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Album Review: Will Varley Postcards From...

I think its fair to say that the third full length release from Will Varley, his first on Xtra Mile Recordings, comes with...

Album Review: Murdering Tripping Blues -...

Review By Joe Middleton Murdering Tripping Blues are back with a raw new album filled with undulating blues guitar, hard...

Album Review: Lucie Silvas EP

Sometimes, artists must disappear in order to find themselves. Like a ticking internal time bomb that makes itself known with...

Album Review: Damien Rice - My Favourite...

Written by Joe Middleton. Damien Rice- My Favourite Faded Fantasy Where has Damien Rice been? It’s been 8 years away from...

Album Review: Le Butcherretes - Cry Is...

Written by Joe Middleton. Back in 2012 I was merrily heading up to London to see one of my favourite bands of all time, The...

Album Review: Jo Rose - 'Spurs'

Perceived from a certain angle, the Americana genre can feel like a strange anomaly. The tapestry of lazy, wonky, plinky,...

Album Review: 'Sandscrape' EP by Gang

Born of Nirvana's untamable power, seasoned with Queens Of The Stone Age's twisted desert-rock howl, and left to simmer...

Album Review: Ed Sheeran 'x'

If the first record felt like a bright debut from a promising new voice, then this very much feels like the spectacular summer...

Album Review: James - La Petite Mort

James: La Petit Mort - Out 2nd June 2014 We hope you’re sitting down. Grief, anger and hope informs Manchester...

Album Review: 28 Boulevard- Sunclouds EP

Cambridge college rockers 28 Boulevard are probably not a band you've heard before, but after being hotly tipped by NME,...

Album Review: Album Review: Caustic Love...

Paolo Nutini - Caustic Love Out 14th April on Atlantic Records Where has Paolo Nutini been the past five years? Spending...

Album Review: Album Review of Animal Man...

David Migden & The Twisted Roots Animal Man The opening track 'Wamp' has the vintage sound of jazz, rock and blues...

Album Review: Album Review: I Will Build...

Goldie Reed 'I will build you a house' EP     The opening track 'Mr Rich' of 'I will build you a...

Album Review: The Orwells Announce Album...

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Album Review: Teeth Dreams by The Hold...

The Hold Steady – Teeth Dreams 6th record Few bands will make it to their 6th album intact and yet this is where we find...

Album Review: Selah Corbin - Morning Star EP

We've heard whispers and rumours about this release for quite a while in one form or another. You might've heard Selah...

Album Review: Temples - Sun Structures

By Connor Lundy Kettering four-piece ‘Temples’ debut bring us an album that is heavy with a sense of longing,...

Album Review: Beck - Morning Phase

Beck- Morning Phase Released Feb 24th 2014 Review by Connor Lundy It has been six long years since everyone’s favourite...

Album Review: Muse Live at Rome Olympic...

Regularly touted as one of the best live touring acts of their generation, Muse greet the run up to Christmas with the release...

Album Review: Origins by God Is An Astronaut

God Is An Astronaut are onto their seventh album with ‘Origins’. They were formed in 2002 by the Kinsella twins,...

Album Review: Hush House EP by The...

Regular Supajam readers will remember The Doppler Shift from reaching the final of Fast Track to FIB 2013, where they impressed...

Album Review: Pearl Jam 'Lightning Bolt'

Eddie Vedder and Co must occasionally stroke their chins and ponder at the ludicrous nature of perception. When they first...

Album Review: Aventine by Agnes Obel

Agnes Obel’s debut album Philharmonics went on to sell over 400,000 copies in Europe, gain critical acclaim and win her...

Album Review: The Naked And Famous - In...

The Naked and Famous - In Rolling Waves album review Written by Stuart Nelson   The kiwi quintet’s second serving...

Album Review: Mikill Pane - Blame Miss...

When everyone from Tinie Tempah to Harry Styles has championed an artist over the last few years you have to take notice, even...

Album Review: The 1975 by The 1975

Press play on The 1975’s self-titled debut album and you find a hazy, building introduction - all sleepy vocals and grey...

Album Review: F.O.X - Chimera

After forming from the ashes of Angry Vs The Bear about seven months ago, F.O.X have wasted very little time in their efforts...

Album Review: Daft Punk - Random Access...

It kicks a mean groove. 5 words... Sincerely,  Supajam.           Stream it over at...

Album Review: Tribes - Wish to Scream

*This was selected as one of Supajam's best bits of 2013, either by being the most read, specially chosen by our staff, or...

Album Review: Cayucas - Big Foot

  Cayucas are totally from California. Less than a minute into their first album and they’re already mythologising...

Album Review: The Knife - Shaking the...

