Jen Long

Lower Dens – Nootropics

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In July 2010 Baltimore’s Lower Dens released their debut album Twin Hand Movement, a subtle but brilliant collection of stunning and intelligent songs. Since then the band has toured constantly, gained new members, and put in the work on a follow up, the oddly titled Nootropics.

Introducing // Jessie Ware

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“Fuck it. I wanna be a bit of a popstar. It may be the only chance I get.” Jen Long catches up with Brixton’s Jessie Ware to talk about the past, present and and the hotly tipped future, as well as taking a closer look at her impressive list of collaborative partners.

Pinkunoizu – Free Time

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Pinkunoizu are a band as difficult to define as to pronounce. On debut Free Time they create a series of songs that drift, flirt and snap at the ears.

Xiu Xiu – Always

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The cover says it all. A picture of a fresh tattoo depicts the band name and album title, Xiu Xiu Always. And when it comes to Jamie Stewart’s cult pop project, this is less a throwaway banner and more a statement of intent.

Young Magic – Melt

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Taken track by track however, the songs explore deep into layers of glossed production and fill headphones with spaced, sampled bliss. It spills and surrounds with real beauty, intuition, and ability.

Seventeen Evergreen – The Psyentist EP

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Everything here suggests that Seventeen Evergreen’s next long player will be a thing worth indulging in. Jen Long reviews the new EP from the recent Lucky Number signings.

The Sound Of Arrows – Voyage

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Whether it was the time frame Sound of Arrows took to complete their debut, the collapse of their UK label, or simply a case of bad timing, Voyage’s stealth release cannot be blamed on its content. Was it worth the wait though?

Total Slacker – Thrashin’

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Total Slacker are a band who refuse to take themselves too seriously, slicing their songs with yelps of joy, witty social commentary, and pop culture references. Eleven tracks of carefully crafted slugging pop. Jen Long reviews.

Crystal Fighters – Star Of Love (Deluxe Edition)

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With just five new acoustic numbers, this re-issue of last year’s Star Of Love will do nothing for those already familiar with Crystal Fighters.At the least devious it’s giving an album that had little impact upon first release a renewed push following a well received single.