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Tuesday, 26 April 2016

26 April 2016

Hello again.

Riz MC - Englistan
Actor, poet, polymath Riz Ahmed has a new collection out, of which this is the title track. Available as a pay-what-you-like download. Excellent stuff.

Ukepunk - Girl Across The Road
Ukulele and punk - what's not to love? There is a new EP, From The North, but this is taken from the 2014 LP Punk Police.

The Wave Pictures - Slick Black River From The Rain
From last year's A Season In Hull LP. Love em to bits and they play The Parish next month.

Featured album: Stereolab - Transient Random-Noise Bursts With Announcements
Analogue Rock
Lock-Groove Lullaby
1993 saw Stereolab move up into the big leagues and Transient Random-Noise Bursts With Announcements was their first on the majors. Unmistakeable and unmatched.

The Julie Ruin - I Decide
Kathleen Hanna, ex of Bikini Kill, fronts this relatively new band. The new LP Hit Reset is out in July.

Seize The Chair - Secret Sister
New single from the boisterous Sheffield bunch.

The World - Managerial Material
The title track from their new EP which came out on April 1. Double sax, dub guitar. Amazing. From Oakland, CA.

City Yelps - Now
Lo-fi from Leeds, this is off their forthcoming debut LP.

The Blinders - 84
From Donny, but now playing out of Manchester, this is off their debut EP Hidden Horror Dance. The aim, they say, is to be in your face all the time. I'll leave that to you.

Tibet - I'll Put You In My Pocket
'60s inspired rock from their debut EP Fridge.

Featured album
Stereolab - Tone Burst
The opening track from Transient Random-Noise Bursts With Announcements.

The Ramisko Maki Maki Rocking Horse - And We Will Dance
That's a hell of a name. Ray McCartney is the Ramisko Maki Maki Rocking Horse and last summer's LP was Possessed By The Gods Of Cowbell Oblongata.

Sean Grant and The Wolfgang - Brother
From Northants, off the EP 7 Deadly 7 which is out on May 6.

The Antikaroshi - The Only Witness
Krautrock from Germany - aptly - from their fourth LP, the catchily titled 11 Songs Mostly Written And Played On Wednesday Evenings By A Band Called The Antikaroshi.

Laurence Made Me Cry - Mneme II (Dementio13 remix)
Jo Whitby, aka Laurence Made Me Cry, released the EP Titan's Daughters earlier this month and it's been given the remix treatment. One of them by house favourite Dementio13.

Gerry And The Pacemakers - You'll Never Walk Alone
Dedicated to the tireless seekers of justice. 27 years and maybe now those families can start to grieve.

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Same time next week? Cool.

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

19 April 2016

My 150th show. Blimey.

False Advertising - You're Too Slow
Manc rockers with a new EP called Brainless. Out on Friday.

The Spook School - Speak When You're Spoken To
This has been around a while. The album Try To Be Helpful came out last October, but there's a new video for this one which is huge fun and brought it back to mind.

Oscar - Good Things
Oscar Scheller's relentless quest for stardom continues with another great single. The album Cut And Paste is coming soon.

Featured Album
Sultans Of Ping FC - Casual Sex In The Cineplex
Kick Me With Your Leather Boots
Give Him A Ball (And A Yard Of Grass)
This week, we feature Cork's Sultans Of Ping's 1993 debut. Idiosyncratic isn't the word. Had this been released five years later, it would have been revered as a classic, like anything vaguely guitarish was in the late '90s. Instead, it remains a hidden gem.

Nai Harvest - Jelly
Sheffielders with a new single - a double A no less - featuring this and Just Like You.

Tom Hingley Band - Beggar's Hand
Released for Record Store Day, this is the first single from the former Inspiral Carpets frontman's forthcoming album.

Happy Accidents - Leaving Parties Early
From the album You Might Be Right which comes out in summer.

Headsticks - Cold English Grey Skies
From the album Feather And Flame. Indie folk?

Kidsmoke - Heartache
From Wrexham, their new single.

Nesta - Superactively Fly
From Horbury, they played the Sportsman on Saturday night and were ace.

Featured album
Sultans Of Ping FC - Where's Me Jumper
The big hit from Casual Sex In The Cineplex. They should have been huge.

Virginia Wing - Rhonda
I was blown away by their record last year, Meshes. This doesn't quite have the same impact, but still pretty damn good.

Beyond The Wizard's Sleeve - Diagram Girl
Interesting name. And a track that's attracting plenty of airplay, largely because it's rather good.

