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Ellen Mary McGee
The Crescent Sun

Ellen Mary McGee is a singer songwriter of Irish/Romany decent. 'Crescent Sun' is Ellen's first solo album following a stint in performing in irish folk outfit Saint Joan who made a few records for excellent australian label Camera Obscura. Two things worth mentioning; Ellen Mary McGee has a beautiful voice, so beautiful she could front The Chipmun...view item »

Doves
Kingdom Of Rust

It's Friday afternoon and we've just had fish and chips. Not prime reviewing conditions but 'Kingdom of Rust', Doves' comeback single has just come in so we'll throw it out on the porch and see if the cat licks it up. Context: I liked the first Doves album a lot, the second one a reasonable amount and didn't even bother with the third one.. Maybe t...view item »

Skill 7 Stamina 12 / Same Things / Toilet
Untitled

The sleeve for this three-way split LP is literally fucking incredible. Remember those amazing mugshots from when Nick Nolte got done for driving while pissed up and James Brown pushed his wife over or something? Well they've been reproduced in amazing hand-printed fashion on either side of the cover of this Junior Aspirin LP. Skill 7 Stamina 12 ma...view item »

Richard Swift
The Atlantic Ocean

With The Atlantic Ocean, Swift continues his surprisingly catchy oeuvre after the subtle yet very quality Dressed Up For the Letdown. The Atlantic Ocean is a bit more up-tempo, comprised of a weird yet intriguing inclusion of electronica weaving in between an omnipresent piano, lonely horn section, crunchy guitar and banjo ensemble. For me, the ...view item »

Kotchy
89

89 is the sum of many musical parts welded together in idiosyncratic style by New York musical maverick, producer and drummer Chad Curlow. Comparisons to Pharrell and Beck, although partly justified, also do him a disservice as his sound occupies it's own unique corner of the sonic spectrum defying easy categorisation and I for one like it quite...view item »

Dntel
Dumb Luck

Can you believe Dntel have a new CD out on Virgin owned subsidiary Moshi Moshi. I can cos it's here in my hands. I never really got the Postal Service... which I suppose doesn't have much to do with this. Only I never really got Dntel either. I tried but I found it all a bit twee. Some nice bits in it all and he's clearly a talented chappie but thi...view item »

Art Brut
Art Brut vs Satan

When it comes to any of Art Brut's music, I tend to cherry-pick from the albums and download a few tracks with lyrics that strike me as being particularly funny, clever or somehow relevant to my life at the time. What's here is fundamentally no different than their earlier stuff, and in a way I'm glad. Ironically this is a very safe purchase (th...view item »

Diamond Watch Wrists
Ice Capped at Both Ends

Not a day goes past in the office where the word dork isn't mentioned. The boys here are obsessed by 'em and if you're wondering what one is then look here and you'll see a chap touching one. Then you'll wonder (as I did) for a good while as to why he's touching a whale's cock and doesn't mind having his picture taken. That of course has nothing to...view item »

The Lord Dog Bird
The Lord Dog Bird

I think The Lord Dog Bird's greatest success with this album is its cohesiveness. All the songs fit together to show a bigger picture. Some songs feature effects and ideas unique in each song and some effects and ideas that expand multiple songs. Most listeners should initially be aware that the reverb on this album is turned way up. The sound q...view item »

1877
I Am An Antagonist

Pretty solid CD single action from 1877 on Dead Pilot with the 'I Am An Antagonist' limited edition which comes over as a curious mix of The Sisters Of Mercy, Interpol, Sofa and prime period Human League Phil Oaky vocals. The production is well tight and mixes guitars and electronics in a wicked 80's style that has us thinking of bits of Cabaret Vo...view item »

The Enemy
Music For The People

I recently heard Streets in the Sky and We'll Live and Die in These Towns and had to investigate the sound collections of the 2nd studio album- they have definitely evolved. The Enemy's music and lyrics rocks out true emotion and feelings. I hear influences of some indie, Brit pop, little Clash, Jam, Pulp and more. People have reviewed the sound of...view item »

Bright Black Morning Light
Motion To Rejoin

Brightblack Morning Light now. Not over familiar with these Matador dwelling buggers but i'm fondling the case for their new album 'Motion to Rejoin' trying to come up with summat informative and witty. Once again, virtually reviewing them "blind" as we hardly get any of the promo releases for these bloody things. You try reviewing an alb...view item »

