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WE’VE BEEN WATCHING | FEATURE

WE’VE BEEN WATCHING | FEATURE

1922 Netflix (available on Netflix) 1922 follows Wilfred James (an excellent Thomas Jane) who murders his wife and is dealing with the psychological effects. Though slow-moving at first, the unsettling atmosphere and growing tension forces you to keep watching. With some gory scenes and a couple of jump scares, this is a creepy watch and if […]

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SEPTEMBER SINGLES | MUSIC REVIEW

SEPTEMBER SINGLES | MUSIC REVIEW

ADWAITH **** Lipstick Coch / Femme (Libertino) A step up from their more folk-based early singles, this double-A indicates why people are putting Adwaith in the ‘hot tip’ category. Lipstick Coch floats serenely, into a nice, almost dub outro, while Femme is the killer, a scabrous tearing apart of sexism that’s the more affecting for its wit […]

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WE’VE BEEN WATCHING | FEATURE

WE’VE BEEN WATCHING | FEATURE

  DRUNK HISTORY Comedy Central (available on Now TV) Inspired by the award-winning online series, Drunk History’s forays onto television have been every bit as funny as the original – if just a little bit more tame. Every week, a few guests are interviewed about their favourite historical characters. They’ve also been drinking all day. […]

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SEPTEMBER ALBUMS | MUSIC REVIEW

SEPTEMBER ALBUMS | MUSIC REVIEW

AMADOU & MARIAM **** La Confusion (Because) Their first studio album since 2012 – the same year in which Mali erupted in an ongoing civil war – Amadou & Mariam’s La Confusion is generally more of the same for the blind Malian husband-and-wife duo: a linguistic melange and a musical blend of traditional Malian elements and […]

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AUGUST GAMES | GAMES REVIEW

AUGUST GAMES | GAMES REVIEW

PRUNE **** Polyculture, iOS, Android While playing taxing games can be great fun and hugely rewarding, sometimes you just want to unwind and enjoy a game for its beauty and simplicity. Prune is a great example of this and while it has its difficult moments, it’s ultimately very simple to pick up and play. With great […]

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JULY DEMOS | MUSIC REVIEW

JULY DEMOS | MUSIC REVIEW

HOTEL DEL SALTO facebook.com/hoteldelsalto Likeable solo fodder from a Carmarthen resident, J Francis, who I very dimly recall performing under that name some years back. Hotel Del Salto’s Stand For Your Right is experimental bedroom pop – perhaps not literally, but stylistically – built from muffled vocals, a drum machine threatening to crumble to dust, and […]

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STREET SCENE | STAGE REVIEW

STREET SCENE | STAGE REVIEW

***** Sherman Cymru, Cardiff, Tue 4 July Though it may not have seemed like it at the time, who better to compose a dramatic theatre piece about social ills that involved racism and poverty along with bloodshed than Kurt Weill, who fled Hitler’s Germany? Weill’s Street Scene, his “Broadway opera,” with realistic lyrics by poet/author […]

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JULY ALBUMS | MUSIC REVIEW

JULY ALBUMS | MUSIC REVIEW

ALGIERS **** The Underside Of Power (Matador) Multi-racial band Algiers are currently supporting Depeche Mode on their stadium tour, and now seems like a good time to introduce them to a wider audience, as they are about to release their rather stunning second album The Underside Of Power. Algiers tackle socio-political themes head on within […]

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JUNE GAMES | GAMES REVIEW

JUNE GAMES | GAMES REVIEW

KERBAL SPACE PROGRAM ***** Squad, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, Wii U This space flight sim has famously received support from NASA and SpaceX’s Elon Musk, and gets the player to build rockets and fly into space for a range of missions: landing on moons and planets, conducting research, building space stations, redirecting asteroids and […]

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APRIL SINGLES | SINGLES REVIEW

APRIL SINGLES | SINGLES REVIEW

AMOR ***** Paradise / In Love An Arc (Night School) Fine Glasgow label releases fine questing disco record from bunch of moonlighting Glasgow mates. As much arthouse as dancefloor, both songs here push 14 minutes, with rubbery double bass, sporadic piano sunshine and Scottish weirdo hero Richard Youngs’ madly ecstatic vocals. Out of time, and […]

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