Grant Bailey

Grant Bailey

Grant is the music editor at the London Economic. Send horrid riffs.

My Spotify Sidebar Shame

My Spotify Sidebar Shame

It’s hard to understate the impact Spotify’s ‘Friend Activity’ sidebar has had on my listening habits. As the shadow of social connectivity crept across my Spotify account over the years, sprouting inboxes and sharing features as it went, the ‘Spotify Stalker Bar’ has made my listening habits at once more diverse,...

PLAYLIST: Best of APRIL 2017

PLAYLIST: Best of APRIL 2017

April, you spoil us. Look at these releases. We had massive new cuts and genuine AOTY contenders from Kendrick Lamar, Arca and Joey Bada$$ to keep us busy, but it was really snaking, cooler-than-thou indie and alt that stole focus in the end, plugging the glorious gaps between the headline-stealing drops....

Enemies Release Mini-Doc to Celebrate Final Show

Enemies Release Mini-Doc to Celebrate Final Show

In December 2016 Enemies released their third and final album entitled Valuables via Topshelf Records. Valuables documents a turbulent time for the band — intensive writing, recording and touring, coupled with a lack of shared vision, led to a decision that harmony in ending is ultimately more valuable than discord in continuing. Today the band...

The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band 50th Anniversary Edition Announced

The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band 50th Anniversary Edition Announced

It was 50 years ago this June 1st when The Beatles’ John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr ushered in the Summer of Love with Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, a groundbreaking masterwork that became popular music’s most universally acclaimed album. To salute the occasion, The Beatles will release a suite of lavishly presented ‘Sgt. Pepper’ Anniversary Edition...

Playlist: Best of MARCH 2017

Playlist: Best of MARCH 2017

Maybe it's something to do with the arrival of spring, but March has been pretty chill compared to the big releases of January and February. This month's playlist is all about dream pop, bedroom rock and the softer side of R&B. Kicking us off is Frank Ocean, our cover star...

Bristol Punks IDLES Extend UK Tour

Bristol Punks IDLES Extend UK Tour

A week ago I found myself in the middle of a mad scramble. Bristol natives IDLES had just dropped their utterly disgusting debut album, Brutalism, and their show at the Moth Club in Hackney was utterly sold out, even to slow-poke press like me. I'd searched out their Facebook page, Twitter...

PWR BTTM Stream ‘Answer My Text’ Ahead of Pageant LP

PWR BTTM Stream ‘Answer My Text’ Ahead of Pageant LP

PWR BTTM aren't pulling their punches with 'Answer My Text', the second single from their forthcoming LP Pageant (May 12, Big Scary Monsters / Polyvinyl). The track finds Liv Bruce singing in narrative-like fashion to a prospective lover through trials and tribulations; from asking for their phone number to formulating the perfect...

Arctangent Adds 38 Bands to Summer Line-Up

Arctangent Adds 38 Bands to Summer Line-Up

In recent years, ArcTanGent has built a reputation for itself as THE emerging UK rock festival, both putting on exclusive performances from exceptional, worldwide artists and supporting new, exciting talent. This morning, 10 newly announced bands were exclusively revealed and discussed on the Thats Not Metal Podcast, with 28 further acts now also...

Minus The Bear Announce June EU/UK Tour

Minus The Bear Announce June EU/UK Tour

With the release of their first album in five years, 'VOIDS', coming up on 3rd March, Minus The Bear have announced a string of EU/UK dates for June 2017.  The dates will feature support from Joan of Arc along with an appearance with American Football at So36 in Berlin. The new...

Playlist: Shrove Tunesday

Playlist: Shrove Tunesday

Eggs, flour, butter and BANGERS. Get your flip on with our Pancake Day Playlist. Yes, most of the songs here were selected for their relatability to this Pancakiest of days, but let's not ignore these buttery-smooth jams from the likes of MF DOOM, A Tribe Called Quest and Scienze, to name...

Nioh: Capturing the ‘Soul’ of Dark Souls

Nioh: Capturing the ‘Soul’ of Dark Souls

Last week I got my greasy mits on Nioh, the new 'dark samurai fantasy' from Team Ninja (the minds behind the  Ninja Gaiden series) and it’s safe to say the game has sunk into my conscious like so many poison shuriken. Twenty hours in, I'm traversing Japanese lands of legend, slaying Yokai...

A Bob’s Burgers Album is Coming

A Bob’s Burgers Album is Coming

On May 12th, Sub Pop will release The Bob’s Burgers Music Album: an expansive collection of 107 songs from the first 107 episodes of 20th Century Fox Television’s Emmy-award winning hit comedy.  The album features music performed by the main cast members – Bob (H. Jon Benjamin) and Linda (John...

Playlist: Best of FEBRUARY 2017

Playlist: Best of FEBRUARY 2017

It looks like January was no fluke. Aside from a shaky Grammys (Lemonade snubs but congrats Chance!) February has been seriously solid for good music. First up we have our cover star, Sampha, who put out his debut LP this month. If you're looking for smoothed-out RnB with an electronic sheen, Process is...

REVIEW: Pissed Jeans – Why Love Now

REVIEW: Pissed Jeans – Why Love Now

Have Pissed Jeans been sleeping in a soggy dustbin for the last two years? What have they been stewing themselves in to produce these wretched tones?  On Why Love Now, their fifth album, the only way is down. Time hasn’t healed wounds, it hasn’t brought wisdom, only a thick layer...

Descendents Hit Brixton Academy this June

Descendents Hit Brixton Academy this June

Last year punk legends Descendents returned with their first album in 12 years, and now they're heading back to UK shores. The Cali crew, who are the brains behind the mega-influential punk rock staple Milo Goes To College, have announced  a new show scheduled for Sunday 4th June at the 02 Brixton Academy in...

Review: Sennheiser MOMENTUM In-Ear Earphones

Review: Sennheiser MOMENTUM In-Ear Earphones

Opening Notes The Momentums are available in a variety of hardware compatibility options (I am testing a set configured for Samsung Galaxy devices), most likely to pair up with the inline three-button remote (volume, pause and built-in mic). All music audio tests were carried out using Spotify for mobile and...

Playlist: Best of JANUARY 2017

Playlist: Best of JANUARY 2017

There's a healthy mix of material for our first playlist of the year. We're still reeling from Run The Jewels' surprise Christmas Day release of their third LP. With the Presidential Inauguration and the civil unrest in Washington that accompanied it fresh in our minds, Killer Mike and El P's...

IDLES Announce Spring UK Tour

IDLES Announce Spring UK Tour

Bristol’s finest post-punk polemics IDLES will head off on the massive 25 date ‘Brutalism UK Tour’ in March/April 2017 in support of their debut album. Politically charged, refreshingly confrontational and infectiously volatile, IDLES bring the unsettling reality of the world we live in into their frantic assault on the senses. The...

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