The 10 Most Captivating Scenes in Sigue Sigue Sputnik’s Cinematic Universe

At long last, Sigue Sigue Sputnik are getting some post-factus press recognition. Helped no end by a relatively deluxe reissue of debut album Flaunt It, which is available now via HD Streaming (and also available on compact disc). All of this is great news for us because, while we stream Flaunt It anew, we can dive back into the cast of characters, set pieces, images, … Continue reading The 10 Most Captivating Scenes in Sigue Sigue Sputnik’s Cinematic Universe

The Pros and Cons of The Style Council’s Long Hot Summers

Setting out to be a “definitive career anthology,” Long Hot Summers: The Story of The Style Council is out now and we’ve been listening to it all weekend. It’s a three-LP set, on either coloured or black vinyl and – like anything of this stature and ambition – there’s a mixture of pros and cons to the finished product. Overall, the pros far outweigh the … Continue reading The Pros and Cons of The Style Council’s Long Hot Summers

Paul McCartney: Six before III…

McCartney III, Paul’s “rockdown” project, is set for release on 11 December. But how will it rank alongside such a rich and varied back catalogue? Let us know your views of the album and where it would sit alongside these: Long Live Viny’s ‘six of the best’ selection from McCartney I to the present day, via Wings, Costello, Godrich, and all points in between… 1. … Continue reading Paul McCartney: Six before III…

Aoife Nessa Frances – Land Of No Junction

Aoife Nessa Frances – Land Of No Junction

In the words of Irish singer-songwriter Aoife Nessa Frances, her debut album explores a “dark vast landscape” of “liminal space”, an imagined place where she would “sit with uncertainty and accept it”. In practical terms, that means an album of woozy psych-folk that initially seems curiously out of focus, almost as if taking a cue from the title, LP co-producer/musical collaborator Cian Nugent’s childhood mishearing … Continue reading Aoife Nessa Frances – Land Of No Junction

Gregory Porter – All Rise

Gregory Porter has one of those voices which, as the cliché goes, could sing the telephone directory. Although 2017’s Nat King Cole & Me wasn’t exactly reaching for the Yellow Pages, it didn’t hit quite the same spot as his two previous self-penned mega-sellers Liquid Spirit and Take Me To The Alley. Fortunately for fans of his songwriting, All Rise is back to business, but … Continue reading Gregory Porter – All Rise

Horse Lords – The Common Task

Horse Lords – The Common Task

On paper, Baltimore’s Horse Lords sound more interesting than they do appealing. Like worthy but not fun math-rockers. On this third album, they employ algorithmic composition techniques and knotty time signatures, fired up by the radical socialist theories explored in Chile prior to General Pinochet’s coup d’état. On record, Horse Lords run wild and free. Heavy microtonal riffs ring out over galloping polyrhythms and a … Continue reading Horse Lords – The Common Task

The Monochrome Set reissue

The Monochrome Set – Love Zombies

The Monochrome Set were a breed apart from the other outfits in the UK post-punk scene they grew out of. For starters, they were nowhere near austere or gloomy enough; if anything, they seemed to be having fun. Released in February 1980, debut Strange Boutique established many of the band’s signature motifs right off the bat. The groovy 60s sound, the snappy hooks and the … Continue reading The Monochrome Set – Love Zombies

The Can – Monster Movie

A first issue of Can’s experimental debut album is a rare beast… Revolutionary is a word that gets thrown around a lot in music, but there really is no other way to describe Germany’s finest psychedelic export, Can. Fusing elements of traditional rock music with avant-garde funk, jazz and way beyond, Can were at the forefront of the krautrock movement. While the band’s roots date … Continue reading The Can – Monster Movie