John Wick: Chapter 2 - Movie review

CoverJohn Wick (2014) was not a film that appeared to need a sequel. In fact you'd be forgiven for thinking that a sequel would tarnish the original. Although it may not have been needed, it certainly is glorious. It expands on the excellent world building of the first installment without falling into the trap of over exposure or needless exposition... [click here...]

 

Alice Jemima: Alice Jemima - Music review

CoverFollowing hot on the heels of her Liquorice EP, as well as track 'Dodged A Bullet', English singer Alice Jemima releases her debut, self titled, LP. As soft crooning goes, they don't come much softer than Jemima. At times she almost whispers her vocals ('Liquorice', for example). The result is an intriguing, beautiful sound that is hard not to get sucked in by... [click here...]

 

The Founder - Soundtrack review

CoverVarèse Sarabande release the soundtrack for the original motion picture The Founder. The film features original music composed by Carter Burwell, with classic tracks by artists including Doris Day, The Ramblers, Bob Gaddy And His Alley Cats, The Dixieaires, and a special performance of the beloved classic 'Pennies From Heaven' by stars Michael Keaton and Linda Cardellini. The film tells the story of Ray Kroc and his popularisation of McDonald’s... [click here...]

 

Courtney Marie Andrews: Honest Life - review

CoverRising American singer-songwriter Courtney Marie Andrews releases her new album Honest Life in Europe on Loose Music. She is perhaps currently best known for being Damien Jurado’s lead guitarist... [click here...]

 

 

James McArthur: Burnt Moth - Music review

CoverWelsh-born folk singer/songwriter James McArthur releases his second album, Burnt Moth, through Moorland Records. An interesting and timeless LP, McArthur's vocals take us on a journey through the various folk scenes of the past, while offering a contemporary feel to the recordings. You'll find it hard not to get caught up in the hazy, lazy feel of 'Glitch Kids' or the hypnotic closer 'Burnt Moth'... [click here...]

 

The Stolen Child: Choral Works of Scott Perkins

CoverThe Stolen Child is a collection of three choral works based on poems by William Butler Yeats, Walt Whitman, W. H. Auden, and Walter de la Mare Each piece shares the theme of the loss of innocence of a child, illustrated through symbols of magic, nature and sleep... [click here...]

 

Menace Beach: Lemon Memory - Music review

CoverWritten in Ibiza and recorded in Sheffield with Ross Orton (MIA, Arctic Monkeys, The Fall) Lemon Memory is the new album from Menace Beach. It's the sound of a band finding their own identity, edging closer to some sort of grimy truth. As well as the CD and digital release, there's a limited edition 180g Yellow LP with scratch and sniff sleeve... [click here...]

 

More American Graffiti (1979) - DVD review

CoverSet a few years after American Graffiti, More American Graffiti takes place over the course of four New Year’s Eves, from 1964 to 1967, tracing the continuing hopes, dreams and romances of these high school friends. Gone are the sock hops, cruise nights and make-out spots. Now it’s all about campus parties, love-ins and peace rallies – as these friends find themselves in the midst of the amazing era that was the mid-'60s... [click here...]

 

Indochine (1992) (2017 4K Restoration) - DVD

CoverEndings are always a difficult time. Empires fall and revolutions tear countries apart only to reform into new entities. But for the people who live through such times the end inevitably can come as a surprise. For around twenty-five years France has ruled over Indo-china, modern day Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. Having appropriated the area under dubious circumstances, the French were in contention with both Siam and the indigenous peoples. As they came to the end of their rule their glory was fading and their decedent lifestyle corrupted from within... [click here...]

 

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story - Movie review

CoverSet immediately before Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story details how the Rebellion got hold of those Death Star plans - y'know the stuff Princess Leia shoves into R2-D2 right at the beginning of the ''first'' film. It has the fortunate position of being able to create a whole new story, with a whole new set of characters, whilst still being able to use the familiar framework of the main franchise... [click here...]