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Kyon & Dyems
Overnight

An interesting record has landed in front of me. Kyon & Dyems 'Overnight' make some clever sounds and dope electronic beats but the first thing that really hits you is that there is a scottish guy dropping rhymes. Edinburgh and Fife aren't places you associate with hip-hop but Bambatta's virus has spread throughout the globe so in those terms i...view item »

Tau Emerald
Travellers Two

Onto a couple of CD's on Important. The 1st one is Tau Emerald which is Tara Burke from Fursaxa and Sharron Kraus of Espers fame (and about a million other side projects). From the off 'Travelers Two' is the most fiddly dee folky thing I've heard in ages. I've got an old Warner Chappell LP of medieval folk songs (some of them date back 100's of y...view item »

Ljudbilden & Piloten
One Hundred Fifty-Five

I've been digging a bizarre new CD on Nosordo, a Swedish affair by Ljudbilden and Piloten. The sleeve is a right old Rene Magritte homage which wins points. Flicking around to get a sense of this (in) coherence, i'm blessed with an album of accessibly abstract shimmering avant-folk/post rock & blissed neo classical chamber pop! With sketches bu...view item »

R.E.M.
Supernatural Superserious

What a great song! All the elements of a classic REM record are here: a catchy hook, a spirited vocal from Michael Stipe, it has a great guitar riff, the harmonies between Michael Stipe and Mike Mills are present, and it has a stronger sound that is somewhat lacking with R.E.M.'s recent releases. This song sounds like a mix from something out of...view item »

Yellotone
Executive Timber

We got a new CD by Yellotone entitled 'Executive Timber'. You may remember this guy (Simon Harding) having stuff out on Ai Records a bit ago. He's got a bit of a band together now and is singing and everything and it really is great that he is because he's a very talented guy. Brian pipes up and says that this has a New Zealand feel to it with bits...view item »

Pridon
Apnea Eina

We got this CD right. It's on Low Impedance. It's by .Pridon (note the prefixed dot!). And it's called 'Apnea Eina'. Dropping somewhere between earlier Autechre & prime BOC in parts, this sounds like nicely programmed & well layered electronic gear. Atmospheric is an over-used word in my oeuvre but I don't give a jot. I'll get my marker pen...view item »

Rocky Voltolato
The Brag And Cuss

I try to avoid the phrase 'whiskey soaked" when describing a singer's voice. Not because it is not a great description only because it is slightly over used. However it would take someone far more clever than me to come up with a better way to describe Rocky Votolato's particular quality. It's smooth and unnervingly effective. When he sings he s...view item »

Evangelicals
The Evening Descends

This is a messy messy album. It's musical butter lathered over greasy hooks, extra-shot distortion, complete with milky voices pouring over all the sides, and it is absolutely delicious. It ignores convention, it bends every rule, and it gets awful close to destroying your speakers. These guys can write impossible melodies, create elaborate flow...view item »

Guessmen
Back From The Bins

Guessmen: 'Back from The Bins' (Colab) Billed as a kind of Tom Waits meets Aphex Twin style collision, this 13 track assortment of obstacle course instrumentation covers the gruff howlings of what sound like a very drunk, very deranged man - hence the Waits comparison- The backing contains every instrument imaginable including all manner of horns, ...view item »

Skallander
Skallander

Skallander: "S/T " (Type) Comes packaged in an Autumnal sleeve and is a collaboration between Bevan Smith of Signer and rated guitarist Matthew Mitchell. A largely acoustic folk-rock affair with songs that hint at a kind of pop sensibilty. The blurb recommends this collection to fans of Sufjan Stevens and Jose Gonzalez. Ten tracks deep th...view item »

Joe Gilmore
On Quasi Convergence And Quiet Spaces

Billed as 'five improvisations for solo computer', this collection was 'realised' over the last couple of years and put together this time last year. Now finally getting a welcome release, this CD comes beautifully packaged in hand-printed deluxe card. Across the five tracks, all fabulously titled as you'd expect with numbers and letters from a mad...view item »