The Lost Levels
Never The First

Ohhh blimey this The Lost Levels 'Never The First' has a foxy sleeve with pretty young lady wearing silky pink pants. Phil gave me a cheeky grin when passing it over the likes I haven't seen from him since he clocked that girl on the Pigeon Detectives sleeve.... So this here white vinyl 7" and CDs on NR One is a very English sounding indie tha...view item »

Violet Violet
C-C-C-Cat

The new Violet Violet 7" has a load of puss cats on the sleeve. It's called c.c.c.cat so it all sort of makes sense. I couldn't remember what these folks sounded like but I'm quite liking this new single. Shouty female fronted indie rock which is noisy and has more spunk than the contents of Marc Almonds stomach at 6am after a particularly bus...view item »

Depeche Mode
Sounds of The Universe

Depeche Mode asserted their plans to make the most ubiquitous songs ever with Sounds of the Universe. That said, the record is one of the more modest entries in their canon, caged in with restrained but still pantomimic programmed percussion and slow-moving synth; it's a pop masterpiece of the gr...view item »

Music for Dead Birds
And Then It Rained for Seven Days

Music for Dead Birds. What a cheery moniker. They've a 3" CD out on that Rusted Rail, one of those hand assembled jobs. I'd like to assemble some sleeves for them. They look like the greetings cards I make for folk. These folks squeeze 8 songs onto this tiny disclet and name it "And Then It Rained For Seven Days" As i'm off to Scotla...view item »

Stranger Son Of WB
Engine

Stranger Son of WB (nattily abbreviated to SSOWB) are apparently from Manchester, a city who's towering grey infernal shops & terminal drizzle forces folk to make occasionally excellent music. They've got this one sided 12" called 'Engine' which is quite brilliant. It's the culmination of years of listening to allsorts of things Factory re...view item »

Emery Reel
For And Acted Upon Through Diversions

Staying on the whole RAWK tip, we've got a really cool treat for all you people who lapped up those cheeky Texans EXPLOSIONS IN THE SKY!!!!! Well, it's not a new sonic unleashing from those noisy bastards, but a lavishly packaged CD from fellow Stateside soundscapers Emery Reel called 'For & acted upon throu...view item »

Salim Nourallah
Constellation

Salim's 4th solo CD is an intimate portrait of life and mortality, written by an expert songwriting craftsman. Dealing with birth, childhood, adolescence, adulthood, life's trials, and the sudden death of a close friend, Salim weaves his lyrics into an understated yet vivid portrait of the life experience. His melodies are intricate while remain...view item »

Delays
You See Colours

This is technically The Delays second full-length album, however they've recorded at least as many songs for B-sides to their singles (all of which are worthy of tracking down, I might add). Delays records definitely have that Phil Spector-ish "wall of sound" texture--big, layered melodies that would sound lush coming from transistor AM radios. ...view item »

Pontiak
Maker

Although they recorded their third album for Thrill Jockey in their own 12x12’ studio in Virginia, the three brothers that makes up Pontiak avoids creating excessive jams from the comfort of their own home on Maker. Straightforward stoner-rock numbers makes up the first part of the album, with “Heat Pleasure” being the highligh...view item »

Storsveit Nix Noltes
Royal Family Divorce

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, chicks with dicks and chaps with flaps... Fat Cat presents Rekjavik's 11 piece Balkan-folk ensemble featuring members of Mum, Benni Hemm Hemm, Lost In Hildurness, Numer Null, Runk, Kanada, Hestbak and Kria Brekkan. Yes it's Storsveit Nix Noltes with their 'Royal Family Divorce' full length. Bloody hell it makes...view item »

Thunderheist
Thunderheist

I'd never heard of these guys until I happened to see them live on a small stage at a festival. Once they blew my mind with their amazing live set Ichecked out the album the next day and I have to say I'm in no way disappointed. Anyone who is a fan of Hip hop or Electronica should invest in this album. Funky, fresh beats with vocals that drive t...view item »

Twerk
Living Vicariously Through Burnt Bread

Judging from the artwork, you're bound to think that you're going to be listening to something NIN-ish or some dark Skinny Puppyish throwback to 80s industrial dance. Instead you get very atmospheric, stripped down, glitch-house that fluctuates between static feedback infused ambient and subtle 4/4 glitch. Twerk takes straight forward glitch-hou...view item »

Elvis Perkins In Dearland
Elvis Perkins In Dearland

'Elvis Perkins in Dearland' presents his new single 'Hey' and sees the group on fine form mixing lush vocal melodies with complex yet uplifting instrumentation. The band are clearly in playful spirits having as much fun as is possible when committing ideas to tape. The group sound comfortably at ease with the presentation of their music. A quality ...view item »

