Literally the worst thing that could happen to a band in the 80's was to get the 'new Smiths' tag....and even worse was to be given the Morrissey seal of approval. Bradford had both and so it's no surprise that they pretty soon called it a day and were never seen again.....
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The Dr. Jekyll to Fat White Family’s Mr. Hyde, Insecure Men sees Fat White-ers Saul Adamczewsi and Nathan Saoudi try their hand at some sort of Lynch-ian sugar-pop. While the ultra-low-budget sound nestles this record next to FWF’s Champagne Holo...view item »
Before he hit paydirt producing the Stone Roses, John Leckie worked on one of Felt's best and most realised albums. The Strange Idols Pattern and Other Short Stories is another meanderingly titled album from this band's whose clipped arty indie pop is anything but flabby. Mixing the Velvet Underground...view item »
This record is punching me in the face and that’s all I really have to say about it. It’s a smash hit; it smashes things. Ex Knife Karin Dreijer’s second LP as Fever Ray goes hard on the synths and harder on the drums, creating a work that makes the expansive and never-ending transgressions of &lsquo...view item »
Big Beater is watching you! The world is in a strange, disturbing way these days, but international man of mystery Jack Dangers, Manifesto in hand, is here to weigh in. Meat Beat Manifesto has been going for over three decades now, and these new offerings show Dangers’ long-honed proficiency. His production is thick ...view item »
Cath and Phil Tyler are a pair of lovely folkies from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne (though Cath originally hails from Massachusetts where she played in Cordelia's Dad). This is their third album and their first in eight years. Here they further explore their love of traditional songcraft, mountain banjo and Sacred harp s...view item »
Anthology Recordings shine a light on this little known group of Philadelphia / New Jersey synth explores that were active from the late 70s through the early 90s. It’s a valuable and ultimately highly engrossing collection of material compiled from their many self-released cassettes. Their brand of Space Music draws from the previously es...view item »
Anyone who hasn’t previously had the chance to pick up some of the key David Bowie albums doesn’t have to worry any more, as Parlophone are furnishing us with some fine new reissues of the great man’s Berlin period! ...view item »
Over he trots. Our very own office Golden Retriever Ian with more records to review. "You might like this" he says. By gum he's right, It's lovely. Exactly my kind of thing. It's sparkling acoustic guitars and clipped production remind me of the best of the Hoboken sound. I'm talking the Feelies and early ...view item »
Frankly it’d be easier to juggle one ball that said “power”, another that said “jangle” and a third that said “pop” than it would be to write a text-based review for this album, but Phil hasn’t endorsed me for performance art or interpretive dance yet, so here we are. With sparse means and large he...view item »
There's a very good chance that Husker Du are one of those 'you had to be there' bands as often listening to them now it's very hard to work out what the fuss was about. They regularly had one great song out of every five, are pretty straight down the line compared to the soon-to-be-big Husker's influenced Pixies.......view item »
Jamal Moss’ loving tribute to the musicians who pushed jazz through crucial moments in its long, wide history -- particularly the legends of Blue Note, but anyone from Thelonious Monk to the Weather Report to Jon Hassell -- will like...view item »
The Splendour Of Fear is Felt's most glacial and otherworldly album. It's six tracks stretch and twist way beyond normal indie song length and as a result structure wise it kind of predates the wandering post rock of the likes of Mogwai. But Felt were full of classical flourishes aided most obviously by...view item »
Looks like Yann Novak’s been reading Terence McKenna again. The latter’s remark, quoted in the title, refers to a modern age at a dead end and for whom the only sensible direction is backwards. Using highly restrained combinations of field recordings and subtle laptoppery, Novak weighs in on time, memory, context and...view item »
Once again Keiji Haino, the noise maestro synonymous with every possible pathway into his genre, lends a helping hand to the young guns around him. Having collaborated with just about anyone confident enough to ask him, he rarely disappoints, and the noise rock band working with him create a thrilling backdrop of chaos, giving Haino the chance t...view item »
There are fond memories in my heart for the Low Anthem’s history of recording antics -- an abandoned pasta factory here, a forgotten cinema there -- that make me want to invest in their music the way they do. Driven by music’s panoramic potential, the band developed their softer, folksier early days into something more full of life, ...view item »
