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Liquid Planet by The Arboretum – Single Review

The Arboretum’s (Worcester based) once again release a piercingly relevant and paramount track. Titled ‘Liquid Planet’ this track undoubtingly political testimony surrounding the current issue of climate change. This stimulating electronica song echoes the words of Gen Z’s environmental pioneer, […]

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Vinny Peculiar – Peculiarities | Album Review

Lazy journalism would allow me to declare Vinny Peculiar is a musical Tony Hancock doppelganger or a “warm-hearted Morrisey” but that is only for word count worriers looking for an easy get out. What is even easier though is highlighting […]

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The Ballad of the Bee by The Kelly Line – Single Review

From an early age we all learned about the cycle of life. Every animal will inevitably experience pain; however, it allows life to keep moving forward. Cheltenham-based band, The Kelly Line, share new song ‘The Ballad of the Bee’, a […]

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Denim in the Dugout by The Humdrum Express – Single Review

Denim in the Dugout is the latest release from ever popular Worcestershire singer-songwriter and master of observational humour Ian Passey aka The Humdrum Express.  Ian will openly admit that he has struggled to find his creative mojo during this strange […]

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Diaz Brothers – Diaz Brothers – Album Review

Punk anyone?  Well, what kind?  Punk is a broad church, mind.  This isn’t scratchy, jittery British 70s punk.  Nor is it US west coast pop-punk.  Nor is it US east coast hardcore punk. Diaz Brothers are attached to that strand of […]

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Vincent Flatts Final drive, ‘Back In The Saddle’

Damn me if Bertie and the boys haven’t confounded all the odds, and at long last gotten themselves into a studio and put together a humdinger of an album. The band have been kicking over the engine for many a […]

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Cloud 9 by Learn to Lie – Single Review

Learn to Lie, a Midlands-based alt-rock band release single ‘Cloud 9’ a feel-good rock banger. With pounding drums, funky riffs, powerful vocals, ‘Cloud 9’ strikes electricity like lightning. Capturing the partying spirit of summer, this song is what was needed […]

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Roving Heart by Bluebyrd – EP Review

Folk music has always had an underground presence. The genre formed by the accessibility of relatively affordable instruments, the human voice and the coming together of a lyrical content about the simpler aspects of life. However, I would knowingly place […]

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Darla Jade – Forget You Not – Single Review

For anyone that’s been reading Slap Magazine online over the past few months, they’ll know just how much we’re loving Darla Jade. Returning with her latest single, ‘Forget You Not’ is a meaningful number straight from the heart. Known for […]

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Broken Pieces – Forgotten Garden – EP Review

Forgotten Garden released their debut EP, Broken Pieces, back at the beginning of this month, with Screamlite records. This 4 track EP has been a while in the making, but the finished project is audibly satisfying, like completing a puzzle […]