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Ken Griffin’s new single is good, Baby Bird and Tanita Tikaram spring to mind

Ken Griffin’s new single is good, Baby Bird and Tanita Tikaram spring to mind

Vanguard Online June 17, 2016 0

August Wells have got something. She Was A Question, their new single, is well worth a listen. Its slow, sultry, piano tinkly, and heart warming. Reminds me of Baby Bird. But also of Tanita Tikaram.

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Continuing East London’s love affair with the 80s – Zola Blood release Heartbeat

Continuing East London’s love affair with the 80s – Zola Blood release Heartbeat

Vanguard Online June 17, 2016 0

Think Radiohead, Beloved and Level 42. Not a bad tune.  

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Holy Esque – At Hope’s Ravine

Holy Esque – At Hope’s Ravine

Vanguard Online March 7, 2016 0

From the word go Pat Hynes’ voice trembles and thrills, it spooks, but it is also caring, slow and tender. The chords sting, they echo from some cavernous hanger. Sting! That’s right! At times the band

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Karl Hyde takes on the baton from Chas n Dave

Karl Hyde takes on the baton from Chas n Dave

Vanguard Online January 28, 2016 0

Karl Hyde endlessly blogs glints of light reflecting off his beloved Essex, like a man desperately trying to find sanctuary in the impersonal. In the 1990s as vocal spearhead for the ubercool Underworld, he chatted about the terrors and desires of

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In 1981 New Order recorded a high tempo rave track – its just blown my mind

In 1981 New Order recorded a high tempo rave track – its just blown my mind

Vanguard Online January 22, 2016 0

Trawling through some messy anti-establishment archives – pages put together in the mid 90s – I found lyrical waxing about new order 5-8-6 – an early peel session turned into a 20 minute trance

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Tanita Tikaram’s slow-burner for broken hearts

Tanita Tikaram’s slow-burner for broken hearts

Vanguard Online December 30, 2015 0

Depression is underrated. Wallowing in self-pitty, for those who have perfected the art, can produce the sweetest feelings. If you need some help in this discipline, Tanita Tikaram’s Food on the Table is a marvellous

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Elf Kid’s ‘Golden Boy’ is like drinking a glass of champers: it packs plenty of fizz

Elf Kid’s ‘Golden Boy’ is like drinking a glass of champers: it packs plenty of fizz

Vanguard Online December 29, 2015 0

It reminds me a bit of Coldcut’s True Skool.      

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Happy Christmas.

Happy Christmas.

Vanguard Online December 24, 2015 0

Christmas. Its Christmas time. Whether you like it or not. FAIRYTALE OF EAST LONDON by

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Parents introduce their three year olds to acid house at the ‘Family Rave’ in London Docklands Museum

Parents introduce their three year olds to acid house at the ‘Family Rave’ in London Docklands Museum

Vanguard Online December 3, 2015 0

One dark and blustery Sunday afternoon, under the railway bridge at West India Docks, a four year old boy dressed as a pirate terrorises an Oyster card reader with his sword. What’s going on

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Something for Rochdale to feel good about this September

Something for Rochdale to feel good about this September

Vanguard Online August 28, 2015 0

Greater Manchester’s biggest free celebration of food and music returns this summer for its eighth instalment, offering its best line-up to date. Rochdale Feel Good Festival takes place on Friday 4th and Saturday 5th

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