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White Denim

White Denim’s high-energy garage/indie hybrid has always been built on loops developed in extensive jams. Stiff pushes this even further, in fact, making the songs looser than ever before. There’s bluesy riffing, weird little rockabilly breakdowns and a general experimental motivation to include whatever sounds good.

Autre Ne Veut
Age of Transparency

Arthur Ashin’s work as Autre Ne Veut tends to take R&B and tweak it with bits of various other musical styles. Age Of Transparency is his most varied yet, but he always builds around a rich pop core. Joel Ford of Ford & Lopatin helped with production, lending the kind of dense synthetic textures he excels at. On Downtown.

Cold War Kids
Hold My Home

In my age baffled state I'd have said Cold War Kids would be a bit 'punk rock' but the track I just heard was kinda 'heartland rock' with a big booming foghorn of a voice belting it out. Like the Hold Steady crossed with an air raid siren. Sure to get bagfuls of airplay on XFM.  They've played 'Live at Third Man' so they can't be all bad. We'll have to see.

Cold War Kids
Behave Yourself

  • CD single (VVR731656)
  • £5.99 £3.00 (saving: £2.99)
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Slow Magic
How To Run Away

I can't remember who Slow Magic are. Not much info about them on the internet but who cares about that eh? This is their second album and I believe they have been lumped in with the chill-wave lot and I can see why. Its a heat-haze brand of electronica that wibbles and wobbles but its very upbeat, using all manner of horrible 80's era Stevie Wonder synths it culminates in something that is like a kind of jazzy take on the dancefloor friendly electronic music of Caribou.