Review | “a laser-focused sense of self” Jafaris – Stride

The Last Mixed Tape reviews Stride, the much-anticipated debut studio album from Jafaris.  Stride is an album about choices. Throughout his debut outing, Jafaris takes no half measures, choosing to instead make a record that filled with both sonic and lyrical statements resulting in a bold album in more ways than one. Indeed, Stride opens with a statement. The…

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Review | “A dreamlike experience” Maria Somerville – All My People

The Last Mixed Tape reviews All My People, the debut studio album from Maria Somerville. There’s a lingering feeling of isolation that lies beneath the music of All My People. An album in the truest sense of the term, Maria Somerville’s debut offering bends the medium to its will and creates a world unto itself, obscured…

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Live Review | “it was clear to all last night that the metamorphosis is complete” AE Mak- The Grand Social

AE Mak played her first headline show in Dublin in almost two years last night at the Grand Social. The Last Mixed Tape was there to cover the event. AE Mak has a tangible connection with her audience. I can’t count the several times I’ve been to see a much-hyped band only to be met…

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Review | “A more measured affair” Hozier – Wasteland, Baby!

The Last Mixed Tape reviews Wasteland, Baby! the much-anticipated second studio album from Hozier.  Wasteland, Baby! is an album met with an insurmountable amount of expectation, some looking for nothing short of a triumph and others looking for a failure that will affirm a perceived backlash to the hype. The truth, however, is more complex. Wasteland,…

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Review | “There’s a sense of majesty to the music” Talos – Far Out Dust

The Last Mixed Tape reviews Far Out Dust, the brand new sophomore studio album from Talos. There’s a sense of majesty to the music of Far Out Dust. Rarely is it seen that an artist will put every inch of themselves into creating a feeling of consequence to each second, sound and syllable of a record, but…

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Review | “A labour of love” Zaska – It Takes A Village

The Last Mixed Tape reviews It Takes A Village, the much-anticipated debut studio album from Zaska.  Music seems to come so naturally to some that it exudes from them in a way that seems essential to their being. This need to express oneself musically is cathartic, for both the artist and the listener. It Takes A Village is…

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Review | “A bigger picture that casts Carney’s intimate songwriting across a widescreen soundscape” Rosie Carney – Bare

The Last Mixed Tape reviews Bare, the debut studio album from alternative-folk artist Rosie Carney. Somewhere in the midst of listening to Bare for the third time, I felt myself drifting away from critiquing the record and instead began to give in to the intimate beauty of the music. Such is the beguiling quality of Rosie Carney’s songwriting,…

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TLMT Readers Album of the Year 2018 – Voting

Voting for the Annual Last Mixed Tape Readers Album of the Year 2018 has just opened. Following the Last Mixed Tape’s recent unveiling of its top twenty albums of 2018 (see full countdown and playlist – here), TLMT is giving reader’s a chance to have their say in what was the stand-out record of the last…

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TLMT’s Top 20 Albums of the Year 2018

With 2018 coming to a close the Last Mixed Tape has delved deep and come up with its top 20 albums of 2018. As with every year, only albums reviewed by TLMT make it on the list.  20. Robert John Ardiff – Between The Bed And Room There can be no doubt Between The Bed And Room is…

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Review | “an experience to be had in totality” Subplots – A Silent Phase

The Last Mixed Tape reviews A Silent Phase, the latest studio album from three-piece Subplots.  A meeting of atmosphere, texture and depth of field, A Silent Phase simmers with soundscapes that run right beneath the far-reaching vocals, subtle guitar interplay and crushed snapped beats. All of which makes Subplots latest release such an engaging album to simply sit…

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