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News: Mercury Prize favourites announced

Everything Everything have been announced as second favourites for the 2015 Mercury Prize.  They’ve been given odds of 7/1, with the favourite, Jamie XX on 4/1.   42 more words


Young Fathers @ The Academy, Dublin

A chatty Thursday night crowd sit through an increasingly punchy, but not overtly engaging opening few minutes from support Simi Crowns. The Dublin reared rapper throws out some strong armed but inaccurate hooks that fail to engage all but the most enthusiastic in the audience. 468 more words


Happy 12th Birthday To 'Boy In Da Corner'

Yes it has actually been 12 years since we were blessed with Dizzee Rascal’s ‘Boy In Da Corner’ album, which was released through XL Recordings today in 2003. 305 more words

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Young Fathers @ Guildhall, Gloucester (01.06.15)

YOUNG FATHERS don’t seem to do small talk – in fact, they don’t even introduce themselves at all during their hour-long set at Gloucester Guildhall. Like Rage Against The Machine before them, their live set is packed with such visceral intensity that onstage banter and audience interaction seem fairly low on their list of priorities. 447 more words


Jon Hopkins: Immunity - Album Review

This is an album full of contradictions for me. I feel, at least in part, that it is a little pretentious and contrived. I’m not sure why I feel that way but I have this nagging feeling that it is a very calculated collection of tracks. 837 more words

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Young Fathers Interview: International Bright Young Things

Sometimes a band hits a green patch where each release gets better and better; be it The Beatles in the mid-sixties, Stevie Wonder at the start of the seventies, Prince throughout the eighties, and many would argue that right now… 882 more words

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Mercury Prize Nominations


THE annual Mercury award shortlist for the album of year has been unveiled. Nominations were chosen by a selected panel of musicians, music executives, journalists and other figures in the music industry in the UK and Ireland. 1,599 more words

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