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Ricky
We Are England

Ricky have a new single out. its somewhere between the Thrills and Dodgy. Summery guitar pop  with horns and harmonies. Oh it's all about football as well.. We are england indeed!...view item »

Jorgen Knudsen
Wealth

Another interesting one this week comes from one Jorgen Knudsen. This Norweien composer was one half of Information who had releases on Rune Grammofon. This album really has lots going on, acoustic bits, field recordings and found sounds from around the globe. The production quality is really outstanding, there are stran...view item »

J Xaverre
These Acid Stars

First up the long awaited album from J Xaverre also known as the little Kenickie feller all those years ago. This is pleasant lo-fi yet polished pop in the Brave Captain mould with a  tidy electronic/acoustic sound.  There's something about the opening track 'Saturday' that I like - it t...view item »

Republic Of Loose
This Is The Tomb Of The Juice

Republic Of Loose. Brand new CD which is a cross between Har Mar Superstar, Electric Six, Reef and Fun Lovin' Criminals. If that tickles your fancy then you know how to use the shopping cart...view item »

Howie Beck
Howie Beck

Howie Beck is a Canadian singer/songwriter and drummer, this eponymous album was his third and was released in 2005. It was the follow-up to 2002’s “Hollow” which is the album that got him noticed. He has an ear-friendly sound, similar to the likes of Ed Harcourt or ...view item »

Kathleen Baird
Lullaby For Strangers

Upon releasing Spires That in the Sunset Rise' third album This Is Fire, Secret Eye Records issued a solo album by Spires member Kathleen Baird that was originally recorded in 2000, with aid from fellow Spires member Taralie Peterson and Anne Fritz on one track each. All in all, even if it is ...view item »

The Upper Room
Other People's Problems

I heard the song "Black & White" on the radio and it caught my interest. Then I listened to the album...and what an album! The Upper Room makes brilliant pop music. They fly around in the area between Morrissey, Oasis, Coldplay and Travis - a little Echo and Bunnymen as well. If you like the single "Black & White" you'll love the rest of...view item »

The Fire Engines
Codex Teenage Premonition

Jesus. Domino are squandering all those $Franz$ (tm) on the scrapings from Fire Engines toilet bowl circa '81. Literally. It's an admiral job to attempt the re-master of some deteriorated demo & live material & perhaps a vital historical document to those scratchy, angular days but you used to pick up tapes of this ...view item »

IZU Vs The Andys
Split

DJ Shabushabu / Marcia Blaine presents
Split

Starkey, ATK12, Various
Grim FM

Murcof, K Clayton, Sutekh, Various
Context Unravlled Vol 1

Velma
La Pointe Farinet 2949m

We have a new CD in from lovely French label Monopsone by those Swiss folks Velma. I've heard a couple of Velma albums before and to me this sounds more accessible than the rest. This is really pleasing on my ears and it's a shame that the buzz band singles will outsell it 20 to 1 but such is the way with music. Musically i...view item »

Delta
Hardlight

Next up are Delta. If you look at the music papers you'll read reams and reams of how this is the unluckiest band in Britain and they should have been huge. There are some bands who stay unheard of through bad luck and those who are simply crap. Thankfully Delta are no worse than many bands who ...view item »

Adam Green
Nat King Cole

Adam Green has a new EP out called Nat King Cole which is nice of him. This is from his new album (I reckon it is though I haven't checked... it's only downstairs... but downstairs is a long way away when you're lazy). On this release he sounds like a cross between Nick Cave & Jim Morrison and it's reasonably entertaini...view item »

Sofalofa
Mellifluous

Next we have a CD album by Sofalofa entitled 'Mellifluous' on Bathysphere recordings. Another atmospheric electronica album with lovely organic plinking and plonkings.. Haha just seen the 3rd song is called 'plinky plonk' What a strange thing to happen and I thought I was being all original. I'll put on a track called rain and see...view item »

Wolfmother
Wolfmother

Some would go out on a bit of limb to argue that rock and roll music is dead, and has been that way for quite some time. But Andrew Stockdale, an afro-headed stoner from down under would argue the opposite point. Although it might not sound particularly unique, there is a lot to enjoy on "Wolfmother". If you like great riffs, memorable solos, th...view item »

Scummy Man
A Short Film Inspired by Arctic Monkeys etc

Tried to check this Scummy Man DVD out on our funky flap top but the wonders of modern technology hinderered me from deriving any sound out of the bugger so I can only say that it looks like a fairly sordid & unhappy tale of a 15 yr old prostitute & her most unpleasant client, the bearer of this grim slice of  film's title....view item »

New Radiant Storm King
The Steady Hand

I first came across New Radiant Storm King when I was lucky enough to be in Boston, Massachusetts in 1995. I bought a split 7” with Silver Jews on one side and New Radiant Storm King on the other, not knowing who the latter were. The song was “Rocket Scientist” – I thought it was fab and ...view item »

Jody Wildgoose
Afterlife

I landed the Jody Wildgoose album. They're one of those Sheffield bands that's seemingly got swept up in the Arctic Donkeys braying fit that's got oblivious A&R men ritually prolapsing in delight at the merest hint of a South Yorks tramp farting. Actually they're not bad really. Sort of lazy, ramshackle fuzzy 70's pop psych wi...view item »

