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David Evans
Internal Temporal Order

A new name to add to the pile of pale and interesting electronic producers taking initial cues from Kraftwerk and their like (more on them later). Evans describes this album as an attempt to play electronic music on acoustic instruments and on opener '1am to 2am' he gets it spot on with a lovely tune that builds u...view item »

The Interiors
Delays Are Dangerous

The Interiors are from Sheffield, starring on the Phantom Power label, purveyors of meaty indie pop tunes with a chunky, tuneful soul. They've filled their debut album, Delays Are Dangerous, with fuzzy guitars, pummeled bass, stomping drums and old time tunes with an effervescent bounce. The male singer has one of funny hyper voices like the chap f...view item »

Heavensore
Asmodai

Remember that game, Altered Beast? It was totally cack but it had some funny voice samples, one of them was this bad guy going 'Welcome to your doom!' which was amazing. This is doom, so that's relevant. Brian and I both drew one of these limited Utech CDs each, mine is Asmodai by Heavensore.. Sadly mine's not anywhere near as comical as the other ...view item »

Hard Fi
Living For The Weekend

When I was a wee nipper of 16 or so  - I did work experience at a bank. One day I heard an old feller that worked there say 'I just live for t'weekends now'. I thought it was the saddest and most depressing thing I'd ever heard. What about the other 5 days!! Well that's what happens I guess once reality hits and you start getting ground do...view item »

Gotye
Learnalilgivinanlovin

SORRY BUT IN ITALIAN:UN PEZZO VERAMENTE BELLO (WONDERFUL) COME DA TEMPO NON SE NE SENTIVANO (RICORDA UN Pò STEVE WINWOOD...) ...view item »

Ernest Gonzales
Been Meaning To Tell You

Don't know much about Ernest Gonzales but it would appear that the Art Union/Maomoo label are big fans with this LP coinciding with a book release/multi artist collaborative effort. You can read more about the related shenanigans in the press release or follow this link. For now, i'll stick to banter about the album in hand. 'Been Meaning to Tell Y...view item »

Ghost Outfit
I Want You To Destroy Me

It’s hard to believe that Manchester’s Ghost Outfit are a two piece, this debut for the Sways label has the big sound of a full band with a crunch of guitar and thundering drums. ‘I Want You To Destroy Me’ seems like the first proper rock album I’ve revi...view item »

Liam Frost
The City Is At Standstill

LIAM FROST  is a nugget. I was so upset by his last single I almost exploded with rage. I'm not a violent person but the man Frost makes me want to do extremely vicious things to kittens. Apparently some copies of his forthcoming album are signed. Pot luck so I'm told.... If we happen to get any signed copies I'll be sending...view item »

Fort King
Naked Shadows

Rootsy, folky west coast Americana sounds now from a fellow called Ryan Fuller a.k.a. Fort King. Naked Shadows is a really good album. Good music, good lyrics. Really good. I find stuff like this hard to review as songs always need a bit of time to sink in for me but I'm really confident that this is really good. Like his voice. Really nice arrange...view item »

The Foxes
Lover, Killer

In essence, The Foxes' ability to produce honest, raw and yet unique energised rock and roll seems to be nothing short of effortless in this track. The Kinks-esque opening firmly roots 'Lover Killer' in the realms of a guitar-led sound followed by profound urbanised lyrics. The greatest compliment one can pay to this scintilating three minutes i...view item »

Flying Matchstick Men
All Yr Secrets

So from such sublime delights to the Flying Matchstick Men single on One Records which is so contrived it made me wish I too was constructed of wood as it would be easier to set fire to myself and rid myself from having to review this. Think of a sub-Kaisers band trying to be so painfully trendy it hurts. Only 500 on 7" tha...view item »

Firewire
Tribute To Manzini

An interesting thing on City Centre Offices by Firewire called A Tribute To The Manzini. This is Carl Crack (Atari Teenage Riot/ DHR) and some other dude called Frederic Slater. It was put on Hiatus after Carl died in 2001 and it's been put together now with what was recorded at the tim...view item »

