The (Barclaycard) Mercury Prize 2013 – Blake, Disclosure and Hopkins

We seem to do a lot of 'run downs' here at OnTheBeat. Obviously this is due to a near unquenchable desire to keep people updated on what's going on in the music world and not because we know we can get more legs out of separating things into different, more specific blogs. Honest. Anyway, these [...]

Album Review: Haim – Days Are Gone

If there is one band in the musical ether that stand for pure, unadulterated sisterhood it is the LA rockers Haim. The sibling trio Este, Danielle and Alana Haim have received much praise and critical acclaim as a result of their initial breakthrough into the industry with singles Forever, Don’t Save Me, Falling and The [...]

Introducing recreate Daft Punk’s “Discovery” – Live review

Growing up in Liverpool means that throughout my formative years I have endured many Mathew Street Festivals as though they were some form of scouse right of passage. From "Blurasis" (a unique blend of both Blur and Oasis, how's that for pushing the boat out?), to "Letz Zep", to the sensitively named "Amy Housewine" there aren't many artists whose biggest hits [...]

Review: Disclosure – Settle

Controversial viral video? Check. Scarily young and talented? Check. Chart topping single? Check. Impressive live reputation? Check (well, when they plug in their equipment). The perfect recipe for a hype wave of biblical proportions. And for extreme jealously and bitterness from me. Despite the tender ages of Guy and Howard Lawrence it feels like Disclosure have been around [...]

On The Beat’s whistle stop tour of the past 3 months – Part One

Hello! We're back. Following a stressful couple of months of exam revision and essay writing we have returned like a phoenix from the ashes to keep you up to date with all things bright and beautiful in the world of music. So, we thought, what better way to bring you up to speed than to [...]

Scriber – Bethlehem

Bethlehem is the debut single from local folk artist Scriber's upcoming EP, due for release in March this year on Rocking Chair Records. Upon first listen I felt that this was a good enough slice of indie-folk, the sort of song that you would expect to hear in a post-Fleet Foxes, post-Bon Iver scene. However, upon [...]