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Mike Lindsay

Supershapes Vol.1

    On the top floor of RG Scotts in Margate you’ll find an assortment of tables — tables that became field recordings, then programmed scatter rhythms, and eventually the foundations of the new solo album from Mike Lindsay: supershapes (volume 1).

    It’s the first instalment in a series of records from the Mercury Prize-winning producer and mixing engineer (who’s also the co-founder of UK acid folktronica band Tunng, and one half of electronic alt-psych duo LUMP, with Laura Marling), a series that explores “the miraculous in the mundane”. Volume 1 looks widely at “everyday domestic objects, especially tables, coffee table books, and the daily rituals that shape us, heavily focusing on the majestic in the domestic”.

    The album is a kind of table in its own right: those who sit round it include Anna B Savage and many other musicians and artists — a sense of collaboration that has run through all of Lindsay’s work.


    1. Lie Down
    2. Ruins In Reverse
    3. Table
    4. Pretender To Surrender
    5. Kachumber
    6. Two Blues
    7. It’s All For You
    8. Do What
    9. Content
    10. I Was The Thief 

    The Rhythm Method


      The duo, comprised of Joey Bradbury and Rowan Martin, admit the perception of the band has at times been "Marmite. Earnest to the point of cringe"- but the band's 2019 debut left an indelible mark on the UK independent scene and their influence can be traced across London. Publications such as The Guardian, Dazed, Dork, i-D, Loud + Quiet all championed the band early on comparing them to artists like Pet Shop Boys and Squeeze. The Rhythm Method return with a vastly different sound, and in their words a "cohesive masterpiece". The new album, produced by Bill Ryder-Jones and featuring Aoife Power of When young, is the first time they have recorded music in a proper studio, and is influenced by a "desire to live up to one’s potential,  making sure there’s no regrets on the deathbed". The Rhythm Method have been hailed by everyone from Mike Skinner to Michaela Coel.


      SIDE A
      A1. Just A Boy’s Game
      A2. I Love My Television
      A3. Nightmare
      A4. Dean Martin
      A5. Have A Go Heroes

      SIDE B
      B1. Curse
      B2. Please Don’t Die
      B3. Peachy
      B4. Black & Blue


      We Are Here To Make You Feel

        The irresistible rush that comes from listening to Sparkling’s music is intoxicating. The Cologne-formed trio’s second album We Are Here To Make You Feel is a glimmering widescreen world where emotions are writ large, the group dealing in rousing choruses, twinkling synth toplines and an incessant desire to keep things propelling forward at pace. “We Are Here To Make You Feel is an album about the importance of expressing your emotions” the group say. “It’s about love in every kind of way. Love for your friends, lovers and family. It’s a reminder to tell your loved ones that you love them. On this record, we wanted to say that in the most honest and straightforward way possible.”


        SIDE A
        1. We Are Here To
        Make You Feel
        2. Hey Hey Hey
        3. I Love You So
        4. I Get Sad So Easily
        5. One Day

        SIDE B
        1. I Want To Go To France
        2. Here For A Reason
        3. It’s All Fine
        4. Don’t Let Go
        5. I Feel So High (With You By My Side)

        Girl Ray


          Girl Ray, the three-piece comprising Poppy Hankin, Iris McConnell and Sophie Moss, release their much anticipated third album, Prestige, on 4th August 2023 via Moshi Moshi.

          Co-produced by Grammy Award-winning producer, Ben H. Allen (M.I.A, Gnarls Barkley, Christina Aguilera, Deerhunter) along with the band’s singer and songwriter Poppy Hankin, Prestige takes the shambolic charm of their debut, Earl Grey (2017), and the indiefied R&B of 2019’s Girl, and injects it with a booster shot of Hi-NRG eighties disco pop.


          Barry says: I knew right away that 'Up' was Girl Ray, with their instrumental stylings and distinctive vocals shining through the decidedly different overarching audio narrative, which is DISCO! Bright Chic-esque guitar stabs and echoic Linn drums, atop atheltic basslines and excitable skittering hi-hats. Classic Girl Ray, perfectly infused with a neon streak.


          01. Intro
          02. True Love
          03. Up
          04. Everybody’s Saying That
          05. Love Is Enough
          06. Hold Tight
          07. Begging You Now
          08. Easy
          09. Tell Me
          10. Wanna Dance
          11. Space Song
          12. Give Me Your Love


          Good Time / Hard Time

            A tree may lose its leaves but will continue to grow. For Teleman, the band’s fourth album ‘Good Time / Hard Time’ is their first as a trio and sees them evolve as a force of nature as they navigate new beginnings despite a wealth of experience behind them. Music and lyrical stream of consciousness entwined, the album makes sense of a world in chaos and its words of wisdom are a vital reminder that even when things seem heavy, life is precious.

            “Nature can teach us so much about patience and how you can’t control everything - you just have to let things happen as it intends… it’s great therapy,” tells the band’s singer and guitarist, Thomas Sanders whose garden-dwelling and park strolls to the studio have inevitably wormed their way into Teleman’s songwriting. “I was reading about forests and how trees help each other, they don’t survive on their own, they grow together… as a band we’ve now grown into each other as a triangle shape after having been a square for so long.”

