ALL STAR ALBUMS TEAM – Turn Up The Volume’s 11 KNOCKOUT LP’s of 2018…

2018 – Another dazzling year for longplayers!
Here’s Turn Up The Volume’s All Star Team
Here are the 11 chosen ones – Let’s roll…

1. ‘Laurent’ by IT IT ANITA (Luik, Belgium)
This is a spellbinding mix of vintage IIAA primal screams and new sound structures that match the band’s clamorous intensity terrifically. An ideal challenge for your speakers…

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2. ‘Joy As An Act Of Resistance’ by IDLES
This hammering punk tour de force, dealing with the political vileness that fucks up our planet and other daily shit that causes human pain, is a massive work of turbulent joy.

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3. ‘Endless Scroll by BODEGA (New York NY, US)
Rip-roaring jingle jangle firepower with echoes of former British post-punks Au Pairs, early punky Talking Heads and their wide awake mentors Parquet Courts. A hip-shaking score!

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4. ‘Songs Of Praise’ by SHAME (South London)
These hungry South London wolves hit you straight in the face with tumultuous knockout punk anthems and wall-breaking eruptions of youthful frustrations. Concrete debut!

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5. ‘Expert By Virtue Thereof’ by TUBELIGHT (Belgium)
Like The Fall playing in tune with a singer who can actually sing which results in an electrical melting pot of rousing spit & sneer missiles and some puzzling escapades.

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6. ‘Dove’ by BELLY (Boston, US)
A comeback in grand style with fetching guitar pop splendour, captivating stories and most of all a series of supreme tunes causing a heartwarming glow you can wallow yourself in.

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7. ‘Insecure Men’ by INSECURE MEN (UK)
Fat White Family‘s Saul Adamczewski and Childhood‘s Ben Romans-Hopcraft surrounded themselves with a whole orchestra for this wondrous, sepia-colored retro pop beauty.

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8. ‘Black City’ by RICH GIRLS (New York, NY, US)
This is a comforting companion for moony moments. Once you’ve heard singer/songwriter Luisa Black‘s voice you’ll never forget her vulnerable and passionate timbre. Spine-tingling.

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9. MIEN‘ by MIEN (US/UK/Canada)
Like-minded spirits of different psych bands finding each other in a colorful adventure.
A rad record full of mind-stimulating explorations and richly orchestrated odysseys.

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10. ‘Megamix’ by RUMOURS (Belgium)
A magnificent and magnetizing longplayer of transcendent soundscapes ranging from grand symphonies to mighty bass-loaded-synths drones with a chilling vox in the middle.

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11. ‘Egypt Station’ by PAUL MCCARTNEY (Liverpool, UK)
And when the noise is over Macca comes in and tells you about his life on his best LP (as
if I know all of them!) in ages, full of melancholic and melodic pop humdingers. Lovely!

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TURN UP THE VOLUME’S ALL STAR TEAM – Best Albums Of 2018… So Far

The best longplayers of 2018, so far

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‘Expert By Virtue, Thereof’ by TUBELIGHT (Belgium)
Belgium‘s trash gang nails it with their 2nd LP. Imagine The Fall having a crazed session  with The Velvet Underground, while consuming speed & booze instead of fucking heroin.
Tubelight

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‘Dove’ by BELLY (Boston, US)
Comeback album by Boston‘s guitar pop legends, emotionally driven by the passionate, colorful and glamorous voice of Tanya Donelly, is an endearing and lustrous diamond!
Belly

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‘Mien’ by MIEN (UK, US, Canada)
Contrary to countless other side-projects these four compelling musicians didn’t
get together just to kill time. Their magical collaboration is nothing less than amazing.
A five-star psych pop rainbow with starry-eyed waves and moony vibrations. Stellar!
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‘Call The Comet’ by JOHNNY MARR (Manchester, UK)
True to his ‘never do things the same twice‘ motto Marr went for a new, venturesome
sound. A gloomy modern-day glam rock stomp while dealing with the troubled times
we live in, yet having a hopeful vision for the near future. He’s a natural born starr!
Johnny

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‘MEGAMIX’ by RUMOURS (Belgium)
This atmospheric, soulful and dancey debut LP is a multi-colored adventure. A magnificent and magnetizing work of transcendent soundscapes, ranging from grand symphonies to mighty bass-loaded-synths drones with a trance-like vox in the middle. A major revelation!
Rumours

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‘Black City’ by RICH GIRLS (New York, US)
Frontwoman Luisa Black‘s voice feels genuinely real, touched by life and its up and downs. Combined with the band’s midnight hour guitar poetry you get a magic pop noir triumph!
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‘Terra Pines’ by TERRA PINES (Brisbane, Australia)
Dreamy melodies drenched in an overwhelming wall-of-towering-guitar-dynamics
by this self-declared grungegaze and sludgepop trio from down under. High-powered
and multi-layered reverberations with a heavy My Bloody Valentine touch. Bingo!
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‘Frogressive Punk’ by DETIETI (Moscow, Russia)
This experimental and stirring Russian outfit mixes post-punk, prog rock, funk, art pop & more into an exciting Frank Zappa-like cocktail that will please all of your sinful senses.
Frogressive punk

