Matt Dorey

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Understated Classics #34: Stray by Aztec Camera

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The next understated classic is “Stray” by Aztec Camera. Released in 1990, it features two hit singles and the cover’s my favourite colour: green.

Album Digest September 2016

Album Digest September 2016

Album Digest September 2016 features albums by Wilco, M.I.A., Local Natives, and a collaboration between Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith and Suzanne Ciani.

Album Digest August 2016

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Albums by Prins Thomas, United Vibrations, Sarathy Korwar, and Doomsquad.

Adventures with Discover Weekly

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I’ve been using spotify’s music discovery playlist Discover Weekly to find new albums for this month’s album digest. Here’s some thoughts.

BBC Prom 47 at the Royal Albert Hall

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We went to an afternoon Prom to see works by Hellawell, Haydn and Tchaikovsky performed by the Ulster Orchestra.

The Orb – Alpine Diskomiks / Sin in Space Pt. 2

The Orb manage to revisit their Sin in Space series with these nifty remixes of Alpine Evening by Prins Thomas.

Album Digest July 2016

Albums by Aphex Twin, Avalanches, Bat For Lashes, Beyond The Wizards Sleeve, and Islands.

Understated Classics #33: Embrya by Maxwell

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The next entry in the understated classic series is Embrya by Maxwell, perfect for summer evenings!

Album Digest June 2016

Album Digest June 2016 features albums by Roxette, Tegan & Sara, Flume, and Islands. Overall it’s a pretty poppy collection of albums this month.

Playlist #14: A Capital Idea

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Here’s a Spotify playlist of songs with capital cities in their title. I like to build playlists like this as I can start from songs I know well like Little Dragon’s “Paris” (along with about a million other songs that have Paris in the title or are about Paris) and “London Calling”, and then cast […]

Album Digest May 2016

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Album Digest May 2016 with albums from Radiohead, Parquet Courts, Brian Eno, and Mark Pritchard.

Album Digest, April 2016

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A return for the album digest with albums by Pet Shop Boys, Underworld, Charlie Don’t Surf, and Leon Vynehall.

The Orb – Alpine EP

A short review of The Orb’s new little EP “Alpine”.

Album Digest Special: David Bowie

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A special album digest with a review of Backstar and three other favourite David Bowie albums

The Orb – Moonbuilding 2703AD Remixes / Sin in Space Pt. 1

A little review of The Orb’s new remix EP.


“I’m already five years older, I’m already in my grave, I’m already…” David Bowie, “Heart’s Filthy Lesson” I’d planned to get out an early-ish review of “Blackstar” this weekend but didn’t have time. I’d noticed a few of the lyrics seemed poignant and/or spooky. Sigh.

My Favourite Albums of 2015

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Because Top Ten lists are cool…

Second Toughest In The Infants (Superdeluxe)

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Underworld’s second album gets a spangly remaster and a wodge of bonus tracks. Here’s my review.

Understated Classics #32: They Were Wrong, So We Drowned by Liars

The 32nd Understated Classic is a halloween special, Liars’ concept album about witches “They Were Wrong, So We Drowned”.

Everything Everything “Get To Heaven”

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A short review of “Get To Heaven” by Everything Everything.