New Music Reviews | August

+-*  King Creosote and Michael Johnston – The Bound of the Red Deer (Self Release) Ten years in the making, thanks to the prolific nature of both musicians and the distance of the Atlantic Ocean between them, The Bound of the Red Deer is a simple collection of modern Folk songs hinging on acoustic guitars, […]

The Latest Reviews | Open Ear Music July

+-*  Shura – Nothing’s Real (Polydor) After being nominated for the BBC Sound Of… last year despite not having a full length to her name, Shura has created an Electro Pop album that showcases an impressive sonic palette. Despite having drawn much attention prior to the release of this debut, there’s no sense of overconfidence […]

New Music Reviews | June

+-*  Ladyhawke – Wild Things (Polyvinyl) Electro Pop can be icy cool, stylish, and sophisticated; feeling like it’s pushing at the boundaries of Pop while developing an artistic vision. It can also feel damn good to listen to, adding new textures and rhythms to those found in other forms of Pop. Yet it surprises us […]

New Music Reviews – May

+-*Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool (XL Recordings) Many would argue Radiohead have one poor album. Whether it’s a twenty-three year old album or a five year old one is much debated. Now that album number nine, A Moon Shaped Pool is here, the debate must begin again afresh. So is it a dud? Well, […]

New Music – February

+-*  Rihanna – ANTI (Roc Nation) This is nominally an R&B album by one of the biggest Pop stars in the world, whether you’d actually know either of those things on hearing the album is quite another question. Jam packed with stylistic shifts, short tracks, and heady energy, ANTI is an incredible work that accentuates […]

New Music – January

+-*  Yorkston/Thorne/Khan – Everything Sacred (Domino) Here’s a Folk supergroup if ever there was one, comprised of the Domino regular and highly respected Scottish Folk musician John Yorkston, the Classical singer and sarangi player Suhail Yusuf Khan, and the Jazz bassist Jon Thorne, best known for his time working with the Electronica duo Lamb. ‘Everything […]

Museum Piece: K-Mart Muzak is archived

+-*We are categorically not in the business of creating or distributing ‘background music’. The music we deliver to our venues is curated, considered, and most importantly, interesting. We believe in quality, community, and prioritise passion for music above all else. We are not Muzak. That said, we respect the certain kitsch-factor of old school ‘elevator […]

The Best New Music 2015

+-*Here’s our run down of our favourite releases of the past year. Each one has featured heavily across our venues, and there should be a little something for everyone. It’s been a great year, and after last year’s list stretched out to 20 albums we had to work extra hard to try and be a little […]

New Music – November

+-*Roots Manuva – Bleed (Big Dada) Now on album number seven, if you exclude his top class dub albums, Roots Manuva has spent two decades developing a distinctive and equally inventive Hip Hop style that rarely drops in quality. Bleed is dark and introspective in a thoughtful, considered manner with the sort of self-reflective lyrics […]

Wahaca’s Day of the Dead approaches…

+-*Open Ear favourites Wahaca are bringing music, art, film, culture, and of course brilliant Mexican street food together in a festival package in a celebration of modern Mexican culture on the 7th November. That means it’s just about in time to coincide with the traditional Day of the Dead festivities. Featuring performances from UK bands […]