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Taffy

Deep Dark Creep Love

    "Nothing short of splendorious" - NME.

    "The Breeders are reincarnated via Tokyo with feedback and gossamer female vocals" - The Times.

    Critically acclaimed Japanese indie-pop four piece Taffy return this year with their fifth studio album. 'Deep Dark Creep Love' encapsulates the bands infectious, melodic take on the noise-pop genre, with a greater emphasis on big choruses and backing vocals than their previous work. The material has honed in on that classic Taffy contrast which is musically light but delves into dark places vocally. In tone it feels softer, but effortlessly dips into tracks such as 'The Bates', based on Psycho's infamous lead and his sinister relationship with his mother. At its heart, it's a record about love. Whether it's new, old, romantic or platonic, it's about love for the people and things around you, both a love-letter to their fans, as well as a deeply personal insight into romance.

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Barry says: Huge euphoric rock choruses mixed with shoegazey distortion and swathes of echoing guitar, all topped with a Japanese take on the Britpop aesthetic. It's a mix I would never have expected to sound this good, but I have never been more wrong, and I am often wrong.

    FORMAT INFORMATION

    Ltd LP Info: Limited splatter coloured vinyl.

    Is Bliss

    Strange Communication

      Highly anticipated debut album from Portsmouth based psych aficionados, Is Bliss. Having received critical acclaim for their first two EP's; 'Velvet Dreams' and the follow-up 'The Honeycomb Explosion', the south coast trio have been busy in the studio and have created a no nonsense, full on, psych induced jewel. Formed via a shared love of Slowdive, Spacemen 3 and Verve, their incendiary live shows have caused a stir across the underground psych scene.

      FORMAT INFORMATION

      Coloured LP Info: Limited edition - 180g Transparent Seafoam Green vinyl.

      Pinkshinyultrablast, Russia's finest export, release their third album 'Miserable Miracles'.

      With vocalist Lyubov recently moving to LA, the band have been exploring new ways of composing and collaborating. Partnered with a line-up refinement, the new material sees Pinkshinyultrablast go down a more electronic path while experimenting with new sounds and genres (including inspiration from Japanese pop such as Chiemi Manabe and Yellow Magic Orchestra).

      Originally hailing from a city more synonymous with the State Conservatory than a gang of shoegaze addicts, the band have nevertheless seen great critical and commercial success since their debut album 'Everything Else Matters' and follow-up 'Grandfeathered'. They've been compared to bands such as Lush but this is no mere throwback tribute - due to their sharp, icy electronics and ability to subvert the genre, bringing something new to the table. They possess not only the spirit of late 80s/early 90s British bands like Cocteau Twins, but also machine-made sounds of the same era from Sabres Of Paradise or Global Communication, not to mention wider vibrations like Cluster, Popul Vuh, Terry Riley and Philip Glass.

      On 'Miserable Miracles' Lyubov's delicate vocals soar effortlessly above haunting ambience and ethereal embellishments complimented by driving motoric beats. Singles 'In The Hanging Gardens' and 'Find Your Saint' perfectly showcase the band's new, more electronic direction while retaining their signature quirkiness with layers of experimentation. Elsewhere on the likes of 'Dance AM' and 'Triangles' retrocentric 80's production highlights newer synth-pop influences whereas tracks such as 'Blue Hour' and 'Earth and Elsewhere' are blissful synth-wave soundtracks which give the otherwise upbeat album space to breathe. Together the third album from the innovative trio is one that flows effortlessly as a continuous piece of work and reveals that even within a genre so widely explored, there's still room for modernization amongst those willing to push boundaries.

      STAFF COMMENTS

      Barry says: Bordering on euphoric, Pinkshinyultrablast continue their domination of the saccharine-sweet Russian synthpop scene (a busy scene indeed) with this beautiful collection of retro heavy throbbing saw waves and angelic vocal sweeps.

      FORMAT INFORMATION

      Coloured LP Info: 180g vinyl in two randomly picked limited edition colours.

      Pinkshinyultrablast

      In The Hanging Gardens

        Limited edition of 500 copies on Rose Sunshine coloured 10" plus download card. Russia's finest export release their new 10" "In The Hanging Gardens', and will announce an extensive UK tour before their eagerly anticipated third album 'Miserable Miracles', due for release on May 4th. The new material sees Pinkshinyultrablast go down a more electronic path while experimenting with new sounds and genres (including inspiration from Japanese pop such as Chiemi Manabe and Yellow Magic Orchestra). 

        FORMAT INFORMATION

        Ltd 10" includes MP3 Download Code.

        Taffy

        Darkle

          Following the widespread and critical success of their third album last year, along with a full UK tour, Japanese indie-pop four piece, Taffy return with their brand new EP. 'Darkle' spins dreamy, sugar-sweet vocals over 7 tracks, each under-pinned by the classic Taffy formula: psychedelic shoegaze noise-outs and Graham Coxon-esque 90's guitar riffs. The EP is a swirl of transcendental melodies, broken up by British pop sensibilities reminiscent of Elastica and The Stone Roses.

          "Nothing short of splendorious" – NME

          "The buzz has spread far and wide. We are wholeheartedly impressed" - Drowned In Sound

          "Something tuneful and great" - The Guardian

          "The Breeders are reincarnated via Tokyo with feedback and gossamer female vocals" The Times


          Daniel Land & The Modern Painters return with their second studio album, 'The Space Between Us',. via Club AC30 Recordings. The album follows their debut album, 'Love Songs For The Chemical Generation', released in 2009.

          Having spent his formative years listening to the likes of Brian Eno, Peter Gabriel and Cocteau Twins, Daniel's early musical compositions were more about experiments in sound and less about conventional songs. Mixing that with the trance that grabbed him on arrival at University and then filtering it further through the sounds that others handed to him during his student years from the likes of Red House Painters, The Verve and Slowdive, Daniel Land & The Modern Painters initial influences (and continuing interests) are less defined by artists and more informed by sonic experiment and the overall feel of the music. With 'The Space Between Us' adopting a band focus, that fascination with musical texture has filtered through a band dynamic to create modern pop songs that demonstrate an experimental edge but deliver moments of singalong bliss and visceral climaxes.

          "Secret Love" is the first single taken from "Pearl Diver", the fourth album from the German shoegazers Malory. 10 years after their debut album "Not Here Not Now" was released they are back once again.

          Wry

          Sister / Different From Me

          Back in their homeland of Brazil, Wry have released three albums over five years and they have toured Brazil with the likes of Man Or Astroman?, Superchunk, Mudhoney and Make Up. Now splitting their efforts between London and Sao Paulo, they have recently toured with The Subways and played with The Rakes, The Morning After Girls, The Cribs and Air Formation. This limited edition 7" features two shiny pop songs covered in layers of white noise. Both tracks are taken from their "Whales And Sharks" CD EP. An irresistibly gutsy racket to hold close to your heart!

          Hearts Of Black Science

          Driverlights

          "Driverlights" is the second single to be taken from Gothenburg's Hearts Of Black Science album "The Ghost You Left Behind". It takes a leather-clad pinch of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and stirs it up with some soaring 80s synth-pop sounds and ethereal vox. A melancholic and dark pop melody, yet uplifting and positive at the same time.


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