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Bloxx
Coke / Curtains

Something deliciously awkward is present in the opening seconds to 'Curtains'. What follows brings us comfortably into sludgy pop-rock, with vocal harmonies sounding like Cursive, and a distinctly British swagger. 'Coke' works on low fuzz and clear, bright vocals, more uptempo, and no less anthemic....view item »
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Sundara Karma
Explore

Sundara Karma burst onto the scene with their Youth is Only Ever Fun In Retrospect LP (soon to be re-issued and revamped).  In the meantime they issue a limited 7" of Explore which as fun a slice of Strokes-ish, Arcade Fire ish  indie that you are likely to find dwelling in the Thames Valley. ...view item »
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Casi
The Beast

This new single from another one of those London Grammar-type singers sets itself apart for three reasons: It’s got a great beat, sort of like this mash-up of Sophie’s ‘Hard’ and Death Grips’ ‘Anne Bonny’ I heard on YouTube once. ...view item »

Billie Marten
Milk & Honey

Nice ethereal acoustic twiddlings from silky-voiced Ripon-based songstress Isabella Sophie Tweddle, aka Billie Marten. A Youtube sensation at the age of 12, Marten is now getting some serious attention, including a nomination for BBC Sound of 2016. And she's still only 17. According to her Wikipedia page she is, apparently, obsessed with alpacas...view item »

Bloxx
You / Your Boyfriend

Introducing Bloxx - the latest indie-rock buzz in West-London. With an array of candid vocals and minimal production, You / Your Boyfriend makes for a neat debut offering from the young four-piece. Whilst the LP is enveloped in juvenile energy, a mature songwriterly spirit hints at a great future ...view item »
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Pumarosa
Cecile

Pumarosa are new enough that this is only their second single. But their dance-angled rock sounds like it has plenty of cutting-edge hit potential, so maybe jump onboard now! Cecile could accompany a summer yacht party, at least up until the point of the relatively heavy inst...view item »
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Little White Things
Step Back / Corner Of

In this post-’Little Lion Man’ world, one would think that the market for anthemic choruses, soaring ‘oh-woah’ gang vocals and clickbait chord progressions had reached something close to saturation. But as long as there are bands like London two-piece Little White Things penning very competent indie-pop ditties like &lsqu...view item »
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Sundara Karma
Youth Is Only Ever Fun In Retrospect

You must have some lovely karma, to encounter such a gift on your life's travels. Some might argue that Youth Is Only Fun in Retrospect, but listening to Sundara Karma’s energetic and youthful debut album is already fun while you’re doing it. Just be ready to be bob your head and hum catch...view item »

Billie Marten
Writing of Blues and Yellows

Emerging out of the delightful North Yorkshire city (yup it has a cathedral) of Ripon, Bille Marten (actual name Isabella Sophie Tweddle) has a voice made out of some kind of silk-like substance and writes moody acoustic songs that tug at any heartstrings you may still have left. This is her much anticipated debut which on initi...view item »

Casi
Lion / Golden Age Thinking

The very first release by Casi, a Welsh artiste who’ll probably be a radio staple in about a year and a half (mark my words). Both A-side Lion and AA-side Golden Age Thinking have big big choruses and a melancholy-pop-tastic vibe. Although let's be clear, there is plenty of sonic invention here too: I lik...view item »
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Billie Marten
As Long As

Billie Marten is apparently tipped for greatness: someone noticed that she is quite good, despite only being 16 years of age. The As Long As EP is her longest release to date, and features her impressive voice over a bed of heart-string-tugging ornate folk music. 10” vinyl, released by the Chess Club label....view item »
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Sundara Karma
EP II

Sundara Karma’s EPII contains 4 tracks of the band’s anthemic indie rock, the kind of thing that goes down very well at the larger rock festivals. The production is smooth, but you can hear the vocalist straining into raw intensity at certain points. Pressed to 10” vinyl in a nice shade of green, relea...view item »
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Pumarosa
Priestess