Just one more Elephant9 record. All you have to do is drive. I promise. If you’re into it, the cosmic persecutors have just put up ‘Greatest Show on Earth’, a sleuthing record detailing their prog-jazz in extra detailed slow. So slow and so serene is opener “Way of Return” that I feel as if I’m a detective try...view item »
Slice and splice the Talking Heads’ avant-dance classic ‘Fear of Music’ with ‘On the Corner’ -- one of Miles Davis’ most daring fusion records, invoking the experiments of electronic composer Karlheinz Stockhausen -- and you apparently have ...view item »
Jerky rhythm riders Palm navigate their songs as if they were F Zero levels -- from side to side they skirt, their guitars moving forward as if it were the same thing as winding backwards. This new record they’ve done, ‘Rock Island’, is a toast to straightline chaos, its weird, exuberant math-making advancing their sound a thou...view item »
Fans of stylish minimalist ambience can rejoice as the heroic duo of Nicolai and Sakamoto return on a release that's as much sound art as composition. This conceptual performance took place in a glass structure in September 2016, and is thankfully documented in all its calm, elegant glory, released on the ever g...view item »
In 1981, Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft released their fourth album, the Conny Plank-produced Gold und Liebe. Of course, the D.A.F. boys are in a sexy synthy mood, pushing their electropunk power onto the listener with excellent lusty power. Gold und Liebe is here reissued ...view item »
It’s 2018 now, and with Jawbreaker back on the wagon after two decades in the sun, what better time to reacquaint yourself with the group? That said, if you’re not ready to dive back into the melee of Unfun or Bivouac just yet, maybe try this collection of B-sides and rarities to get the juices flow...view item »
27 years into their career, lo-fi noise band Refrigerator release their 11th album, High Desert Lows. Here, their noise-pop takes a bit of back seat in favour of the more laid-back strings, slide guitar and organ sound of previous albums such as Comedy Plus One. It’s certainly a significant drop in noise level from their l...view item »
Debut LP from south London rock outfit Phobophobes, after a turbulent journey of interchanging managers and members, and the tragic death of guitarist George Bedford Russell. Often dark, sometimes abrasive, punctuated with macabre and witty lyrics. On Ra-Ra Rok, on standard vinyl or limited edition clear version with alternate a...view item »
Some predictably vampy Queen-core from former Sneaker Pimps vocalist Chris Corner here. IAMX’s Alive in New Light goes for an old Gary Numan vibe and ends up with a new Gary Numan vibe. Corner throws his voice all over the place a...view item »
Here's something dark but soothing. All the way from Mexico this duo ignore the hot Mexican sun and instead sit in dark rooms and make spindly dream-pop that references all your favourite doomsters.
'Ojos En El Carro' for example slows early Cocteau Twins down to a blur. This woozy, dislocated mu...view item »
Will no-one think of the children? Cut ten years into the future the Lovely Eggs offspring are telling embattled therapists about their childhood on tour with one of England's most experimental rock bands. "I just wanted to play with my playstation but they made me do the merchandise".
This time at least Lovely Eggs have s...view item »
Imarhan are one of the premier bands within the desert blues world of Tuareg music, and Temet, their second album, finds them muscling up on their funkier, fuzzier, even disco sides. Both the CD and the vinyl edition of Temet come with a free City Slang label sampler CD (but only while stocks last…)...view item »
BBE have done it again! This time the fruits of their labours -- digging in the crates with (long-term jazz record collectors) Tony Higgins and Mike Peden -- has seen the unearthing of these gems from the post-war period in modern Japanese jazz history. The tracks take in spiritual jazz, post-modal impressionism and fusion for the dancefloors. H...view item »
Tape Recorder is one of that albums that insidiously creeps up on you without really announcing its presence. Each time it has been played in the office I've got up off my chair, walked over to the CD player to find out what was going down. This has happened 2-3 times. The main reason for my interest has been that it's second track has all the s...view item »
It's with no diminished excitement that the world's pioneering musicians and sound sculptors are time and time again unearthed and presented on celebrated archival labels. Here Indonesia's contribution to electronic music is explored through the eclectic and endlessly inventive sounds of Otto Sidharta....view item »