Tristeza
Mixed Signals Remixes

First up is the Tristeza remix LP (Mixed Signals remixes). I reviewed the CD some time back and finally the vinyl from Rocket Racer hath arrived and worth the wait it was. There's 3 bonus vinyl only remixes by Fridge, Astorria and Djjims whoever he may be. A lovely looking t...view item »

Ophibre
Drone Works For Differeng Digital Audio Formats And Encoding Methods

If you're into drone and tone records here's what looks like a very serious thing indeed. Ophibre with their snappily titled 'Drone Works For Different Digital Audio Formats And Encoding Methods'. As you'd expect it's not chocka full of top 20 hits and especially with song titles like 'Aiff 20.3 MB, 44100 Hz, 16 bit, PCM, 1411 KBPS'. In fact all th...view item »

The Show Is The Rainbow
Wet Fist

This album contains a lot more ambient work and interludes than their previous albums combined and Darren Keen's voice has mellowed out some and isn't so much of a complex whiny falsetto. At some points it gets back to the pitch of his previous albums, and I rather enjoy his new tone just as much. The lyrics are just as wild, but are a bit more ...view item »

Black Lips
200 Million Thousand

In their attempt to recover sounds of old, the Black Lips have brought back something that should have stayed in the sixties: the front loaded album. It has been my unfortunate observation that too many sixties rock and rollers stuffed all the goods on side A in what I assume is the belief that when it comes time to flip the record the listener ...view item »

Love Is All
A Hundred Things Keep Me Up At Night

Yes! Top scratchy new-wave pop Swedes Love is All have returned to the fray with a brand spanking new album. Don't know why but their songs make me shiver with delight, I think it's the slightly "hauntological" way they sound trapped in this post X-Ray Spex bubble whilst being totally distinctive master song writers beamed in from the pla...view item »

1990s
Kicks

On their sophomore album Kicks, 1990s return to writing punky pop songs that are often times silly and sarcastic and carry this pseudo "Berlin" vibe. Those looking for any profound meaning in these songs are definitely in the wrong place. The last third of the album goes through some weird transitions and references. "The Box" is reminiscent of ...view item »

Cubs
Stonewater EP

Moving onto Cubs on Rusted Rail. It's a (rather) cute 3" CD called The Stonewater EP and it's got a whopping 8 tracks on it. I can't even work out how much tracks per inch that is as the numbers aren't even. It's a lot though. Probably at least 10 (ish). Cubs contains folks from Phantom Dog Beneath The Moon, Mirakil Whip, Agitated Radio Pilot ...view item »

Navvy
Idyll Intangible

After their scratchy debut assault on the senses (last year was it?), Sheffield's angular agit rock chimps Navvy have blossomed mightily with their itchy, minimal sound template with their debut full length CD through Angular. 'Idyll Intangible' hits me as a tightly meshed concoction of galloping drum machine, twangy cow-punk guitars & yelped s...view item »

Howling Bells
Radio Wars

I saw the video for the last single from the new Howling Bells album the other day and it ruined my night. The singer's very pretty and all (the main thing, obviously) but her practiced rock star poses, combined with the overly simplistic high drama of the lyrics, did my nut in - I couldn't help but think of a sort of Aussie Placebo gone country ...view item »

Various Production & Gerry Mitchell
The Invisible Lodger

I'm just giving this Gerry Mitchell/ Various Production 'The Invisible Lodger' album a second listen and I must say there's some magic happening with this collaboration. I think they first teamed up with for a remix on a 7" and it seems the relationship has been most fruitful. The most striking thing about this album is how good Various Produc...view item »

Underground Railroad
Pick The Ghost...EP

Have we reviewed Underground Railroad before? Who are they? There's a 5 tracker CD in my sweaty paws and I kind of like the bombastic wall of treated guitars but think the slightly vague, raspy vocals sound like a million angsty post grunge bands, like possibly early Soulwax crossed with Annie Christian, these repeated lyrical codas and ad-libs tha...view item »

WhoMadeWho
The Plot

We got some Refreshers to send out with orders this week. I can't stop eating them. Man they're tangy.....That has nothing to do with Whomadewho who I thought I'd check out as I'd not heard 'em before. This lot are lumped in the electro rock scene and whiff a bit of LCD Soundsystem and Soulwax.... Maybe a bit of Zoot Woman in there as it's kind of ...view item »

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