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Live Review: Disappears at Benicassim 2012

After Los Tiki Phantoms surprised a lot of people with their opening set yesterday, it's impossible not to excitedly...

Live Review: Arp Attack at Benicassim 2012

This is, Arp Attack! Opening the second stage on the second day is the exciting Supajam-backed trio, Arp Attack. With frenetic...

Album Review: Frank Ocean - Channel Orange

The PR company behind the build up to Frank Ocean’s first album proper deserve some sort of medal. In terms of building...

Album Review: Lianne La Havas - Is Your...

Lianne La Havas has navigated a well worn route—internet hype, intimate London gigs, a breakthrough performance on Later...

Live Review: De La Soul at Benicassim 2012

After Florence + The Machine pulled out of her headline billed slot, De La Soul were moved from the second stage to fill the...

Live Review: Pony Bravo at Benicassim 2012

A chanting gothic intro to a track gets spirit-fingers flickering high into the evening sky. A striding bass kicks in. A young...

Live Review: Los Tiki Phantoms at...

Los Tiki Phantoms come on stage in matching dress. Black trousers, black shirts, yellow waistcoats... and black skull masks. Is...

Live Review: Tuya at Benicassim 2012

A jagged, angular song early on during Tuya's set transcends into moments of softness. The Madrid 4-piece are making sounds...

Album Review: Holograms - Holograms

  Rock's history is littered with singers impersonating someone else’s accent. From Mick Jagger’s yankee...

Album Review: Purity Ring - Shrines

  Purity Ring’s debut recasts hip hop in the Prozac suburbs. Booming crunk and RnB beats are smothered in medicated...

Single Review: Ariel Pink's Haunted...

Ariel Pink - added by Dam Funk on backing croons- drops a silky piece of seventies slow jam as a taster of forthcoming album...

Single Review: Nas ft Amy Winehouse -...

Maybe it's just me, but isn't Nas rapping 'pass me the cherry wine/ life is good' on this post humous duet with...

Live Review: SupaJam Gibson EP Launch Vol.3

After the wild boat shenanigans of our last EP party, we were back on dry land in the ever welcoming surroundings of the...

Album Review: Dogtanion - Japan

New boy Dogtanion’s debut album is a strange beast. The opening tracks reveal an odd, and- lets get real- irritating...

Single Review: From Forests - From...

In a move of sheer genius, From Forests call their first track on their debut EP "Intro". I see what they did there....

Album Review: Toots and Maytals Live and...

Recorded in the idyllic surroundings of Island Records boss Chris Blackwell’s Jamaican mansion, Live and Unplugged finds...

Single Review: Pink Cigar - Blues To Bed

Pink Cigars snarl, shout and strut like a warthog. They sound like they could be dickheads but that doesn't matter. More...

Single Review: Rizzle Kicks - Dreamers

  Immediately, the accompanying music was reminiscent of Dr Dre - What’s The Difference. So that was interesting....

Single Review: Gossip - Move In The Right...

What the fuck happened to Gossip? Indie darlings for ...well a long time and now they seem to have sold their soul in favour of...

Single Review: We Are The Physics - Goran...

The lack of singles about Croatian Tennis players is really a damning indictment of our musical climate. We Are The Physics...

Live Review: Bob Dylan at Hop Farm 2012

After seeing Bob Dylan play at Hop Farm on Saturday the SupaJam office was torn asunder-- was he a bonafide legend constantly...

Single Review: Theme Park - Jamaica

Already heralded by some as the unlikely sound of Summer 2012, Theme Park celebrate their support slot for Bloc Party's...

Single Review: Julie Hawk - The Value Of...

An airy folk number from Irish singer-songwriter Julie Hawk. At times pained, at times sounding like a fairy, Hawk's vocal...

Single Review: Sam Beeton - Bust It Loose

The latest release from Sam Beeton's Record Club is a Dylan-esque Summer number. Fields of corn breeze by as a harmonica...

Live Review: My Morning Jacket At Hop...

With my jumper thoroughly soaked, twilight approaching and my nose suffering from a surprising case of sunburn, I had been...

Live Review: Lights at Hop Farm 2012

Lights is her legal name apparently. So we're already off to a winner. Her music is a mesh of synth-heavy Indie-rock with...

Live Review: Kool and the Gang live at...

It comes as no surprise: Kool and the Gang are the synchro dancin', hit bustin', bass poppin', crowd pleasin'...

Live Review: Indigo Earth at Hop Farm 2012

First thing I notice was that three of the band had flowers either drawn on their face or draped around their person. Very...

Live Review: Tallest Man On Earth at Hop...

The Tallest Man On Earth is actually not the tallest person on the planet. When calling yourself The Tallest Man On Earth you...

Live Review: Lewis Floyd Henry at Hop...

As I roll into the SupaJam ticket tent on Sunday afternoon (late, grumpy, tired, stinking, etc) I was surprised - nay...

Live Review: David J. Alexander at Hop...

