Lozeraptor 40: The genius of streaming services

I have always looked upon streaming services as being evil and wrong. In fact, when I really think about it, it’s revolutionised listening to music for fans. It’s also made discovering new music much easier and much more convenient. One still has to invest the time but, a much needed improvement. For £10 a month I get access to pretty much all I ever wanted – to have music at the touch of a button. …

Lozeraptor 39: I Have Not Heard A Decent Movie Soundtrack For A While

Do we have good soundtracks anymore to accompany great films? Or at the very least do we have film themes? I do not recall any epics such as Bryan Adams’ Everything I Do, from Robin Hood Prince Of Thieves, ever being matched. In fact, the last soundtrack I purchased was Scarface (I bought this about fifteen years ago) and the last modern film’s soundtrack I loved was Lost In Translation. …

Lozeraptor 38: Three amazing albums that every person should hear

The problem is that sometimes you may not realise you’re on a spiral, going down down down into, what feels like, a black hole. Once you’re there how do you get out of it? Who do you talk to? Logic does not always exist while you’re there. I suppose the other problem is the anger and resentment you feel toward everyone, this is becoming an issue…

White Pony and Bleed American. Two albums that have stood the test of time. Both have reached the 20th birthday milestone. I believe I…

Lock down your aerial…

From the moment the opening track starts on Original Pirate Material, the listener knows they are in for an absolute treat. As soon as Mike Skinner starts his verse the listener is drawn into this new world and new sound. Backed by a typical Garage beat and orchestral sounds, Turn The Page pulls you into the start of a musical adventure.

Has It Come To This, makes me think of a rainy Saturday, a laid back track, feeding nicely into Let’s Push Things Forward which is just a work of art. It includes one of my…

Lozeraptor 36: the first piece of writing in a long time with a suggested playlist for a Saturday morning.

I have been trying to write a blog for weeks, actual weeks, something within me is preventing me from writing. Whenever I try to write something and it turns into a rant. I don’t think the Internet needs more negativity from an amateur thirtysomething. I have been looking for inspiration in music; trying to find brand new music that I fall in love with (this is hard) while removing my inner snobbery and trying to enjoy something different (also, very difficult.)…

Picture the scene. A smoky pub. Saturday night. Punters are happy. There is a guy sat at a piano playing uplifting music and singing loud and proud. Singing about life. Singing about characters. Some of the characters are actually sat in the pub listening, smiling and enjoying the revelry. There is no pretension. There is no arrogance. Just people coming together to have a great time; drinking alcohol, spilling alcohol, singing along and shouting along to the songs being played. Forgetting about their regular lives for an evening. Tomorrow morning will be full of hangovers, Full Englishes, strong teas and…

I recall one time where I was talking with someone regarding music and liking a certain type of music, the person then asked me favourite acts, my mind went blank. I was not only trying to think of any name of a band but also, I was trying to think of an example without sounding pretentious. There are some music fans — maybe fans of certain music genres — that are so pretentious (I used to be one of them), you know the type, we’ve all met them in our lifetimes, that person who stopped liking an act or genre…

Frankie Rose is one of those musical artists who is a bit of an enigma. I have three of her songs from her Herein Wild album; You For Me, Sorrow and Street Of Dreams, each of these songs is different and it draws me in. I have called her an enigma because I fear that if I was to listen to any more of her music, I wouldn’t like it and my opinion of these songs would be diluted. The music is kind of dreamy and is imagined with dark reds and dark pinks with light purples pushing through. …

Hello, how are we all on this lovely new day on Planet Earth? I’d like to interest you in the below listed music for your listening pleasure…

Jessie Ware — Remember Where You Are (oh my goodness, I love the laid back feel of this song, a proper chilled out groove, discovered this morning and have listened to it about 6 times.)

Rina Sawayama — Love Me 4 Me (You need to check out Rina’s album — Sawayama, it’s damn good and this is one of the standout tracks. An early 90s R&B feel. Lovely song.)

Elbow — One Day…

Sam Fender and Tom Grennan are 2 young male artists that I recommend people listen to. Why? Because they make pretty good music. And? They are both endorsed by Elton John. Fact. True story. Tom Grennan has just released his second album, it’s a good one. It’s called Evering Road. Listeners will probably be familiar with the single Little Bit Of Love. I also liked a couple of other songs he has made: Praying, from the Release The Brakes EP and Sober, from the Lighting Matches album. Sam Fender is in a similar vein; both singers and both songwriters, I…

Lorry Roach

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