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Various
Don't Die Wondering

I imagine this Don't Die Wondering compilation is hoping to act as a gateway drug on to stronger stuff, ie a further interest in the up 'n' comers involved. Packaging it up no frills (but still attractively enough to easily put most other CDr releases to shame) and selling it cheap is the way to do it! So for your measly five-and-a-bit pounds you g...view item »
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Tuff Sherm
Shrapnel Maestro

Still fuming over not being allowed to review the new Beady Eye single, I’ve instead been given a slew of difficult Arabic music and impenetrable techno to wade through. Neither particularly takes my fancy but of the two I’m more drawn to the fizzy broken beats of this release which is the the ...view item »
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Pure X
Crawling Up The Stairs

Thank goodness we have our review database. At a glance I can recall that these lot were once touted as a next big thing,  a tag that is now hard to see not because they are not very good but because their sound is so unusual and, at times, unpalatable.  The influences that were obvious on their first couple of records are still there ...view item »
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Deptford Goth
Life After Defo

This is the record you think you have heard before and is easy to listen to, but is it any good. New to me never heard anything before from the x school teacher. Each track has its own identity but different enough to keep you captured. Bronze age first track is stronger starter one of the best tracks on the LP. However best track for me...view item »
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Mozart's Sister
Hello

Here’s a debut 12” EP of synthpop from Montreal’s Mozart’s Sister, who leads with a track called ‘Mozart’s Sister’ where she croons about feeling like Mozart’s Sister to a backing of crisp, cool synthpop with a slightly airy, twitchy feel, bringing to mind Grimes...view item »
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Mozart Parties
Black Cloud

Do you know when you hear a song for the first time, and it instantly reminds you of summat else? This newie from Lake District-dwelling James Bennett is a quite fragile shuffle. A shuffle that for some bizarre reason made me think of T.T.-Darby's rather memorable “Sign Your Name&rdquo...view item »

Deptford Goth
Youth II

WTF? I thought I'd never be forced to utter such trite urban banalities but for a band with such a Mighty Boosh name, they sure take themselves seriously. This is real coffee table electronic pop with strong R'n'B and soul tendencies but it really is beautifully produced and quite intimat...view item »
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Telepathe
Devil's Trident/ Lights Go Down

Hype is a tedious old bugger but one act utterly worthy of the current media attention around them is Brooklyn, NY residents Telepathe. A smattering of singles and EPs so far, their increasingly mesmerising tribal electronic pop is just utterly flooring. Taking cues from so many disparate quarters to meld something new and exciting, this lady duo a...view item »
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Gatekeeper (US)
Giza

This gets going with a slamming EBM stomper with a filthy New Beat groove and sci-fi electronics. If you've clocked the sleeve you can probably guess that this is totally on the retro future tip with big Carpenter inspired synths, tinges of Italo disco, some ass grinding sleazy, slow, stomping moments like on 'Storm Column'. Then there's the twi...view item »
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Comanechi / Divorce
Split

I had a dream last night. I was being made to do sit-ups by Dabney Coleman and I could only do about 12. Dabney started to go red with rage and started calling me a pussy or something else as complimentary. I stood up and was about to retort but no sounds came out. I then felt nauseous and started to expel rainbow coloured liquid from my eyes. T...view item »
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Teengirl Fantasy
7AM

Teengirl Fantasy are a hotly tipped outfit from Ohio whose first single for Merok 'Portofino' had the lads in office feeling real good, if a little sleepy. That's right, we're talking light dreamy and highly inoffensive electro dance that delivers like a dose of Nightol. This may sound a little like a diss but that's not how I meant it dude. '7A...view item »
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Blondes
Touched

Blondes, the Brooklyn based duo comprised of Sam Haar and Zach Steinman, have been quite prolific since 2010, but before the two full lengths there was the Touched EP. Released on Merok Records, the London based label founded by Milo of the Big Pink, Touched...view item »
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Active Child
Curtis Lane

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Titus Andronicus
The Monitor

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Comanechi
Crime of Love

Comanechi have been knocking about for a while now but their presence seems to have been eclipsed by Akiko's other projects The Big Pink and (my fave) PRE. This is a shame cause Comanechi have always been a great group (two piece - guitar and drums) who have the ability to make scuzzy garage rock sound as fresh and energetic as it did way back when...view item »
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The Soft Pack (The Muslims)
Extinction EP

Well well well. Told you there'd be a furore. And that name The Muslims bristled with controversy didn't it? Better attacked on the street with machetes than re-christening your band The Soft Pack though! What is a "soft pack?" All I'm aware of is that the wonderful Fly Ashtray once did a song named as such. Doesn't make a jot of differen...view item »
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Teengirl Fantasy
Portofino/ A New Image Every Day

Teengirl Fantasy then.. I feel privileged that I'm getting paid for the stuff I've always done at home for fun. I know absolutely nothing about these people but 'Portofino' and 'A New Image Every Day' are tidy bits of dreamy keyboard experimentation with a lovely laid-back feel - I'll be off to the land of nod if I'm not careful. I'm reminded a lit...view item »
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Telepathe
Devils Trident (The Remixes)

I thought that Telepathe album was pretty good. Not amazing but I think they've definitely got potential amazingness in them, maybe when they stop lezzing up and put some real bloody effort in. Here we've got a fancily packaged 12" of remixes by the likes of Big Pink and previous 'Norman Records Music Emporium Inc. PLC. Single of the Week' ...view item »
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Rainbow Arabia
Omar K/ Let Them Dance

In a superb example of forward planning we haven't got a working stylus in the office so I'm having to review this Rainbow Arabia 7" on crap PC speakers via Myspace. Hardly ideal but I'm getting the general idea.. Bouncy, primary coloured ethno-electro-pop with an addictive distorted bassline. Unless that's just these microscopic 1 watt monste...view item »
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The Teenagers
Love No / Trouble

The Teenagers arrive in my fat ears first this week. I read about these a while back & was most amused to see the hyperbole surrounding them wasA/ Because they're FrenchB/ Because they apparently swear a lot (but not on this, their hit parade bound newie) It can't possibly be because they write great songs. 'Love No', the new sin...view item »
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The Teenagers
Make It Happen

The Teenagers are back on Merok with a mega cheesy 80's electropop tune called 'Make It Happen'. Man this is the cheesiest thing I've heard in ages. Brett and I just looked at each other with expressions of total disbelief. He says it sounds like an imaginary boy band from a kids TV show. This 7" has almost rendered me speechless. I can't deci...view item »
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The Teenagers
Starlett Johansson

Onto The Teenagers with Starlett Johansson. This is an amusing 7" with the lyrics spoken in a German accent. It's like Trio all over again... and then the Ash pop style chorus comes in. There's some cheesey euro pop thing going on here... maybe a bit of Barbara Morgernstern or something? On the ever trendy Merok label. ...view item »
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Comanechi / Pre
Split

Comanechi / Pre: 'Death Of you' / 'Popping Showers' split clear vinyl 7" on Merok, thrashy, trashy comedy punk posturing on one side, the flip comes over like Babes In Toyland on speed in between reading Sniffin' Glue, whilst pogoing playing their guitars. ...view item »
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The Teenagers
Homecoming

Oh man The sleeve of The Teenagers 'Homecoming' has images of what look like the worst buffet ever. Reformed ham, a bowl of crisps and some cheap tinned hot dogs cut up into little pieces to make them look like cocktail weenies. There's even a cocktail umbrella to make them look exotic. Not even after 20 pints man.... This is bubble gum boy girl in...view item »
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