PADDOX Release EP – Optimistic Visions of the Future

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PADDOX have released their new EP, Optimistic Visions of the Future. Pulsing electronic beats, psychedelic synth soundscapes and the pounding rhythm of Berlin house, Optimistic Visions of the Future is… Read More →

Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs – Trouble

Somehow, despite props from Cheryl Cole, and selling a whole bunch of Nokias, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs is still an underground artist. People still talk of him as a knowingly swopped open secret between the initiated. So it’s comforting to hear, then, upon started up Trouble, that even with a potential career-cannoning debut album, the boy has stuck to his guns. I’ll eat my hat if Higginbottom isn’t working with Rihanna in a year or two. Words by Biu Rainey.

Coloureds – Elastic EP

The style displayed on the Elastic EP by Coloureds is a very sample heavy, cut up and high energy dance floor based affair. It sounds very much like a more fun take on the Akufen cut up sound which he helped pioneer many years ago. They manage to cram in so many different sounds which come at you thick and fast. This obviously runs risk of being too much. Words by David Morrison.

Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs – ‘Tapes & Money’

Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs’ latest offering is quite definitely a reminder of why we love him. A lovely little dancey square-wave popper. Once again miles ahead of the competition. Does he even have a competition? There is no-one else making music like this, this euphoric – at least not at this BPM and this spacious – and if he keeps on, Oxford will surely secure yet another bright star in the musical pantheon. Words by Biu Rainey.

Bear In Heaven – I Love You, It’s Cool

Each track on Bear In Heaven’s new album is beautifully crafted, relentlessly energetic and expansive in its densely layered sound. But around halfway through my first listen, it all began to merge, no track felt distinctive. Though just as boredom threatened to sink in, my reaction started to change. The albums sameness started to feel less like monotony and more like a single, powerful idea. With my first impression ditched, I Love You It’s Cool became more engaging with each listen. Words by Daniel Kempson.

DJ Shadow @ O2 Academy Oxford – 08/12/11

DJ Shadow is a veteran of the the hip-hop scene, from his amazing turntabalism, to his penchant for hunting out samples of 45s, to the collaborators he gets to appear; he is part of the fabric of modern hip-hop. But this performance shows he is still on top of his game and has no intention of stopping. Everyone in the room was engulfed by the experience and blown away by the beats. If you don’t know his work, go see him live. Many times. Words by Matt Chapman.