''Media Hack'  is a snapshot of our times, a reflection of the chaos and beauty that define our world. The McKenzie FIX has crafted a musical gem that pays homage to the past while carving out its own distinct space in the contemporary music scene'' (Album review: http://www.mymusicden.com/2024/04/media-hack-album-review-the-mckenzie-fix/

''an album that’s not just a breath of fresh air—it’s a gust of artistic ingenuity. “Media Hack” by The McKenzie Fix, fronted by the talented Ewan McKenzie, stands out as a rare gem in new music that I’ve checked out recently. It’s not every day that I encounter a record that truly feels like a departure from the familiar, but this London-based art pop act has managed to deliver just that'' (Album review: https://folknrock.com/news/spotlight-album-media-hack-the-mckenzie-fix)

''an engaging blend of poppy alt-rock with narrative elements, delivering a lively and dynamic performance.....The lyrics tell a vivid story, drawing listeners into a tale of adventure and intrigue. As the plot unfolds, you can't help but be drawn in by the protagonist's journey, eagerly following along with each twist and turn....With this release, The McKenzie FIX solidifies their place as a noteworthy presence in the world of alternative music'' ('A Man, A Car and A Gun' review - currentmusicthoughts.blogspot.com)

''it's like being transported straight into the heart of the '80s with a fresh, modern twist....it looks like you're set to captivate listeners once again with this new single. The combination of nostalgic vibes and contemporary flair is truly impressive.''

''A delightful journey into the realm of synth 80's pop, skilfully blending nostalgic vibes with a sentimental touch. The infectious beats and captivating melodies transport listeners to a different era, evoking a sense of warmth and familiarity. The song's unique fusion of retro sounds and modern production creates a sonic landscape that is both timeless and refreshing. A musical gem that not only pays homage to the past but also carves out its own distinct space in the contemporary music scene. 'Elsewhere' is a joyous celebration of musical artistry, leaving audiences with a smile and a craving for more.'' ('Elsewhere' review - currentmusicthoughts.blogspot.com)

''Time Tunnel'..... shows the band’s willingness to keep expanding its creative horizons and try new ideas with its music. The groove of the bass and the swing of the beat have a retro charm, which might remind the audience of classic tracks such as “The Killing Moon” by Echo & The Bunnymen......This song offers a punchy, bright approach that brings a breath of fresh air to the 80s influences, updating the sound for 2023 while staying true to its roots. The sprawling synth landscapes match the punchy electronic beat and the melodic vocals, which soar through the instrumental mix without ever overpowering the balance.''  ('Time Tunnel'review - The Bandcamp Diaries

''The Beginning Of The End” has a melodic introduction that’s instantly gripping. A few seconds later, the track truly takes off, hitting the listener with a dreamy soundscape that’s cinematic and atmospheric. The sound of this release is going to be your cup of tea if you like artists such as Tears For Fears, The Cure, and even contemporary acts such as Dead Rituals or other indie bands that capture a bit of that 80s vibe. If you also love beautiful dreamy synths and earnest vocals, give this one a shot because it definitely deserves your time and attention!'' ('The Beginning Of The End' review - Bandcamp Diaries

''Sprawling and ambitious, “Don’t Feed On Me” features a clever narrative that unfurls with majesty'' (entropymag.org) ''emotive vocal color and impressive instrumentation

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''Everything about the album is a pure maze, from the incredible wordplay employed over the duration to the ornate way the many different elements seem to slowly yet surely transform into new and unexpected things. Forgoing the obvious, theirs is a subtler shade of pop and they understand it well......Nicely resting in the very center of it all are those haunted, lovely vocals. Lyrics have their own poetry to them as weird, woozy narratives cascade throughout'' (Pandora's Box' Album review - Entropymag)

''The twelve tracks that make up this eclectic outing, explore a surreal mixture of Gothic dream imagery with a distinctly 80's pop flair. There is a ghostly condition to the entirety of this record and the songs blend together into a vast array of colours and themes. There is no doubt McKenzie has a true ear for melody which is apparent throughout.'' ('Pandora's Box' Album review - Pennyblack Music)

''Decent track, I like the emotive synth layers and the vocal has a beautifully tender edge. Overall an uplifting sound with a nostalgic vibe'' ('The Shining' review -  Playlist Boutique)

''Done to absolute perfection, the track possesses a unique sort of magic. Everything about it contains a mystical presence to it from the haunted demeanor of the vocals to the mesmerizing take of the synthesizer.....the song proves to be a real earworm, lingering in the recesses of the mind long after it has ended.....'The Shining' shows off the undeniable skill of the McKenzie FIX in offering a completely surreal experience - one highly memorable and strangely timeless'' ('The Shining' review - Beachsloth) 

''The Shining'' is an amazing piece of music'' (Lefuturewave) ''The McKenzie FIX blurs the lines between 80s indie and contemporary pop. The composition and style are unique and distinctive and it definitely stands out in the industry......This London-based act’s brand new release has a kaleidoscopic quality that features stunning multi-layered textures. It’s relaxing to listen to, yet the melody and lyrics make you want to play it over and over again so you can dive into the layered meaning......reminiscent of legendary acts, The Smiths, The Cure, and Tears for Fears....'' ('The Shining' review - The Bandcamp Diaries)

'''Ewan McKenzie’s music is clearly more about art than simply creating a commercial product and he clearly has a gift for composing beautiful melodies. Kay Russell’s lyrics about isolation seem particularly apposite during this era of social distancing and hopefully many will be moved by this touching song'' ('Alone' review - The Faulkner Review)


''McKenzie's masterful arranging skills are in full force and his careful phrasing adds another layer of sadness to the song'' ('Alone' review - Here Comes The Flood

 A plaintive lament, superbly sung and played with fantastic delicacy. And the lyrics are superb as well. A superbly simple song for superbly complicated times. ('Alone' review - Is This Music?)

''A beautiful sadness defines the McKenzie FIX’s somber “Alone”. The cinematic flair of the track works wonders in setting a mournful yet tasteful mood. Done with the greatest care for atmosphere the song possesses a haunted quality courtesy of those lovely vocals. Reminiscent of Ian Curtis’s bass baritone delivery the lyrics gain a particular heft thanks to the stately delivery. Stylistically they incorporate a wide slew of genres within the piece, from ambient to classical with a strong singer-songwriter element brought in for good measure'' ('Alone' review - Beachsloth)

''Alone is a highly specific piece of music and as a result the themes and messages seem truly universal. The track has an abundance of maturity from a musician who clearly understands the intricacies of the genre he inhabits. An impressive debut single from an artist with very clear potential.'' ('Alone' review - The Alternative Noise)

''The first thing that impressed me was the quality of the production: a crisp, clear, and immersive sound that made me forget about everything else around me while listening to the song. The track features some edgy and memorable melodies, starting from the piano opener, which adds to the atmosphere of this release. This song’s vocals are also excellent, combining personal lyricism with a nuanced and interesting flow.'' ('Alone' review - The Bandcamp Diaries)

"Simple instrumentation and approach is refreshing. A very poignant and timely lyric that captures the feeling of being alone, even when surrounded by others. Vocals are nice, with judiciously placed backing vocals that enhance the track.........All in all, a good offering that is accessible to a broad range of people. With a foot in contemporary alternative folk-pop...... you have an interesting approach that is anything but cookie cutter. Good job in creating your own, unique sound and approach." ('Alone' review by Film Music Supervisor Gael MacGregor

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