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Underworld – Barbara Barbara, we face a shining future: Album review

Music | Bittles’ Magazine: The music column from the end of the world

After almost three decades in the music business electronic duo Underworld have been reasonably quiet of late. Yet, even though there has been no new Underworld material in the last six years, neither of the duo have been sitting around twiddling their thumbs. Vocalist Karl Hyde has released a pair of albums with ambient icon Brian Eno as well as his debut solo LP Edgeland. Rick Smith, meanwhile has scored both Danny Boyle’s acclaimed Frankenstein production and the film Trance. Together they also directed the music for the 2012 Olympics opening ceremony, which included psychedelic wig-out moments by Fuck Buttons and more. By JOHN BITTLES 

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A Different Kind Of Racket: June/July’s New Albums Reviewed

Music | Bittles’ Magazine: The music column from the end of the world

I was watching Wimbledon the other day when I came to the startling realisation that tennis is boring. Hoping that all it might need was a good soundtrack, I reduced the volume on the telly, replacing it with the morose musings of Darklands by The Jesus And Mary Chain. Much Better! Experiencing yet another epiphany I turned the TV off altogether, allowing the Reid brothers the attention they fully deserve. By JOHN BITTLES 

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Dreaming Of The Apocalypse Girl: June’s New Albums Pt. One.

Music | Bittles’ Magazine: The music column from the end of the world

There is a curious, yet electrifying mix of light and dark in this month’s new album releases! For every piece of sunny Balearic brilliance there is an angry scream into the night. For every slice of languid chill-out there is a funky guitar lick, or a hammering techno beat. All of which makes June a fantastic time to own a working pair of ears. By JOHN BITTLES 

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A Girl walks home alone at night with her headphones on: June’s New Singles Part 1.

Music | Bittles’ Magazine: The music column from the end of the world

After watching the above movie I was feeling a little traumatised, so I decided to keep my mind off vampiric women by immersing myself within the world of new singles and EPs. Luckily, there have been a string of fantastic new releases this month that are so good they, temporarily at least, proved a welcome respite from shivering in a lighted room wondering if she was going to come for this »bad boy«. By JOHN BITTLES  

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In praise of dumb flesh: May new albums reviewed. Part 2

Music | Bittles’ Magazine: The music column from the end of the world

Like Batman in drag, the second part of May’s new albums round-up has more than its fair share of surprises. While none of the LPs reviewed here will be donning a mask to fight crime tonight, or be wearing their pants and trousers the wrong way round, they will keep the world safe from tired, formulaic sounds. By JOHN BITTLES 

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Some Albums To Keep Your Toes Warm This October Pt 2.

Bittles‘ Magazine | Record Review

I was arm-wrestling a tiger the other day (my editor told me I had to make the beginning of my articles more exciting) when I suddenly realised that I had no time for such frivolity as I had some great albums to review. Quickly admitting defeat, I retreated to my listening studio (bedroom) and immersed myself in some of the fantastic records that will be hitting the record store shelves this October. By JOHN BITTLES  

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Some Albums To Keep Your Toes Warm This October

Bittles‘ Magazine | Record Review

As Autumn wraps her chilly arms around the country we look to music for the comfort that we can no longer get from happiness or the sun. Luckily, this time of year tends to be when great new bands get off their asses and go out on tour, while it also seems like there is another fantastic new album to delight us every single day. By JOHN BITTLES  

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What‘s That Sound?

Bittles‘ Magazine | Record Review

When I tell you that there is lots of great music coming out this month I am not just saying this because I have been given lots of huge bribes. It is actually true! That is why, this month, the new album reviews will be spread out over two whole weeks instead of the usual one. By JOHN BITTLES  

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Return Of The Quiff

Bittles‘ Magazin | Music Review

Mr Steven Patrick Morrissey has made quite the name for himself over a long, fruitful and distinguished musical life. If someone were to say though, that at the ripe old age of 55 he was going to release one of the defining moments of his career then you would probably think that person was a little bit mad. Yet, that is exactly what has happened with his tenth album World Peace Is None Of Your Business. It really is very good, with songs like the title track, Earth Is The Loneliest Place and Mountjoy already sounding like timeless classics to my, admittedly biased, ears. By JOHN BITTLES 

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Some New Music To Turn That Frown Upside-Down

Bittle Magazine | Record Reviews

This June has been something of a short, hard kick in the face for all those who say there is no good new music out there, with so many great new albums that it‘s hard to know where to begin. By JOHN BITTLES.  

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