Slaughterhouse Rulez Movie Review

In Slaughterhouse Rulez, the private boarding school attended by ‘rough Yorkshire lad’ Donald Wallace, has been taken over by frackers, whose digging inadvertently cause a lot of trouble. The Headmaster, played by Michael Sheen leads a crew of military-esque prefects that will go to extreme lengths to follow his lead.

It’s a fun movie for the most part if not being really predictable and unoriginal in parts. When introducing the different houses within the school, they did the stereotypical Mean Girls esque pan around the room to show them all, but never reaching that level of humour.

There are a few great, funny scenes in the film, with the ensemble cast all working well together especially in the tenser moments with all of the kids putting in believable performances with Asa Butterfield being patricularly great alongside Pegg, Frost and Sheen all being on their usual great form. At some points the humour just doesn’t work and there are a few long stretches where the movie can’t decide what tone it wants to have and it just comes across a bit messy.

Slaughterhouse Rulez is enjoyable despite its flaws and still manages to be charming and funny in spots despite never quite living up to its cast.

Michael Sheen’s dog is good though.

65%

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New Release Roundup 2nd November 2018

Dodie – If I’m Being Honest: A low key, pleasant sounding new single from Dodie, but the brutally honest lyrics and gradually developing (rather lovely) strings and drum beat give the song a soothing, but slightly uneasy feel One of her best songs to date. 85%

Sunflower Bean – Come For Me: Poppier than most tracks off their last album, ‘Come For Me’ is an upbeat, groovy glam rock esque track that weirdly reminds me of I’m Your Man by Wham. 78%

Carly Rae Jepsen – Party For One: This new single from CRJ is unfortunately bland and unforgettable, with the passion and enthusiasm of her recent material seemingly absent on this repetitive cut. 30%

No Fixed Identity – 123 Come Play With Me: An interesting track from No Fixed Identity, with an off kilter beat and loads of different little moments and instruments popping up; reminiscent of M.I.A and Little Simz. 70%

Clean Bandit ft Marina and the Diamonds & Luis Fonsi – Baby: A latin-infused new track from Clean Bandit. Marina’s smooth vocals fit this track perfectly and Despacito man isn’t used in a cringey or over the top way – this could be a big hit. 80%

Skepta – Neighbourhood Watch: Skepta continues his consistent run of great singles with ‘Neighbourhood Watch’ – a really good flow and a great feature from LD make this a real banger. 80%

Morgan Swann – Demons: Morgan’s latest track is based around fighting addiction and mental health. With a chill beat and a nice flow, this is a solid track. 70%

Maland2016 – Inner Demons: A great new EP from Maland – this new project has a consistent, slightly ‘spooky’ tone that gives each track a personality, and the whole project a solid feel without it being too over the top or cheesey. They all really slap too, and sound like a really good videogame soundtrack in the vein of Undertale. 90%

Track Review: Yakima – Point of This

‘Point of This is the second single from Glaswegian band Yakima. I very much like it.

 

With echoes of Teenage Fanclub and Spinning Coin, Yakima have a brilliant, shimmering lo-fi indie single in ‘Point of This’.

The track’s catchy riff and upbeat melodies give you a piece of summer in October, and the fuzzy, layered vocals really take you to another place for about 2 minutes. Lovely stuff.

Very much looking forward to hearing more from Yakima.

90%

The band have 2 upcoming dates in Glasgow:

Thursday 1st November – Yala! Night,  McChuills, Glasgow
Saturday 7th December – Hug & Pint, Glasgow

Cover Photo by Neelam Khan Vela.

Kagoule – Strange Entertainment Review

The Nottingham three piece’s second effort sees them grow in confidence and scale, with ‘Strange Entertainment’ being a confident, varied album. Every track on the album is different in pace and tone, but it still flows really well and feels like one coherent piece.

Opener and album highlight ‘Egg Hunt’ starts off with just vocals and bass before developing into a really groovy track with a great, catchy jangly riff that hasnt left my head in a few days.

‘It’s Not My Day’ is another fave off the album it being one of the heavier moments on Strange Entertainment, with very strong vocals from Lucy over a slow but punky backing, with brilliant creative drum patterns on this track.

Monsieur Automaton is another great track, and another change of pace with this being perhaps the fastest track on the album, and I love the harmonised vocals on the verses a lot here. Closer ‘Strange Was the Time’ is another growing, progressive track that shows off just how good the trio are musically.

With great production, variety and just banging songs throughout this is exactly the album Kagoule needed to make, and they pulled it off.