STOP PRESS: We have an actual worst band name of all time. Shame as their music sounds promising. They got together to try to remake MBV 'Loveless' and to discuss various guitar bowing techniques but have since gone on to explore texture, guitar drones and pedal techniques. They also come from Beirut and contain former members of Johnny Kaf...view item »
Postcards are a Lebanese dream-pop type outfit who are releasing their debut record I'll Be Here In The Morning on Ruptured. Made up of four friends, this record is a great collection of lush vocals and simple to follow music scores that fit together like bees to honey. Available on vinyl LP and CD. ...view item »
Dreamweapon by Spacemen 3 documents the time they played live in the foyer of Watermans Art Centre in Brentford at a screening of the Wim Wenders film Wings of Desire. The audience didn’t care for it too much but the 45 minute set of droning guitars will sure please fans of the band. This reissue includes outtakes from 198...view item »
S. Carey presents his third album to date, in the form of Hundred Acres. In the past, the jazz-trained Carey has dabbled with minimalism in his music, but Hundred Acres finds him fully embracing the pastoral folk beauty of his sound. This is a lush, thoughtful listen, full of images of nature. ...view item »
The Man I’d Rather Be (Part II) is a 4 LP or 4 CD box set documenting the solo work of the legendary and influential guitarist Bert Jansch. The focus is on the late ‘60s and early ‘70s where Jansch worked from a wider palette, mixing pop, blues and baroque into his folk sound. Bassist Danny Thomps...view item »
Look man, I write descriptions for Norman Records. If there’s an LP that features YoshimiO (Boredoms), Susie Ibarra and Lichens bloke Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe, then I’m obviously dtf. Flowers of Sulphur was recorded at a 2016 performance in B...view item »
This is the first time this soundtrack has come on the music market as a full release. A collection of rather mellow and easy-listening music, Jon Brion's Lady Bird is available on three different formats: CD, LP and a limited edition white vinyl LP. This original motion picture soundtrack has been released by Fire Soundtracks.&...view item »
The Chicago sound, as embodied by the great work done at Brunswick and later Curtom studios is legendary. I'll take the Chi-lites and Impressions any day before the legendary "JB", but alas... it is just a matter of taste. I'd say my personal favourite is "In the mood" -a very musical but quite humorous "tip of the cap" to Marvin Gaye and the bi...view item »
Totally Mild hail from Melbourne and are fronted by vocalist Elizabeth Mitchell. Her is the band’s second album, which follows their 2015 debut, Down Time. Their indie-pop sound is lushly wrapped, a perfect vehicle for Mitchell’s pitch-perfect voice and balances darkness and light with panache....view item »
Table Scraps are helmed by former Poppy & The Jezebels member Poppy Twist, who has ditched the twee indie of that group for the more robust garage rock stylings of this new three-piece. Their debut LP Autonomy is a short, sharp blast of punk that’s done in under 30. The likes of ‘Sick Of...view item »
With its combination of wry, caustic lyrics and zany synth-rockabilly instrumentals, the second LP from Caroline Rose is easy to like. Singles ‘Money’ and ‘Soul No. 5’ are clever, pepped-up and above all really fun, while Rose remains a simultaneously commanding and welcoming presence throughout. We&rsquo...view item »
Songwriter star Holly Miranda makes further vital strides in her sound with Mutual Horse, her fourth and most outwardly developed LP -- she's drawn in collaborators including TV on the Radio's Kyp Malone and My Brightest Diamond's Shara Nov...view item »
Sophomore LP from New York four-piece Public Access TV. Singles Metrotech and Lost in the Game feature infectious funk-inspired basslines, signalling a widening of horizons for the rockers. Never Enough is largely inspired by the band’s tumultuous last couple of years - including battles wit...view item »
The songs of Molly Drake, the mother of a certain other Drake in English musical history, were a revelation when they were first released in 2013: tender, intimate pieces recorded at home with Molly’s amazing cut-glass voice. The Tide’s Magnificence takes those nineteen song...view item »
Although he's not made a great record since the '80s, Felt's Lawrence is one of those music industry figures that it's easy to get obsessed about. A complete eccentric in a world of stodge, over the last ten years he's followed his muse into cheesy electro-pop with Go Kart Mozart (Bruce Springsteen ly...view item »
With an expansive and climactic soundscape dripping in nostalgia, LA based trio Lo Moon release a debut album that justifies the hype surrounding their first single ‘Loveless’. Despite a spattering of melancholic synths and piano, this LP is a decidedly hopeful ode to electro-pop. The title track ‘Real Love’ sounds like t...view item »
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