Haunted By Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds ‘Ghosteen’

When the band has just announced an extensive 2020 tour through Europe and the States, unsurprisingly, the return of Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds has quickly gone to top our loop. ‘Hollywood’ one of the many standout tracks on their masterful new album ‘Ghosteen,’ the second after the tragic death of one of Cave’s sons, is our favourite track on this edition. Big Thief and FKA Twigs round up the Top 3.

Two indie electro-pop new singers, Maria Taylor and Otha, bring this week’s biggest entries. Also debuting the long-awaited first solo song by R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe, as well as the latest ones by Gang Starr; Caroline Polachek; Single y Family; Melii; Porches;Wolf Parade; Beach Slang; Beck; Cass McCombs; La Zowi con Bea Pelea y Florentino; Deerhoof… and another of the many unreleased gems by Arthur Russell. Check Our Loop in full here. Read the rest of this entry »

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Lana Del Rey Swears Her Way Up The Loop

She has finally made it back to to the top, with the title track of her sixth album, ‘Norman Fucking Rockwell,’ Lana Del Rey has crafted her best record to date and one of the albums of the year. Holding on after our fortnight away, Brittany Howard; Yves Tumor; Ariel Pink and Leonard Cohen round up the Top 5.

The biggest news during the last fifteen days was Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds‘ return with anoter mindblowingly personal album, which unsurprisingly is this week’s highest debut. Also debuting the latest tracks by Sleater-Kinney; Nilüfer Yanya; Danny Brown feat. Run The Jewels; Kim Gordon; Blood Incantation; Travis Scott; Anna Meredith; FKA twigs; Bonnie “Prince” Billy; Mikal Cronin; Mount Eerie feat. Julie Doiron; Julien Baker; Panda Bear…and a the comeback of the seemingly incombustible punk veterans Green Day. Check Our Loop in full here. Read the rest of this entry »

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#LFF2019 Closes With Scorsese’s Impressive ‘The Irishman’

The 63rd edition of the BFI London Film Festival went out with a bang. After twelve days of such standout works as Pedro Costa’s Locarno winner ‘Vitalina Varela’; Robert Eggers’ gothic nightmare ‘The Lighthouse;’ Céline Sciamma’s masterful ‘Portrait Of A Lady On Fire’ and many more; its closing gala wrapped it up on a high note with one of the most awaited films of the year, Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Irishman.’

In the last few weeks, we had been reading about the many controversies surrounding its long and difficult gestation; the involvement of Netflix; the use of a new (and arguably revolutionary) technology to de-age its protagonists (Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci on top of their game); the current, changing state of cinema… But perhaps the biggest headline we can take out if it is that ‘The Irishman’ is vintage Scorsese, called to rank among his finest works. The director; his two stars (De Niro -who also came for one of the LFF’s screen talks- and Pacino) and the film’s producers, Emma Tillinger Koskoff and Jane Rosenthal, gave a crammed press conference to present the film. Read the rest of this entry »

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#LFF2019 Recommended: A Year of Notable British Debuts

One of the conclusions one can get from this year’s LFF is that, judging by the large number of notable first features premiered, a new generation of British filmmakers is making its way into the industry. Such excellent works as ‘Saint Maud’ by Rose Glass, which we already reviewed and was selected for the official competition; Fizal Boulifa’s depiction of working class life in ‘Lynn + Lucy;’ the psychological thriller ‘Make Up’ by Claire Oakley; the violence among a family of Irish drug dealers as told in Nick Rowland’s ‘Calm With Horses’ and, not exactly a debut but equally accomplished, ‘Nocturnal,’ the first narrative feature by former documentarian Nathalie Biancheri, show no shortage of fresh talent in UK cinema. Read the rest of this entry »

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#LFF2019 An Impressive Lighthouse; A Rather Basic Instinct and The Sex Life of the Disabled.