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Electro Trance Powerhouse ‘RUMOURS’ Created Striking Spiritual Magic At Luminous Dash Fest Last Night…

RUMOURS – Cosa Nostra, Aalst (Belgium) – 21 April 2018

RUMOURS is a Belgian electronic unit that became Turn Up The Volume‘s favorite outfit
the ‘world should hear/see ‘ after witnessing this gripping 4-piece three times live in the
past two months and listening countless times to their sparkling debut LP ‘MEGAMIX’
in between. A spiritual electro record that feels as a trance-like excursion. An affecting, enigmatic & hypnotic work of transcendent vibrations. An overall sky-high wall-of-sound, ranging from towering synths symphonies to robust bass-loaded-synths drones.

Yesterday night at the monthly Luminous Dash Fest in the festive city of Aalst these young and inventive musicians nailed it again with ecstatic thrills and king-sized beats
with frontwoman Hannah‘s overwhelming, charismatic vox right in the middle. Due to
the hot European weather, these days, the heat in the small ‘Costa Nostra‘ club hit the
level of sauna degrees. But what happened on and off the stage was worth every single sweat drop as this gig is, undoubtedly, the most magical one I’ve experienced so far this year. FACT! A 2-faced sonic seance where darksome emotions impact the speed of your adrenalin’s flow in an uplifting and fantastical way. Enough talk. Music, maestro, please. If you never heard of this imposing force check this mesmerizing moment and capture the group’s mind-expanding energy right here…

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Hair-rising electricity


Getting into trance


Magic


Passion


Charisma

MEGAMIX album in full…

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RUMOURS: Facebook


Available on iTunes

(all concert pics by JL/Turn Up The Volume!)

WEEKEND BEAT – Capture The Trippy Electro Magic Of RUMOURS’ Debut LP ‘MEGAMIX’…

Weekly vibrations to soundtrack your favorite 48 hours…

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(photo FB Rumours)

RUMOURS is an up and coming 2-girls/2-boys electro force out of Belgium taking a giant step on their sonic journey with their first full length record. They describe their music as “pitch dark Shaman-hop and obscure cold with a frisking rustle, veiled by an oppressively dark sample-web.

Last week their highly atmospheric, soulful and dancey debut longplayer MEGAMIX, saw the light of day. A truly magnificent and magnetizing work of transcendent soundscapes.
A monumental sound, ranging from grand symphonies to mighty bass-loaded-synths drones. From twilight vibrations to battering reverberations. From heaven to hell and back, with frontgirl Hannah‘s divine and ardent voice as the band’s most impressive instrument. Here’s the dark splendor, the trippy magic and electronic majesty…


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RUMOURS: Facebook
TURN UP THE VOLUME‘s live review of the LP release happening right here


Also available on iTunes

Starry-Eyed Electro Disciples ‘RUMOURS’ Shine Gloriously In World Famous Cathedral In Ghent Belgium…

RUMOURS – St. Jacob’s Church, Ghent, Belgium – 14 March 2018

RUMOURS is an up and coming 2-girls/2-boys electro force out of Belgium taking a giant step on their sonic journey with their first full length record. They describe their music as “pitch dark Shaman-hop and obscure cold with a frisking rustle, veiled by an oppressively dark sample-web.” If you never heard of them capture their gloomy fever right here…

It was last week that their highly atmospheric debut album, titled rightly MEGAMIX, saw the light of day. A magnificent and magnetizing work of transcendent soundscapes. And last night the quartet staged their LP release show in one of Ghent‘s massive churches…


And on the 7th day God created St. Jacob’s Church for RUMOURS’ album release show

A most fitting choice for their monumental sound, ranging from grand symphonies to mighty bass-loaded-synths drones. From twilight vibrations to battering reverberations. From heaven to hell and back, with frontgirl Hannah‘s angelic and lively voice as the band’s most impressive instrument. What an elevating and soul-catching vox! Hallelujah! I guess you already know by now that this wasn’t a regular concert. Not at all, it was a spiritual happening, in sound as well as in vision. What about the quality of the sound in such a gigantic space I hear you ask? Perfect, just perfect. The sound-mixer(s) did a supernatural job in this grand, holy building. Add the dazzling display of a tremendously matching light spectacle and what the audience experienced was a unique event that satisfied all of their senses. A mystical trip in many ways. God bless Rumours!…


Angelic sensation


We saw the light…

Here’s MEGAMIX in full…

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RUMOURS: Facebook


Available on iTunes

(concert pics: JL/Turn Up The Volume!)