Chris sutherland
Me In A Field

One of the best albums of 2007 by far. A beautiful indie, folk album from the Cerberus Shoal bassist. Can't think of a track that I'd want to adjust on the album let alone remove.As Chriss sings on 'Exile from D Street', 'quiero esta cosa en mi vida para siempre'. ...view item »

Songdog
A Wretched Sinner's Song

It's very beautiful and reflective with amazing lyrics.I think it's their best yet. ...view item »

Moto Boy
Moto Boy

Ant here. Yes I actually can carry 100 times my own bodyweight.... Lordy me this eponymous Moto Boy CD is a strange blend of crooner, Beach Boys and OMD with bits of 80's pop, swedish pop and all sorts. This is actually swedish so that bit makes perfect sense. Unfortunately this has Brian wanting to do a Brian Harvey and run himself over. I imagine...view item »

Instruments Of Science & Technology
Music From The Films of Richard Swift

Richard Swift. Enigmatic musician that croons like a 30's recording artist. Frankly, he's an amazing artist that has yet to be known by many. He has a sincerity in his music that few can attain and, with Instruments of Science and Technology, he takes his music in a totally different direction. Electronics dominate the music-scape on this disc, ...view item »

Tired Irie
Tired Irie

Tired Irie... new single... CD you digital kids and it's a self titled release on the ace Try Harder label. They're kind of like Foals but more poppy and structured....I think maybe there's some bits of Bloc Party and Q & Not U in them. Funky indie rock which sounds like the worst type of music in the world but it kind of works. Mingus piped up...view item »

Parka
Disco Dancer

Disco Dancer by Parka thoroughly disturbs me to the point of not actually knowing what to write. Unfortunately it's release is a couple of weeks late as Christmas is the time for turkeys. To put it lightly this blows. For fans of The Automatic and Bravery on the 'used to be good' Jeepster label. 7" and CD for your sins....view item »

Annemarie
ABC on TV

On the same label we have Annemarie with abc on tv from............ Indonesia.. never heard a pop act from there, so my heart is with them from the start. It's sounding very cheeky English (or Scottish) jingle jangle pop. Male and female singer dance around with the sweet jangle of a Belle and Sebastian guitar and twee indie lovelyness. Inside is a...view item »

Shoot Charlie
Junior Senior

Shoot Charlie with Junior & Senior again on Plastilina records. Hailing from Sweden and carrying the twee indie pop torch which Phil has labeled "tweedish". Sounding like The Go team or the B52's!! (or old Sarah Records records....) Sounds like a party in some brightly coloured living room where we're all high on fizzy drinks and birt...view item »

Yea Big & Kid Static
Yea Big & Kid Static

Ever wonder why some artists have nothing to say and expect you to come back just for the beat? Well, you won't feel that way with this duo. Their lyrics are as tight as the beats, and they keep you coming back for another listen just to pick up what you missed. Also live, you won't believe the energy and intensity with every song they play. The...view item »

Cazals
To Cut A Long Story Short

Cazals: 'To Cut A Long Story Short' (Kitsune)Writing credits go to certain G. Kemp, so pop picksters, it's a Spandau Ballet cover version. No so much done in a New Romantic style-more in a Emo style (New Emo anybody?). The vocals are very angst ridden, that said I don't remember the original...maybe it could do with a bit of a disco twist...view item »

Lapsed & Nonnon
The Death of Convenience

For his third full length album, Lapsed (Salt Lake City's Jason Stevens) pairs up with his long time live-collaborator Nonnon (Dave Madden). The Death Of Convenience is a lot more than yet another electronic hip hop album. Appropriately titled, it is a record in which nothing is convenient. Genre-less, it rewards those who are willing to abandon...view item »

Silje Nes
Ames Room

This CD has been highly addictive for me. I listen to a lot of music, but this stands out. The charm lies in a blend of adventurous experimentation with more catchy (yet subtle) elements of electronic music. Great experimental textures and layers of music are created here. At first I thought that the album dragged in a few places, but I think yo...view item »