Our third festival chronicle features one of the best and most bizarre films of the year, ’The Lighthouse;’ A controversial; female gaze depiction of the boundaries between sexual desire and abuse, ‘Instinct,’ and a surprisingly enjoyable exploration of the sexual life of a young woman with cerebral palsy in the Japanese dramedy ’37 Seconds.’ Read the rest of this entry »

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#LFF2019 The Story of Sound in Film; An Irish Drama; a US Indie Comedy and Mexican Social Realism.

Our second day at the LFF screenings began with a blast or, more specifically, with tons of them as featured in Midge Costin’s superbly didactic documentary ‘Making Waves: The Art Of Cinematic Sound.’ It continued with the thought provoking Irish drama ‘Rose Plays Julie’ dealing with a young woman searching for their real parents; ‘The Climb,’ a deadpan US indie comedy about friendship and we finished the day with our favourite film of the festival, so far, a Mexican drama about the great wealth divide ‘Workforce.’ Here’s our chronicle: Read the rest of this entry »

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#LFF2019 Recommended: Two Discoveries and A Return To Form

The first day of the London film festival finally arrived and I had almost forgotten, after a year abroad, the hardships of London Public Transport. A massive overcrowding in the Northern Line prevented me from being on time for the press screening of the opening gala , Armando Iannucci’s adapting Dickens in ‘The Personal History of David Copperfield,’ which I’ll try luck later on the week with one of its public screenings. Instead, I opted for an Indian film, Jallikattu, which turned out to be quite a unique experience not for the faint-hearted. Yesterday I also caught up with Rose Glass’ disturbing first feature, Saint Maud, and the latest and rather good work by Canadian (former) wunderkid Xavier Dolan, Matthias et Maxime. Here’s my chronicle of those films Read the rest of this entry »

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#LFF2019 Recommended: Three Remarkable Portraits Of Strong Women

One day before Armando Iannucci revisiting Charles Dickens in ‘The Personal Story of David Copperfield’ kick-starts this year’s edition of the London Film Festival, here’s a few tips on films we have already seen and believe you should not miss. We begin with three portraits of strong women, fiercely fighting against the society’s conventions imposed on their lives, either by unwanted marriages; unaccepted LGBT relationships or an employment precariousness that comes in their way to a fulfilled existence. Read the rest of this entry »

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#LFF2019 Mixtape: Films For Music Lovers


One more year, the London Film Festival is almost here bringing, from October the 2nd to the 13th, an impressive and massive selection of the best films from all over the world. As we did in past editions, we are focusing on those films that would be of particular interest for music lovers. This year we are spoilt for choice, from punk movements to gospel treasures; documentaries about rock stars; jazz icons; African legends; pop stars acting debuts; musical; global folklore; extraordinary soundtracks; music technical crafts…

We have also created a Spotify playlist, The London Film Festival 2019 Mixtape, not to be confused with the experimental strand of the festival’s session of the same name, in which the audience will be presented with a series of carefully selected, groundbreaking works, without knowing which ones in advance. Our mixtape contains tracks which either are part of the films mentioned or relevant to their contents, depending on their availability of the popular platform. On this edition we have only one miss still not ready for streaming: Nicolas Jaar’s fantastic soundtrack for the latest Pablo Larraín’s opus ‘Ema,’ with its unique mix of reggaeton and electronica that’s an integral part of the film’s atmosphere.

Enjoy the listen (and hopefully the viewing too!) Read the rest of this entry »

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An Accident In The Loop

Norwewian experimental artist Jenny Hval feat. Laura Jean are this week’s top track in our loop with ‘Accident,’ a standout from her latest album dedicated to ‘The Practice Of Love.’ In another edition dominated by female artists, Lana del Rey and Angel Olsen round up the Top 3.

Ariel Pink‘s is back with new material and his new song is the highest debut, with tracks by Danny Brown; Men I Trust; Moor Mother feat. Saul Williams; La Bien Querida; Gang Starr feat. J. Cole;James Massiah; Y La Bamba; Kito feat. Empress Of; Zedd with Kehlani; Freddie Gibbs feat. Madlib; Little Simz feat. Michael Kiwanuka; TNGHT.. and a duet between Cate le Bon and Bradford Cox also debuting. Check Our Loop in full here. Read the rest of this entry »

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Swans Are Coming To Top The Loop


Michael Gira and his legendary band Swans, return with their15th studio album ‘Leaving Meaning’ and the album’s first taster ‘It’s Coming, It’s Real’ is this week’s #1 in our Loop. Spanish songwriter Nacho Vegas and unique hip-hop musician Danny Brown complete the Top 3.

