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Phantastic Ferniture
Phantastic Ferniture

My instinct was to tell you that hey, Phantastic Ferniture isn't how you spell anything, but then I realised I should probably lighten up, 'cos this band make garage rock that's fun and unthinking. Counting Julia Jacklin among their numbers along with Elizabeth Hughes...view item »


Another name like Chvrches to add to the easier to google, intentionally misspelt list. Although Canadian, the band sound quite remarkably Scottish. They take most of their cues from Camera Obscura and have a pleasing mid-fi sound with both jangle and strum aplenty. Fans of ...view item »

Let’s Eat Grandma
I’m All Ears

Teenage duo Let’s Eat Grandma aim to consolidate their position as creative and dynamic artists in a world of musical homogeneity. I’m All Ears is bigger and bolder than debut LP I, Gemini, whilst also knowing when to rein in the ferocity or majesty. They’ve enlisted the help of a range of renowned producers to...view item »

Cosmo Sheldrake
The Much Much How How and I

Anthropology student, wonderfully monikered, very talented musician - it seems Cosmo Sheldrake has got it goin’ on. The Much Much How How And I is his debut album, the sound of which is influenced by the classic ‘60s pop of The Beatles and The Kinks along with the diverse classical c...view item »

Mutual Benefit
Thunder Follows The Light

In his Mutual Benefit guise, NYC singer-songwriter Jordan Lee has recorded with artists like Julie Byrne and covered Vashti Bunyan’s Just Another Diamond Day in full. Safe to say that you can go into his latest full-length Thunder Follows The Light expecting a light touch...view item »

Where Wilderness Grows

Gengahr, a band probably named after a Pokemon, have their second album ready to go, and it’s a twelve track tour of the group’s current capabilities. Where Wilderness Grows is bright and tuneful indie, recorded with Neil Comber at the production controls. Both the CD and the vinyl editions ...view item »

The Antlers
In London

One special night in October of last year, The Antlers played a show to a sold-out crowd at the Hackney Empire, much to the happiness of those in attendance. If you were there, or wish you had been, then In London, the document of that performance, will let that happiness flow right back into your life again. Double LP ...view item »

Let's Pray / I Will Be The World

Let’s Pray is the second track from Blaenavon’s upcoming debut album and it certainly sounds like the real deal. Some heavy bass circling around some quiet-quiet-loud guitar and stellar vocals. It reminds me of The Maccabees or a rockier Alt-J. Backed with ...view item »

POLIÇA and s t a r g a z e
Music For The Long Emergency

The interesting pairing of Polica and s t a r g a z e, (an electronics-focused pop group and a chamber orchestra respectively) return for an album of original collaborative material, following on from their recent Steve Reich album. Music For The Long Emergency fully enmeshes the groups...view item »


There’s a feeling that you get when you find out a great band is about to release another album, and it’s a good feeling. Just like Alvvays’ retrostyled artwork, soaked in the hazy colors of an 8mm film, never fails to invoke great associations. Antisocialites will follow up their excellent self-titled...view item »

Songhoy Blues
Music in Exile

From between Timbuktu, which despite what you may have been taught as a child isn't as far away as you may think, and Gao come Songhoy Blues, a band who play some of the traditional styles of the Songhoy and blues. Fleeing unrest in their homeland, they play ‘in exile’. Oumar Toure, Aliou Toure and Garba Toure blend ...view item »

The Moonlandingz
This Cities Undone EP

The Moonlandingz follow on from their successful debut album Interplanetary Class Classics with The Cities Undone EP. The band are formed from Sheffield’s Eccentronic Research Council and Lias Saoudi, frontman of The Fat White Family. The title track features guest appearances from ...view item »

Songhoy Blues

Malian blues heroes Songhoy Blues follow-up their critically acclaimed debut LP, Music In Exile, with Re-Covered - an EP of covers. The EP features a pertinent re-imagining of The Clash’s Should I Stay or Should I Go which deals with the difficult situation faced by refug...view item »

Miss World

Blaenavon are still pretty new as a band, the membership holding down an average age of 19, but it is already two years since they debuted. Miss World is an EP of new material, and sounds like an accomplished indie rock band, the songs and production an appropriate number of notches further up the ‘epic’ sca...view item »

