Locust Fudge

Locust Fudge release the 90s revival album you didn’t know you...

If you are a UK resident, chances are you haven’t heard of German 90’s alternative band, Locust Fudge. Although signed to Sub Pop’s Euro division,...
Fever Dream @ Tallinn Music Week

Tallinn Music Week embraced new voices subverting the pop music form

The stand-out point from this year’s Tallinn Music Week was its promotion of new voices. Artists that are using their uniqueness to subvert the...
Sampa The Great

Bloop list – new music undercurrents – 14/04/2018

This time last week Bloop was at Tallinn Music Week being exposed to new music from around the world. As if this wasn’t enough...

A music lovers guide to Nairobi, Kenya

Kenya has long musical heritage connecting the traditions of the past with the ever changing social and political climates. Its forays into the world...
beyond the opposite sex

Beyond the Opposite Sex: A conversation with documentary maker Bruce Hensel

We live in a moment of profound change in attitudes and understanding of transgender issues. Much as moved on since Emmy Award winner Bruce...

“Our potential is enormous and beautiful” – sculptor Josie Spencer discusses...

Representing a world of people who are “out for themselves”, Josie Spencer’s upcoming exhibition ‘Murmuration’ at The Playground Theatre, London, will have nine life-size...
HO9909

Bloop List – new music undercurrents – 04/04/2018

Many things have been getting in the way of getting this latest Bloop list published. Easter’s chocolate overdose being one. Also, the majority of our...
Indietracks announcement

Latest announcement confirms Indietracks’ best line-up to date

Derbyshire based festival Indietracks, nestled in the hills of the county and set on a steam railway museum, has long been a Mecca for...
Eels

The Opposite of Sad: A conversation with Eels

“To me it’s the opposite of sad. To me the sad part would be if that message wasn’t there and you’re just going to...
Mart Avi

The underground sounds of East and West collide at Tallinn Music...

Estonian capital, Tallinn, has a history as a pan-European playground, an intersection of greater powers vying for its wonders – Soviet, Danish, Swedish, Polish,...
sound 7

Album review: Sound 7 – Sound 7

2017 was a bad year for Detroit, Michigan's prolific singer/songwriter (and my friend and occasional music collaborator), Chris Oliver.  While his wife and mother...
Vive la Void

Bloop list – new music undercurrents – 23/03/2018

I’ve heard four separate world leaders compared to Hitler this week, without any irony. Admittedly one accusation of Hitlerness came from a guy who...
Grawl!x

Album review: Grawl!x – Appendix

Appendix is the third installment of an album trilogy from Derbyshire multi-instrumentalist James Machin, in his Grawl!x guise and ends the trio of releases...
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Machine 9 gives voice to the space junk encircling our planet

Humanity is crushing the world with junk, with debris. The cast away remnants of our excesses. We look to the skies as our saviour when...
Donzii

Bloop List – new music undercurrents – 16/03/2018

Are we in the middle of a new cold war? Is that what’s happening? This has nothing to do with new music or this list...
half waif

Bloop list – new music undercurrents – 09/03/2018

This is the first new music list to appear as the site goes live. Everything on the site so far has been so underground...

Witnessing the apocalypse on Lake Skadar

Bordering Albania and Montenegro, Lake Skadar is often described as one of the most beautiful places on earth. But the Skadar I found was a...
Peggy Gou releases new EP on Ninja Tune

Bloop list – new music undercurrents – 02/03/2018

Bloop is drowning under a literal tidal flow of incredible new music each week.This new weekly list will highlight the pick of this musical...
video

Half Waif announce new album with new video for lead single...

Nandi Rose Plunkett's synth-pop alter-ego Half Waif is ready to release new album Lavender next month, and has teased it’s quality with new single ‘Keep...
video

Hear Peter Kernal’s hypnotic new post-punk cut ‘Men of the Women’

Swiss Canadian duo, Peter Kernal, are about to drop their third album The Size of Night which promises to be a leap forward for...

Label love: Beats In Space

Beats in Space only dropped into my consciousness this week with a serious bout of ‘how in hell have a missed this label’. I was...
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GoGo Penguin conduct electricity through the classic jazz sound of Blue...

Manchester-based trio GoGo Penguin have always fused different genres but forthcoming album A Humdrum Star leans heavier on their shared love of electronica than...

Album review: Biscuit Mouth – Hot Change

The world, at present, is all bluster and turmoil, a broken cacophony of madness. In to that void stepped the latest album from general...

Working with Mark E. Smith – an interview with Fall drummer...

Keiron Melling was the drummer in the final line-up of The Fall after ten years working with legendary front-man Mark E. Smith. Following his...
Transelement

Pendle Tones: The story of underground geniuses Transelement

As Britpop petered out and the late 90s charts packed with bland pop, a new self-referential and singular noise was emerging from the Lancashire...

Interview: Diet Cig

We’re sat in the upper floors of the labyrinthine Hare and Hounds in King’s Heath and ‘slop pop’ duo Diet Cig are enthusing about...

Exploring counterculture in San Francisco

The city gave birth to movements that changed the world, here’s how to explore them on your visit.   San Francisco is a city oozing with...

Interview: Unqualified Nurse Band

When bands talk about the different ‘eras’ of their existence it usually spans many years or even decades, but Derby rock trio Unqualified Nurse...

Interview: Neville Staple

Mark Lamarr is quoted as saying “Everyone has four good stories, Neville Staple has the rest!” And spending time with the 2 Tone legend...

Passion, punk and politics: an interview with Idles

With a relentless touring schedule, a stunning debut album and a message to believe in, Bristol’s Idles are proving to be the most vital...

Punk legend Glenn Matlock on the new punk opera album and...

“It’s not the beginning of a new punk movement with people in tuxedos and dickie-bows, it’s just a bit of fun, serious fun but...

Meet Hussain Manawar, the Muslim space poet challenging the stigma of...

Who is Hussain Manawer? For starters, Hussain Manawar, is the performance poet that earlier this week broke the world record for the world’s largest mental health...
Laura-Marling

Interview: Laura Marling

The SU venue at Goldsmith’s is an echo from a by-gone age – an age of free education, £1 pints and living off grants,...
Preservation Hall, New Orleans

A music fanatic’s guide to New Orleans

There are few cities in the world that have as much music heritage flowing so visibly through their veins as New Orleans. It is a...
Chuck Mosley, ex Faith No More

Interview: Chuck Mosley – Faith No More

Despite playing a major and active part in how heavy music expanded into new realms in the late 80s and early 90s, Chuck Mosley...
Hot 8 Brass Band

Interview: Hot 8 Brass Band

In a modern musical landscape that sees ‘authenticity’ as the ultimate standard, Hot 8 Brass Band should be viewed as one of the greatest...

Interview: Lloyd Kaufman – Troma

“Farting is one of the rules of Troma script writing. In return to Nuke 'Em High you see a beautiful woman fart, you see a duck...