            With classic Teleman style, ‘Good Time / Hard Time’ is their most dancefloor-friendly record to date. Following the departure of the band’s long-time keyboard player Jonny Sanders to focus on his film and design work, Peter Cattermoul now leads on keyboard duties and Hiro Amamiya slides seamlessly between drum machine, live drums and even the odd keyboard solo as it captures the bounce of choice cuts from their own DJ sets such as Metronomy or the classic disco of Boney M, Giorgio Moroder, early house music and 80s vibes - all the while doused in their trademark blend of uplifting melancholy. “You’ve got to experience the hard times to appreciate the good times in life,” Tom explains. “Most of the songs are about universal things everyone can relate to, the small and simple details about difficult connections and overcoming them.”

            STAFF COMMENTS

            Martin says: Teleman release their latest outing for stalwart indie label, Moshi Moshi and it includes all of the latent melodicism and note-perfect production we've come to know from Teleman, but this time with a bit more of an emphasis on the danceable rhythms and rolling bassy licks we heard on 2018's 'Family Of Aliens'.

            TRACK LISTING

            Side A
            Short Life
            Trees Grow High
            Wonderful Times
            Easy Now I've Got You
            Side B
            1. Hello Everybody
            2. I Can Do It For You
            3. The Juice
            4. The Girls Who Came To Stay
            5. Good Time/Hard Time

            Dinked Edition Bonus 7”:
            Side A
            Somebody Tell Me It’s Alright
            Side B
            Short Life Demo

            The Wave Pictures

            When The Purple Emperor Spreads His Wings

              The Wave Pictures, industrious and prolific as ever, return on Thursday 18 November with ‘This Heart Of Mine’. Following two albums in 2018, ‘Brushes With Happiness’ and ‘Look Inside Your Heart’, this is the first track to be made available from their new double album ‘When The Purple Emperor Spreads His Wings’, due for 2022 release.

              Formed over twenty years ago by Franic Rozycki and David Tattersall in Wymeswold, Leicestershire, and joined by Jonny ‘Hudderfield’ Helm since 2005, The Wave Pictures have released over twenty albums of their own, along with exciting side projects such as garage rock supergroup The Surfing Magazines, several albums with Stanley Brinks, and Dave’s recent guitar contributions to Billy Childish albums, with whom they also collaborated on their 2014 album ‘Great Big Flamingo Burning Moon’. Across these varied releases, accommodating Dave’s free flowing fountain of songwriting, The Wave Pictures have shown their deep affection for rock and roll, blues, jazz, classic rock, and of course Dave’s legendary love of good guitar solo.

              With a nuance of autumn, ‘This Heart Of Mine’ references time and space travel & memory all rolled into one. Musically inspired by classic Neil Young, ‘This Heart Of Mine’ witnesses The Wave Pictures going full-on country and features cowboy harmonica from Dominic ‘Hotdog’ Brider, Franic Rozycki on mandolin, alongside Dave Tattersall’s gentle acoustic guitar strum.

              TRACK LISTING

              A1. River Of Gold
              A2. Back In The City
              A3. French Cricket
              A4. Never Better
              A5. Blink The Sun
              B1. Samsun
              B2This Heart Of Mine
              B3. Douglas
              B4. Jennifer
              B5. Smell The Ocean
              C1. I'd Be Doing Anything
              C2. Hazel Irvine
              C3. Don't Forget Me
              C4. Winter Baby
              C5. Flight From Destruction
              D1. When The Purple Emperor Spreads His Wings
              D2. Never Let You Down
              D3. Dale It's A Damn Shame
              D4. Walking To Wymeswold
              D5. Secret Messages

              Comprised of Betamax and fellow Comet is Coming member Danalogue, Soccer96 is a new project of spiritual combat music to steady us through the stormy changes of the outer world. Co-written with a wealth of modern talent (The Colours That Rise, Tom Herbert, Salami Rose Joe Louis, Simbad and Rozi Plain), it's an exhilarating sugar rush of electricity and rhythm. Spontaneously combustible and channeling a kind of aggressive alchemy between man, machine and instrument: it captures the spirituality of jazz and the progressive nature of electronica whilst never comfortably sitting in either genre for too long.

              The hybridization between jazz and electronica recalls acts like Flying Lotus, Squarepusher and Autechre; with the kinda hypercoloured sparkle of Hudson Mohawk or ED DMX's more out-there productions. It's urgent, it's fresh, it's ambitious; it's now!

              TRACK LISTING

              1 Inner Worlds, Outer Worlds
              2 Speak More Of Love
              3 Crystal Pyramid
              4 Yesterday Knows Me
              5 Adrenaline
              6 Underwater Cities
              7 Gatekeepers
              8 Triple Helix

              Wesley Gonzalez

              Wax Limousine

                ‘Wax Limousine’ is the third solo album from London’s Wesley Gonzalez. 

                With its truly eclectic range of musical influences drawing on Gonzalez’s ever developing sonic palette, the album’s uplifting sound juxtaposes its themes, documenting the end of a long-term relationship and the overwhelming experience of dealing with a family member’s cancer diagnosis and subsequent treatment. ‘Wax Limousine’ navigates these hurdles with a razor-sharp wit and often brutally perceptive self-awareness, nowhere more so than on the new single. Inspired by both 'Faithless' by Scritti Politti and Aretha Franklin, it is Gonzalez’s version of an 80’s gospel song and, as he explains, written at a crucial point over the last 12 months

                “This was written right after the breakup and cancer diagnosis. It was that early stage of a breakup where you can't really understand what went wrong for you or for your ex. There was resentment for the extreme change I had suddenly found myself in, and I was asking what it really was I did wrong. The title Wax Limousine came from old phrases like "as useless as an ashtray on a motorbike". I was trying to express how useless I felt within every situation that had just arrived at my doorstep.”

