Martina Topley-Bird – ‘Forever I Wait’

WILL RUSSELL MTB retains her majesty. Martina Topley-Bird is British music royalty, with her contributions to Tricky’s early records alone ensuring her crown; Maxinquaye is as important to the pantheon as Nevermind The Bollocks or London Calling. On it, MTB switched gender roles with Tricky, working as his proxy, singing his parts, her beautiful timbre both jarring and compelling. As countless middling Continue Reading

John Blek – ‘On Ether & Air’

WILL RUSSELL Cork craftsman continues to deliver. Ionce heard that Johann Sebastian Bach was so prolific, the merchants of Leipzig used his sheet music to wrap their produce. As John Blek’s sixth LP in as many years, On Ether & Air suggests that the singer could plaster the walls of Mutton Lane in Cork with his music Continue Reading

Willy Mason, Already Dead

WILL RUSSELL Lo-fi troubadour goes hi-fi Intriguingly, Willy Mason’s collaboration with The Chemical Brothers on 2007’s ‘Battle Scars’ offers the best clue to the musical terrain of Already Dead. The success of Mason’s debut record, propelled by his zeitgeist-capturing protest single ‘Oxygen’, cursed him with the infamous tag of ‘the new Dylan’. With his sophomore pitchforked, producer Dan Continue Reading