Alabama Shakes’ frontwoman Brittany Howard has gone solo, delivering one of the biggest music surprises of 2019. She’s the highest entry, next to the latest tracks by Leonard Cohen; Wilco; cupcakKe; Slayyyter feat. Ayesha Erotica; Charli XCX feat. Clairo and Yaeji; Big Boi feat. Sleepy Brown & CeeLo Green; La Bien Querida Y Los Planetas; Field Music; Georgia; Fuerza Nueva.. and the collaboration between Teebs and Panda Bear. Check Our Loop in full here. Read the rest of this entry »

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Taylor Swift And St. Vincent Bring A Cruel Summer

Veteran pop princess Taylor Swift, with a little help from St. Vincent and Bleachers’ Jack Antonoff, gets her first number one in our loop with ‘Cruel Summer’, our favourite track in her latest album ‘Lover.’ The folk-rock of Florist, and the return of Swans complete this week’s Top 3.

FKA Twigs feat. Future is the highest entry, next to the latest tracks by Pusha T feat. Kash Doll; Angel Olsen; Lana Del Rey; Jenny Hval feat. Laura Jean; JPEGMAFIA; Yves Tumor feat. Hirakish, Napolean and ANTHEM; slowthai feat. Denzel Curry; Mariah the Scientist; Perfume Genius; Bob Mould; The Ju feat. Tyler The Creator; Skream; Bonnie “Prince” Billy.. and another high profile female collaboration between Tove Lo and Kylie Minogue. Check Our Loop in full here. Read the rest of this entry »

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Big Thief Steals This Week’s Loop

One of the bands this year will be remembered for, Brooklyn alt. folksters Big Thief, makes it to the top of our loop with ‘Not’, the first taster off their second album of 2019, ‘Two Hands.’ Lana Del Rey, whose new album ‘Norman Fucking Rockwell’ has been saluted by the critics as the best of her career and LA post-punks Automatic round up the Top 3.

After our two-week holiday, this new edition comes crammed with new entries, anticipating the hottest albums of the autumn, headed by Pusha T. feat. Ms. Lauryn Hill, and new works by the likes of Taylor Swift; Swans; girl in red; Charli XCX feat. HAIM; Nacho Vegas; Bat For Lashes; Four Tet; Isobel Campbell; Sudan Archives; Cigarettes After Sex; Danny Brown; Grimes; Cineplexx con La Bien Querida; Belle & Sebastian; Metronomy; Chromatics; Algiers; A$AP Rocky;
Vagabon; Guitarricadelafuente: Camila Cabello
… plus a surprisingly good duet between Sheryl Crow and Stevie Nicks from the former’s collaborations album. Check Our Loop in full here. Read the rest of this entry »

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Richard Dawson Gets The Loop Jogging

Newcastle songwriter Richard Dawson is the #1 in our loop, with ‘Jogging,’ a song describing his experience dealing with anxiety that anticipates his new album ‘2020,’ the follow-up to the acclaimed ‘Peasant’. A rather folk-tinged edition with Brooklyn bands Big Thief and Florist rounding up the Top 3.

Following the successful steps of Camila Cabello, Normani, the second member of Fifth Harmony off to pursue a solo career, is the highest debut. Also new this week, brand new tracks by Automatic; Vince Staples; Lana Del Rey; AURORA; Mura Masa with Clairo; Magdalena Bay; Young Thug (eat. Lil Uzi Vert); Anna Meredith; The New Pornographers; Shannon Lay; Lizzo feat. DaBaby; Sheer Mag; Crack Cloud; Kim Gordon; Thom Yorke with Flea, Lindstrøm… and the return of 90s alternative stars Red Kross. Check Our Loop in full here. Read the rest of this entry »

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