The Amen Break


By Andrew


I’m following on from our series of breakdowns and styles to talk about one of the most famous and arguably one of the ‘Adam’s Ribs’ of sampling and electronically produced music; The Amen Break. Those not familiar with the name of the break will undoubtedly know it once they hear it. But its place in the sampling hall of fame firmly plants it near the top.

Defending the Indefensible Vol 1: Grindcore


By Stewart

A new segment!  every now and then I shall heroically leap to the defense of an artist, style, instrument or whatever which routinely comes under fire from the public, (whether deservedly or undeservedly), in an effort to promote a bit of thought and open-mindedness.  Yeah I’m supposed to be reviewing an album right now but that can wait.  To kick us off, I’m starting with a genre.  Grindcore.  Read more…

Brutal Ben’s Top Gigs of 2013


Time, place and circumstance…

I cannot deny the influence of these factors on how I rate a live show. My opinions on music are unapologetically subjective because for me music is about emotion. I’m exponentially more punter than producer so I’m not necessarily seeking a note perfect performance. I crave that rare and hard to define ‘something’ that makes the experience resonate more deeply and connect more emotionally.

To me sometimes the back story can be as important as the band, the vibe as influential as the venue. My expectation for a band’s live show is directly proportional my experiences with them.  These points became very evident when I sat down to review my year in gigs, this list is completely influenced by bias and factors beyond how well the band played. This assessment criteria is possibly a tad unfair, but that is live music to me.  Read more…

Reader submission- Dave’s Potted History of Punk Mixtape!


Recently I made a compilation CD that I want to tell you about.
For this one, I gave myself the brief that I wanted to give the uninitiated (or a little bit less initiated) a musical history lesson. In this case, a potted history of punk music… from whence it came, to when it initially rose to prominence, to when it ended, and then to where it was headed.  Read more

Brutal Ben’s Top Albums of 2013


In a barely acceptable act of self-indulgence I get to bang on about the albums I rated highest in 2013. Not a bad gig for a verbose music lover like me!
I was lucky enough to have some of my favourite acts put out new material in 2013, and none disappointed. Ranking them in any kind of order is a difficult task akin to choosing my favourite cut of steak or deciding which colour Clinker tastes best.
So I have compiled a list of the albums that most moved me in the past 12 months despite the order being a fluid concept. Read more…