Somewhere between the birth of reality TV and the cult of ‘celebrity’ twitter, culture got hijacked by stupid. Pop...

Album Review: Major Lazer - Free the...

In the space of a couple of years, Major Lazer mastermind Diplo has leapt from being a hipster DJ with a canny line in...

Album Review: Diamond Rugs - Diamond Rugs

Can you call a band made up of moonlighting indie musicians a Super Group? I’m not sure the terminology fits with the...

Album Review: Peace - In Love

A variety of music journalists – who should possibly know better - have led me to believe that Peace are IT....

Album Review: James Blake - Overgrown -...

*This was selected as one of Supajam's best bits of 2013, either by being the most read, specially chosen by our staff, or...

Album Review: Hadouken: Every Weekend

Hadouken!:  Every Weekend     Oh for goodness sake. I was really trying to like this one, as I remembered first...

Album Review: David Bowie - The Next Day

Bowie is as good a cultural barometer as we’ve got. His endless permutations have been driven from without as much as...

Album Review: Heavy on the Strawberries

If Heavy on the Strawberries were releasing their eponymous debut album a few years ago reviews would have started with a...

Album Review: Nick Cave The Bad Seeds -...

Push the Sky Away is a triumphant return. Nick Cave’s 15th album with the Bad Seeds eschews the noise rock of his recent...

Album Review: Mmoths - Diaries

By the 90s my Mum’s radical 80’s feminism had evolved into a vague, kindly spiritualism that took in positive...

Album Review: Thenewno2: Beautiful...

Well then. The soundtrack to a supernatural teenish romdram, brought to us by a band fronted by George Harrison’s son....

Album Review: Atoms for Peace - Amok

  Atom’s for Peace come with all the advance publicity- and attendant weight of expectation- your jobbing supergroup...

Album Review: Doldrums - Lesser Evil

Doldrums is a great word. That double ‘D’ makes an abstract emotional state onomatopoeic, the feeling of being...

Album Review: Veronica Falls - Waiting...

Round about this time last year Veronica Falls released a debut of unashamedly retro indie pop. There wasn’t a sample,...

Album Review: Cosmo Jarvis - Think Bigger...

Stream the album in full under the review You could never accuse Cosmo Jarvis of a lack of ambition. Think Bigger he says, then...

Album Review: C2C - Tetra

Turntablism, like pagers, Baywatch and Johnny Depp being in good films, belongs in the 90s. Grandmaster Flash (debatably)...

Album Review: Eels - Wonderful, Glorious

With Wonderful, Glorious Mark Everett has jacked in his stints moonlighting as a film maker and author, and returned to his...

Album Review: Julian Cope - Saint Julian...

Julian Cope has spent the last 3 decades worked his way up to legendary status, partially through his superbly curated...

Album Review: Modestep - Evolution Theory

Modestep live in a world of big dumb statements. I’d say they don’t write music; they write sounds to accompany...

Album Review: Dead Sons - The Hollers and...

Dead Sons exist in a yowling alternate universe where the Arctic Monkeys have been remade as a gore filled B movie splatter...

Album Review: Mice Parade - Candela

 “Never mind what you know// It’s only what you believe in// As the grey hairs start to show” opens...

Album Review: Dizzee Rascal - Dirtee TV 2

As with last year’s Dirtee TV 1, Dizzee’s latest free mixtape is a return to the ruffneck, all aggy lyrics spat and...

Album Review: Ruff Sqwad - White Label...

Grime was birthed in one the UK’s sporadic inner city spasms, the regular bursts of crazy creative magic that swell up...

Album Review: Green Day - Tre

If you were a band running short on ideas, at the end of a long career mining pretty much the same three chords album after...

Album Review: Sinkane - Mars

SInkane is the musical guise of Sudanese New Yorker Ahmad Gallad. Gallad is known in muso circles as an excellent live player,...

Album Review: Rihanna - Unapologetic

It’s hard not to come to Unapologetic without preconceptions, and for its part, the album scarcely bothers trying to...

Album Review: Pinch: MIA 2006-2010

Pinch: MIA 2006-2010   So. I was asked to review something called ‘MIA 2006-2010’ by someone called...

Album Review: Deftones - Koi No Yokan

  Deftones never really seemed like the sort of band to stray from their trademark sonic attack, did they?  And...

Album Review: Joe Driscoll Sekou Kouyate...

Faya is a meeting of musicians; New Yorker Joe Driscoll and Guinean kora maestro Sekou Kouyate. Driscoll speaks no French and...

Album Review: Action Bronson - Rare...

Bronson inhabits the tiny niche of fat, bald, ginger, Albanian descendent rappers with their own cooking show, who happen to be...

