12 plays of Christmas – Mura Masa

12. Mura Masa - Someday Somewhere And so to the fun. You're 19 years old, from Guersney and you know how to produce a tune. Your future is either: A) Spent in fruitless frustration hamstrung by your distance from the musical epicentre and the apathy of industry insiders. B) Turn the world upside down with... Continue Reading →

12 plays of Christmas – Sufjan Stevens

   11. Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell New Year is a time of great sadness and great joy, of fear and hope. A collective construct, a chosen moment, that allows us to reflect and to dream. There is the sadness of times we will not live again and the fear that we cannot return... Continue Reading →

12 plays of Christmas – Protomartyr

8. Protomartyr - The Agent Intellect Every family has one: The refuser. The angry, articulate misanthrope. Mostly, they're silent but when they do speak its with a churning, machine gun violence.  If you don't know who it is in your family, it's probably you. Angry music is great. It lifts you, screeching and screaming, it... Continue Reading →

12 plays of Christmas – Ibeyi

   7. Ibeyi - Ibeyi There's no reason why twins shouldn't be successful musicians. Some would argue that the psychological umbilical cord that seems to exist between them aids the shared creative process. This doesn't explain Jedward but then not much explains Jedward. Fortunately the universe seems to like a bit of balance between light... Continue Reading →

12 plays of Christmas – el vy

 3. El-Vy - Return To The Moon No pressure then, just the side project of Matt Beringer (The National) and Brent Knopf (Menomena). No one will have any expectations of that little collaboration. Two critical lauded and, in The National's case, widely loved bands who have taken some time out leaving their members a few... Continue Reading →

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