Category Archives: Essential Listening

Essential Listening: Sounds of my unsummery summer

Roughly three weeks ago I was sitting in the garden listening to a Russell Brand podcast. His guest was documentary maker Adam Curtis. They were discussing Curtis’ most recent effort, HyperNormalisation. One of its central points – the rise of … Continue reading

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Essential Listening: The Best Albums Of 2016

For progressives (a term I loathe personally, as it implies – and it most cases applies – a self-righteous monopoly on the truth) 2016 may well go down as one of the worst in recent memory; Brexit, Trump’s unfathomable election, … Continue reading

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Essential Listening: Frank Ocean – Blond (2016)

In the excellent documentary 30th Century Man, Brian Eno, clearly hamming it up a touch for the cameras, mused, with pious exasperation, that pop music’s proclivity for ingenuity had stagnated. What he was implying was more forgiving; bands often aspire … Continue reading

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Essential Listening: Alex Cameron – Jumping The Shark (2014)

Going by his Twitter feed Alex Cameron’s a poorly paid electronic musician and singer from Australia whose car is impounded in the US. I’ve since found out his car isn’t impounded in the US, but his tweet that it was … Continue reading

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Essential Listening: The KLF – Chill Out (1990)

Given the title of this blog was chosen in reverence to a track from this album, and the background faithfully depicts its album cover, providing an impartial view of Chill Out’s true value becomes a problematic endeavour for me. Clearly … Continue reading

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