A wistful mother in the 1950s makes some simple home recordings in her family sitting room. Little could she have known that decades later, her son would become one of the most poetic and influential songwriters ever, or that more than sixty years later, the dust would be blown off her own songs. On the surface, the 2013 release of Molly Drake’s work could easily have been perceived as just a curious footnote and jigsaw piece in explaining the enormous talent of Nick Drake. In the eyes of The Unthanks however, and increasingly amongst others, Molly’s work is extraordinary enough to rank alongside and independently of her brilliant son.
With the release of her hotly-anticipated debut EP just around the corner, Irish artist LAOISE is pleased to share the first single from it. More »
Inspired by the sea-inspired James Joyce poem of the same name, ‘Noise Of The Waters’ is the second EP from Brighton folk duo, Hickory Signals. Made up of multi-instrumentalists Laura Ward and Adam Ronchetti, the pair combine strong vocal melodies with vibrant guitar, shruti, flute, glockenspiel and pulsing percussion; layering sounds carefully and minimally to create atmospheric folk. More »
Rumours Of Fleetwood Mac, the world’s ultimate homage to Fleetwood Mac, returns to the stage October 2016 for their landmark ‘Hits to Blues World Tour’. Encompassing nearly five decades of legendary music and channelling the spirit of Fleetwood Mac at their very best, ‘Hits to Blues’ offers a unique opportunity for fans, both old and new, to rediscover the songs and performances that have ensured Fleetwood Mac’s place as one of the most loved bands of all time. More »
The Connoisseur Of Sound D1 is Tiawanese in origin and costs £8000 in the UK. Janine Elliot puts it through its paces in a truly international rig. More »
The efficacy of cables, and in particular USB and digital cables, is a much debated subject in the audio world. However, Dan Worth, Hifi Pig’s resident computer audiophile is convinced of different cables’ bringing benefits to the overall system. Here he tries out The Chord Company’s Signature Tuned Aray USB cable costing £400 for a 1m length. More »
CALLING PUNKS OF ALL AGES! Gather your favourite pair of pogo-worn Doc Martins, best ripped, studded and patch covered denim jacket and slick up that Mohawk, because punks not dead and the 111 track long Active Time Vision Boxset is here to remind us of that. So get on board or get left behind! Still not sure? Well I have been lucky enough to get my anarchy loving paws on the boxset to review it, so let’s dive in! More »
From the somewhat sparse, yet unique catalogue of adventurous, high-quality rock music coming out of Scandinavia in the late 60’s, the sole album ‘Get Dreamy’ by The Dream has been one of the most hunted treasures.
At £299 a pair the Tannoy Eclipse Three loudspeakers certainly look like a lot of speaker for the money. Dave Robson takes a listen. More »
Finnish prog outfit Kairon; IRSE! premiere new single and Announce new album ‘Ruination’ and reissue of debut album ‘Ujubasajuba’ More »
Alan Clark is the man behind the Yorkshire based loudspeaker manufacturer Kralk Audio. He speaks with Hifi Pig about his hifi career, his thoughts on the industry and Right Said Fred. More »
Late January 2017 sees the deluxe edition release of Fresh Cream, the debut album by British, blues power trio, Cream.
We recently spent a very good weekend as the guests of the Warsaw Audio Show and one thing that really stood out for us was how knowledgeable and passionate the people were about music and audio. This got me thinking as to why this should be and I formulated a couple of opinions and how this reflects on other countries way of consuming music. More »
Details are scant at the moment but Monitor Audio have announced via their Facebook page that they have acquired London based Hifi manufacturer Roksan. More »
Formed in 2006 and combining elements of classical, jazz and electronic with the urgency of math-rock, hardcore and heavy metal, Japanese instrumental trio Mouse On The Keys defy categorisation, says their recent press release. More »
These are in ears that cost around €100 but the packaging really is tremendously clever. I loved it. At first glance the box containing the actual in ears appears to be a book, but as you open it you are rewarded with lots of little things to open, to read and to enjoy. We all know that packaging isn’t the point of Hifi but these guys have got it right and the packaging connects you with the product and gives you that Christmas morning feeling. More »
Herbie Hancock rose to fame as a member of Miles Davis’s acoustic quintet, whose music helped define a new kind of Jazz. He’s perhaps best know for his record Canatloupe Island from the album Empyrean Isles and sampled on the Us3 tune Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia) but he is known as being a crossover artist blending jazz with elements of funk and here he takes on the disco genre, infecting it with electronic jazz elements…and controversially at the time, vocoders. More »
This is a collection of six studio albums, plus some other related material, from the period 1963-1968 and covering the groups entire catalogue recorded for Transatlantic Records (whose first releases were a trio of sex education records). More »
A couple of things struck me when we started Hifi Pig and I got involved with going to Hifi Shows and talking to other like-minded people on the interwebs. Those things were that, firstly, there didn’t seem to be a lot of women around and secondly that everyone involved was ‘of a certain age’. That was five years ago and things are changing. Every show we go to I see more women and we are starting to see a younger audience in attendance. Which is how it should be. When it comes down to it, Hifi is about music and music is “a universal language, spoken and understood by all” (OK, that quote relates to House Music…but you get my drift). More »
Raised in the claustrophobic backwaters of Hereford, young two-piece consuumer play a raucous set. Inspired by the sheer volume of Melvins, the raw power of the Stooges and the bleak doom of Sabbath, consuumer create a brutal, nihilistic sound, steeped in a raw energy and honesty that could shake even the most apathetic listener. With a huge string of UK live dates under their belt including a Birthday’s headline show and an acclaimed first single, the band are now ready to release their debut EP ‘Shattered Fruit’. More »
Electric Six is a six-piece band from Detroit, Michigan. Their style is a brand of rock music infused with elements of garage, disco, punk rock, new wave, and metal all forming a very unique and at times odd sound. The band hit the big time in 2003 with the singles “Danger! High Voltage” and “Gay Bar”, and subsequently recorded eleven full-length studio albums. However, a twelfth was announced July 2016 with its name being ‘Fresh Blood for Tired Vampyres’ and I just so happen to have been lucky enough to review said album! More »
The £2800 Simaudio Moon Neo ACE is a versatile, all-in-one solution that you need only add speakers to…there’s even an on-board moving magnet phonostage. John Scott finds out just how ACE it really is. More »
Marianne Faithfull celebrates her 70th birthday on the 29th of December. John Scott takes a listen to her 1979 album Broken English. More »
Continuing her excellent series focusing on vintage and classic hifi, Janine Elliot takes a look at the Meridian M2 active loudspeakers. More »
At £2500 the AVID Hifi Pellere Phono-stage borrows a lot of its make up from its more expensive sibling costing £4300, but does it cut the right kind of groove? Janine Elliot finds out. More »
Nordoff Robbins is the largest independent music therapy charity in the UK, dedicated to changing the lives of vulnerable and isolated people.