                Wesley Gonzalez first made a name for himself as the leader of Let's Wrestle, whose tuneful and eccentric punk earned critical accolades and a devoted audience with three albums, including 2011’s Steve Albini produced ‘Nursing Home’. Gonzalez wasted little time forging his own path and quickly assembled a live band for his solo work, expanding upon the guitar-driven music of his former band, with an interesting concoction of classic 70’s pop, soul, and indie rock. Gonzalez released his debut solo record ‘Excellent Musician’ in 2017, then the follow up ‘Appalling Human’ in June 2020 through Moshi Moshi Records. 

                TRACK LISTING

                1. Greater Expectations
                2. When I Fell For You
                3. Protein & Perfume
                4. In Confidence, I’m Scared
                5. 1,2,3,4,5 Just Get Rid Of It
                6. Wax Limousine
                7. A Taste Of Something New
                8. Penelope Ditches Ulysses
                9. It’s You
                10. Drive You Home
                11. Grateful
                12. Waiting For Your Letter 

                Charles Watson


                  Not all new starts offer a fresh beginning.

                  While it might seem branching out with a solo album after a decade in a band would provide that clean start, in reality, more time must pass before the real change, movement and progress can occur. “With the last record (Now That I’m a River, 2018), I didn’t really know what I was doing - I just wanted to make something that felt like me,” reflects Charles, as he prepares to release his second solo album YES.

                  Out went major keys, swampy reverb, gloomy imagery and the kind of layered production which characterised Now That I’m a River. In their stead - lyrics of joy, minor keys, and a direct, stripped back approach Watson had always shied away from. “I think it’s about having the confidence to be myself,” he says. “The confidence to simplify things, to strip back where I would have added more, to be more direct.”

                  In addition, Watson was buoyed by the positivity directed at certain songs from Now That I’m a River - the title track, particularly. “I felt like I had been hiding for so long, behind reverb, behind certain effects and tricks, and that was a hang-up from when I was in Slow Club,” he explains. “And now, I’ve arrived at a place of not wanting to carry my insecurities on to a record. I want to project the purest form of what I want to say. I feel like I’ve come so far in the space of two albums and can already see I’m not the person I was when I was writing this album, just as I’m no longer the person I was when I made the first album. This record is the start of untangling all of those feelings and stepping forward.”

                  Alongside his solo career, Charles is known for his work as one half of the band Slow Club and as a member of the garage-rock super group The Surfing Magazines. In recent years Charles has worked as a composer, writing the music for acclaimed Netflix & Channel 4 production 'Feel Good' which led to the show's creator, Canadian comedian Mae Martin, becoming a fan. Charles has also recently composed the score for 'Youngstown', the forthcoming indie feature film from director Pete Ohs (Everything Beautiful is Far Away) due for release in late 2021.

                  TRACK LISTING

                  1. Figure Skater
                  2. All My Mountains
                  3. Reared In The West
                  4. I Was Sent Here To Love You
                  5. Afghan Hound
                  6. Spectator Sports
                  7. Beauty Contest
                  8. Going Places
                  9. It Must Be Night
                  10. People Run Towards People


                  This Is My Life / Das Ist Mein Leben / C’est Ma Vie

                    Cologne trio SPARKLING announce ‘This Is My Life / Das Ist Mein Leben / C´est Ma Vie’ EP via Moshi Moshi Records (Anna Meredith, Du Blonde, Girl Ray).

                    Hailing from a city that birthed the likes of Krautrock, and with LCD Soundsystem’s Al Doyle and Hot Chip’s Joe Goddard on production reins for their upcoming EP, SPARKLING’s remarkable progression continues, having originally formed during their time studying at University and Art School in Cologne, where they developed a reputation live in their homeland for hot, heady and sweat-drenched club-room sets.

                    A move to London followed, where they soon worked with Stereolab’s Andy Ramsay on their debut LP ‘I Want To See Everything’; a jagged, quick-witted set of ten pop-flecked post-punk tunes, breaking them out of Germany and attracting widespread support across the BBC Radio 1 (Jack Saunders) and BBC 6 Music (Lauren Laverne, Steve Lamacq) airwaves, as well as an invitation to play at SXSW.

                    Arriving ahead of their EP release in spring 2022 and subsequent live run, lead track ‘C’est Ma Vie’ is the sort of irrepressible hands in the air indie anthem that defies resistance. A song about self-doubt and regaining self-confidence, it’s cathartic in its sense of unashamed grandiosity and positivity in contrast to the twin troubles of the pandemic and Brexit that the group have drawn influence from. 

                    TRACK LISTING

                    SIDE A

                    A1. C'est Ma Vie
                    A2. Not The Right Place

                    SIDE B

                    B1. Feelings
                    B2.Wir Träumen

                    Fulu Miziki

                    Ngbaka EP

                      Fulu Mizikiroughly translates as “music from the garbage”, which in a literal sense is an accurate description of the thrillingly chaotic eco-friendly Afro-Futurist collective. The instruments they design, build and play are masterclasses in upcycling.

                      From guembris built out of computer casing, to jerry-can drum-kits, keyboard inventions from wood, springs and aluminium pipes, and old flip-flops used as pads by plastic tube-wielding percussion players, the Democratic Republic of Congo-formed group’s ethos lies in the respect of nature, the celebration of its gifts and the importance of its preservation through environmentalism.