Art Trip and The Static Sound - Negative Energy
Amazing. The EP is called Oxymoron. Been a long time since I've heard anything quite like this.

Hud Mo - aMo Bishop Roden (remix)
Hudson Mohawke remixes the old Boards Of Canada track with astonishing results.

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and we're due in again next week.

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

12 April 2016

Really rather pleased with this week's selection. Let's dive in.

The Big Moon - Cupid
Kicking off with a four-piece from that there London. Recently signed to Fiction, this single comes out on May 13. They're touring. Be sure and catch their sunshiney indie pop.

Burnt Palms - Over
From what sounds like a lovely place - Seaside, California - this was on the LP Back On My Wall which came out in February. Gets better with repeat listenings.

CTMF - Escape To Argentina
The B-side to their February single You Lied. Better song for mine. Consistently brilliant.

Featured Album: Words And Music By Saint Etienne
Tonight
I've Got Your Music
There just isn't a band or artist that purveys a more perfect pop sound. This is the album from 2012, their eighth studio LP and last to date. Joyous. They just keep ploughing this furrow that no-one else seems capable of. Yes it's pure pop, but it's far more intelligent than standard talent show fare.

Kassassin Street - Hand In My Pocket
Speaking of disco-infused pop, here's the new single from Portsmouth's Kassassin Street, a band we like a lot round here.

Charles Bradley - Ain't It A Sin
A man who made his name as a James Brown impersonator, but now a soul legend in his own right. The LP Changes came out on April 1 and it's no laughing matter. Brilliant stuff. Got to dance.

Palehound - Molly
A bit older, this one. Off the LP Dry Food which came out last summer. Love the driving bassline, powering it along.

Dead Belles - This Machine's Electric
Another one with a tremendous bassline. A debut single from this London group with an EP due next month.

John Grant - Voodoo Doll
We like the big feller a lot. This is the new single from last year's Grey Tickles, Black Pressure LP.

Massive Attack - Voodoo In My Blood
Keeping the voodoo theme going... Nobody expected new stuff from these when this landed. Young Fathers feature.

Featured Album: Words And Music By Saint Etienne
DJ
There is nothing about this track or this band that I dislike or think could be improved upon. This album is probably their best yet.

The Mouse Outfit - Step Steadier feat. Fox
Really good stuff from Manchester. Soulful beats underpin this track off last year's Step Steadier LP.

Alex Banks - Paraffin feat. Joel Dawes
A free download from the Brighton producer. Check the Soundcloud playlist below for details.

Explosions In The Sky - Infinite Orbit
From Texas, the LP The Wilderness has the feel of an ambient experiment. Except for this track, that is. Those drums draw you in.

Gordon - Coelacanthe (Vessels remix)
French producer Gordon has his track remixed by Leeds electro-geniuses Vessels with outstanding results.

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Back next week? See you there.

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

5 April 2016

Backlog more or less cleared, so the featured album makes a return alongside the usual gubbins.

Sir Robert Orange Peel - The Spiral
What's not to like? It's Mark E Smith reading the classified football results set to and electronic beat. No box left unticked there.

Rauschenberg - Bad Sister
Off their self-titled LP which came out in January.

The Entrepreneurs - Routine Lines
Danish noise-makers whose EP Tony Rominger came out a week or two ago. Really good stuff.

Featured Album: Teleman - Breakfast
In Your Fur
Lady Low
I went to see these on Saturday as they tour ahead of the release of their second LP, Brilliant Sanity. But we feature their 2014 debut Breakfast here. It's just delicious. Not a bad track on it.

Flies On You - Property Vacant
One of my favourites, the Leeds DIY-ers put out Etcetera last year. However, some of the offcuts that didn't make it onto the LP were collated into an EP which came out on Christmas Day. Gloriously, it's titled Fan Base Repellent.

False Nines - Can't Afford To Wonder
Mancunian tune-smiths, this was released last November, but has only just reached my radar. A band formed thanks to the power of social media.

Nine Tons - Bullpup
These noisy chaps are from Tyneside. No Frills came out in January.

Psychic Soviets - Full Greek Salad
Glasgow now, from November's Eight And A Half On Each Foot.

Kingsley Chapman and The Murder - The Children Scream
Great band from Middlesbrough and this is their new single.

TVAM - Gas And Air
Joe Oxley from Wigan follows up the brilliant Porsche Majeure with the equally fantastic Gas And Air.

Featured Album: Teleman - Breakfast
I'm Not In Control
Our third track from Breakfast is the hidden track at the end of the album. Probably their best. Sounds amazing live.

