Chris Hughes

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A wayward rambling fool who stumbles through the essence of music looking for the truth. His nomadic wanderings have taken him through the arid landscapes of pop to the oasis of psych. Oneness is the goal, that unity of the moment when the universe disappears and time stops with a crescendo of drums, guitars, synths and bass.

 

Articles by Chris Hughes

Hookworms – Pearl Mystic

Psych has some stirrings in the ether at the moment and these Leeds upstarts are going to cause a few waves when they break through in to the mainstream, dragging their glorious brand of drone/blues/pop/fuzz sanctified music to the masses.

Anthroprophh – Anthroprophh

Anthroprophh is the new project for Paul Allen, while it seems that the band he is better known for The Heads are on hiatus. The Heads for anyone who doesn’t know them are a force of nature who took the essence of grunge bands like Mudhoney and mixed i …

Gnod / $hit & $hine – Collisions 03

The latest instalment of the ‘Collisions’ series from the mighty Rocket Recordings doesn’t compromise on challenging its listeners and their preconceptions. The ‘Collision’ series has seen some great match ups who compliment each other in a Yin/Yang sy …

Mugstar – Axis

After the excellent soundtrack to their film collaboration ‘Ad Marginem’, Mugstar return to familiar ground with this magnificent set of stomping tunes that highlight how these psychonauts can set a blazing trail through our minds. ‘Axis’ is the fifth …

Goat – World Music

• Fuzz? Check, • Polyrhythms? Check • Funky basslines? Check • Soul grinding organs? Check • Sultry female vocals? Check • A Whiff of the occult? Check • A time machine that takes me back to a place where semi naked people dance in fields in a swirly a …

Mugstar – Ad Marginem

Mugstar, the space warriors from Liverpool, have got together with filmmaker Liam Yates to make a film ‘Ad Marginem’. They have not only made the soundtrack but also been involved with the writing, production and even acting in it. The soundtrack was w …

Warm Digits – Keep Warm…With The Warm Digits

Given the recent turn for the worse with the weather and feeling like we skipped spring and summer and went straight back to autumn you need an album like ‘Keep Warm … with the Warm Digits’ to well, warm the cockles of your heart. With it’s mishmash of …

Blacklisters – BLKLSTRS

There is no mistaking that you’ve listened to something so full of piss and vinegar; vitriol and angst once the dying notes of ‘Clubfoot by Kasabian’ finish. Blitzkrieg pop by definition this is. This barnstorming opener is a sign of things to come, ea …

Xiu Xiu – Always

Xiu Xiu are no strangers and are back with their latest album ‘Always’. Jamie Stewart who is the main constant over the last 10 years delivers their 9th studio album and doesn’t disappoint for anyone who is an existing fan. As always Xiu Xiu make chall …

Interview – Hookworms

‎Chris Hughes recently caught up with JW (Guitar) and MB (Bass) from the brilliant psych boogie, kosmische Leeds based band Hookworms before they set off on their upcoming gigs and asked them a bunch of questions. There is a lot of Buzz about MB, EG, M …

Boy Friend – Egyptian Wrinkle

‘Egyptian Wrinkle’ by Boy Friend will certainly divide a lot of people in to those who love this piece of nu gaze dream pop and those who will think it’s just too bland. There are tracks on the new album from Christa Palazzolo and Sarah Brown that will …

Shearwater – Animal Joy

This review was difficult to write for one main reason, and that is because ‘Animal Joy’ is such an amazing record. How could I fill out a review with words like ‘WOW’ and ‘Record of the Year’, which was all I could utter on my first few listens throug …

Russian Circles – Empros

The new album by Russian Circles, ‘Empros’, reminds me of driving at night; the pleasure of absorbing all senses with the music blasting and just you and the road. The unification of only what is ahead in the headlights and images flying past, looking …

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