                      Their new EP, entitled Ngbaka, finds Fulu Miziki embracing electronica textures and production styles, in a departure from their traditional sound. This shift in style was prompted by the Coronavirus lockdown in Kampala, Uganda (their current base): with rehearsal rooms and public spaces shut, the collective were forced inside and encouraged to conduct sonic experiments. Lead single "OK Seke Bien" is inspired by the church choir singing from the group members' childhoods,.

                      Fulu Miziki draw from the roots of their native Congolese rumba and soukous, incorporating its driving percussion and tightly rhythmic instrumentation alongside group vocals that move between repetitious chanting refrains and effortlessly interloping harmonies. The hyperactive nature of these dizzyingly psychedelic jams is married with Westward-looking touchstones: American R’n’B and hip-hop, pop music and – increasingly – a diaspora of club culture from both at home and abroad.

                      The combination forms something of a mutated new strain of dance music: steeped in the heritage of their native Kinshasa but pulsating with the frantic BPM, synthetic processing and manipulated frequencies of modern pop. Lyrically meanwhile, the group are inspired by their environment, with songs centred around climate change – although social issues of police brutality and more conventional love songs find their way in too.

                      Fulu Miziki’s message is simple and clear: love the earth you live on. It’s environmental activism meant for the dancefloor, love and devotion to Mother Nature fed through a refraction of Congolese rhythms and western pop; but most of all its about humanity, and asking how we’re going to turn around the damage we’ve done to a planet that we’ve for so long taken for granted.

                      TRACK LISTING

                      01. OK Seke Bien (ft. Sekelembele)
                      02. Lokito (ft. DJ Final)
                      03. Bivada (ft. Sekelembele)
                      04. Mokili Makambo (ft. Sekelembele)
                      05. Toko Yambana (ft. DJ Final And Deboul)
                      06. Beta Ndule (ft. DJ Final And Deboul)

                      Anna Meredith

                      Bumps Per Minute: 18 Studies For Dodgems

                        Bumps Per Minute is a full-throttle reinvention of the traditional fairground dodgems, from Mercury Award-shortlisted composer, producer and musician Anna Meredith. The music is part of the DODGE installation, which can be experienced until 22nd August at Somerset House.

                        For Bumps Per Minute, Meredith has collaborated with BAFTA-winning sound artist Nick Ryan to design a bespoke tracking technology so that every thump, bump and swerve of the 18 dodgems around the track can trigger a separate composition. This results in a kind of ultimate shuffle where high octane music and ideas compete for airtime and each performance is unique. The installation will occur approximately every hour at DODGE through the day/evening.

                        The idea for Bumps Per Minute came about when the composer was thinking about what might be a more pandemic friendly replacement for the ice rink at Somerset House where she has her studio. The idea grew from there and now this summer DODGE is taking over the main courtyard at Somerset House, featuring a full smorgasbord of Yinka Ilori designs, DJs, food, drink and of course, dodgem rides.

                        Bumps Per Minute: 18 Studies for Dodgems features full-length individual musical identities of all 18 dodgems – each one a bold and distinct musical track in its own right as well an intro and outro track (voiced by comedian Rob Broderick).

                        The key to both the dodgems themselves and the release is a user ‘driven’ triggering and shuffling of the material. Meredith encourages the listener to ‘take the driving seat’ and jump from one track to another, mirroring the real dodgem ride, shuffling and curating their own listening experience via the virtual interactive dodgems page or their preferred listening platform.

                        Bumps Per Minute: 18 Studies for Dodgems explodes out of the starting gate with Meredith’s uncategorisable sound and signature energy, combining fairground wildness with a healthy dose of the nostalgic electronics of old school gaming.

                        On the composition, Meredith says “I approached writing these 18 tracks like little exercises, making identities that are bold, playful and characterful but without beats, percussion or any acoustic elements and relying on my skills to create melodic and harmonic based energy”. She continues “they’re also less about musical development than my orchestral work or material in my studio albums, these tracks are only themselves and unapologetically so, and that freed me up to unleash some pretty bonkers ideas, knowing it’s about these bold switches - like a sort of musical Whacky Races…"

                        STAFF COMMENTS

                        Barry says: I'm not going to pretend that this isn't an unhinged selection of neon synth stabs and video-game soundtrack influenced fairground music, because that's absolutely what it is but I would also be amiss if I didn't say it's also wildly inventive, heavy af and undeniably brilliant. What madness.

                        TRACK LISTING

                        A1 START ENGINES
                        A2 BPM 100
                        A3 BPM 144
                        A4 BPM 108
                        A5 BPM 178
                        A6 BPM 62
                        A7 BPM 124
                        A8 BPM 112
                        A9 BPM 130

                        B1 BPM 200
                        B2 BPM 72
                        B3 BPM 104
                        B4 BPM 131
                        B5 BPM 110
                        B6 BPM 109
                        B7 BPM 101
                        B8 BPM 194
                        B9 BPM 155
                        B10 BPM 107
                        B11 STOP ENGINES 

                        Callum Easter


                          Callum Easter has always been a force of nature. The singer and multi-instrumentalist thrives on impulse and spontaneity, balancing that with an impeccable song writing craftsmanship that makes even the more outré moments of his current batch of mutated soul punk/rock ‘n’ roll instantly arresting. New album System was recorded largely alone in his Edinburgh studio, but it bustles with a brash, maximalist vigour, that draws a line under his previous work and charges exhilaratingly forwards - beginning a journey that he describes as a “descent into ordinary madness.”