With their debut on Chess Club, Pumarosa are announcing their prowess to listeners worldwide. Produced by Dan Carey, Priestess combines influences from slow, introspective dub electronica with catchy guitar hooks and intense vocals to create a spiritual and industrial track: the tension keeps on building in this excelle...view item »
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Beach Baby
Ladybird

It’s the debut single from Beach Baby, a London based four piece. Ladybird is some chilled-out indie pop with some swooning backing singing and some downbeat lead vocals which gently wash over you. For fans of bands such as We Were Evergreen, Cloud Control and The ...view item »
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Swim Deep
To my Brother

Sounding a little bit acid house along with a touch of gospel is the new single from Swim Deep. This limited edition 7” vinyl is on the Chess Club label via RCA Victor.Self described as psychedelic sex music. it’s perfect for evenings in in the bedroom with the woman/man/other of your choice....view item »
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Swim Deep
Mothers

Swim Deep are an indie-pop quintet from Birmingham. Mothers is the band’s second album. Their sound is seemingly influenced by the credible pop acts of the early-to-mid ‘80s. The band are part of the emerging B-Town scene in Digbeth along with Peace. On coloured vinyl LP and C...view item »

Swim Deep
Namaste

Highly rated Birmingham indie-pop five piece Swim Deep have a new album out soon entitled Mothers. To wet your palate, a 7” of Namaste will be preceding its release. The single will be backed with Everything is Possible which is exclusive to this release. It's limited to 500 copies so don't hang ...view item »

Sundara Karma
Flame

Sundara Karma are a Berkshire four-piece, apparently all aged eighteen. So plenty of youthful vigour in here yes? There is indeed, although this is far from a teenage punk pour-out. Rather, Flame is a carefully considered indie tune probably designed as an ‘anthem’, with impressive sounding production. 7&rdq...view item »
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Beach Baby
No Mind No Money (single)

Beach Baby are an indie pop four-piece from Dorset and Athens who met at Goldsmiths College in London. Limited to 300 copies, their latest single release 'No Mind No Money' is part of a Chess Club records 7''series which included their debut March release 'Ladybird'. Their music comprises elements of shoegaze, post punk, indie pop and late ninet...view item »
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Swim Deep
One Great Song and I Could Change The World

Interesting to release a song named One Great Song And I Could Change The World: the boast seems arrogant but the word ‘could’ suggests that this song is not a great one after all… This 7” of sweeping indie pop from Swim Deep is in a limited edition, released as part of RCA Records’ Chess ...view item »

Oceaan
Oceaán EP

Oceaán is a Brussels-born producer who has relocated to Manchester after spending his early years in the country of his birth and Denmark. His eponymous debut 5 track EP is an innovative blast of R&B infused garage. Big things are expected from him and he has already earned plaudits from Line Of Best Fit, DIY and Pige...view item »
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Oceaan
The Grip EP

Oceaán's breathy, emotive and melodramatic electro-pop shines through on new EP The Grip, which yields with its gorgeous, palatable synthwork at the same time as its beats pound forwards. Oceaán has made The Grip loud and proud but with minimalism in the back of his mind....view item »
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Kill J
Bullet

I recently discovered this mysterious Scandinavian duo and wasted no time getting this release. 'Bullet' is a great debut single and their live performance of 'Another Lover' for Yours Truly blows my mind. Having it on vinyl is a must. (Plus you get the mp3s to put on your iPod). Their unique sound simply captures my attention time after time an...view item »
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Waste Of Time

Debut single by danish vocalist Karen Marie Orsted aka Mo, ‘Waste Of Time’ is a lovely vocal on an otherwise predictable dubstep tune, the only interesting thing about this single is the plinky Foals style guitar bit in the middle, B-Side features a remix by Midlands based DJ, producer Sam Manville aka F...view item »
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Bikini Daze

This vinyl is a must-have. The cover is very beautiful and has a very special artwork. MØ has the most distinctive and awesome voice, and the production fits perfect....view item »
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Various
Chess Club Volume 1

