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Navvy

Idyll Intangible

    Formed from parts of several underground Sheffield bands by advertising in the local laundrette, Navvy are a four piece artpop band whose sound is fractured and choppy, while retaining melody amongst the chaos. Their debut album was recorded over eight days with local super producer Alan Smyth (Pulp / Arctic Monkeys / The Long Blondes) using seven vintage synths, all sorts of percussion and a 12-string guitar. "Idyll Intangible" draws inspiration from sources that are not traditional in the pop or rock worlds. Everyday things such as plastic bags, buildings, TV documentaries, and books, became the starting point for the songs, rather than relationships with people. Musically they draw on a fractured and discombobulated feeling. As with the lyrics the music purposely takes expectations, breaks them up and re-assembles parts in the 'wrong' order, altering the meaning by cutting and pasting. This has drawn comparisons to The Fall, Pixies and Devo, however the sound has evolved since the release of their clattering debut EP "4 Songs" last year to include some brilliant synth touches and interweaving vocals.

    This Many Boyfriends

    This Many Boyfriends

      The long-awaited, self titled debut album by Leeds indiepoppers This Many Boyfriends, released on Angular Records and produced by Ryan Jarman from The Cribs.

      Recorded and mixed by Ryan Jarman of The Cribs at Edwyn Collins’ West Heath Studios in London across three intensive weekends, this album is This Many Boyfriends’ love letter to their record collections, a tribute to the catchiest and most vibrant moments they could find amongst their most treasured post-punk, C86 and Motown 45s.

      This Many Boyfriends

      (I Should Be A) Communist

      ‘(I Should Be A) Communist’ is the new single by Leeds indie poppers This Many Boyfriends, released on Angular Records and produced by Ryan Jarman from The Cribs.

      Following the 6Music playlisted ‘Young Lovers Go Pop!’, and the subsequent success of fanzine single ‘Starling’, This Many Boyfriends recently completed sellout tours with Allo Darlin’ and The Cribs, also finding time for a Huw Stephens Radio 1 session along the way.

      STAFF COMMENTS

      Laura says: Another winner from these Leeds popsters! It reminds me of a time (around 1987 to be precise) when bands whacked out great jangly pop singles with wit, charm and killer hooks. Two bands immediately sprung to mind (even though TMB don't actually sound like either of them!) - The Wedding Present and Age Of Change - coincidentally they're both from Leeds. Must be something in the water...

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      (I Should Be A) Communist
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      Fresh Touch

      The Ethiopian EP

        Russell and The xx / King Krule producer Rodaidh McDonald team up after a trip to Ethiopia to bring you experimental electronic sounds, loops and samples interlaced with soundbites and cut ups of traditional African sounds. The result is similar to Honest Jon's series of Shangaan Electro remakes, but meshed with the kind of submerged synthwave moodiness of labels like Tri Angle etc. Hypnotic, shamanic rhythms, gnarled synth lines, loose percussive loops and African chants - it's a heady mix! The EP includes foru track to get your global synthwave ears round.

        This release is a follow up to a project from last year where both Richard and Rodaidh teamed up with Damon Albarn, TEED, Actress and Kwes among others to produce an album for Oxfam in the Democratic Republic of Congo entitled DRC Music.

        Various Artist

        Cold Waves & Minimal Electronics Vol 1

          "Cold Waves & Minimal Electronics Vol 1" chronicles the secret underground cult genres of cold wave and minimal wave, which originated in continental Europe between the years 1981-1985.

          Active largely in small towns and isolated, non-metropolitan areas of France, Germany, Italy, Belgium, and The Netherlands, the first wave of minimal electronic groups successfully combined the sounds of the German electronic bands of the 60s and 70s (Amon Duul, Neu, Faust, Can) with the seminal early industrial bands largely active in the UK (Throbbing Gristle, SPK, Cabaret Voltaire) to produce a new form of electro-pop that went on to be crucially influential on European and American pop and dance music of the late 80s and early 90s (Italo, new beat, EBM).

          Angular have made it their mission to search high and low to unearth the greatest gems of this synth sound in order to make a definitive retrospective artefact of the lost genre of music known as cold wave. And so between two people, two years of solid research and love of an exceptional, underground scene, this unique collection was born. The compilation contains songs that have only been available up to now on ultra rare 7”s, lost radio sessions and cassette tapes, and is finally here to teach us all a thing or two about the history of electronic music the world over.

          These New Puritans

          Hidden

            "Hidden" is the highly anticipated comeback from a band whose debut "Beat Pyramid" earned them huge critical acclaim. It's an epic return, featuring six foot Japanese taiko drums, a thirteen piece brass and woodwind ensemble and Foley sound effect recording techniques.
            Produced by These New Puritan’s Jack Barnett along with Graham Sutton, and mixed by Dave Cooley (J Dilla, MF Doom) the single is strange as it is confrontational. It draws equally on the rhythmic lexicons of dancehall, 20th century post-minimalism, and the plastic textures of modern US Pop.
            The album’s heavy layers of rhythm combined with the classical minimalist instrumentation will challenge, perplex and mesmerise the listener and more than reward any attention lavished upon it. Sometimes brutal, sometimes melancholy, and sounds like nothing else.

            STAFF COMMENTS

            Laura says: Heavy percussive rhythms provide the backbone here, embellished with choral chants, brass, woodwind – in fact just about everything but the usual indie-band staple - guitars. (Well, if they're in there, they're pushed way back!) It's an intriguing album, kicking off with a solemn brass-led intro it then plunges into the 7 minute epic of the single "We Want War", which is an amazing amalgamation of heavy Steve Reich-esque percussion, Eastern rhythms, half whispered vocals, blasts of brass and even a choir. The stand out track for me is the dark, claustrophobic "Three Thousand" that reminds me a little of Massive Attack.
            The rest of the album follows a similar path to these three opening tracks at times brutal and percussive, at others heavy and oppressive, and at others almost soundtracky with the brass and woodwind reminiscent of Prokofiev’s eerie masterpiece “Peter And The Wolf”.
            It’s quite proggy and maybe a bit overindulgent at times, but it’s a unique and amazingly ambitious follow up to "Beat Pyramid" that’s well worth your time.


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