In 2016 the South African band, Diamond Thug, recorded their debut EP with the help of Dave Minehan (The Replacements) and released it to waves of support, Indie Shuffle calling it ‘…a joy to listen to’. After significant support from their home country and now at Spotify, where they have had several million plays, and with the wind in their sails, Diamond Thug introduce their music internationally with upcoming single ‘Eclipsed’, an evocative track that takes influence from the likes of Warpaint, Beach House and Vulfpeck. More »

Today, Vagabon has shared a music video for “Fear & Force.” NPR, who premiered the Zadie-directed video, say this of it: “The love it portrays is not interested in your labels; the world it creates is too expansive and realistic for that.” More »

Chicago’s Ratboys, led by singer/guitarist Julia Steiner and guitarist Dave Sagan, will release its sophomore album entitled “GN” on June 30th (Topshelf Records). Drawing influence from the down-to-earth sincerity and confessional confidence of Kim Deal and Jenny Lewis, the songs on “GN” (aka ‘goodnight’) “largely detail experiences of saying goodbye, finding your way home, and then figuring out what the hell to do once you’re back.” says Steiner. More »

Holy Boy is the new project from Norwegian-born, LA based, Helene Alexandra Jaeger, who has had support from the likes of The AV Club, The Sunday Times and The 405, under previous outfit ‘Her Royal Harness’. Recorded and produced with the acclaimed Ben Hillier (The Horrors, Depeche Mode, Blur) at The Pool Studios in London 2016, her new EP is an ominous, metaphysical arrangement out June 9th via Native Habitat. The first single to be released from it is the dark, brooding piece ‘Lay Your Hands’. More »

Releasing themselves from the lo-fi and ambient rock of their debut album “The Merry Monarch” – having spent much of their recent time involved in soundtrack work – the forthcoming full length “Harness” sets its stall out as a move into an eclectic, but no less focussed, sphere of operation. With the February release of the album’s first single “End of An Error”, we got a sense of the record’s more anxious moments and themes of escapism. However, in the way that new single “Without Face” marries skittering percussion with lead singer Nik Glover’s immaculate falsetto – set to a reverberating, chiming panorama– we’re let into the band’s talent for writing skewed, otherworldly, pop songs. Glover comments on the track; “It’s channelling St Etienne for that dawn-of-the-90s, mid-tempo disco thing. The song is about my constant fear of heart attacks, brought about by my dad’s own bypass back when I was in college and my knowledge that me and him have a lot in common. I’m ageing, and starting to think about death in an overly dramatic kind of way.” More »

Munich High End Show 2017 Report Part Seven featuring: Nime loudspeakers, Eclipse, Axiolab, Popspeakers, Audioplus Laboratories, CAD, The Chord Company, Boenicke, CH Precision, Vivid Loudspeakers, Portento Audio, Davis Acoustics, Kalista, Blumenhofer Acoustics, Tektron, Jern loudspeakers, RD Acoustics, 440 Audio turntable, Lampizator, KR Audio, TAGA, Lehmann, Falcon Acoustics, DiDiT, Cardas, Vinni Rossi, Monitor Audio, Sugarcube, Musikelectronic Geithain, A Charlin, Questyle, Graham Audio, Mutec, Music First Audio, SOtM, Gold Note, Egglestonworks loudspeakers, Skogrand Cables, Triangle Art, Kronos, ZenSati ApS, APL HiFi, VAC, HorchHouse, Bitttner, KR Audio, Mezza Audio,  Pylon, Triangle, Lundahl, Bespoke Audio, Creek, Epos, Hifi Racks, Final More »

Every year the High End Show introduces some newcomers to the Hifi Industry. Hifi Pig always has a chat with these exhibitors and does a feature on them as we think that the continual growth of the industry depends on new brands as well as our more well known names. Over the last five years that we have been attending the show we have seem new brands like PureAudioProject, with their open baffle loudspeakers, and Westminster Labs super-high-end electronics go from being ‘Newcomers’ to established brands…

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While at High End Munich 2017 we were drawn to the very eye-catching new brand, Art Deco Acoustics, read on for further details about their system. More »