80%

Kagoule have some upcoming UK tour dates:

Oct 31st – Leeds – Wharf Chambers
Nov 01st – Manchester – The Eagle Inn
Nov 02nd – Liverpool – EBGB’s
Nov 03rd – Nottingham – Rescue Rooms
Nov 07th – Margate – Tom Thumb Theatre
Nov 08th – Brighton – Prince Albert
Nov 09th – Portsmouth – The Loft
Nov 10th – Southampton – Heartbreakers
Nov 11th – Bristol – Rough Trade
Nov 19th – London – Moth Club

Car Quest Review (Nintendo Switch)

Car Quest is a clever little game. Imagine Rocket League, Super Monkey Ball and Monument Valley had a baby.

In Car Quest, you control… a car, who has to drive around Blocktaria in order to restore the world to its former glory. To do this, you must uncover several ‘artefacts’, that unlock new areas in the main hub that eventually lead to new areas, or ‘realms’, and also gradually your guide ‘Lord Blockstar’ remembers more about himself, and the world around him.

At the start, the game does feel a little bare bones, and the home world feels empty. However, the more you play, the more you explore and unlock meaning that it genuinely does feel like you’re restoring the world. The puzzles don’t vary much from ‘Find the next artefact’ but the ways you have to find them are very clever at times, and are surprisingly challenging.

Despite almost Metroid levels of backtracking, the game only feels repetitive in the beginning; as soon as the main hub opens up you can zoom around finding artefacts and pieces for the museum, and it feels very nice indeed. It runs very smoothly too, and with simple but effective graphics, it also looks great, and is a perfect fit on Switch.

Car Quest is a lovely puzzle game, and definitely worth a few hours of your time.

81%

Car Quest is out now on the Nintendo eShop for £7.69.

I was sent ‘Car Quest’ free of charge in exchange for a review.

Kiran Leonard and Let’s Eat Grandma team up for ‘Legacy of Neglect’

Coming in at around 9 minutes, this new track from Kiran is a long one, but miraculously it doesn’t drag on. This cut, featuring the amazing Let’s Eat Grandma, is from Kiran’s upcoming album ‘Western Culture’ out on the 9th November.

 

Kiran has an upcoming UK & Ireland Tour, check out the dates below:

20 Oct – Oxford, Ritual Union                                                                                                            22 Oct – Leicester, Cookie                                                                                                                  23 Oct – Cambridge, Portland Arms                                                                                                    24 Oct – Guildford, Boileroom                                                                                                          25 Oct – York, Crescent                                                                                                                      26 Oct – Huddersfield, Parish                                                                                                                27 Oct – Stockton, Georgian Theatre                                                                                                21 Nov – Galway, Roisin Dubh                                                                                                              22 Nov – Dublin, Whelans                                                                                                                  23 Nov – Limerick, Kasbah Social
24 Nov – Cork, Cyprus Avenue                                                                                                        26 Nov –Brighton,  Green Door Store
27 Nov – London, MOTH Club                                                                                                              28 Nov – Manchester, Soup Kitchen                                                                                                  29 Nov – Birmingham, Hare & Hounds                                                                                        30 Nov – Glasgow, Hug & Pint                                                                                                            01 Dec – Newcastle, Cumberland Arms                                                                                          03 Dec – Norwich, Arts Centre                                                                                                            04 Dec Bristol, Rough Trade                                                                                                            05 Dec – Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach

Photos by Manox and Charlotte Patmore

New Release Roundup 9th October 2018

Charli XCX & Troye Sivan – 1999: An over the top, 90’s inspired pop track with a really irresistible hook, and great production. Exactly what I expected, and wanted from a collab between these two. 90%

Anderson .Paak & Kendrick Lamar – Tints: Great performances by Anderson and Kendrick on this effortlessly smooth synth-funk track, that fittingly sounds like driving round a city at night. Very nice. 93%

Jaden Smith – Goku: An unexpected banger from Jaden here. I didn’t realise he could actually rap, but this new cut from his upcoming ‘Sunset Tapes’ project is actually pretty solid! 80%

Mutual Benefit – Come To Pass: A really pleasant, breezy track with a melancholy undertone taken from Mutual Benefit’s new album, Thunder Follows the Light, which is out now. Love the vocals on this too, 85%

Roses Gabor – Stuff: ‘Stuff’ is a dark, synthy cut from Roses, and the minimalist beats and production on the track really fit well with her echoey vocals. Very vibey. 80%

Kiran Leonard – Unreflective Life:  A great new track from Kiran, giving me a kind of Mystery Jets meet Doves vibe, and i’m really here for it. Always a good sign when a 6 minute long song keeps my attention. 80%