Roy's Iron DNA
Men In Wax Jackets

managed to grab a promo copy of this through a friend in the business.... fantastic... been waiting for these guys to release something for a while and it was worth the wait. Has depth and loads of singalong stick in your head type tunes.. Silent Majority is a cracking song! ! ...view item »

Dizzee Rascal
Flex

Lordy I'm tired today. I just can't seem to sleep at the mo. Fortunately I've got Dizzie Rascal on hand with his new single 'Flex' on XL Recordings available on 7"/12" and CD. All come with a variety of different tracks and mixes on I'm too tired to list. He looks so happy on the sleeve though. That's what makes this for me. Yeah the tune...view item »

The Winston Giles Orchestra
Soundtracks For Sunrise (Play Up Music)

Nice bit of cheese this. if you're into lemon Jelly and that kind of thing you'll love this light hearted romp through cheesville....view item »

The Heavy
Great Vengeance & Furious Fire

I checked this out after listening to The Glorious Dead and The House That Dirt Built, so I was kind of working backwards chronologically. GV&FF doesn't quite have the same spark that the subsequent albums possess, but it's still a really solid album; there isn't a lemon in the batch, and if you enjoyed their other work then this is a must-h...view item »

Illinois
What The Hell Do I Know?

Illinois' 2nd EP release. You'd expect a band from Pennsylvania calling itself "Illinois" to be ironic. But even when they leaven their power pop and Britrock with Casio-styled synthesisers and the strum of a banjo, the result is more happy good-time than tongue-in-cheek clowning. There are modern production notes here that evoke bands like ...view item »

Bjørn Torske
Feil Knapp

Originally a part of Biopshere's live shows clear back in the early '90's, Torske seems to effortlessly blend styles and sounds on this release. It doesn't always make for a smooth listen, but the sheer entertainment level is high, as you never really know what he's going to throw out next. With ten tracks running ...view item »

Alter Ego
Why Not

All of the tracks begin with a similar template. Block rockin beats, fuzzy throbbing synths, woozy melodies, bits of dubstep, dancehall and techno, all wound up weirdly tangled electro / techno hybrids. Things get all wonky, in a very good way, some tracks get all epic and majestic, the synths swelling into huge grandiose melodies, others fall a...view item »

Two Gallants
Two Gallants

The Two Gallants third full-length CD continues to mine the percussive drums-guitar-and-voice country-punk of their earlier works, but with an expanded emphasis on dynamics and a step up from the lo-fi production of their debut. Adam Stephens continues to rough out pain and anguish with his vocals, with Tyson Vogel propels most of the tracks wit...view item »

Bass Clef
Zamyatin Tapes Vol 2

Bass Clef - Zamyatin Tapes Vol 2- 12" only- A side - a cross between MIA minus the vocals to start with, then becomes more bassy. Resonant of early hip hop, the repetitive beats are interspersed with trancy, chill out riffs - takes me back to the quiet / ...view item »

Georgie James
Places

The 12 tracks that make up Places are pure pop bliss that look towards the future but are undeniably rooted in music from generations past. Openers "Look Me Up" and the yummy "Cake Parade" are so good that they hook from the first listen. "More Lights" shows the interplay between the two vocalists that makes the band so great; the squeaky screec...view item »

Babyshambles
Shotter's Nation

I was really surprised by the cleaned up sound when I first heard this. Down in Albion was really muddy and took about a year for me to really enjoy it. This album hit me immediately. Doherty's writing is so personal that at times it's really creepy. Kate Moss is listed as a cowriter on four songs. The sound has a very mid 1960's sheen. On "UnBiloT...view item »

Levy
Glorious

I don't think we've ever reviewed anything by Levy before... I've never heard anything by 'em til now.... we get a lot of records in each week and time is always of the essence. Here's 'Glorious' anyway which I'd have to say is a great indie pop anthem. Anthem being the key word here as it melds together parts of James and The Lightning Seeds and s...view item »

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