This years North West Audio Show at Cranage Hall, Cheshire takes place on the 24th & 25th June 2017. Opening times are Saturday 10-7pm Sunday 10- 5pm. Have you booked your ticket yet? If not then click the link.
Brands so far at the show are:  

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Munich High End Show 2017 Report Part Six featuring: STS Digital, Ballfinger, Art Deco Audio, Azzolina, Thomas Mayer, Living Voice/Vox, YBA, Riviera Audio Laboratories, Analog Domain, Stark Audio, Stromtank, Divaldi, Hungary Audio…

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Hifi Pig’s report from Munich High End Show 2017 part 5 includes loads of pictures and features: JoSound and Elektron Research, hORNS, Audio Flight, Magnum Dynalab, Pure Audio Project and Soul Note, Kondo and Kawero, Volya, Way Cables, atlas Cables, Mytek, Venusodio, Lab 12, Manger, Estelon, Thrax Audio, Diapason, Aries Cerat, Vyger and Tellurium Q. There are sixteen pages in all so again use the doodad at the very bottom of the page to scroll through. 

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Many of us of a certain age will remember the radiogram, now Ruark bring it bang up to date with their R7 Radiogram costing £2000. John Scott gets a bit nostalgic in what is a bit of a departure for Hifi Pig. More »

Every year the High End Show introduces some newcomers to the Hifi Industry. Hifi Pig always has a chat with these exhibitors and does a feature on them as we think that the continual growth of the industry depends on new brands as well as our more well known names. Over the last five years that we have been attending the show we have seem new brands like PureAudioProject, with their open baffle loudspeakers, and Westminster Labs super-high-end electronics go from being ‘Newcomers’ to established brands More »

Munich High End Show 2017 Report Part Six featuring: STS Digital, Ballfinger, Art Deco Audio, Azzolina, Thomas Mayer, Living Voice/Vox, YBA, Riviera Audio Laboratories, Analog Domain, Stark Audio, Stromtank, Divaldi, Hungary Audio More »

Hifi Pig’s report from Munich High End Show 2017 part 5 includes loads of pictures and features: JoSound and Elektron Research, hORNS, Audio Flight, Magnum Dynalab, Pure Audio Project and Soul Note, Kondo and Kawero, Volya, Way Cables, atlas Cables, Mytek, Venusodio, Lab 12, Manger, Estelon, Thrax Audio, Diapason, Aries Cerat, Vyger and Tellurium Q. There are sixteen pages in all so again use the doodad at the very bottom of the page to scroll through.  More »

dCS has announced Vivaldi One – a limited edition digital music player specially designed to mark the company’s thirtieth anniversary. Limited to just 250 uniquely numbered pieces, it puts an integral CD/SACD transport alongside the latest dCS Ring DAC in a single box, together with network streaming functionality. More »

Magnum Dynalab were partnered with Harbeth at High End Munich 2017. They have sent us further information about their new Magnum Dynalab Dynamyte series, comprising preamplifier and MQA Music Engine. More »

Ultimate Stream of Surrey, are offering special Roon Membership offers on purchases of the Innuos Zenith and Zenith SE 2TB and 4TB Music Servers in the UK. (T&C’s apply). More »

Part four of our coverage of this year’s High end Show from Munich including Leema, Audion, Graham Slee, Townshend, Luxman and Xavian,  Westminster Lab, Lumin and Vivid, Voxativ plus Credo , 

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In an era of “unprecedented technological development” throughout the world of high-end audio, AURALiC is “striking a new path” with the introduction of its G Series premium audio components. Built around AURALiC’s foundational Lightning Streaming framework and introducing Lightning Link, an advanced proprietary communications protocol, the G Series family of digital audio devices applies “the best of modern materials and engineering for top-of-the-line performance”. More »

33 seconds into Lace, there’s a ringing seventh chord that sends chills running down the spine. Hannah Aldridge’s strong, sultry vocals snake around the melody like a wisp of Marlboro smoke on the longest track across the 10 songs on Gold Rush. A barfly’s southern-gothic epic of a tale. More »

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