Freedom Spark Mixtapes // Royal Mix

Freedom Spark Mixtapes // Royal Mix

  I still make mixtapes and DJ ALL THE TIME by the way, I’ve just been a bit quiet about it on Freedom Spark as I’ve been busy innit. Anyway, I call them stupid names and post them over on here.  I made the mix below to promote my DJ...
Review // Levi's #makeourmark, London

Review // Levi’s #makeourmark, London

  London’s leg of the Levi’s #makeourmark campaign happened at Oval Space in Cambridge Heath this week; the large warehouse space being the perfect location for an evening of electronic music whilst some huge white boards project visuals behind the DJs. Some rather cheesy garage DJ warmed the crowd up...
Introducing // Deathcrush

Introducing // Deathcrush

  Deathcrush are a Norwegian female fronted punk band that ooze rebellion and sex appeal. Ahead of their UK debut, I caught up with them to talk through what we can expect from their live show, Masterchef and minigolf.   L= Linn Nystadnes Å= Åse Røyset V= Vidar Evensen   K:...
Interview // Flamingods

Interview // Flamingods

  On Friday night noisy, percussive psych band, Flamingods  played The Shacklewell Arms in Dalston supporting loud, chaotic,  garage rock band, Boneyards. Fresh from releasing their debut album on Art is Hard, I caught up with them for a gin and a chat in the ‘smoking’ area round the side...
Memory Playlists // Jade's Playlist

Memory Playlists // Jade’s Playlist

  Jade – ‘Don’t walk away.’   So for a while I was like ‘seeing’ this boy which basically means we would make out and stuff and he would buy me lunch and I thought everything was going really great and he wasn’t the player my friends and horoscopes suggested...
Freedom Spark Mixtapes // Mixtape #4

Freedom Spark Mixtapes // Mixtape #4

So, here’s a new mixtape from me. I’m a HUGE fan of all of the tracks at this moment in time. I hope you enjoy them as much as me! Feel free to listen / download / share away / offer me a DJ gig so that I might not...
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Review // Austra - 'Olympia'

Review // Austra – ‘Olympia’

  Under the flag of Paperbag Records Austra have succeeding in creating another hauntingly beautiful album with second album, Olympia. With a backdrop of electrical dance notes, layered against multiple vocals from Opera trained Stelmanis, Austra has the listener dreaming of Lykke Li and Dimbleby and Capper, yet dancing like Florence Welch. Each song within...
Review // Slow Club - 'Complete Surrender'

Review // Slow Club – ‘Complete Surrender’

  It’s almost hard to believe that it’s been five years since Slow Club released their debut album Yeah, So. Since then, duo Rebecca Taylor and Charles Watson have steadily moved away from the sometimes twee, nu-folk tones of ‘Beginners’ and ‘Giving Up On Love’ to become a more mature and accomplished band. Their second...
Review // Jungle - 'Jungle'

Review // Jungle – ‘Jungle’

  When Jungle first emerged, the outfit’s two central figures J and T were a duo shrouded in mystery. They would often hide among fashionable crowds in photo-shoots and played underground gigs shrouded in darkness. It turned out that Tom McFarland and Joshua Lloyd-Watson were skater friends from Shepherd’s Bush who were once part of...
News // Alt-J unveil new track 'Left Hand Free'

News // Alt-J unveil new track ‘Left Hand Free’

  Alt J are back. Excited? Good, so are we. Released on the 7th July, ‘Left hand free’ is taken from the forthcoming album This Is All Yours, set to be released in September. If their first album is anything to go by (which it is), I would say that Alt J have a knack...
Review // DZ Deathrays - 'Black Rat'

Review // DZ Deathrays – ‘Black Rat’

  On DZ Deathrays’ first album Bloodstreams – released in 2012 – duo Shane Parsons and Simon Ridley’s main method of assault was through uncontrollable noise, volume and shedloads of vitriol. The tracks emerged from a fuzz and squall that held hidden beneath it a bedrock of spite and bitterness, tracks like ‘Teenage Kickstarts’ and...
News // Goat return with new single 'Hide From The Sun'

News // Goat return with new single ‘Hide From The Sun’

  Experts in their trade, Goat are no rookies when it comes to creating bizarre tapestries of sounds that somehow form a comprehensible song (or not depending on your taste) and their latest track bursts with tribal influences, combinations of psych rock and hypnotic funk, and a boatload of energy.     Their previous album...
Review // GAP and Sofar Sounds Present....Tom Vek

Review // GAP and Sofar Sounds Present….Tom Vek

    Last week, clothing company GAP joined forces with Sofar Sounds (Songs From A Room) to bring London residents a secret gig that took place in Hackney Downs Studios as part of their #Summerloves campaign. The gig, which marked the last in the series of two events put on by Gap and Sofar promised...
Introducing // GAPS

Introducing // GAPS

  Brighton-based duo GAPS fuse electronic and folk music in a way that allows the two genres to co-exist in tandem, creating luscious melodies that are intimate but ghostly, yet never cold. Comprised of old school-friends Rachel and Ed, the pair have been steadily working on new material. Here, the band talk about their percussive background...
Interview // Beauty Heart

Interview // Beauty Heart

  With their unique brand of psychedelic drum pop and tropical-tinged, danceable tunes, Beauty Heart have gained a hard-core following of fans dedicated to their exotic rhythms. Their new album, Mixed Blessings, is a kaleidoscopic party record filled with beats and memorable hooks. Here, they talk about Mixed Blessings, comparisons to Animal Collective and Vampire...
News // Throne sell frames from their Tharsis Sleeps video

News // Throne sell frames from their Tharsis Sleeps video

  This month, London based heavy stoner rock band Throne made history by releasing a video for their single ‘Tharsis Sleeps’ which was animated embroidered tapestries created by Nicos Livesey and animator Tom Bunker who are members of the This Is It collective. The video itself was inspired by band patches and is set in space. Check it...
Review // Live At Leeds 2014

Review // Live At Leeds 2014

    We ventured to Live at Leeds last week to seek out some new sounds for our ears and boy we were not disappointed! Live at Leeds has been up and running for 8 years now. Every year the Festival spreads to different areas of the cities and this means new venues too. We...
Review // Blood Red Shoes @ The Academy, Manchester

Review // Blood Red Shoes @ The Academy, Manchester

Blood Red Shoes once again graced Manchester with their presence this year, this time accompanied by Slaves and DZ Deathrays. The occasion called for leather jackets, thick black eyeliner and a mosh pit mentality – and my efforts were not in vain. Due to a lack of organisation on my part (nothing to do with...