                          Easter's love of rock ‘n’ roll has long been baked in – but there’s a new fervour to where he’s taken this source. Now there is an outward fire; a raging – albeit with the sort of wryly humorous delivery only Easter can provide - against the general noise of everyday living and a longing for something else, something more, something that looks you straight in the eye.

                          System is careful to balance protest with positivity; it’s accentuated on the album’s stirring opener and first single ‘What You Think?’ Which sees Easter urge the listener via his steely growl that “there’s no point crying, what’s the use? No more hiding, what’s the use?” to focus on living and the positive changes we can make as individuals and collectively.

                          TRACK LISTING

                          01. What You Think?
                          02. System
                          03. Little Honey
                          04. Find ‘Em A Home
                          05. Be Somebody
                          06. My Love
                          07. Honey Bee
                          08. Lose Sometime (ft. Law Holt)
                          09.Tell ‘Em Child
                          10. This Feeling

                          Moderate Rebels

                          If You See Something That Doesn’t Look Right - Parts I, II & III

                            It’s one thing to take the drone rock of your debut album in an entirely new direction but quite another when the result is an ambitious 30 track three-part album.  

                            But that’s what London collective Moderate Rebels have done on their biggest project to date, the opus ‘If You See Something That Doesn’t Look Right’. Fearless in their refusal to be pigeonholed, they touch on everything from driving rhythmic repetition, discordant guitar fuzz and hazy psychedelia, to late 60s-indebted folk and lilting melodic hooks, via twinkling piano ballads, drum machine rigidity and playful synth pop.

                            The album touches on the progressive works of Phil Spector, Fripp & Eno and Syd Barrett, the transcendental pop of Spiritualized, St Etienne and Stereolab, and the wry humour of 80s Pet Shop Boys. But it comes stamped with the group’s own inimitable identity.

                            TRACK LISTING

                            LP 1
                            1. Information Research Department
                            2. Higher Than The Hierarchy
                            3. Perfect Grey Day
                            4. Amo Amas Amat
                            5. The Penultimate Truth
                            6. Hug Me 'Til You Drug Me
                            7. These Are The Good Times
                            8. Forever Tomorrow Today
                            9.Vesica Piscis
                            10. Odds Be Never
                            LP 2
                            1. Every Cheat You Meet Sings Love Songs
                            2. Stay Frosty
                            3. Iconomachy
                            4. Trickster Gods
                            5. Neu Romancer
                            6. Don't See It, Don't Say It
                            7. Painballers' Anthem
                            8. Based On An Untrue Story
                            9. You Don't Want To Know What I Think
                            10. In A Hundred Years
                            LP 3
                            1. Swim The Crocodiles
                            2. You & Your Shadows
                            3. Suntory Breakfast
                            4. The Bad Sleep Well

                            5. The World Inside
                            6. The Body Electric
                            7. Peacekeepers
                            8. Remember, Caesar...
                            9. Ministry Of Love
                            10. Sol Invictus

                            Moderate Rebels

                            If You See Something That Doesn’t Look Right - PART 3

                              It’s one thing to take the drone rock of your debut album in an entirely new direction but quite another when the result is an ambitious 30 track three-part album.  

                              But that’s what London collective Moderate Rebels have done on their biggest project to date, the opus ‘If You See Something That Doesn’t Look Right’. Fearless in their refusal to be pigeonholed, they touch on everything from driving rhythmic repetition, discordant guitar fuzz and hazy psychedelia, to late 60s-indebted folk and lilting melodic hooks, via twinkling piano ballads, drum machine rigidity and playful synth pop.

                              ‘If You See Something That Doesn’t Look Right’ will be released in three ten track parts in 2021, part one being released on Moshi Moshi on 30th April 2021.

                              The album touches on the progressive works of Phil Spector, Fripp & Eno and Syd Barrett, the transcendental pop of Spiritualized, St Etienne and Stereolab, and the wry humour of 80s Pet Shop Boys. But it comes stamped with the group’s own inimitable identity.

                              TRACK LISTING

                              Side A
                              1. Swim The Crocodiles
                              2. You & Your Shadows
                              3. Suntory Breakfast
                              4. The Bad Sleep Well
                              5. The World Inside
                              6. The Body Electric

                              Side B
                              1. Peacekeepers
                              2. Remember, Caesar...
                              3. Ministry Of Love
                              4. Sol Invictus



                                A new Soccer96 album is a chance for Danalogue (Dan Leavers) and Betamax (Maxwell Hallett) to return to something of a spiritual creative home. Between them, the keyboardist and drummer have become synonymous with the thriving London jazz scene and, in their mind-bending incarnation as the astral synths-and-drums pairing, they’ve traversed stylistic worlds. Over nearly a decade, the duo have metamorphosed from a DIY outfit whose rough-edged recordings hit with a punk spirit, to cosmic dreamers that use sound to travel the reaches of the mind.

                                “The record is inspired by the idea of humanity’s ever-increasing entanglement with technology and artificial intelligence, balancing fears and moral concerns with the possibilities of evolution’s next phase".