Julia Jacklin
Eastwick / Cold Caller

Another slow burner from Julia, but this time with a guitar smashing solo at the end, accompanied by the weird Julia alone in her own little world video, it's a beaut!!! It feels like a dream, and her slow weightless start makes you wonder where it's going, but then it builds up, and gets heavier, I love it, and the isolation crashes around you,...view item »

POLICA and s t a r g a z e
Bruise Blood: Reimagining Steve Reich’s Music for Pieces of Wood

The first of two records made in collaboration between dark synth pop group Poliça and Berlin based chamber orchestra Stargaze. On their first release together they have reinterpreted Steve Reich’s Music For Pieces of Wood from 1973, drawing from its polyrhythmic minimalism...view item »

Songhoy Blues

Another album of wonderful afro-funk-pop from Songhoy Blues! Résistance features guest appearances from Elf Kid, a children’s choir, and, most remarkably, punk’s sacred aunt Iggy Pop, and the whole thing flows like liquid gold. Chanting vocals, meaty rhythms, and that...view item »

Skin Companion EP II

The meteoric rise of Australian producer Flume cannot be underestimated - a glance upon his Spotify stream statistics proves just how far the producer has come. After the resounding success of sophomore album 'Skin', the Garage and House-inspired musician returns with Skin Companion EP II - an ext...view item »

That's Your Lot

People have been waiting for this one to drop. After a slew of incredibly successful singles on Transgressive they now bring a debut album from the three lads from Hampsire - Blaenavon. A self professed reflective record of their youth, and you can bet there’s gonna be some summer smashers in there....view item »

Cosmo Sheldrake
Pelicans We

A four track EP from the young and exuberant Cosmo Sheldrake. Pelicans We brings lightweight sixties whimsy to the fore. Quirky, catchy and packed with sea shanty singalong vibes it shows a distinctive reverence to decades past, whilst enjoying the inclusion of modern musical gadgets. Out on 12” vinyl from Transgr...view item »

Tiny Cities feat. Beck (Lindstrøm & Prins Thomas Remix) / Take A Chance feat. Little Dragon (Kölsch Remix)

The amount of talent contained on this 12” is so weighty, it's amazing that the record can even be lifted. Producer Flume has enlisted Beck and Little Dragon to contribute vocals to Tiny Cities and Take A Chance respectively, and those tracks have then been tastily remixe...view item »

Peter Silberman

A logical extension of Silberman’s work in The Antlers, Impermanence is a beat-up and skeletal record replete with breathy vocals and humming held guitar chords. It finds a good home on Transgressive imprint Anti-. Buyers from Norman/other indies get a special bonus disk with four...view item »

Hippo Campus

Inventiveness, sonic maximalism and an uplifting attitude are the core elements of the debut LP from Minneapolis band Hippo Campus. Keeping the spirit of artful indie pop/rock alive, the 13-track landmark is a rich and colourful record with a blur of joyful guitars, sweet vocals and a whole host o...view item »

Johnny Flynn

In the pantheon of contemporary crooning poshos that ranges from the excellent Laura Marling to Marcus fucking Mumford, Johnny Flynn’s songwriting chops and knack for an arrangement has ensconced him firmly in the upper-reaches of the list. He doesn’...view item »

The Moonlandingz
Black Hanz

Black Hanz, the latest single from the debut album of Moonlandingz, and marks the first release for the band following their signing to Transgressive Records. Available on limited edition 10” vinyl, the single was produced by Sean Lennon in Sheffield and New York, and mixed by acclaimed Flaming Lips and MGMT producer, Dave Fridmann....view item »

Mutual Benefit
Skip a Sinking Stone

Mutual Benefit is Jordan Lee’s self-reflexive solo indie-pop project, and Skip a Sinking Stone is his second record. The album can be thematically divided into 2 parts: 1 nomadic, 1 grounded, but both presenting their own problems. Jordan gets it all accross with sensitive arrange...view item »

Skin Companion EP I

The clue is in the title with this one. Flume released Skin earlier this year and had to make some hard choices with his tracklisting, so to mend those he’s presenting some that didn’t make the cut in these neat follow up EPs - filled with tracks he wrote around the same time. 12” vinyl from Transgress...view item »

