later Shaw, a university lecturer and picture researcher by day, joined on vocals with no prior musical experience. They recorded their debut “Sweet Princess” EP before playing their first show in 2018. Dry...

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Friendly Fires to Co-Headline Liverpool Sound City 2020 (Festival Exclusive)

If you’ve never been to Liverpool Sound City, you really should check it out!  The format has changed a lot over the years, but the one constant is that it always has the brightest up-and-coming and established acts that you’d be daft to miss out on. There is always a great atmosphere as music fans from Liverpool and beyond congregate to share their passion for live music. Unlike some of the huge festivals, the ticket prices are also very reasonable. Some festivals claim they won’t be able to gender balance their lineups for several years, but last year as...

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New Emika Single + Forthcoming Album announced

If there is one thing that can brighten up a bland January that seems to go on forever, it’s news of a new Emika record! As fans will be aware, as well as electronic music, she also released an album called “Klavirni” (Piano) of piano solos in 2015.  Her new album is a 2nd installment called “Klavirni Termna” (Dark Piano) and will be released on Feb 14th. The lead single “Dilo 33” can be heard here. where you can also pre-order the album on CD or Limited Edition (500 copies) Vinyl. I was lucky enough to receive access to...

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Chromatics release new single + mammoth deluxe edition of “Closer to Grey” LP

Chromatics are back with a new single “TOY” which without further ado, you can check out here: As if that’s not enough, they’ve also released a deluxe edition of their “Closer to Grey” LP with a mammoth 47 tracks. Closer to Grey was my favourite album of last year – from their superb cover of “The Sound of Silence” opening the album, the insanely catchy single “You’re No Good”, the Victorialand era Cocteau Twins-esque title track “Closer to Grey” and “Through The Looking Glass”, the dreamlike “Light As A Feather” and the almost Mary Chain like “On The Wall”...

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