                                TRACK LISTING

                                1 Enter The Vortex
                                2 Prelude To The Age Of Transhumanism
                                3 Psychic Mechanics
                                4 Dopamine Ft. Nuha Ruby Ra
                                5 Entanglement
                                6 Red Skies Of The Anthropocene
                                7 Sitting On A Satellite Ft. Salami Rose Joe Louis
                                8 Use Music To Kill
                                9 Perfect Dystopia
                                10 Telepathic DNA
                                11 Interplanetary Meditations
                                12 Carry Us Home 

                                The Surfing Magazines

                                Badgers Of Wymeswold

                                  Consisting of one half of Slow Club and two thirds of The Wave Pictures, The Surfing Magazines’ primary influences are Bob Dylan, The Velvet Underground and all the great surf guitar music of the 1960s. They burst onto the scene with their eponymous debut album in 2017, a lauded LP described by Record Collector Mag as “a vintage-yet-modern rock’n’roll classic”.

                                  Mixing the noir surf textures of 1960s garage rock along with westcoast sun beaten harmony pop, the 17-track Badgers of Wymeswold follows the acclaimed debut and is to be released July this year. The London based foursome recorded the album at Ranscomb Studio in Rochester in February last year before the start of the first UK lockdown.

                                  Pushing their sound forward, the band utilise their garage rock ethic and have both Drummer Dominic Brider and Rhythm guitar player Charles Watso lead on vocals across multiple tracks. The album sees a return of free form saxophone parts, eerie violins and piano all appear, notably on tracks ‘Nostaw Boogie’ and ‘I’m Going Out Tonight To Play Some Pool’. The title track is drawn from David Tattersall’s nightmare vision about his home town's population of self governing people, the album artwork was also made by Tattersall and depicts a collage of his referenced dreams. The extensive LP showcases their characteristic sound at their brightest, from softer ballads such as ‘Poppies’ and ‘Silver Breasts’, surf guitar rock anthem ‘Locomotive Cheer’, and to the six bar blues ‘Pink Ice Cream’.

                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                  Barry says: Surfing Magazines have greta lineage, and you can really hear the talent oozing through the sound, which ends up sounding like a distillation of garage rock, 60's psych and with just a touch of both the Wave Pictures and Slow Club (surprisingly). A Brilliantly dynamic, exciting LP and well worth the wait.

                                  TRACK LISTING

                                  SIDE A
                                  1. Joke
                                  2. Locomotive Cheer
                                  3. Pink Ice Cream
                                  4. I Dreamed When I Was Young
                                  SIDE B
                                  5. Ten Days Of Shiver
                                  6. Running Scared
                                  7. Bonsai Tree
                                  8. Century Breaks
                                  SIDE C
                                  9. Badgers Of Wymeswold
                                  10. Nostaw Boogie
                                  11. Sports Bar
                                  12. Hard Times
                                  SIDE D
                                  13. Silver Breasts
                                  14. Caribbean Ginger Cake
                                  15. I'm Going Out Tonight To Play Some Pool
                                  16. Poppies

                                  Moderate Rebels

                                  If You See Something That Doesn’t Look Right - PART 2

                                    It’s one thing to take the drone rock of your debut album in an entirely new direction but quite another when the result is an ambitious 30 track three-part album.  

                                    But that’s what London collective Moderate Rebels have done on their biggest project to date, the opus ‘If You See Something That Doesn’t Look Right’. Fearless in their refusal to be pigeonholed, they touch on everything from driving rhythmic repetition, discordant guitar fuzz and hazy psychedelia, to late 60s-indebted folk and lilting melodic hooks, via twinkling piano ballads, drum machine rigidity and playful synth pop.

                                    ‘If You See Something That Doesn’t Look Right’ will be released in three ten track parts in 2021, part one being released on Moshi Moshi on 30th April 2021.

                                    The album touches on the progressive works of Phil Spector, Fripp & Eno and Syd Barrett, the transcendental pop of Spiritualized, St Etienne and Stereolab, and the wry humour of 80s Pet Shop Boys. But it comes stamped with the group’s own inimitable identity.

                                    TRACK LISTING

                                    Side A

                                    1. Every Cheat You Meet Sings Love Songs
                                    2. Stay Frosty
                                    3. Iconomachy
                                    4. Trickster Gods
                                    5. Neu Romancer

                                    Side B

                                    1. Don't See It, Don't Say It
                                    2. Painballers' Anthem
                                    3. Based On An Untrue Story
                                    4. You Don't Want To Know What I Think
                                    5. In A Hundred Years

                                    Fimber Bravo

                                    Lunar Tredd

                                      Lunar Tredd – Fimber Bravo’s first album on Moshi Moshi since the much acclaimed Con-Fusion – tells the tale. The highlife fusion of You Can’t Control Me resonates in the wake of the global Black Lives Matters protests. There is fire in these impactful clarion calls to resist oppression, recognise strength in resilience and fight against the corruption of power.

                                      Bravo’s been a constant collaborative force - as his time as leader of 20th Century Steel Band, as musical director of Steel ‘n’ Skin, and appearances with everyone from Sun Ra Arkestra to Hot Chip, shows. Lunar Tredd reflects the influence of the music handed down to him by “ancestors” . Helped by an enviable cast of friends and collaborators, Fimber has shifted those touchstones to create something that sounds resolutely like the here and now.

                                      Those friends that appear on Lunar Tredd, include Alexis Taylor of Hot Chip and The Horrors’ Tom Furse; The Invisible drummer Leo Taylor and Senegalese percussionist, Mamadou Sarr dropping in on rhythm duties, while there are also appearances from Susumu Mukai aka Zongamin, the brilliant Kora player Kadialy Kouyate, vocalist Cottie Williams, Vanishing Twin’s Catherine Lucas, and production from Lapo Frost and Ghostpoet producer Shuta Shinoda. Some, like Zongamin and Williams go way back with Fimber, other connections are newer, but all have quickly become part of the London-based musician’s musical family.

