Author: Isabel Finch

Review: Duke Special – Look out Machines

It must have been hard for Belfast born Duke Special (AKA Peter Wilson) to makes a return as dramatic as the eyeliner-dreadlock combo he wears but he nevertheless achieves it with much success with his new album “Look Out Machines”. A significant departure from his previous 2012 album “Oh Pioneer”, “Look Out Machines” takes the beautiful, orchestral sounds running through previous album turns it up a couple of notches, adding more drama with a touch of extra synth to create nothing short of a modern-day symphony to live up to the album’s title. The album is a clear reflection of...

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Alice Russell – Gig Preview

One of the UK’s most loved and recognized soul singers, Alice Russel, is about to bring her raw talent and soul to the Kazimier as she performs there this Saturday, the 23rd of November. Since releasing her debut album Under the Munka Moon in 2004, the talented Essex born songstress appears to go from strength to strength. She has transitioned and evolved from complimentary vocalist, collaborating with the likes of Quantic, TM Juke, Nostalgia 77 and Mr Scruff to name but a few, to a singer in her own right. Alice takes a modernistic approach to her music as she incorporates a variety of different genres including jazz and dance music whilst maintaining her soulful quality and her name can, without question, be added to the long list of gifted female vocalists that continue to take the UK music scene by storm. The songstress makes her eagerly awaited return to Liverpool on the back of her critically acclaimed, stunning 5th album, To Dust which was successful in achieving fantastic reviews from both the BBC and Rolling Stone. As well as a exceptional Glastonbury 2013 performance, she continues on with her extraordinary career on Saturday as she will be casting the audience under a soulful spell along with the haunting voice of support act Ragz Norset. With music provided by The Beaten Track’s DJs in between acts it will, without a doubt, make...

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Temples – gig review

With smoke machines and disco balls making themselves apparent upon first entering The Kazimier, the retrospective tone of the evening was set for the self-described “psychedelic” Kettering based four piece, Temples, to take to the stage last night as their UK tour arrived stylishly in Liverpool. Anglo-Welsh rockers and support act for the evening, Telegram, were first to set the “psychedelic” and blast-from-the–past trend of the evening as the four piece, Matthew, Matthew, Moon and Cook arrived on stage, with fashionable non-chalance, met with the difficult task of pulling a half-seated audience, skimpy on numbers at this time, on to their feet and to the front of the venue ready for the evening. In successfully taking the audience to their feet, Telegram proceeded to roll out a series of songs based on heavy, rock n roll riffs whilst adding ample amounts of glam, making them a perfect choice for the getting the audience ready for the main act. Arriving ten minutes late, at 9:25, yet undoubtedly in style, Bolan-esque lead singer James Edward Bagshaw clad in a sequin and sparkle ensemble with glittery eyeshadow, spray on jeans and a mass of curly hair to match led the remaining three members, bassist Tom Warmsley, drummer Sam Toms and keyboardist Adam Smith on stage to begin their set. By this time, the audience, a sea of mostly young people, the majority of...

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