Album Review: Gramme - Fascination

Timing is everything in pop. Come too soon and, at best you look like an eccentric, a maniac or a freak, and, at worst no one...

Album Review: Algernon Doll - Camomile

Algernon Doll is the brain child of Ewan Grant, a Scottish musician who’s turned away from his punk roots to record a...

Album Review: Duke Slammer - What Four?...

The new EP from Luke Sanger aka Duke Slammer (the man behind last years out-of-nowhere album ‘every body sweat’)...

Album Review: Benjamin Gibbard - Former...

Benjamin Gibbard, probably better known as Death Cab for Cutie and The Postal Service frontman, is the sort of songwriter to...

Album Review: Crystal Castles - (III)

There is a complete stream of the album at the bottom of this review On (III) Crystal Castles may well have created their...

Album Review: Calvin Harris - 18 Months

Christ knows what the inside of Calvin Harris’s brain looks like.  On the basis of 18 Months it’s a very VERY...

Album Review: Kendrick Lamar - good kid...

Kendrick Lamar is Compton’s new hope. The LA district was put on the map with NWA’s incendiary one-two punch of...

Album Review: Club Smith - Appetite For...

Album sequencing may be less important in our shuffling, pick n’ mix age, but I still can’t think of any decent...

Album Review: Ty Segall - Twins

Ty Segall is beyond prolific. Twins is the San Francisco based artists third album of 2012, following Hair, as Ty Segall and...

Album Review: Jake Bugg - Jake Bugg

To the casual observer Jake Bugg has become an overnight sensation. Sweeping to the top of the album charts on a wave of...

Album Review: Bat For Lashes - The...

On Lillies, the opening track of Bat for Lashes third full length, Natasha Khan sings of prayer, hauntings, and longing, and...

Album Review: Mala - Mala in Cuba

Back in the early noughties, when Mala's Digital Mytstikz crew started teaming spliffed out reggae subs with UK...

Album Review: Trash Talk - 119

Trash Talk are granite. Slabs of the stuff, smacking your face. Razor throated nihilistic screams from Lee Spielman, thundering...

Album Review: Moon Duo - Circles

Circles is the second long player brewed up by Sanae Yamada and Wooden Shjips man Erik "Ripley" Johnson, taking on...

Album Review: Tame Impala - Lonerism

Lonerism is aptly named. Tame Impala’s second album places the listener at the edge of the void, with riffs the size of...

Album Review: Muse - The 2nd Law

Before the 2nd Law hit shops, there was a lot of heated debate amongst Muse fans about the bands so-called...

Album Review: Green Day - Uno

What do punk bands do when they hit 40? There’s only so far snot, snarls, 3 chords and booze can get you before you end...

Album Review: Errors - New Relics

We can only guess that Errors have been necking moonshine ‘til the sky turns furry. How else to explain the gibbering...

Album Review: Slydigs - Never To Be Tamed

Manc 4 piece Slydigs believe in the transformative, trouble startin’, street struttin’ power of rock n’roll....

Album Review: Brasstronaut - Mean Sun

Bounce, the opening track on Brasstronaut’s Mean Sun, is one of the greatest pieces of music I’ve heard this year....

Album Review: This Many Boyfriends - This...

Have you ever wondered what Morrissey might have sounded like singing over The Cure’s Just Like Heaven? This Many...

Album Review: Van Susans - Paused in the...

The Van Susans have got big ambitions. From album opener Bricks Not Sticks Or Straw they make their intentions clear- big...

Album Review: 'One, For Words' by Keston...

We’d like to think Keston Cobblers’ Club is an eighteenth century band formed by Cobblers’ apprentices in...

Album Review: Noisettes - Contact

Noisettes in 2012 are a very different prospect to the band that first came bowling out of South London in 2006. Back in...

Album Review: The xx - Coexist

One notable feature of The xx’s , game changing debut was its sheer ubiquity. Not since Moby’s Play had an album...

Album Review: Bloc Party - Four

It was the album that nearly never was. With cracks appearing in the band, rumours of Kele being shut out of rehearsals, and...

Album Review: Metronomy - Late Night Tales

The latest instalment in the long running Late Night Tales series sees Metronomy take the reins. Metronomy-- to all intents and...

Album Review: Supajam Safehouse Sessions:...

Wow, Supajam reviews Supajam. I wonder how this one will turn out. All artists on this compilation have been selected to...

Album Review: Conor Maynard - Contrast

There is one dirty great elephant-in-the-room sized contrast on Conor Maynard’s shiny new product- the gulf between his...

Album Review: Plan B - iLL Manors

Listening to deft lyricism of Ben Drew’s third album I’m struck by what a disservice so many successful MCs do to...