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Beyond Wine: Album Review of Bleach Lab - Nothing Feels Real

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Neal Martin, Feb 2022

Nothing Feels Real is actually Bleach Lab’s first two EPs put together. Listening through the 10 tracks, there is not a weak one amongst them.

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Ten Albums That Changed My Life

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Antonio Galloni, Dec 2021

Last year, in the middle of lockdown, several readers asked me to do the popular “Ten Albums in Ten Days” challenge on social media. I am nowhere near organized enough to do that, but those messages planted a seed. So, in between major reports, I put together this list, with some context, written in the same vein as my article Ten Wines that Changed my Life from a few years ago. Every now and then writing about something other than wine is cathartic. I hope this article might provide something different to read over the holidays.

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Beyond Wine: Album Review of Sault – Nine

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Neal Martin, Jul 2021

Whoever Sault is or are, there is no question that they have made a huge impact on the UK music scene and their refusal to promote themselves makes their music stronger.

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Beyond Wine: Album Review of Floating Points, Pharoah Saunders, London Symphony Orchestra - Promises

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Neal Martin, Jun 2021

I cannot write too much about Promises – it is something you really have to listen to and immerse yourself in, preferably late at night with the lights dimmed, preferably on vinyl on a high-end audiophile system.

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Album Review of Dry Cleaning – New Long Leg

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Neal Martin, Apr 2021

The first time I heard of Dry Cleaning was when I caught Scratchcard Lanyard on BBC Radio 6, the title alone alerting me to something different, two unconnected words co-habiting a title that is totally meaningless and yet…scratchcard lanyard…yes, they belong together. It sticks in your head.

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Beyond Wine: Album Review of Black Honey – Written & Directed

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Neal Martin, Mar 2021

I have been slightly obsessed with Brighton-based Black Honey for a while now. They have the whole package. Written & Directed is a step up from their impressive eponymous debut in 2018. Everything is bigger, louder and bolder.

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Beyond Wine: Album Review of Bored At My Grandma’s House – Sometimes I Forget You’re Human Too

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Neal Martin, Mar 2021

It was via Bandcamp that I stumbled upon 19-year old Cumbrian-born but Leeds-based Amber Strawbridge, who goes under the moniker, Bored At My Grandma’s House. Great name, although one I cannot relate to because I always loved going to my grandma’s house.

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1971 x 50

Beyond Wine, Verticals & Retrospectives

Neal Martin, Feb 2021

Since time immemorial, I have argued, mostly in vain, that the 1971 is one of the great postwar vintages. To mark my 50th birthday, I gathered 50 tasting notes composed over the years to argue my case and celebrate the half-centuries of the wine and wine writer.

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Beyond Wine: Neal’s Uplifting Anti-Viral Playlist

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Neal Martin, Jan 2021

During the first lockdown, a friend/angel working on the National Health Service frontline asked me to recommend tunes to lift her spirits. I duly offered one song per day on my Facebook page so that everyone could marvel at my terrible taste in music. Given that we are back in lockdown and suffering the January blues, I decided to put my posts together for this article with just a little editing and updating.

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2020 - in the Rearview Mirror

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Neal Martin, Dec 2020

Though 2020 was tumultuous, the virus failed to stop great wines, wonderful dinners, amazing music or classic TV. It made them even more precious - shards of light in dark times. Now that I managed to reach the end of the year, time to look back before looking forward.