They support thousands of people through their own centres and by working in partnership with a wide range of organisations including care homes, schools and hospitals. More »
Dominic Marsh takes a listen to Roksan’s £1250 K3 Digital to Analogue Converter. More »
The new Shinola Runwell turntable will be manufactured in the US and is a partnership between VPI and Shinola. Hifi Pig talks to Mat Weisfeld of VIP. More »
I only came across Sarah Jarosz a couple of weeks ago when I heard her excellent cover of Bob Dylan’s Simple Twist Of Fate from her album Build Me Up From Bones but I quickly fell in love with both the track and the album. A quick Google revealed that she was playing here and so I had to go see her. More »
I hadn’t heard of Ezra Furman prior to last year’s Perpetual Motion People album which I described as my album of the summer. I’m glad to say that its appeal has not waned and it still gets regular plays. I haven’t heard much about Ezra since the album’s release either, so I was quite surprised to learn that his gig here at The Liquid Room had sold out and I’m very grateful to Ezra’s management company for supplying a ticket at the last minute. I was even more surprised to see that once Ezra and his band The Boy-Friends hit the stage that the majority of the audience were word perfect with not only the songs from Perpetual Motion People but with his earlier material as well. More »
Beachheads have unveiled the first single from their upcoming debut album. “Moment of Truth” is an honest and soulful track, perfect for cold days in Oslo, and the rest of the world says the band’s recent press release. Beachheads will release their debut on Fysisk Format on February 3rd.
Carlos Santana, Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Narada Michael Walden join Jennifer Saran in an Inspiring World Peace Anthem “Wake Up” with all Proceeds from Sale of New Track to Benefit the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation.
Having kicked off their latest European tour with four UK shows earlier this month before heading off to the continent, Electric Six return this week for another 13 UK/RoI dates as they continue to promote their brand new album, ‘Fresh Blood For Tired Vampyres’ on Metropolis Records. More »
Today, Edinburgh pop-punk four piece Woes have dropped their passionate and powerful new single ‘Winter Sun’ with the German station, Radio Fritz. More »
The long and winding countryside of Norway in the late sixties was hardly the ideal time or place to be playing psychedelic folk music. But the teenage duo of Nina Johansen and Rune Walle, aided by their friend Satnam Singh, triumphed over high odds to make one of the most spellbinding albums in the genre made in any country. More »
New single, out now, by Austrian psych/prog trio taken from the album ‘No Rhyme No Reason’ released 27.01.17 More »
Trafomatic is a relatively recent addition to the high-end hifi fraternity and perhaps best known for the £100,000 Elysium monoblocs. This is a Serbian company that exudes quality, detail and perfection. The Belus power amplifier up for review here might not be as expensive as the Elysium, but at a more attainable £3250 this is no less a product says Janine Elliot. More »
Class D is gaining a good deal of momentum in the audio world. Lionel Payne listens to the the Nord One UP NC500 DMST stereo power amplifier costing £1409. More »
Pure Sound, in their recent press release, say they are pleased to announce the UK arrival of HECO Elementa, a new range of loudspeakers offering “good sensitivity and excellent reproduction of tone and dynamics and that they do partner very well with both valve and transistor based electronics”. More »
Modern music visionary Vangelis has announced the release on 3rdFebruary of a new 13-disc box set entitled “Delectus,” featuring a chosen selection of his early discographic work. The mammoth collection will include all of his albums on Vertigo and Polydor, recently signed by Universal and remastered for the first time ever under the legendary composer’s own supervision. More »
SCV have announced a new DAC from Benchmark Media Systems, the DAC3. More »
Russ Andrews has entered into a distribution agreement with world famous pro-audio designer, Rupert Neve, to bring the company’s RHNP Precision Headphone Amplifier to UK audiophiles. More »