The Powers Bar stage has a small, brave crowd who are weathering the rain. Their prize is one of the finest gems on the London...

Live Review: Taj Mahal at Hop Farm 2012

I had to double check the times on this one. Was the legendary Grammy winning bluesman Taj Mahal really on second on the second...

Live Review: Early Ghost at Hop Farm 2012

Early Ghost are the final band of the weekend that Supajam has got onto the Hop Farm bill, hopefully they'll be really good...

Live Review: The Sheepdogs at Hop Farm 2012

Time for some ballsy Southern Rock, from Canada. Saskatoon to be precise. A goliath of a sound that wakes up absolutely every...

Live Review: Declan Zapala at Hop Farm 2012

Handsomely bearded with intricate fingering (behave), Declan Zapala is a little different from your average busker. Holding his...

Live Review: The Goodtime Family at Hop...

I think that's their name, they shouted it. If it's not, sorry. These guys were busking behind the Supajam tent and...

Live Review: Special Needs at Hop Farm 2012

The singer is wearing what looks like a trench coat. Come on man, there’s kids here. I digress, thoroughly enjoyable...

Live Review: Gary Numan at Hop Farm 2012

Bathed in red, blue and white lights, Numan and his band look exceptionally cool in silhouette. The band churned out tortured...

Live Review: Patti Smith and Her Band at...

Dressed in jeans and a black jacket, Patti looks as if she could’ve strolled straight out of the crowd. Starting chilled...

Live Review: Yngve and The Innocent at...

It’s pronounced Ing-Vuh. Glad we got that out of the way. Anyway, these guys should be on a bigger stage. They should be...

Live Review: The 'A' Train at Hop Farm 2012

The 'A' Train are ideal mid-afternoon festival music. Lay down and let the sun, grass and regrets of last night...

Live Review: The Datsuns at Hop Farm 2012

As Bruce Forsyth finished, a sizeable portion of the crowd drifted towards the Big Tent Stage to check out The Datsuns. If you...

Live Review: Bruce Forsyth at Hop Farm 2012

The biggest crowd of the day, by a long way, has assembled to see Bruce Forsyth’s first ever festival appearance. There...

Live Review: Kate Stapley at Hop Farm 2012

Kate Stapley takes to the Power’s Bar stage in a flowing green dress, ready to attend to the desires of a small...

Live Review: Nitin Sawhney at Hop Farm 2012

Nitin Sawhney commands a dedicted following. Whilst many casual punters at Friday nights Hop Farm drift over to wallow in Peter...

Live Review: Bellowhead at Hop Farm 2012

My friend Toby has been telling me for years that I need to see Bellowhead. Every time he wants to win cool points he'll...

Live Review: Adam Barnes at Hop Farm 2012

Another act that Supajam has gratuitously inserted into the Hop Farm line-up is Adam Barnes. He is greeted with a reasonable...

Live Review: Some dude busking by a fence...

Nobody knows his name. *UPDATE: Turns out his name is Jim* Kazoo in mouth, resonator guitar in hand and drums attached to feet,...

Live Review: Funkadelic at Hop Farm 2012

Half way through George Clinton's stanking funk explosion I realise that I've been listening to tunes built on his...

Live Review: Dr John at Hop Farm 2012

Or to give it the full title, Dr John & The Lower 911 ft. Jon Cleary... at Hop Farm 2012. Before we continue, just take a...

Live Review: Lianne La Havas at Hop Farm...

Oh man, Lianne La Havas has a voice that's more sensual than Barry White pouring butter over Katy Hill. Her music veers...

Live Review: Joel Sarakula at Hop Farm 2012

The Power's Bar Stage is basically a silver caravan that folds out into a stage. It's no bigger than an average...

Live Review: Sian Sanderson at Hop Farm 2012

A diminutive songstress, despite some killer heels, Sanderson has a boss of a voice. Strong and controlled with more delicate...

Live Review: Gomez at Hop Farm 2012

Gomez seem remarkably laid-back. Obviously you'd expect that from a band that won the Mercury Prize with their debut album...

Live Review: Holy Moly and The Crackers...

Holy Moly & The Crackers are the second band of the day that Supajam has slipped into the festival line-up. Opening the...

Live Review: Mary Epworth and The Jubilee...

Mary Epworth has a bearded banjo player in a chequered shirt. It's the perfect way to open the main stage of a festival at...

Live Review: Yossarian at Hop Farm 2012

It's technically still morning when Yossarian take the stage as the opening act on the Big Tent stage. It's the...

Single Review: Unknown Mortal Orchestra -...

Unknown Mortal Orchestra kick off Adult Swim's 2012 Singles Programme. Twelve free singles in twelve weeks, simple. So, is...

Single Review: Holy Vessels - Springtime...

I haven't pressed play yet, but I've seen that Holy Vessels are releasing their debut single on their own label, which...

