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opinion: DECLAN COCHRAN PRESENTS "THE BETRAYAL OF ARCTIC MONKEYS..."

Arctic Monkeys have done an album, it’s got a long title (“Tranquillity Base Hotel and Casino”), and if you’d told me before it came out that I would end up loving it then I would have assumed it was a record of Beach Boys covers, which (it seemed to me), were the only circumstances under which I would enjoy the Arctic Monkeys. But it’s here, and it’s surprisingly good. Very good in fact, a spectral set of spacey and loopy and haunting songs, dragged into being and led by some jazzy piano chords and frontman Alex Turner’s lascivious, crooning voice.

Lots of critics and pundits are pegging it as a Bowie-esque record, and that’s definitely true, but my dad compared it to Pulp and I think that’s a much better point of reference. It’s got the same thirst-factor that you’d find in songs like Pencil Skirt, and Turner is a good match for Jarvis Cocker’s preening, ghostly lust.

I’m still not what you’d call a fan of the band, but this album goes a long way towards making me like them. There’…

new music: SEE YOU MATE vol. 1 STARS HONKIES AND PEEPING DREXELS UNVEIL SPLIT SINGLE

Stars of vol. 1, Honkies and Peeping Drexels bless us today with split single Bills Drift/Pagans.

Two factions from the South East of London, the single showcases two of the city's finest musical forces at their grisly best. Honkies playful mangling of rockabilly, garage and synth pop pogos its way through 3 glorious minutes, whilst with Bills Drift, Peeping Drexels transport you to the sadistic mind of a drunk driver.

Hear it here

Interviews with both bands can be found in vol. 1 of See You Mate, of which there are still several copies left here.

for your aural pleasure: THE INAUGURAL SEE YOU MATE MIX

Salutations friends, for the day is upon us that we share our first SEE YOU MATE mix, the first in a series of half hour-or-so mixtapes that shine a light on all our favourite tunes of pastures old. Our first, just in time for the sweltering heat, is a mix of our favourite 60s garage psych deep cuts from around the globe.

From The Cousins (of Belgium) and Adjeef the Poet (Holland), to Groovy Ruben (UK) and The Elastik Band (USA), we present to you the inaugural SEE YOU MATE mix... crack open a can of D 'n' B (dandelion and burdock), put on your wide-brimmed hat, and get lost in The Woeful Tale of Shakes McGoo (and more stories).

review: ARCTIC MONKEYS' 'TRANQUILITY BASE HOTEL AND CASINO'

2013 saw Arctic Monkeys reach the peak of their powers, with their fifth album AM. Prior to that, they were in danger of becoming like Kings of Leon, or someone like that, as Humbug and particularly Suck It And See saw them lose all the excitement that surrounded them, bit by bit.

AM arrived, and it saw the band reach the height of their powers commercially. That fucking album cover with the wiggly line on was everywhere. And they swept up at the Brits. Headlined Glastonbury. Et cetera.

But the thing about AM was that despite this success, it was quite a horrible album. Alex Turner adopted this persona that was supposed to be cool and sexy, but came off as forced, cringe-inducing, and ultimately sleazy. Some decent riffs nestled atop Matt Helders' most painfully dull drumming to date, and a forced American accent barking "why'd you only call me when you're high?" ensured that this album put a lot of people off the band.

And amongst bad music, the band came across…

premiere: 'OPAQUE', THE EFFORTLESSLY TRANSPORTATIVE NEW SINGLE FROM DOSE

Dose are a group from Newcastle, whom make art rock with a thick, impenetrable wall of sound. Often, the problem with dreamier, shoegazier groups is often that everything blends into one sonic blur, but, Dose are the antidote to this. There's a lot of clarity in their music, crisp guitar melodies and vocals that hover atop the miasma like a spectral overseer. Mesmeric, gripping, Opaque is their latest offering. Urbane uncertainty and a sound driven by pedalboards that look like spaceship control desks make Dose's sound the essential soundtrack to days rich in April showers.

Below, you can hear the MJ-produced Opaque, and find out more about it from Sean and Ewan from the band.



Tell me about Opaque. What inspired it?
Sean:​ Although musically the original inspiration came from messing around with a weird new pedal - Montreal Assembly’s Count to Five for anyone else as obsessed as me - Opaque began as a shift in sound for us, relying less on all-encapsulating effects and more on s…

PRE-ORDER OUR MAGAZINE NOW

Dearest friends, how proud I am to announce thus; Vol. 1 of SEE YOU MATE (YEAH, SEE YOU MATE) is now available to pre-order now for 4 pounds English (free UK postage).

Vol. 1 features Goat Girl as our cover stars, as we unravel the year's best debut album. We also get to the bottom of Warmduscher's opus Whale City, which comes out in early June, and we find out what makes Madonnatron tick. Also featured are Peeping Drexels, Honkies, Go Chi Minh, Ye Nuns and The B-52's...

You can also find a gig list for London, our singles column, and reviews of all the records that have piqued our interest over the last few months; Goat Girl, Phobophobes, Parquet Courts, Chupa Cabra/NoFriendz, Melt Dunes, The Oscillation, and many more. All of this is supplemented by original artwork by our very own in-house designer H.E.W.

You can pre-order it here, or grab a copy at our launch, on May 4th at Brixton Windmill. This has been the sum of hundreds of hours of work, and for that reason we ho…

playlist number one: GO CHI MINH'S 11 STEP GUIDE TO POST-ABSURDISM

A formidable quintet of youths from London's Outer Rim, Go Chi Minh are the among Big Smoke's most absurd up-and-coming prospects. To try and get our slightly more grounded minds into their lair of thought, we asked the group to compile us a playlist. Here is a guide to Post-Absurdism to be enjoyed by all, in the format of a playlist of 11 songs that you can listen to. 11 Steps, if you will. 

1. Prelude from 'Ben Hur' - Miklos Rozsa

2. The Kids Will Take Care of Themselves - u

3. Presence of Mind - Urinals

4. Sah - Al Massrieen

5. Cap de bon esperience - Florian Pellissier Quintet

6.  Axolotl I-II - Spectral Display

7. Speilegg - Olefonken

8. I Don't Know You - Phantom Forth

9. Fed Up Skank - The Murphy Federation

10. Self Consumed - Autumns

11. Trouble Again - King Kong

Listen here

READ OUR INTERVIEW WITH THESE QUIRKY CHARACTERS IN ISSUE 1, OUT MAY 4TH. pre-order here