Chess Club celebrate seven years of putting out records with this lavish double LP compilation with a die-cut gatefold sleeve and printed inners. It's a nice thing. On it you will find a selection of 20 tracks from the label's history, some of which are hard to find on their original releases now, from everyone from Mumford & Sons...view item »
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Sundara Karma
Cold Heaven

Here's a 7" of hazy epic indiepop from Sundara Karma, about whom I know nothing. 'Cold Heaven' has got a galloping little drumbeat and big chiming U2 guitars and blurry "oo-ee-ooh" backing vocals that remind me of that MGMT song and slightly strained vocals that are somewhere between Ch...view item »
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No Mythologies To Follow

MØ is Danish singer-songwriter, also known as Karen Marie Ørsted. No Mythologies to Follow is the 26 year old’s debut album. MØ is a self-confessed Spice Girls obsessive, she even covered Say You’ll Be There for a record store day release. Howev...view item »
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Pilgrim

Wonderful first single from our upcoming Danish singer/songwriter, MØ. Having a hard time trying to describe the astonishing Pilgrim. Maybe the correct answer would be; vocal-fucked acrobatics mixed in a cocktail with new-wave dreamscapes. Go get it before it's sold out - it's worth every single penny!...view item »
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Jungle
The Heat

This single has one of the best sleeve images I’ve ever seen. The duo chill in matching green Adidas tracksuits in a room full of amazing, cryptic and often inexplicable details - there’s a giant porcelain puma on the floor, rollerskates, a magazine and poster with the band’s name on, a giant bronze palm tree...a half-peeled ba...view item »
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MS MR
Fantasy

Perfection. Absolute perfection. MS MR is brilliant. This vinyl is not available in the US, so thank you so very much Norman Records. Ordering was easy. The vinyl arrived in no time at all and in one piece. Thanks again Norman Records....view item »
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Wolf Alice
Bros

I’m starting to wonder what percentage of bands/artists on this planet have the word Wolf in their name. Here goes....(deep breath)....parade, eyes, people, chubby, high, patrick, peanut butter, josiah, aids, gideon, lone, i, guitar, colonel, sea, ..and cub, fox n, er howlin’ and...just plain old wolf. Why wolf? Why are people obsess...view item »
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Baby Strange
Friend

Coming on like a re-badge of the glammier punkier end of Brit Pop, this lot are not unlike early Ash or Supergrass in their punky angry youth. The A side is a shout-a-long street anthem full of chunky guitars - sort of 999 playing ...view item »
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Swim Deep
Where The Heaven We Are

Swim Deep can write great tunes there is no doubt about it. Early singles 'King City' and 'Honey' are excellent examples of the bands capability with fantastic choruses. However this album does not live up to the early releases, the song writing is lacklustre and most of songs sound like fillers. This album does s...view item »

Swim Deep
She Changes The Weather

There isn't much negative I can say about this song, in fact just about none at all. From the soothing vocals for the intro to the lead in of beautiful harmonies this song is just perfect. A unique twist of what has been described as "beach-grunge", this new band from Birmingham are surely set for big things. The perfect song to relax with a feel-g...view item »
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MS MR
Hurricane

MS MR are the latest edition to the Chess Club family. Can’t tell you much about them other than that they are from New York and were recently the Guardian’s band of t...view item »
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Swim Deep
King City / Beach Justice

Arcade Fire have a lot to answer for. Their kind of swaying, singalong chorus is ommipresent in today's cluttered 6 Music-aiming 'indie' artists. Starting off like those other stadium monsters U2 this matches pumping drums to melodic...view item »
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Louise and the Pins
Bell Jar

Ah, The Bell Jar, that was a cheery book, wasn't it? Here we've got Louise & the Pins laying out a sultry and dare-I-say miserable little number with lush understated backing and a Winehouse-esque vocal delivery. I've not encountered this chanteuse previously but as far as this single is c...view item »
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The Middle East
The Recordings of

Nice chess set.chess set...view item »
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