                                      Indeed, Fimber never loses sight of where he’s come from on LUNAR TREDD - even as he looks to where he might go next. As a musician, he’s still finding new creative peaks nearly 50 years after he began.

                                      TRACK LISTING

                                      1. Can’t Control We
                                      2. Can’t Control Me
                                      3. Hiyah Man
                                      4. Call My Name
                                      5. Santana’s Daughter
                                      6. Singo
                                      7. Caribbean Bluez (In The Shadow Of Windrush)
                                      8. F. Pan Landing
                                      9. Coming Home
                                      10. Lunar Tredd
                                      11. Tabli Tabli
                                      12. Woonya Waa

                                      Moderate Rebels

                                      If You See Something That Doesn’t Look Right - PART 1

                                        It’s one thing to take the drone rock of your debut album in an entirely new direction but quite another when the result is an ambitious 30 track three-part album.

                                        But that’s what London collective Moderate Rebels have done on their biggest project to date, the opus ‘If You See Something That Doesn’t Look Right’. Fearless in their refusal to be pigeonholed, they touch on everything from driving rhythmic repetition, discordant guitar fuzz and hazy psychedelia, to late 60s-indebted folk and lilting melodic hooks, via twinkling piano ballads, drum machine rigidity and playful synth pop.

                                        ‘If You See Something That Doesn’t Look Right’ will be released in three ten track parts in 2021, part one being released on Moshi Moshi on 30th April 2021.

                                        The album touches on the progressive works of Phil Spector, Fripp & Eno and Syd Barrett, the transcendental pop of Spiritualized, St Etienne and Stereolab, and the wry humour of 80s Pet Shop Boys. But it comes stamped with the group’s own inimitable identity.

                                        TRACK LISTING

                                        1. Information Research Department
                                        2. Higher Than The Hierarchy
                                        3. Perfect Grey Day
                                        4. Amo Amas Amat
                                        5. The Penultimate Truth
                                        6. Hug Me 'Til You Drug Me
                                        7. These Are The Good Times
                                        8. Forever Tomorrow Today
                                        9. Vesica Piscis
                                        10. Odds Be Never

                                        Albertine Sarges

                                        The Sticky Fingers

                                          The universality of music can mean different things to different people. For Albertine Sarges – Berlin-based musician and producer – it’s a vessel that she uses for self-exploration and growth, never more so than on her new album The Sticky Fingers.

                                          The Sticky Fingers has its roots in the south of the German capital – Albertine grew up in Kreuzberg during the fall of the Berlin Wall and records in nearby Neukölln - but from there its branches shoot out to take in feminist theory, musings on bisexuality, gender stereotypes, depression and mental health. These topics fall under the ever-shifting veneer of Albertine’s chameleonic pop motifs: from Viv Albertine-inspired post-punk and kaleidoscopic dream-pop to quiet-loud guitar squall and Merrill Garbus-reminiscent vocal acrobatics.

                                          With her debut, Albertine Sarges demonstrates yet again her versatile musical talents, creating her very own world, a world in which community and open discourse count. The Sticky Fingers is an album that fights for your attention. It’s an album with twists and turns, emotional peaks and troughs and lyrical themes that are at once intensely close to their author’s own life, yet also universal and able to connect on a much broader level – something that is the mark of all great pop music.

                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                          Barry says: Airy melodies and crisp percussion form into a driven but weightless collection of perfectly progressive melodies and perfectly formed vox. Happily floating between the grooving punk of Courtney Barnett and the Kosmische synth soundscapes of the International Teachers of Pop.

                                          TRACK LISTING

                                          A1 Free Today
                                          A2 The Girls
                                          A3 Beat Again
                                          A4 Oh My Love
                                          B1 Stille
                                          B2 Fish
                                          B3 Post Office
                                          B4 Rollercoaster

                                          The Nix

                                          Sausage Studio Sessions

                                            The Nix is a new project from Nick McCarthy (ex Franz Ferdinand) and Seb Kellig.

                                            Nick McCarthy says of the album, which features Laetitia Sadier, KT Tunstall and Basement Jaxx vocalist Vula Malinga:

                                            "This is an album I always had in mind to record after leaving Franz Ferdinand. I wanted to make something that felt at the same time like a farewell and a new start party incorporating all the amazing musicians and people I’ve met around the world.

                                            I wanted the record to have the same ethos as the parties I used to organise growing up in Munich and Glasgow, so with this in mind myself and Seb Kellig, one of my best friends and a great musician and producer, set up Sausage Studios in Hackney Lane

                                            Our studio is open 24 hours, musicians and singers would show up and each song was written collectively and very spontaneously with the artists and the whole record was recorded with a backing band, Motown style on party nights. Seb worked his dub production magic and ‘boom’ the record was finished.

                                            Like so many things in my life, it all started out as a protest record. There are definitely still some arseholes out there who need to be stopped but now the virus has hit. Like any other real party, we’re all in this together. And we’ll get over this together."