Single Review: Divine Fits - My Love Is Real

In the wake of Handsome Furs, ex-Wolf Parade man Dan Boeckner's recently-finished project with wife Alexei Perry, it...

Single Review: Sunless 97 - Body Weather

I've not had much call to go riding down a cartoon rainbow on a kayak carved from marshmellows this summer, let alone enjoy...

Single Review: Public Service...

Public Service Broadcasting have collaborated with the British Film Institute to produce this entertaining curiosity of an EP....

Single Review: Purity Ring - Belispeak

The best single release I've heard this week comes from Canadian's Purity Ring- it's got the same bitstrangled...

Single Review: Flo Rida - Whistle

Do you want to blow Flo Rida's whistle? Because if your a girl, he'd very much like you to. And by whistle we think he...

Single Review: Spiritualized - Little Girl

"Sometimes I wish that I was dead// Because only the living can feel the pain" WAHEY! Ain't no party like a...

Single Review: Ed Sheeran - Small Bump

Typically chart friendly singer songwriter pop from Sheeran, this time with a surprisingly melancholic twist. Small Bump begins...

Album Review: Liars - WIXIW

Liars are an eternally restless band. Gaining popularity in the New York art punk explosion of the early noughties that saw...

Single Review: Maximo Park - Hips and Lips

The biggest also rans of the mid noughties indie boom are steadfastly refusing to give up the ghost and quietly dissolve into...

Single Review: Graham Coxon - Ooh, Yeh Yeh

One of the stand out tracks from Coxon's on-form A&E album, Ooh, Yeh Yeh has Graham laidback and cruising, situating...

Single Review: AlunaGeorge - You Know You...

On You Know You Like It AlunaGeorge have gone back to the future, specifically, the future envisaged by late 90s/ early...

Album Review: The Hives - Lex Hives

We live in a chaotic world, our European neighbours on the brink of financial meltdown and nationalist fervour. No one quite...

Album Review: Light Asylum - Light Asylum

Light Asylum sound like they’ve hunkered down, and very, very studiously absorbed  those aspects of the 80s that...

Live Review: SupaJam Gibson Jubilee Boat...

  After the total wash out of Sunday’s Jubilee celebrations, we approached Mondays gig with a touch of...

Album Review: The Son(s) - Leviathan EP

First of all, here is Leviathan via Soundcloud. After last year’s self-titled effort, we saw a mixture of reactions to...

Single Review: Benga - Icons ft Bebe Black

Benga's trying to navigate some middle ground between stadium smashing vocal dubstep and his own more ghostly brand of...

Single Review: Liars - No.1 Against the Rush

Liars are always an unknown quantity. They've evolved from angular New York punk funk, spent time as pagan witch drowning...

Album Review: Late Night Tales present...

The Late Night Tales series started (if memory serves me correct) at the birth of the noughties, back when mix CDs could, and...

Album Review: Two Wounded Birds- Two...

Margate, for those of you who don’t know it, is a weird place. Formerly the domestic holiday destination of choice,...

Single Review: The Mojo Fins - Sweet Spirit

The Mojo Fins weave intricate, introspective melodies on their latest EP- shades of Elbow and Fleet Foxes can be found in the...

Album Review: Gaggle - From the Mouth of...

If you took the Military Wives Choir, stripped away the husbands, jingoism, lumbering tunes, and Primark jeans, and swapped in...

Single Review: 2:54 - Creeping

A late night lit by the lights of an empty road, a mystery bundled up in your carboot, and a blood red moon, 2:54 supplying the...

Single Review: Fiction - Careful

Fiction have been building a steady fanbase with their sharply contoured art rock- 3 releases on trail blazing indie label...

Single Review: Neon Indian - Hex Girlfriend

Coming next week on Transgressive Records, it's THE SUMMER! YAY! The release of Hex Girlfriend appears to have been...

Single Review: Fort Lean - Sunsick

  Fort Lean are a Brooklyn based 5 piece-- Hey! I bet you loved reading that sentence! Somewhere along the way, writing...

Single Review: Wild Belle - Keep You

Aaahhhh, blue eyed reggae. Preserve of luminaries such as UB40, The Police, Ace of Base and that titan of ‘riddim’...

Album Review: Crocodiles - Endless Flowers

The new Crocodiles thuds and billows like a fist wrapped in a loose paisley shirt. The band have upgraded (sidegraded?) the...

Live Review: The Vaccines - Brighton...

We managed to catch the last of their four-legged seaside tour… with the four London chaps, absolutely killing the...

Single Review: Animal Collective - Honeycomb

Animal Collective were everybody’s best kept secret. All the psyched-up music fans had their barrel headphones blurting...

Live Review: Camden Crawl - Saturday 5th May

There’s no denying it; Camden’s looking a bit knackered. The glory days of The Good Mixer belong in 90s nostalgia...

Live Review: SupaJam and Gibson EP Launch...

Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes, 1st of May, 2012. So how was the first SupaJam/ Gibson EP launch? OK, well obviously we're biased...