Hailing from Withington, David Rowe, Ed Troup and Liam Stewart together comprise Manchester-based three piece Plank, who have just released their second full-length album Hivemind, the follow-up to year old debut Animalism via label Akoustik Anarkhy.  Fans of Animalism can expect more of the band’s signature gritty instrumentals, while Hivemind further explores an idea of the natural world in all its convoluted states. From its initial synthetic beats, the album propels itself into third track and aptly titled ‘Dark Web’, which mixes a softer, gentler opening... Read more »

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NN PICKS: Festival No 6

Known as ‘one of the most sophisticated festivals in Europe’, Festival No 6 celebrates its third year on the 5th through the 7th of September in the coastal village of Portmeiron, Wales. The culmination of the landscapes of sea, mountains and forest provide a uniquely beautiful aesthetic environment within which the festival is set. The stylish location provides an attractive and sophisticated alternative to those that may not be fond of the dirt and grunge associated with Leeds or Glastonbury. Part of Festival No 6’s allure... Read more »

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ON REPEAT: Rae Morris

Singer/songwriter Rae Morris has been a name on everyone’s lips recently, due to her collaborations with Bombay Bicycle Club and Clean Bandit as well as her track ‘Don’t Go’ being used for the closing montage of the final ever episode of Skins. The mature melodies of the Blackpool native blend both classical and synth influences to create a fresh, contemporary and sincere sound. Morris has been pursuing music from a young age and consistently gigging since her college days. Since being signed to Atlantic Records fresh... Read more »


INTERVIEW: Happyness

London trio Happyness, consisting of Ash Cooper, Benji Compston and Jonny Allan, are set to officially release their debut album Weird Little Birthday on 16th June; a compilation of thirteen tracks of chilled, melancholic garage rock that contemplate the peculiarities of modern life. The band, who have recently supported Ezra Furman as well as the Orwells, and have played both Liverpool Sound City and Sounds From the Other City based on their strong self-titled EP, have also caught the attention of NME and The Line... Read more »

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New Noise: Blossoms

Stockport five-piece Blossoms leave us feeling trippy (in a good way) and lightly psychedelic with their debut EP 'Bloom'. Formed in 2013, the band comprising of young'uns Tom Ogden (vocals and guitar), Charlie Salt (bass and backing vocals), Josh Dewhurst (lead guitar), Joe Donavan (drums) and Myles 'The Plant' Kellock (keys) combine a 60s retro feel and classic British pop lyrics reminiscent of the Merseybeat sound. The track 'You Pulled A Gun On Me' in particular takes a woozy organ-driven psych melody together with crooning lovesick... Read more »