James Ward

Gaming, Venue

Consoles vs Computer

Consoles and PCs have always been at war in the gaming community. ‘The PC Master Race’ claim that the superior processing power, mod-ability of games and rigs (console has this feature with some games but not to the same standard), and vast gaming library set it apart from its more commercialised console rival, which offers…

Music, Venue

Tame Impala – The Slow Rush review

Well, it’s finally here. It’s been five years since Kevin Parker’s critically-acclaimed album Currents, but The Slow Rush definitely made the wait worth it. A cosmic tapestry of psych-infused grooves, the album was quite worth the wait. I listened to the album at midnight on release day, wrapped up in my darkened bedroom. I felt…

Music

Best Film Soundtracks

Alex Grenfell Nothing quite captures the mechanical bleakness of cyberpunk like Hans Zimmer’s masterful score for Blade Runner 2049. Zimmer reimagines Vangelis’s original score, including the infamous Tears in the Rain, using a 1980’s Yamaha CS-80 synthesizer for additional authenticity, while adding the same electronically-orchestral feel he became known for with Arrival and Inception. Every…

Gaming

Review: Factorio

‘Factorio’ is a game about automating things. It has been in development since 2012 and was released to early access in 2016. It will be released later this year and honestly, it’s a work of art (and a complete game). Each playthrough starts easily enough. A basic narrative sees you crash landing on a planet…

Music, Venue

Has music censorship been effective?

Yes: James Ward Censorship has played a large role in the music industry since parental advisory stickers were added to album covers. I would say that it has been largely successful as it gives parents more choice with what they allow their children to listen to, especially in the US where the scheme has been…

Music, Venue

On The Radar for 2020

Concrete writers give their response to the most anticipated music events of the new year. James Ward  I’m most anticipating the release of Tame Impala’s newest release, The Slow Rush. The singles have left me feeling very optimistic about it; however, I am definitely hoping for some more psychedelic rock in the vein of ‘Posthumous…

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