Julia Jacklin
Don’t Let The Kids Win

No relation to golf's Tony, Julia Jacklin is an Australian singer songwriter who has quit her job in an essential oils factory in order to concentrate on her music career. Despite the Jenny Hval-ish sleeve art this is a much more traditional fayre the kind of gentle rolling alt folk that might appeal to fans of ...view item »

Let's Eat Grandma
I, Gemini

Norwich duo Let’s Eat Grandma have their debut album to show to you. I, Gemini is a release with a love of texture at its heart: a very wide variety of instrumentation (mandolin, synths, harmonica) has been used here to keep these poppy tracks highly interesting. Some new sound seems to be hiding behind every corn...view item »

Let's Eat Grandma
Deep Six Textbook

Let’s Eat Grandma are an experimental duo who make a sweet and strange electronic pop that’s indebted to the Cocteau Twins and 4AD. Deep Six Textbook on vinyl 7" is powered by just a slow drum machine, ambient drone and the girls’ voices, but the results are grand and capt...view item »


Another set of main-stage big tunes from Australian producer Flume. Skin is an example of the consummate modern electronic pop album, pulling in bits and pieces of different dance musics to make a banging whole. The range of vocal guests is very impressive, including Little Dragon, Little Dragon...view item »

Neon Indian
Psychic Chasms + Mind CTRL

Psychic Chasms crosses genres and sub-genres and kind of ends up mostly electronic, but very psychedelic chill-wave. Don't think about it too much, it's lovely and that's all that matters. What I most appreciate about the music is that each song is very distinct, a fully realised idea with a sort of beginning, middle and end. No mucking about he...view item »

Neon Indian
Era Extrana + Errata Anex

Era Extrana is very different, but it has grown on me since I first heard it. The first few goes around the songs blend together without any real instant connections, but soon they worm their way into your mind and you find yourself looking for them. Errata Anex contains re-workings from the Era Extrana - The Boyd Rice remix is fantastic. It is ...view item »

Powder / Bathed in Light

With a name like Gengahr, they should probably be a death metal band who don't hold back on the growls -- but they actually craft squeaky-clean indie rock fashioned after newer Modest Mouse and the clean-guitars of the National, among other artists who like to make sure their melodies are clarified. This 7" consists of two new tracks from t...view item »

Bathed In Light / Powder

John Victor from Genghar is being heralded as something of a guitar genius, with comparisons to Jack White and Royal Blood. This is the band's debut single, a double 'A' side featuring tracks 'Powder' and 'Bathed in Light'. The band made their Glastonbury debut on the BBC Introducing stage this year and are making all the right noises. Laid-back...view item »

Stargaze & Greg Saunier
Deerhoof Chamber Variations

Greg Saunier, one of the main movers in Deerhoof, has been working with contemporary group s t a r g a z e to turn a number of his band’s songs into an instrumental chamber piece. He’s got great skills, so Deerhoof Chamber Variations turns out wonderfully; totally new but al...view item »

Hippo Campus
The Halocline EPs

Hippo Campus are a quartet of young guns who are proud to hail from Minnesota. Their sound is a fresh, upbeat-sounding indie rock that glistens in the sunlight. The Halocine EPs bundles up their debut EP Bashful Creatures with the brand new, Alan Sparhawk-produced South. CD on the Tran...view item »

Hippo Campus

Hippo Campus are a quartet of young guns who are proud to hail from Minnesota. With the deep talents of Alan Sparhawk of Low producing them, what could go wrong? Their EP South is a set of upbeat-sounding indie rock that glistens in the sunlight. The 12” vinyl is released by the T...view item »

At The Drive In
Acrobatic Tenement

At The Drive-In started as a charmingly scrappy and jangly racket back in the mid-90’s, lest we forget. Acrobatic Tenement is reissued by Transgressive Records here on vinyl for the first time - and a fancy coloured one at that. Hear where it all began for a band who went from obscure emo ...view item »

Neon Indian
VEGA INTL. Night School

Neon Indian has only been sighted in one-offs and collaborations for quite a while now, so it is more than welcome to see the release of VEGA INTL. Night School, his third full-length. Partly recorded on a cruise ship(!!!), the record is suitably trash-groovy and fun, pulling in influence from Palomo&rs...view item »

