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Album review – Trentemøller: Reworked/Remixed

Denmark’s Trentemøller has a formidable reputation as an electronic producer who embraces the clarity of real instruments, and this is well exhibited on his latest remix release, simply titled Reworked/Remixed. The artists receiving remix treatment here are expectedly taken from a wide range of genres, going from Franz Ferdinand to Mew to UNKLE, as well […]

Introducing: Duologue

London based 5-piece Duologue emerged in 2010 with a sound that mixed both dark electronica with straight-up rock, and a number of self-curated events featuring the likes of Matthew Dear and Darkstar among others. They release their second 4-track EP A-B on November 7th. Beats programmer Toby Leeming speaks to Gutter. First of all could you […]

Late Night Tales: MGMT

MGMT typify an indie band who somehow find themselves caught in a meteoric rise to the top and end up traumatised by the consequences. Their second album, Congratulations, saw them almost petulantly trying to shed their casual fans. Featuring no discernible singles, a centrepiece track  that was over 12 minutes long (‘Siberian Breaks’), and a […]

Idaho: You Were A Dick

Idaho were formed way back in 1992 by high school friends Jeff Martin and John K. Berry.  You Were a Dick is their 8th album. In all that time the band never penetrated the mainstream consciousness, and now it’s a solo project of Martin’s. Despite its title the record is no Bloodhound Gang-style send-up but an introspective, pensive […]

Live review: Daedalus at Koko, September 17th

Despite hailing from LA, Daedelus shows his European influences right from his Greek mythology-inspired stage name to the Victorian tailcoats he wears. With his trademark Monome device in tow and a new mirror-based backdrop titled ‘Archimedes’, Daedelus treated a devout KOKO crowd to a relentless 75 minute set. The first half of the set went […]

Live review: Beirut at o2 Brixton Academy, September 16th

Despite garnering consistent critical praise, seeing his releases gain better and better placing in the charts across the Atlantic and selling out the o2 Brixton Academy tonight, the man behind Beirut, Zach Condon, is still a nervy performer. At just past 9.30 the 6-piece trot onto the stage, each of them looking understated and swallowed […]

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