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Album Review: The Big Moon – Love In The 4th Dimension

Words: Emma Snook In Bruce Springsteen’s autobiography, he details some of the ingredients he believes are necessary in the making of a truly great band. Into the mix goes a “rambunctious gang feeling” and “central characters and personalities in their own right, each a featured performer” (as opposed to “anonymous sidemen”). He also writes: “I…

Album Review: Oscar – Cut and Paste

Oscar Scheller’s debut album hits the senses like the magical first taste of summer. The feeling of leaving the house coat-less for the first time, and that metaphorical and literal weight lifted from the shoulders, is echoed in the cool ease and fuzzy euphoria of Cut and Paste. Opener Sometimes is as fun and as bold…

Record Of The Week: The Big Moon – Cupid

It’s about once in a blue moon that a band as perfect as The Big Moon rocks up, with a sound and a stance promising to take them to unknowable, gravity-defying heights. Whether it’s watching Juliette, Soph, Celia and Fern tear it up as an otherworldy force on-stage, or the release of another joy-filled rocket…

Live Review: Marika Hackman at Union Chapel

Marika Hackman packed out the pews at London’s Union Chapel with an enchanting one-off, sold-out show on Friday night. Support came from Daisy Vaughan, somebody that Marika later told the audience she stumbled across performing at this year’s Latitude whilst desperately searching for a guitar to borrow for a radio session (finding her saviour and…

Mercury Prize: Our Nominations

With the Mercury Prize shortlist announced tomorrow, we asked some of our Amazing Radio team to give us their thoughts on the albums they think deserve a nomination… Dani Charlton: If I’m being truly honest, I’m usually more excited about the nominees for the Nordic Music Prize (I am rapidly becoming even more of a parody…

Review: Leeds Festival

Chris Murray and Emma Snook have made it back (just about in body, if not in mind) from Leeds Festival! They have rounded up their highlights from the weekend… FRIDAY Friday got off to a flying start with an early set from Brighton’s Black Honey. Having been wowed by them at the start of our…

Preview: Reading & Leeds Festival

Time to start checking the weather forecast obsessively if you are heading to either Reading or Leeds festivals this weekend! It’s also high time to start mapping out the perfect schedule so you’re not the one who misses out on the band or artist that becomes the talk of the… field by dozing off in…

Album Review: Sivu – Something On High

Those of you who follow us on social media, or are regular visitors to amazingradio.com, will be more than familiar with us waxing lyrical about Sivu. Our brand new intern Emma Snook has taken the time to listen through his debut album, and has given us the review below. Sivu, otherwise known as James Page,…

Album Review: Lucy Rose – Work It Out

When Lucy Rose‘s debut album Like I Used To came out three years ago, it was clear that she possessed a remarkable talent for writing songs that could deeply move people with honest, immediately relatable lyrics and simultaneously intrigue with unusual song structures and a distinctive, believable voice that marked her out as an artist…

Album Review: Wolf Alice – My Love Is Cool

’90s grunge’ is often cited as a reference-point by journos trying to pin-down Wolf Alice‘s difficult-to-pin-down sound, however the debut album from this North London four-piece is much broader and deeper than such a label implies. Opener Turn To Dust is the first whomping great curveball with its mesmerising, folk-inflected elements over which Ellie Rowsell’s…

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