Hippo Campus
Bashful Creatures

Hippo Campus are a Minnesota quartet of bright young fellows, now presenting their debut EP to the world. Bashful Creatures was produced by Alan Sparhawk, though this group are brighter and swifter than his Low. The EP (or mini LP, the press release can’t make up its mind) is rele...view item »

The Rumble Strips
Hate Me You Do

Chirpy sub Dexy's toss like The Rumble Strips does nowt for me. I don't wanna hear a cross between Boomtown Rats & Mystery Jets any more than I want to stab myself up. Or I may just go & stab up Razorlight for making this bobbins popular. I'm too old & off for a lie down & a cup of horlic...view item »

Songhoy Blues
Al Hassidi Terei

Having been banned from playing music by Islamic extremists in Timbuktu, Songhoy Blues moved to the Malian capital where they met Damon Albarn and things have been going up since then. Some classic African folk/rock with crisp guitar and beautiful vocal sounds, it’s fun and defiant. Debut album to come, watch this space....view item »

She’s A Witch

Big love in the world of hype for London-based Gengahr. She’s A Witch is a catchy little number that could quite easily be an MGMT B-side. Memorable hooks and a subtle inflection of prog stylings to the guitar work. They’ll no doubt soundtrack an advert and get massive. Out on 7” vinyl from Transg...view item »

Fist City
Everything Is a Mess

Say what you please, Fist City is a great and ridiculous name for a band. Turns out they make music that is aggressive and loud, but in the way that indie bands are aggressive, which is to say with yelped vocals and fuzzed guitars. Everything Is A Mess is pleasingly messy, and quite a lot of fun: check out ‘Fuck C...view item »

A Dream Outside

Fresh new debut album from fresh new band Gengahr, with an indie sound led by swooning vocals, wide guitars and warm melodies. The record is released on the Transgressive record label, and while I wouldn’t go so far as to describe the band’s sound as transgressive, Gengahr do provide pleasing sonics....view item »

Pulled Apart By Horses

Interestingly enough, I saw this band's first ever gig a few years back, when they were a sloppy but enthusiastic poppy post-hardcore outfit. There's no denying they've done well for themselves since, with regular touring and canny PR work making them a recognised name on the UK rock scene....view item »

Cold Specks

Powerful voice this lass has got. Evoking the dusky female blues of the Deep South, this young Canadian ex-pat sounds years older than her tender age and this song is a a genuine treat, like a Gothic soul-noir anthem with a fiery gospel-folk edge. I love the way her voice frames the sparse...view item »

You Stay Cool/ Stage Fright

Burningpilot now. I always get these retro berks 'cause I adored the debut 'cause it made me wanna grab a girl by the hand & do the rude boy twist. I think it's the fact they always sound like a deranged Squeeze fronted by a mentally stunted Gruff Rhys that charms me. The songs are really quite good fun with a ska-lite ...view item »

It's The Music (They're Dancing To)

You lot like yer Transgressive record label dontcha? For the true indie music fan this is a very fertile springboard for NEW & EXITING records by bands who have a bit of ORIGINALITY & VITALITY about them. Remember Fierce Panda? Well a bit like that used to be donkeys years ago. Burning Pilot are the latest contri...view item »

Beautiful Dynasty

And swiftly onto BATTLE who have a limited 7" on Transgressive... only 500 of these babies so get 'em while you can before the ebayhoovers sniff 'em up with their sucky cash pipes. I've never been a massive fan of Battle.... always thought of them as a bit pedestrian for me. About as cutting edge as my gran... b...view item »

Becoming Real
Pure Apparition

This album is the debut full-length of Becoming Real, a Glasgow-based producer turning out simmeringly bass-loaded tracks that dabble in grime / post-grime. Pure Apparition leans more towards dancefloor instrumental tracks than the MC-fronted material he’s often leaned towards in the past. On Transgressive....view item »

Flume: The Mixtape & Remixes

Its been a tricky week for new records, if they've not been impossi-listens, they've been perfectly listenable things that kind of float by without making much impression. This is a double album of a record which originally came out as a bonus with Flume's debut. It is, as it says, a mixtape of sorts featuring a whole hosts of guests like ...view item »

