SINGLE REVIEW: MALIBU KEN – ACID KING (RHYMESAYERS ENTERTAINMENT)

SINGLE REVIEW: MALIBU KEN – ACID KING (RHYMESAYERS ENTERTAINMENT)

“The magic is black.”  In many ways, Aesop Rock’s opening gambit on ‘Acid King’ illustrates his approach. Known for dense lyricism and abstract imagery, Aesop’s style is a verbose nail bomb - yes, the explosion is dangerous, but it’s the little pieces that you need to watch out for.  An alumnus of legendary - and [...]

Live Show: Dessa – Glasgow (Stereo Cafe Bar)

Live Show: Dessa – Glasgow (Stereo Cafe Bar)

I arrived earlier than expected to the venue. The venue was vegan bar and all-round hipster hangout, Stereo Cafe Bar located on Renfield Lane, Glasgow. As I sat at the bar having the ritual pre-gig pint, I started to distinguish the difference between the vegan bar patronage and the people heading to the basement to [...]

FOUR FISTS – 6666 (DOOMTREE RECORDS)

FOUR FISTS – 6666 (DOOMTREE RECORDS)

Diffused responsibility is a curious social phenomenon. The idea supposes that individuals, regardless of urgency, will shirk from intervention in the presence of a collective. This inaction is governed by a set of dangerous stances: it’s none of my concern, it’s someone else's problem, and I cannot be held accountable. However, on their long-awaited debut [...]