• Review: Solar Bears – She Was Coloured In

    Solar Bears - She Was Coloured In

    Reviewed by Scrooge McFuck Source: (Mishkanyc)

    <b> Solar Bears </b> - She Was Coloured In

    Clocking in at nearly an hour, She Was Coloured In, the debut album from Irish duo Solar Bears, could not be appreciated in any other format but as a long-player. John Kowalski and Rian Trench pair live string and guitar instrumentation with an array of synths and digital effects to create a sort of anti-electronica that fights against the sometimes plastic coldness of the genre with organic warmth.

    Sounding like a more guitar-heavy Emeralds, Solar Bears
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  • Numan – Race Against Time review

    Numan - Race Against Time

    Reviewed by Juno Plus Source: (Juno Plus)

    <b> Numan </b> - Race Against Time

    18-year old Numan Khan is the latest artist to join the electronic elite on Mike Paradinas’ Planet Mu imprint. Bringing forth an excellent four track EP that combines dubstep and grime influences, rearranging them into an altogether new and unexplored formula, the Race Against Time EP will no doubt provide another signpost on the metamorphosing post-dubstep map. With previous releases on Wicky Lindows (7th Key) and Slit Jockey (Skull Crusher) as well his first
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  • Mrs Jynx Shark Carousel

    Mrs Jynx - Shark Carousel

    Reviewed by Alan Ranta Source: (Exclaim)

    <b> Mrs Jynx </b> - Shark Carousel

    Any fan of ambient house will recall the first time they heard the Orb's Adventures Beyond The Ultraworld. The second album by Manchester's Hannah Davidson (aka Mrs Jynx) will be that kind of landmark album for a new generation. The deceptively intelligent Shark Carousel builds on the early '90s sound of Jynx's debut. There's a little more emphasis on lower frequencies and slightly more upbeat arrangements, but all the femininity, sensitivity and joy that made 2008's
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  • Solar Bears – She Was Coloured In

    Solar Bears - She Was Coloured In

    Reviewed by Daniel Harrison Source: (State Magazine)

    <b> Solar Bears </b> - She Was Coloured In

    For all the undoubtedly great and varied music that’s been released on this fair isle in recent times, it’s strange how few Irish bands have made an impact on the non-Irish blogosphere. One possible reason for this is that the more influential blogs tend to favour certain types of music or trends over others: at the moment, sci-fi-influenced electronic soundscapes or shadowy ‘witch house’ are very much in, while the heavier, more-rock-orientated end of the
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