Sometimes, great music appears on your radar from unexpected places.

That’s what happened with “The Glitch” by Manchester act MNIB.

I found myself chatting with a new work colleague when he happened to mention he was an artist, so, naturally, being a journalist, I asked him what he made and lo and behold, MNIB (My Name Is Billal) was on my radar and my playlists.

I have to say, as someone whose musical tastes have a broad range, I didn’t expect to be as blown away as I was.

Northern grime never sounded so good. Dropping onto my Spotify list via MNIB himself, each track is short, sweet and stings like a short jab from Golovkin.

The Glitch may well be explicit and not easy listening in front of your maiden aunt, but its as Mancunian as Oasis, and as hardcore as any other act you’ll hear.

Stand out tracks include “Save some belly”, “Dog Fight” and “The Glitch”, but for me the longer track of “No Stopping You” really hit the spot.

An album that looks both out and is introspective at the same time, MNIB delights in his ability to use expletives not to shock, but to actually put his point across in a manner that makes the album really jump out. Lyrically, it can sound a bit passe at times, but the quality of the production and the maturity of the writing makes it an easy flaw to overlook.

This could have so easily veered into self parody, but it straddles a line, and although not a colossus, it’s certainly an album you’ll enjoy listening to again, unlike some other acts you’ll discover.




I’ll certainly be keeping an ear out for other tracks, and, even if I can’t play it in front of some of the more easily upset members of the household, its worth keeping on Spotify for those hours when I’m alone in the car…


ALBUM REVIEW: Kacey Musgraves, Golden

Kacey Musgraves at The Greek Theatre

Kacey Musgraves at The Greek Theatre

This third album from the new princess of country shows a real maturity in both her writing and her vocals. Her previous outing, Pageant Material, was a little lighter in the lyric department, but this is a whole leap forward.
From the first single, Butterflies, and through the whole album, Musgraves has really developed as an artist, and is fast becoming one of the modern eras outstanding acts.
To find a weak link in this collection of tracks is difficult, but it’s probably Mother. I don’t know, I just don’t think it belongs on the album, but if that’s my only gripe, then so be it.
Tracks you will return to, again and again, include Space Cowboy, Velvet Elvis and Love is a wild thing.
Given the niche market of Country in the UK, it’s not surprising that her loyal following will make certain this album sells well, but if you are not a fan of the genre, this album will leave you very pleasantly surprised.
This new wave of country music is more than just The Shires and Faith Hill, give Casey Musgraves a listen.
It truly is a Golden period for this lady.