Writing

I currently contribute reviews to both UK indie mag The Fly and, on occasion, the US dance blog Beatportal. I used to be a club reviewer for the much-missed British dance magazine Muzik (they gave me my first music job) and also wrote for the Welsh Music Foundation's Sound Nation. Here are a few pieces from the archive...

  • August 5, 2010
  • In praise of rave

  • Published by Beatportal

    As an impressionable 11 year old in 1992, the most exciting aspect of the rave scene was the perceived criminality. The scene was awash with drugs, which ensured regular media coverage on the evening news. My friends and I were well impressed upon hearing of a week-long rave in the town of Castlemorton, near Hereford in the Malvern Hills of England. The news reports claimed that 40,000 people had turned up in the West Country for a free party, coupled with hilarious clips of appalled local residents. (more…)

  • June 1, 2010
  • Caribou

  • Heaven, London

    Published by The Fly

    Dan Snaith has amassed a dedicated following through relentless gigging and a consistently strong studio output. His albums have garnered significant praise on both sides of the Atlantic, albeit mostly in the specialist press. The most recent Caribou longplayer has once again received considerable critical acclaim, although on this occasion the net seems to have spread a little wider. ‘Swim’ is indeed a fantastic listen, a coherent assortment of delicate techno mantras and meticulously constructed ambient movements. (more…)

  • April 12, 2010
  • Health / Chrome Hoof / Zun Zun Egui

  • Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, London

    Published by The Fly

    Connoisseurs of experimental music can usually rely on the Southbank Centre’s annual Ether festival to provide some adventurous programming as the first rays of summer sun begin to bounce off the Thames. This year’s event is particularly strong, with three days dedicated to avant-garde hero Edgard Varèse and an audiovisual performance by the legendary director Chris Cunningham. Yet the most interesting show for many was this intriguing transatlantic triple-whammy. (more…)

  • February 5, 2008
  • Pioneers of electronic music #2: Steve Reich

  • Published by Beatportal

    Steve Reich (b. New York City, NY 1936) is one of four universally recognised pioneers of the musical minimalist movement. Developing in America from the mid-1960s, minimalism paved the way for a wide spectrum of musical activity, including house, techno and electro. Enormously influential on a generation of musicians and producers, Reich’s beautifully repetitive compositions continue to sell CDs and concert tickets by the bucketload. (more…)