Karl Bartos - Life
Former Kraftwerker re-releases the 'lost' album Communication. Originally released in 2003, it still sounds box fresh.

El Speaker - Zapapaya feat. Jhnsy and Highdiwaan
Bit of a curio from Paris. A song about a duck and a monkey, apparently.

Erasmus - Ti Recordi Di Me
The Dewaele brothers - aka Soulwax - come back with another alter ego to record the soundtrack to the film Belgica. The album was launched in February.

Oligarkh - Hallelujah
And finally, some Russian electronica off the LP Anatoly. It's dead good.

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More next week.

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

29 March 2016

Hello again.

Two Car Family - Land Is Mine
Shoegazey type of stuff from out of Leeds. That's all I got.

Liines - Blackout
Manchester now, the new single from these. They're really good, especially live. This came out on the 11th.

Pale Kids - Sick (For A While)
Perky punky stuff from Durham. The EP is Home By Nine and came out last Friday.

Right Hand Left Hand - Tarts And Darts
Cardiff next, from their self-titled second album which came out in February.

Skeleton Frames - Leech
On South-Western label Art Is Hard come these south-westerners. Great grungey stuff.

Blood Lips - Burn After Breeding
About as metal as I get. It's got something about it that draws me in. They're Welsh, incidentally.

Steve Taylor and The Danielson Foil - Nonchalant
Steve Taylor and the Perfect Foil team up with Daniel Smith of Danielson to produce something new. Lo-fi goodness from the EP Wow To The Deadness which is out on April 22.

Nishe - Out Of Place
London 5-piece from the EP Underlaps which came out last December.

Loose Tooth - Everything Changes
Another one from the Melbourne slacker-rock scene. This is off Saturn Returns which is out on Friday.

Cold Pumas - A Change Of Course
Brighton next, and the album Saturn Returns, their second, is out in summer. It has a real summery vibe, so that should work.

Sunface - Sunface
I got nothing. Just enjoy it.

Tail Feather - Space Travel
Glorious. Reading psych-rockers with their new single which came out a few weeks ago.

exmagician - Place Your Bets
Belfast duo that we have played before. Scan The Blue is the LP, came out on Thursday.

Mull Historical Society - The Ballad Of Ivor Punch
Colin Macintyre is Mull Historical Society and his novel The Letters Of Ivor Punch is released on April 8, the same day as the LP Dear Satellite. Call it a companion piece if you like.

Twinfield - Ceri Dwi Angen Cysgu
Welsh, innit. It means 'Ceri, I Need To Sleep'.

Happy Meals - If You Want Me Now
Glaswegian duo whose new EP, Fruit Juice, is out in May. Lovely.

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and we go again next week. Ta ta.

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

22 March 2016

That was a longer break than expected, for a variety of reasons. Anyway, what it means is that I've got a massive backlog, so I'm putting the featured album on hold for a couple of weeks while I whittle it down a bit. So let's catch up with what's been tickling my ears these last few weeks.

Asian Dub Foundation - Blade Ragga
Another one from last year's More Signal More Noise LP and a track for which a video was released a couple of weeks ago. Instrumental, this is everything that underpins what ADF do with added flute.

The Cravats - Jingo Bells
Familiar theme. Old band, long hiatus, back on the scene. Redditch's Cravats return with their first release in 10 years - second in 30 - an ageing punks talk state of the nation. Fortunately, they're still quite good.

Bad Mood - May 2nd
T'other end of the youth spectrum, but also clearly unhappy with the state of things. This is the Liverpool band's debut single, out on Friday.

Nai Harvest - Just Like You
A new one from these, off a double-A single which I believe is out now. Sheffield continuing to churn out top acts.

Eagulls - My Life In Rewind
Another from the forthcoming second album from these. We now have a title too. Following their acclaimed debut 'Eagulls', comes Ullages. See what they did there. They're from Leeds, by the way.

Future Of The Left - If AT&T Drank Tea, What Would BP Do?
Another teaser from the forthcoming The Peace And Truce Of The Future Of The Left which I cannot wait for. But must. Obviously. Because that's how time works.

Life - Popular Music
Hull next. Another boot in the balls of anyone scoffing at it's UK Capital Of Culture nod. This is great stuff. Came out back end of January.

Super Besse - Nasilie
Easily the best thing to come out of Belarus since Vasil Kiriyenka. No, flippancy aside, I bloody love these. Like a post-Soviet Joy Division. This is the new single. It means 'violence' and it came out last month.