Various
Monsieur Gainsbourg Revisited

Tribute albums are so often a bummer, but this one really works. Serge Gainsbourg just seems to be a great artist to interpret for English-speaking bands/performers. The best track is Kid Loco and Jarvis Cocker's take on "I Have Come to Tell You That I'm Going," which has a late-night, downtempo feel. Although...view item »

Drowsy
Snow On Moss On Stone

Drowsy is Finnish singer / songwriter Mauri Heikkinen and he's back with another album on Fat Cat. This chap plays the acoustic guitar very well in a late 60's acid folk kinda way. This recalls Nick Drake, Smog, and possibly Syd Barret. There is a dark humour to many of his lyrics and the whole thing is ve...view item »

Matthew Dear
Fabric 27

Minimal techno tracks are the easiest to mix out of all the electronica genres. Especially the bare, stripped down selections that Matthew Dear features here. Fabric 27 is loaded with nice dreamy tracks to fall asleep to. Not a great album to be playing at a party...unless all your guests are minimalist fans. If you are a fan of this genre and l...view item »

Detonations
Static Vision

Great raw raunch rock ala Stooges, MC5. Nice powerful recording. I understand one of the guys was in the Drags so definitely some of that in there. The lack of high-tech studio wizardry gives this disc a DIY-edge, but with an overdrive that marries the rawness of the early '60s Northwest sound with the rock 'n' roll excess of '70s glam-punk. There'...view item »

Sunny Day Sets Fire
Brainless

Sometimes something comes along though that's much more palatable on the ear. Take this debut 7" by Sunny Day Sets Fire on Brikabrak records which is bright summery pop taking in bits of latter period Flaming Lips, Polyphonic Spree etc and melding it together to make a perfect pop tune. This I can see the ...view item »

Ed Lawes
14 Tracks/ Pieces

New from Ed Lawes on Planet Mu. This is a mixture of slightly avant garde electronic mayhem (think Squarepusher at his most...er...difficult) towards something that is somewhere towards some of your neo classical stuff but not particularly nice......so something akin to Squarepusher jamming with an old school dusty o...view item »

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Mobius B

The songs never really get boring on this one (I really like “Afro Oven”). I consistently love how he layers multiple melodies over one another flawlessly - it's like candy for my ears. I love the 8-bit chiptune sound that still fills very rich. I can't accurately describe it so I'll just stop here. I will add that if you like synth music with ...view item »

Fruit Cats
Spelled In Bones

Good feeling, catchy melodies and harmonies with folky, psychedelic lyrics. I went into Spelled in Bones knowing, in the back of my mind, that previous Fruit Bats albums have been merely okay and not good or great. Listening to Spelled in Bones, I was taken aback at how refined their sound seems to have become - the first half is filled with 60's p...view item »

Metal Hearts
Socialize

This band sounds so much, ok too much like Pinback. I'm a huge fan of Pinback and all Rob's and Armistead's work. I checked this out after hearing the song "Socialize" on the Team Sleep channel for Pandora. Although that is certainly the standout track, the rest of the album doesn't disappoint or stray far from that basic sound. I'd say it's perfec...view item »

Cub Country
Stay Poor, Stay Happy

Cub Country's Stay Poor/Stay Happy earns the best compliment I can give a record--I fell in love with it, driving down a dark highway in the middle of the night with it playing at top volume. Equal parts alt.country and rootsy alt.rock, it moves from tales of lost love to vignettes of wistful hope with taut, inventive lyrics. There's elements of...view item »

The Peels
The Peels

The Peels are a hard rock band from San Francisco, once based in Seattle. This is their first album as far as I know. They are a visceral and powerful group. The song "Only Son" has the feeling of something great. The singer Robyn Miller is really good, especially on "You Talk Too Much." She reminds me of someone in between The Distillers and ma...view item »

Spank Rock
Rick Rubin

New on Big Dada is 'Rick Rubin' by Spank Rock on CD and 12" and its some serious booty shakin' business. Floor friendly hip-hop in the Diplo kind of mould. Dope beats, razor sharp rappin and an acid tinged remix by President evil. Proper party music....view item »

Citay
Citay

According to Feinberg, Citay is influenced by Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Queen, and Heart...but wait - don't think this is 70's rock worship. Citay get to the blissed out acoustic moments of the above mentioned bands to create something that sounds so fresh, breezy and full of the right kind of dirt and sunlight. With an onslaught of guitars, ...view item »

Death Chants
Death Chants

Onto the chirpily named Death Chants with their deluxe reissue of a long out of print CDr that came out on Time Lag donkeys years ago (well 4 years to be precise). The band are no more but during their 2 year rampage they knocked out a bunch of limited CDr's and tapes which were gobbled up by you experimental folkalists. Firstly I'm gonna say ho...view item »

Brian McBride (Stars of the Lid)
When the Detail Lost its Freedom

Some more quick reviews because we're as busy as a cuckoo. First up  Brian McBride (not the Fulham striker but the ex Stars of the Lid bloke) has a new album of textured ambience out on Kranky. It's kind of as you might expect  - very ambient  warm synth sounds  - very minimalist compositions both orga...view item »

The Double
Loose In The Air

The Double are influenced by any number of 80's post-punk bands, they usually have a tendency to be moody and are signed to Matador Records. Loose In The Air could have been incredible, the next-best step in the post-punk/new-wave revival that would have pushed the movement beyond mere than nostalgia. It is a nice record for sure, but it's a sha...view item »

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