Africa Express
Africa Express Presents...Terry Riley's In C Mali

Terry Riley's In C Mali by Africa Express is the first ever recording of Riley’s minimalist work by an African ensemble. In C Mali was originally written by Terry Riley in 1964. Upon hearing this new version the composer said that he was “overwhelmed and delighted”. T...view item »

The Brilliant & The Dark Live At The ICA

Gaggle are a 30 strong feminist choir so I have been terrified into liking this record. There are 30 of them and only one of me with just the two balls between me so its an unfair contest really. Luckily, although an acquired taste, this is a rather impressive outing. What we have is a performance recorded live at the ICA of a choral work for wo...view item »

We Fam Econo

FAMY make huge, soundscaped pop music that wants the all caps HEAVY POP genre tag Wu Lyf took up. Their latest record, 'We Fam Econo', utilises a range of instruments -- from blasts of organ to soft uke strumming - that ornament their strong guitar melodies. 'We Fam Econo' promises to be widescreen indie rock for a band with lofty ambitions....view item »

Dry The River
Alarms in the Heart

The press release says "For fans of Mumford & Sons, Dog Is Dead and Stornaway". Oh, Phil, why do you let this stuff in our office? Apparently I'm the office Dry The River expert because I saw them by accident once at a festi...view item »


FAMY are pleased to announce details of their huge new single 'Ava' on 21st July through Transgressive Records. Taken from their forthcoming début album, set for release early Autumn, it precedes a Summer of festival appearances and the bands next headline show at London’s The Lexington on 30th July. Premiered on Zane Lowe&r...view item »

The Antlers

Familiars is the fourth studio album by Antlers after a relatively fallow three years which saw the release of just two EPs: Together and Undersea. Familiars was self-produced but the talents of Chris Coady (Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Future Islands) were utilised to mix the album. Familiars is available on indie...view item »

Fist City
It's 1983 Grow Up!

A punk band on Transgressive! I didn't see this one coming. Fist City deal in a snotty and melodic '70s-punk-influenced indie rock style which is one part Buzzcocks and one part Les Savy Fav. The guitars have a tough, crunchy jangle to them, the songs floating on a bed of ether...view item »


Here’s some soaring indie pop business from London quartet Famy, who’re rocking a bit of an epic pop aesthetic like Alt-J with yelpy and strained vocals that will divide opinions right from the start I suspect. They do help contribute to the epic aesthetic, particularly with ganged-up whoa-ohs backing him ...view item »

School of Night
School of Night

School of Night is the solo project of Antlers dude Darby Cicci, and on this debut EP he’s showing off five tracks of impeccably polished darkpop with an emotional falsetto (Phil points out he sounds like Chris Martin). It’s moody and downbeat but smooth and soulful, with warm round bass tones and flutte...view item »

At The Drive In
One Armed Scissor (The Field Remix)

Here’s something I didn’t expect. It’s a limited one-sided 12” featuring my teenage idols At The Drive-In dismantled by Swedish ambient techno master Axel “The Field” Willner. What we get from him is entirely unrecognisable from the so...view item »

Johnny Flynn
Country Mile

Anyone who has heard the new Jake Bugg single will know that the nadir of recorded music has now been reached. The only way is up, right? There are slight Bugg-isms to the opening guitar riff on this new Johnny Flynn record but luckily the track that follows ‘Country Mile&r...view item »


A few weeks ago Li'l Biz wondered aloud how teenagers make music as mundane and anaemic as London Grammar. I have no idea. When I was a teenager I was a fucking idiot, throwing stuff about everywhere. The last thing I could've done would be to have sat down and written a weepy ballad or had anything at all to...view item »


Flume is the latest wunderkind producer to dazzle the pundits with his unique brand of post-genre futurepop, mixing up bits of hip-hop, r’n’b and post-pop weirdness with some slick pure chartpop production touches, full of ready-to-go pop hits with woozy summer grooves, punchy drumbeats and silky synth melodies, along with a revolvin...view item »