Figurant
A Home In the Trees

This is a lovely release from Greek melancholic Figurant on Somehow Ecstatic. Limited to 200 copies, each with unique artwork. It's dreamy slow-core that reminds me very much of bands like Hood and Empress. All very minimal and pastoral, with occasional sparse electronic beats, and some wind instruments i'm loath to commit to naming, but i r...view item »

Fear of Music
We Are Not The Enemy

Onto Fear of Music who release their debut 7"/CDs on Fastermusic. It's called 'We Are Not The Enemy' and it's medium paced average indie type gear which is very MTV2 and it reminds me of  Cooper Temple Clause, Feeder and other such great, great bands. Am being terribly polite about this bit we think it's a bi...view item »

Electric Spoon
You/ The End Begins

Marquis Cha Cha jumping on the folk bandwagon shouts Flip as I put on the new single by ELECTRIC SPOON. Nice simple plucking guitar with gentle voice following the guitar line. It Sounds like a badly recorded Nick Drake which gives it a timeless feel and. Yeh really drifty and lovely voice...a simple pie. Like a cream scone rather then a lemon meri...view item »

Eight Legs
Searching For The Simple Life

If I could get to purchase the cd I would be estactic as I'm not really having much luck at the moment. Finding this web page has given me a glimmer of hope thank you. ...view item »

Earth The Californian Love Dream
Porn Star

Earth The Californian Love Dream. Catchy name.... Their last single sold in buckets and I've no idea why. The new single is called Porn Star and is available on 7" and CD (both formats limited). On the cover you have a slightly saucy image for the tissue brigade out there. Though pop the record on and flacidity will take over once m...view item »

Doves
Some Cities

Just got the new Doves album in on dbl LP or this super special CD cloth box with the album, a poster and a DVD in. It's really far too nice to open but I have to say this is one of the most lovely looking things I've seen in all my years of doing this. No idea what it sounds like cos I'm scared to open it. Very pretty.......view item »

Peter Doherty
Last of The English Roses

Perhaps I'm not the best person to review a Peter Doherty record but there you go. I took the job on. Someone has to do it. You need folks to work in the sewers, do the bins, milk pigs, etc cos without those people society would collapse. That and everything would get very smelly and there would be no bacon... Doesn't he have an annoying...view item »

Dokaka
Human interface

Dokaka isn't probably someone you've heard of before but he's a Japanese dude who uses his voice to make his music. There's no instruments on here at all... every single thing on the album is constructed with the crazy guy's own voice. He did an album years ago which covered Led Zep, Slayer and Rolling Stones songs which folks went nuts for apparen...view item »

DJ Signify
Sleep No More

The content is very solemn and brooding, and both guest emcees Buck 65, and Sage Francis contribute some of their best abstract work. Notable tracks are "Winters Going", "Haunted House Party" and "Cup of Regret". The samples Signify employs are very obscure and some are haunting in...view item »

The Dodos
Time To Die

I quite liked that first Dodo's album. There was some decent pop songs on there and somehow I ended up managing to listen to it way more than I expected to. I played Time To Die this morning and thought the main change with it was it there seemed to be a distinct lack of upbeat pop songs which ruled the first album. The sound isn't a million miles ...view item »

The Dears
Ticket To Immortailty

brand new Dears single and the singer still sounds like Damon Albarn.... not a bad tune at all on Bella Union called Ticket To Immortality... almost like Elbow with a bit of umpf behind 'em... ...view item »

Death Cab For Cutie
Narrow Stairs

Narrow Stairs possibly gets lost between their most recent release Kintsugi and the immaculate Plans album of 2005, but it really shouldn't be. Narrow Stairs like most Death Cab albums is very aware of a clear thematic sound that keeps all the songs flowing nicely but makes room for exciting experimentation on the odd track. This album's stand o...view item »

Gareth Davis & Elliott Sharp
Canephora

You've probably got a pretty good idea of whether or not you'll like this already if you're reading this. Here we've got challenging free jazz chunterings from Davis on bass clarinet and Sharp on acoustic guitar, with nine tracks recorded in a single day last April in New York. It's a lum...view item »

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