Album Reviews

Album reviews and new music previews from the latest releases by upcoming bands and indie record labels.

Review of 'Dreaming in Circles' by Ginla, the self-released debut EP is now out

Review of ‘Dreaming in Circles’ by Ginla

Artist: Ginla Album: Dreaming in Circles [EP] Label: self-released Rating: 6.6 We live in a society where the ease at which we can all produce electronic, bedroom pop is at an all time high. Artists from creative hubs like Brooklyn, Montreal, Detroit, and L.A. can now make records at an almost overwhelming rate, where it […]

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Review Of 'Sea Island' the new album By Loscil, now out on Kranky Records

Review Of ‘Sea Island’ By Loscil

Artist: Loscil Album: Sea Island Label: Kranky Rating: 8.5/10 There is not too much surprising in Loscil’s 10th full-length recording, Sea Island. By now, patient listeners will know what to expect from Vancouver’s own Scott Morgan: warm, soft ambience playfully intertwining different blips and hums and thoughtfully-arranged digital elements. The track titles, like past works […]

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Review Of F10rida By Diplo, by Doug Bleggi, the album celebrating The tenth anniversary of 'Florida'

Review Of F10rida By Diplo

Artist: Diplo Album: F10rida Label: Big Dada Rating: 7.5 In an age where it seems like the time is ticking on “the album” as the dominant format in which music is given to us, it sometimes feels like we’re jumping the gun a bit with commemorative reissues. 2004 was ten years ago, but it let’s […]

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Review Of 'Wolfhour' EP By DNKL, out now on Sugarcane Recordings

Review Of ‘Wolfhour’ EP By DNKL

Artist: DNKL Album: Wolfhour Rating: 8/10 Label: Sugarcane Recordings DNKL are three musicians from Sweden – André Laos, Claes Strängberg and Jonatan Josefsson. How did they spend their summer? Well, part of it playing big music festivals like Roskilde, Way Out West, and the Berlin Music Fest, while earning praise from all corners. Somehow, they […]

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Review Of Chubbed Up+ By Sleaford Mods, by Douglas Bleggi the LP comes out on November 24th

Review Of Chubbed Up+ By Sleaford Mods

Artist: Sleaford Mods Album: Chubbed Up+ Label: Ipecac Recordings Rating: 6.7 When I first heard the Streets in 2003, I was extremely confused. To me, it was “un-music,” using feeble backing tracks as a vessel for a specific brand of storytelling. In Mike Skinner’s case, it was privileged, drugged up frustrations, and it was extremely […]

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Review Of Alium By Submotion Orchestra, The album comes out on November 25th via Ninja Tune

Review Of Alium By Submotion Orchestra

Artist: Submotion Orchestra Album: Alium Label: Ninja Tune Rating: 6/10 Leeds-based Submotion Orchestra’s latest, Alium, is a fascinating case study on the merits of cross-pollinated electronica and the pros and cons of genre-hopping. Like other members of the “live electronica” imprint (Holy Fuck, GOAT), this seven-piece ensemble mixes synths and computers with real-world instruments to […]

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Review of 'Aliens In The Outfield' by Diarrhea Planet, the album comes out on November 18th on Infinity Cat Recordings

Review of the New ‘Diarrhea Planet’ Album

Artist:  Diarrhea Planet Title:  Aliens in the Outfield Record Label: Infinity Cat Recordings Rating: 8.0/10 I’m 32 years old but I’m a juvenile bastard, therefore a band name like Diarrhea Planet means I dissolve into Beavis and Butthead style sniggers whilst conjuring up the image of an actual diarrhoea planet in my head. Eugh – […]

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Northern Transmissions reviews music from the world of independent music. Its focus is on independent music, especially indie rock. However, the range of musical genres covered extends to pop, hip hop, folk, jazz, heavy metal, experimental, and various forms of electronic dance music. The site, not only concentrates on new music. Journalists for Northern Transmissions also review reissued albums and box sets. In 2010 Charles Brownstein, left his day job selling shoes and created Northern Transmissions. Influenced by Indie rock, Record stores, and Sirius XMU Bloggers. Brownstein had no previous writing or blogging. He wanted to create a more independent website where he could pick bands and artists that he liked.


In 2010 Charles Brownstein, left his day job selling shoes and created Northern Transmissions. Influenced by Indie rock, Record stores, and Sirius XMU Bloggers. Brownstein had no previous writing or blogging. He wanted to create a more independent website where he could pick bands and artists that he liked.


Northern Transmissions covers new music on a daily basis. It has a staff of roughly eight writers who all have a passion for various types of independent music. The site prides itself on being fiercely independent and honest in its coverage of albums. Northern Transmissions has never deleted any reviews, even recently rating one of indie rocks biggest act Arctic Monkeys with a score of four out of ten, for the bands latest release AM.


Labels that Northern Transmissions frequently covers releases from include Captured Tracks, Sub Pop, Matador, 4AD, XX Recordings, Slumberland records, Mom + Pop Records, Fat Possum, Hardly Art, Bella Union Records, Burger Records, DFA, Drag City, Domino Recordings, Downtown Records, Fat Cat, Flying Nun, Fools Gold,Frenchkiss, Iamsound, Jajaguwar, Secretly Canadian, Polyvinyl, Kanine, K, Kill, Rock Stars, Mexican Summer, Merge, Memphis Industries, Modular People, Mute, Ninja Tune, OWSLA, Sacred Bones, Saddle Creek, Stones Throw, Suicide Squeeze, Vagrant, Verve, Vice, Western Vinyl, Wichita Recordings, Woodsist and many more.


Northern Transmissions main goal is to forever provide its readers with reviews of records that we our selves would listen to. If myself or writers from Northern Transmissions wouldnt take the time to listen to an artist or band, we would never want to write about it.