New Music – October

+-*  Yumi Zouma – EP Collection (Cascine) We’ve had the first EP by Yumi Zouma in our catalogue for a while now but somehow the second slipped by us. Thankfully we’ve caught this reissue of both EPs, and we’re glad to be able to make sure you don’t miss out on it either. With the […]

6 ways your brain processes music

+-*A study at Lund University in Sweden identified six ways the brain processes music. We found them quite interesting… Brainstem Reflex – Instinctive responses to musical properties such as volume; e.g. when a sudden volume shift makes you jump. Emotional Contagion – When we ‘feel’ the emotion in music; e.g. The ‘blue’ notes in a […]

Turning the Sound of Nature up to 11

+-*  The sounds from our environment play a huge part in allowing us to embrace life in the moment. The sound of a car engine warns us not to walk across a side-street without looking both ways, the cheers of a crowd tell us we’re part of a community who love our local team, and […]

New Music Reviews – September

+-*  The Weeknd – Beauty Behind the Madness (XO) When murky R&B meets slick production, we tend to take notice. At its best it’s a style that has a certain edge while sticking to standard song structures, and this can create unusual and intriguing juxtapositions in the right hands. The Weeknd certainly has those hands, […]

Max Richter wants to sleep with all of you…

+-*Max Richter may be one of the best minimalist composers out there, but his most recent project may bring him to a larger audience. The problem for Richter is, the audience might not remember much. For ‘One World Sleep’, Richter has recorded a suite of music that will last eight hours and will be available […]

I got the chills, they’re multiplying…

+-*Ever had the chills while listening to music? Whether it’s goosebumps, hair standing on end, or a shiver up the spine a lot of us know the feeling. That said, apparently only 53% of the population experience it, though our less than robust research methods (we’ve asked around) suggest that figure could be on the […]


+-*You may remember a while ago we shared a game that tested your memory for musical recall. It was a part of an on-going experiment conducted in tandem with the Manchester based Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI). 150,000 people have now played the game, and it has been announced that the nations more recognised […]

Listen here: Feel no pain…

+-*Did you know that music helps pain reduction for hospital patients before, during, and after surgery? A recent review by researchers at Queen Mary University London reviewed 70 trials and studies involving pain reduction and music and discovered that the results were overwhelmingly positive. Their review has had an important impact already; the Department of […]

Tune in… with your elbows?

+-*Sound waves are so old fashioned, don’t you think? But what other choice do we have? In a KFC in Bloemfontein, South Africa there is another option… use your elbows. No, we’re serious and so are the designers who have installed some rather creative technology into the tables of the most forward looking fast-food restaurant […]

New Music – August

+-*            Silkie – Fractals (Anarchostar) Coming out of the Grime and Dubstep scenes, Silkie has always been known for producing something a little more funky than the genres he’s most closely in touch with while keeping a marked heavy bass sound. While this results in a style that’s hard to […]