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Simon Love
Sincerely, S. Love x

Once you get past the naff cover artwork and title, Sincerely, S. Love x is a good fun romp from twee-pop chanteur Simon Love. Across the ten tracks here, Love does that sort of Belle And Sebastian/Arab Strap/Regina Spektor thing of fusing folk-pop tropes with wry, self...view item »

The Monochrome Set
1979-1985: Complete Recordings

The Monochrome Set are one those largely unknown but hugely influential British bands. Their post-punk/indie-pop/art-rock sound has been an influence on the likes of The Smiths, Blur and Franz Ferdinand. The groups leader, Bid, claims that a diet of 17th century poetry and Leadb...view item »

Pete Astor
One For The Ghost

I just don't like wine but I can understand what Pete Astor is doing here. The extra glass is to mourn people and times past. I'll do the same next time I have a flapjack. Anyway 'One For the Ghost' is the latest solo LP from the former the Loft and Weather Prophets chap and here he is joined by the rhythm secti...view item »

The Lilac Time
Prussian Blue

You know you can trust a country folk record if a man who used to be in Duran Duran and went on to write for Robbie Williams was involved in its making, and this record sees the now acoustic mainstay Stephen Duffy turn his project into a family affair: after releasing the eight-year icebreaker...view item »

The Times
This Is London

The Times were an ‘80s post-punk/indie band formed from the ashes of Teenage Filmstars by Ed Ball (Also previously of Television Personalities). This Is London was their 2nd album, originally released in 1983 and had a sound influenced by &l...view item »

The Times
Go! With The Times

The Times were a post-punk/indie band from London. They were led by Ed Ball who had a stint in Television Personalities with school friend Dan Treacy before forming Teenage Filmstars, a band that eventually morphed into The Times....view item »

The Monochrome Set
Maisieworld

London’s Monochrome Set were post-punk before the genre was even defined, falling into stylistic territory somewhere between Magazine, Orange Juice and Blue Orchids. Their influence was evident in the more arch corners of Britpop...view item »

Jaguwar
Ringthing

Berlin-based three piece Jaguwar follow two EPs for Prospect Records with their debut album, Ringthing. It is an album of shoegaze noise with elements of pop. Clearly influenced by My Bloody Valentine, Ride and The Cure with nods to Amphetamine Reptile noise roc...view item »

SPC ECO
Calm

A subtle fuzz shrouds most of SPC ECO's 'Calm', echoing a gentle threat that runs throughout its duration. There's a strange Garbage-like swagger to it, but this is juxtaposed with the kind of ethereal atmosphere My Bloody Valentine conjure up. Diverse and surprising electronic tinged rock music...view item »

Martin Carr
The Breaks

Best known for being the singer/songwriter in the Boo Radleys, who started life as a decent shoegazey band before (with no small amount of success) making something a bit more punchy and immediate in the hunt for Britpop stardom, Martin Carr went on to put out his own records as br...view item »

The Lilac Time
No Sad Songs

Available on either 12” vinyl or CD from Tapete. Stephen Duffy has had quite the journey being a founding member of Duran Duran and then moving on to creating Simon and Garfunkel esque melancholic folk pop with The Lilac Time, and becoming obvious influences on Bel...view item »

Pete Astor
Water Tower

Pete Astor was in both The Loft and The Weather Prophets, two bands who were signed to classic indie label Creation back in the day. On his new single, Water Tower, he is joined by and indie supergroup featuring James Hoare of Veronica Falls/Ultimate Pai...view item »

Martin Carr
New Shapes Of Life

Martin Carr was the guitarist and principle songwriter for always critically successful and momentarily commercially huge Liverpool band The Boo Radleys. New Shapes of Life is his third solo album and follows on from 2014’s The Breaks. After a period of writing songs for pop...view item »

Robert Forster
Songs To Play

Tricky one to digest this one. Robert Forster was not only co-songwriter in my beloved the Go-Betweens but is surely the worlds suavest man. ...view item »

The Clientele
Music for the Age of Miracles

Guess what I did last week? Broke out my warm autumn jumper. It was a lovely moment. It had a few extra frays around the edges, was a little tighter round the midriff but was otherwise as snug and perfect as I'd remembered. Rather like this Clientele album in fact.  The autumnal London based band are back in action and are as m...view item »

Nick Nicely
Sleep Safari

Especially for fans of 'sleep' and 'safaris', Nick Nicely sets his new album Sleep Safari free to the world. This time, the 'psych legend' delves deeper into electronics while he keeps keeping on to weave a tapestry of psych-pop gold. None other than Clash Magazine have declared Nicely, 'profoundly psychedelic'. The new...view item »

The Telescopes
As Light Return

I'm just working off a few snippets but I thought I'd tell you a bit about the new the Telescopes album. They are certainly a band that do what the hell they like and any fans of 90s indie who saw them at the Gigantic all dayer in 2016 would hopefully be left clutching their ears in despair. The band started making their nihilistic shoegaze arou...view item »

The Monochrome Set
Cosmonaut

Trace back from The Last Shadow Puppets, Franz Ferdinand et al any you’ll find The Monochrome Set. They originally formed in 1978, as part of the first wave of post-punk, and give most contemporaries a run for their money. Grand and smokey dive bar music, that would fit soundtracking a com...view item »

The Monochrome Set
Volume, Contrast, Brilliance... Vol.2

Arched of eyebrow post-punk troupe the Monochrome Set released their first collection of odds and sods and outtakes as ‘Volume, Contrast, Brilliance Vol 1’ back in their early '80's heyday. Now a million years later comes ‘Volume 2’ and this time it’s a 16 track affair with songs dating from 1978 to 1991....view item »

The Telescopes
Hidden Fields

The miserable Telescopes have a pretty spot on name: channeling the styles of harsh noise and straight up rock, they’ve never quite settled on either sound, but have the precision for both. They’re microscopic voyeurs of genre, able to brace their listener with unkind feedback while steadying the tempo and brooding their way towards ...view item »

The Monochrome Set
Spaces Everywhere

It takes some doing to keep ones eyebrow arched for nigh on 30 years but that’s exactly what the Monochrome Set have achieved here. They were the original sophisticated, educated indie boys influencing everyone from Morrissey to Franz Ferdinand to ...view item »

Lloyd Cole
Standards

A strange thing I’ve found out recently is that people of a younger generation to me have no idea who Lloyd Cole is.  Everyone has heard of The Smiths and many The Go-Betweens and Echo and The Bunnymen...view item »

Nom De Guerre
Love Thy Neighbour

Nom De Guerre are a group i know very little about which is odd because these guys are screaming to be heard. From the of it's apparent that these guys write ambitious, excitable pop music for folk who enjoy a good time. According to the press release, 'Love Thy Neighbour' is a concept LP based around on the classic whodunit murder mystery theme wh...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 »

Dutch Uncles
Dutch Uncles

The debut LP from Manchester's favourite sons (well, Stockport - not far off), it's very much a straight out of the gate moment for Dutch Uncles on this wonderful release. It's where it all began and thank christ for that. A must for fans and first timers, it's got more bangers than you can believe. Try not to get caught up dancing in the living...view item »

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