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Approved: Priest
Approved: Priest

3 March 2015

Californian pop duo Priest released their debut EP, 'Samurai', last year under the more Googlable but harder to say moniker X Priest X....

Playlist: CMU Approved in February 2015
Playlist: CMU Approved in February 2015

2 March 2015

Each weekday, the CMU Approved column highlights a new artist, track, article or other online activity that we think our readers should be...

Approved: Capsule
Approved: Capsule

2 March 2015

We made Japanese producer Yasutaka Nakata one of our Artists Of 2013 in recognition of his impressive output that year, both with J-pop...

CMU Beef Of The Week #244: Madonna v Gravity
CMU Beef Of The Week #244: Madonna v Gravity

27 February 2015

It's a long-standing controversy within scientific circles, of course. You might remember that conference on the issue at MIT back in 2006, though...

Approved: Jungle Splash
Approved: Jungle Splash

27 February 2015

Brixton Jamm catches my eye again this week with some top jungle, garage and dub action. The junglism will be supplied by the old...

Approved: Warpaint - No Way Out
Approved: Warpaint - No Way Out

26 February 2015

As Warpaint's inarguably-titled last LP 'Warpaint' - a closed-off labyrinth of snaky love (and death) songs prone to fits of trip-hop - still...

Approved: Nadine Shah
Approved: Nadine Shah

25 February 2015

Nadine Shah previously appeared in the Approved column way back in 2012, releasing her debut album, 'Love Your Dum And Mad', the following...

Approved: Francesca Belmonte
Approved: Francesca Belmonte

24 February 2015

A regular Tricky collaborator in recent years, Francesca Belmonte is now readying her debut solo album, 'Amina', for release through his False Idols...

Approved: Colin Stetson and Sarah Neufeld
Approved: Colin Stetson and Sarah Neufeld

23 February 2015

Saxophonist Colin Stetson and violinist Sarah Neufeld are both known for their experimental natures, and are also both signed to Constellation. Those seem...

Approved: Flux Fourth Birthday
Approved: Flux Fourth Birthday

20 February 2015

We're heading up to Leeds for the Club Tip this week, and the fourth anniversary of the city's Flux parties. The underground house,...

CMU Beef Of The Week #243: Jack White v Student Journalism
CMU Beef Of The Week #243: Jack White v Student Journalism

20 February 2015

Jack White loves guacamole and hates bananas, ha ha ha ha ha. Ha. Haaaaa. Those were the facts we learned last month when...

Approved: Blanck Mass
Approved: Blanck Mass

19 February 2015

A couple of years ago, I wrote about a new Blanck Mass track that I assumed, at the time, was the first to...

Approved: Keto
Approved: Keto

18 February 2015

Yesterday we featured a singer-songwriter who'd started going by another name, and I see no reason why we should buck that trend now....

Approved: Dralms
Approved: Dralms

17 February 2015

Christopher Smith has released a couple of albums under his own name back in his native Canada already. And there was a definite...

Approved: Pete Cannon Meets Ghost Writerz - How We Living
Approved: Pete Cannon Meets Ghost Writerz - How We Living

16 February 2015

Last November, the Tru Thoughts label added a new string to its bow, in the form of Sharp & Ready, a new imprint...

Approved: Saturday night at Fabric
Approved: Saturday night at Fabric

13 February 2015

Friday night at Fabric usually floats my boat but this week there are some particularly good names on the more techno leaning Saturday...

CMU Beef Of The Week #242: Katy Perry v (a) Left Shark (statue)
CMU Beef Of The Week #242: Katy Perry v (a) Left Shark (statue)

13 February 2015

So, you were thinking this week's Beef Of The Week would be Kanye v Beck, weren't you? You probably told all your friends...

Approved: Tei Shi - Bassically
Approved: Tei Shi - Bassically

12 February 2015

Having been released in October last year, 'Bassically' by Tei Shi, aka Valerie Teicher, made its way into my favourite songs of 2014...

Approved: Novella - Land Gone
Approved: Novella - Land Gone

11 February 2015

First approved in 2013 as a trio with an invisible-in-promo-shots drummer, London-based long-haireds Novella are now officially a band of five. They'll ease...

Approved: The Dø
Approved: The Dø

10 February 2015

The Dø have always pushed an interesting take on pop music, but on their first two albums had a sound perhaps a little...

Approved: Stornoway - Lydia, The Tattooed Lady
Approved: Stornoway - Lydia, The Tattooed Lady

9 February 2015

The name 'Lydia' and the words 'the tattooed lady' are inseparably linked in my mind. A fact that proved mildly embarrassing when I...

Q&A: Charles Caldas, Merlin
Q&A: Charles Caldas, Merlin

6 February 2015

This interview appeared in the December 2014 edition of the CMU Trends Report. Buy our reports from the CMU Shop or get every edition by signing...

Approved: Tru Thoughts at The Forum
Approved: Tru Thoughts at The Forum

6 February 2015

Seminal Brighton label Tru Thoughts, which celebrated its fifteenth year in operation in 2014 (indeed CMU's Chris Cooke spoke to co-founder Robert Luis...

CMU Beef Of The Week #241: Morrissey v Iceland
CMU Beef Of The Week #241: Morrissey v Iceland

6 February 2015

This week, Morrissey announced that he was cancelling a show in Iceland because the venue had refused to serve only vegetarian food. This...

Approved: LA Priest
Approved: LA Priest

5 February 2015

LA Priest is Samuel Eastgate, and Samuel Eastgate is Sam Dust, the once frontman of the ONLY band from the late-2000s I'm happy...

Approved: THEESatisfaction
Approved: THEESatisfaction

4 February 2015

'Cosmic hip hop' duo THEESatisfaction have released a second track from their new album, 'EarthEE', which is out via Sub Pop on 23...

Approved: Courtney Barnett
Approved: Courtney Barnett

3 February 2015

Courtney Barnett's success has seemed pretty assured ever since she emerged in 2013, her deadpan, half-spoken songs dripping with personality and humour from...

Approved: Tonik Ensemble
Approved: Tonik Ensemble

2 February 2015

One of the highlights of this year's Eurosonic (according to Chris CMU), Tonik Ensemble is the solo project (mainly) of Anton Kaldal Ágústsson....

Playlist: CMU Approved in January 2015
Playlist: CMU Approved in January 2015

30 January 2015

Each weekday, the CMU Approved column highlights a new artist, track, article or other online activity that we think our readers should be...

Approved: DJ Spinna at The Edition Hotel
Approved: DJ Spinna at The Edition Hotel

30 January 2015

BBE and Blacktronica tonight present the London launch party for the new remix album from DJ Spinna, 'The Sound Beyond Stars', down in...

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