At The Drive In
Relationship of Command

This lightning bolt from the year 2000 is now widely available on sweet 180 gram vinyl. At the Drive-In teamed up with nu-metal’s Ross Robinson to visceral effect, turning a generation of the mislead on to music that was any-good. Replace your scratched old cd copy of Relationship of Command...view item »

Into the night / Denim Patches

Good grief, these bands just get younger and younger don’t they! Well the latest lot to try to follow in the footsteps of The Arctic Monkeys, Hanson, The Osmonds and The Jackson Five are the memorably-named Blaenavon, a trio with an average age of 16, who on ‘Into The Night’ mix ...view item »

Pulled Apart by Horses / Blood Red Shoes
Get Off My Ghost Train / Heartsink

Cover bands are usually rubbish, but sometimes a project comes along which give the tired idea a better lease of life. This project from Pulled Apart By Horses guitarist James Brown lets ‘proper’ bands cover tracks from their fellow musicians. The first single features Pulled Apart by Horses and...view item »

Marika Hackman
You Come Down / Mountain Spines

Marika Hackman is here with a 7” of dusky, mournful alt-country/neofolk songsmithery. Lead track ‘You Come Down’ is dark and bleak and packed with queasy anatomical metaphors which is offset by the beauty of the delivery, which falls somewhere between ...view item »

From The Mouth Of The Cave

Okay, this one’s a bit different. For those of you who haven’t already encountered them, Gaggle are a feminist choir/experimental pop troupe who make weird fractured choral music. I’m sure I’ve heard them...view item »

Iron and Wine
Lovesong of the Buzzard

Okay so I'm gonna try and write an Iron and Wine review about waffling on about his beard. 'Lovesong Of The Buzzard' (great title, I love birds). You really cannot go wrong with a birdie song. Ltd 10" UK only release out on Transgressive / Sub Pop edition of 1000 with two new tracks. It's an enchanting well written little tune with acoustic gu...view item »

Graham Coxon
The Spinning Top

I bought this without really checking any of the songs beforehand. So I was pleasently suprised to find that nearly every song on the albulm was pretty brilliant. Graham Coxon in my opinion is one of the best guitarists alive at the moment, and his singing is decent enough to go with it. All in all very good, lots of good stuff. ...view item »

Pulled Apart By Horses

So 'Tough Love' has dropped and apparently it's make or break time for the band. The name itself may even be a dig at industry pressure to succeed? I don't know? Little fanfare is being made of it but they've managed to secure the production skills of Gil Norton (Doolittle dude) which has help...view item »

Olympic Airways

Foals. Well, they're shaping up to be a feyer version of Bloc Party. I still can't quite accept the fact that a band from Oxford called their song 'Mathletics' and didn't get beaten up by a rugby team. Well, Jolly John Lydon's meathead pals maybe. But no, that is entire rugby squad baiting is that kind of smug twattishness. Even Shellac aren't ...view item »

Neon Indian
Era Extrana

Neon Indian is back! In fairness though I didn't really get on the boat first time round so I'm having to rely on what Business Lady says about the previous record to some extent. She says it was a totally great slice of bedroom pop from around the time that Washed Out and Passion Pit were also putting out their high quality debuts. She also...view item »

Theme Park
A Mountain We Love/ Wax

As of this review being written, this band have actually never played live, so I think it's kind of good going that they've managed to talk anyone into putting this out, but put it out Transgressive have...and it's a pretty interesting single. On this record, Theme Park give us a couple of tracks of pristine indie pop with synths and drum ma...view item »

Graham Coxon
Dead Bees/ Brave The Storm

Graham Coxon releases another of his print things which comes with a download code so you can get his new single. It's a novel fancy way of releasing music which I approve of. His art is (surprisingly) pleasing to the eye and as we don't have a copy to listen to (as we don't get any codes) then I can't review it so there's no chance of it upsetting...view item »

So So Modern
Skeleton Dance/ Turn This Landscape Upside Down

So So Modern: 'Skeleton Dance' 7" (Transgressive) Second part of the quadruple series of singles from the scamps on Transgressive. Comin' on like a slightly more melodic version of the spiky/angular sort of post-punk offered up by the likes of Big Flame, The Mackenzies or Bogshead. If you like Help She Can't Swim or Foals then you'll like the ...view item »

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