Beak> - Timeshare
To Bristol and the side project of Portishead's Geoff Barrow who have put together the soundtrack for the film Couple In A Hole.

Tehnoloogiline Päike - Remember Me
Estonia now, which I think is breaking new ground for us. Either way, delightful, floaty electronica with a French influence from their LP Technological Sun which came out at the back end of February.

Wire - Nocturnal Koreans
The title track from their new EP, this surpasses recent releases by a long way. It might be the best thing they've ever done, or I might be getting carried away. Either way, I love it.

Oh, The Guilt - White Car
More Bristolians. This is their debut single and it's out in May. It's that relentless, driving guitar that reminds me of a couple of things I can't quite put my finger on. Like it.

Sad Culture - Raspberry Ooze
Another track from the latest Art Is Hard Records singles club. This time, subscribe and you get a pin badge and a download code, which is a nice touch. Anyway, these are from London and it's pure, sunshiney pop with that little ska edge which lifts it beyond it's contemporaries.

Replica Jesus - Everything Rots
Derby now. Loud, raucous and excellent. This actually came out last September, so lord knows where it's been hiding. Great stuff.

Seize the Chair - Knew You'd Never Been There
Back to Sheffield for this. And that's all I really know other than I like it a lot. Sort of slacker-rock, just a level above lo-fi.

Solar Bears - Gravity Calling
And we finish with more electronica, this time from Irish duo John Kowalski and Rian Trench. The LP is called Advancements and came out last Friday. Very Boards of Canada.

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and I'll clear some more of this backlog next week.

Tuesday, 23 February 2016

23 February 2016

Me again.

Soda - Blonde On Blonde
A debut long player from these who come from Gainesville, Florida. Without A Head is the title and it came out last month. It's out on Dull Tools which is run by Andrew Savage of Parquet Courts and it certainly fits that sort of template.

Drug Pizza - No Reaction
Staying with American lo-fi, this time from New York. This is off the new EP due out next month titled Return To Content Mountain.

Peat Moss - Red Velvet Records
Although formed in 1987, this is just their third LP. Moustache Vending Machine - great title - was recorded over five years. No rush lads.

Featured album: Therapy? - Babyteeth
Meat Abstract
Innocent X
Their debut consisted of two mini-albums, the first of which was Babyteeth. Released in July 1991, I was hooked instantly. And finally, I go see them play live this Friday in Sheffield. Meat Abstract is the first track. The use of samples was unusual, but helped it stand out. The track names too - both of these named for pieces of art by Helen Chadwick and Francis Bacon respectively. And they're still going strong and the world is better place because of that.

Yeti Lane - Good Words Gone
Some psych-rock from Paris. Ben Pleng and Charlie B are Yeti Lane and this is from their third album, L'Aurore, which is out on March 4.

Deny All Robots - Knife Games
Fuzzy guitars abound on this. They're from Lichfield and this, their latest single, came out on January 1.

The Haiduks - Diamond Drop
To Canada now for something from a while back but having just been re-issued by Burger Records. 1968 is the name of the album.

Cavern Of Anti-Matter - Melody In High Feedback Tones
These have been around a while and though there have been a couple of 12" releases, they describe 'beats/innovation trex' as their first album "proper". Tim Gane and Joe Dilworth of Stereolab and Holger Zapf make up CoAM while several guests crop up on the LP. This could be Neu! if you didn't know. That is A Good Thing.

Aesop Rock - Rings
A new LP from Portland rapper Ian Bavitz, his first in nearly four years. The Impossible Kid is out on April 29 and if this is representative of the rest of it, it'll be brilliant. This is astonishingly good.

Featured album
Therapy? - Dancin' With Manson
The closer of Babyteeth and possibly still my favourite track of all that they've ever done. Anthony Hopkins is on the sample here.

Acid Arab - Hafla
More from Paris now. Guido Minisky and Hervé Carvalho make up Acid Arab and the EP Djazirat El Maghreb came out last October. Very Muslimgauze.

Thin Films - Mantis
It's been eleven years since Dan McRae released his debut LP Eskimo, but this is a portent of things to come. It's lovely.

David Bowie - Love Is Lost (Hello Steve Reich Mix)
Just the five minute edit, not the full 630 seconds. This is from the LP The Next Day Extra which came out in 2013, an album of remixes of tracks from his penultimate album. LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy is on the mixing duties for this one.

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Not in next week and it's football the week after, so I'll be back in three weeks.