                                            TRACK LISTING

                                            1. Shoemonk (feat. Vula Malinga)
                                            2. The Highest (feat. Kwamie Liv)
                                            3. The Drop (feat. Khloe Anna)
                                            4. Colours (feat. Vito Skye, Valentina Skye & Andy Knowles)
                                            5. Valentina (feat. Khloe Anna)
                                            6. Don’t Roll Your Eyes At Me (feat. David Aird)
                                            7. Until Now, All Is Well (feat. Laetitia Sadier)
                                            8. Nix (feat. Nix Sana'a Sylvester Gonputh-Kellig)
                                            9. The Strangest Thing (feat. KT Tunstall)
                                            10. Full Fathom Five (feat. Philipp Plessmann)
                                            11. Loose Noose (feat. Andy Knowles & Vula Malinga)
                                            12. Hyena (feat. Manuela Gernedel)


                                            Time Slips Away

                                              Dancers can always be sure of one thing with Chen Moscovici – a.k.a. Moscoman – a certain unpredictability and energy will always define the music he serves up. As well as having a background in indie and rock, he plays house, acid, techno, dark disco, synth, all from a more alternative angle. For that reason, he is a regular at wide-ranging but iconic places like Space in Miami, Berghain’s Panorama Bar, Glastonbury and Pacha Ibiza.

                                              2020 sees the release of Moscoman’s long awaited second LP.

                                              In the studio Moscoman has always switched up from one release to the next: raw and rugged machine disco, melodic techno and wonky house on past record labels Because, Life And Death, Greco-Roman/City Slang and his own label Disco Halal. Time Slips Away shows Moscoman stay true to his roots, while exploring new sonic textures with more direct themes. The forthcoming LP also sees him collaborate with artists Tom Teleman, Vanity Fairy, Wooze, Niki KiniandNuphar.

                                              Moscoman says of the album: “The best way to describe the album overall is a feeling of ‘happy sad’. It’s inspired by the highs and lows of my touring life–the amazing gigs, the shitty ones, the opportunity to see the world vs the crazy traveling schedules and lack of sleep.”

                                              Next to all this, Moscoman continues to focus on building his Disco Halal label. It is a place where artists like Simple Symmetry, Red Axes, Trikk and Auntie Flo have all freely expressed themselves. Like Moscoman's own approach to music, it is an unrestricted label that never fails to subvert and surprise.

                                              TRACK LISTING

                                              1. Time Slips Away
                                              2. What Do We Care Feat. Tom Sanders (Teleman)
                                              3. Wish I Was In Tokyo
                                              4. Eyes Wide Shut (feat. Wooze)
                                              5. Maker Breaker Faker Taker
                                              6. Myths Still Exist (feat. Niki Kini)
                                              7. Sense Of Time
                                              8. Turning Tides (feat. Vanity Fairy)
                                              9. Back And Again
                                              10. Natural Born Losers (feat. Wooze)
                                              11. Violet Candy
                                              12. Golden Hours (feat. Nuphar)

                                              The Social Singing Choir

                                              Sings The Hits Of Moshi Moshi Records

                                                Moshi Moshi first came across the choir in 2017 when they booked them to play Caring Is Creepy in Margate. The choir was a new thing then and a little rough around the edges (They initially wondered if it was a cover for mid-week drinking by some of Margate’s mums, and for that they sincerely apologise). It seemed like a nice idea to ask them to cover some Moshi Moshi songs to mark their 20th birthday celebrations but they never dreamed they would come out sounding as good as they have. Much of the credit for that must go to the expert guidance of choir master Hughie Gavin who arranged and directed the recordings and took these songs in some deeply moving and unexpected directions, with some additional help in the mix from Margate resident Adem Ilan. This has been one of Moshi Moshi's most joyous releases in recent years and maybe just the start of a wonderful working relationship.

                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                1. Crap Kraft Dinner (Hot Chip)
                                                2. Let’s Go Swimming Wild (Sweet Baboo)
                                                3. Dog Days Are Over (Florence + The Machine)
                                                4. Paris (Friendly Fires)

                                                International psych explorers Flamingods are back with brand new album ‘Levitation’ coming out on via Moshi Moshi Records.

                                                Inspired largely by the disco, funk and psychedelic sounds coming out of the Middle East and South Asia in the 70s, the album channels these influences through a vision soaked in mysticism, positivity and sun-drenched imagery.

                                                During the process of writing and recording ‘Levitation’, Flamingods for the first time in four years found themselves living in the same continent, it’s this new unified feel that defines the confident and eclectic sound of the album.

                                                ‘Levitation’ is the follow-up to Flamingods’ breakthrough 2016 album ‘Majesty’ and follows their ‘Kewali’ EP release for Moshi Moshi in 2017 and a one-off release with Dan Carey for his Speedy Wunderground singles club. During this time they’ve performed live sessions at 6Music (with Gilles Peterson & Lauren Laverne), KEXP, Boiler Room and have been travelling the globe spreading their exotic psychedelia to the masses and getting people dancing from Austin to Amsterdam. 

                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                Barry says: Flamingods return, bringing with them a brilliantly psychedelic mix of eastern-influenced groove, dreamy anthemic pop and acid-tinged folk. With pummeling percusion and rolling distorted bass holding down the backline, the guitars and echoing vox are allowed free-reign over the sonic spectrum. Killer stuff.

                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                1. Paradise Drive
                                                2. Koray
                                                3. Marigold
                                                4. Astral Plane
                                                5. Peaches
                                                6. Moonshine On Water
                                                7. Olympia
                                                8. Club Coco
                                                9. Mantra East
                                                10. Nizwa
                                                11. Levitation 

                                                Kiran Leonard is a 22 year old musician from Saddleworth, Greater Manchester. Debut album proper Bowler Hat Soup (2014) and follow-up Grapefruit (2016) were both recorded at home, with Kiran playing virtually every instrument himself. Dervaun Seraun (2017), a concept album in five movements inspired by five pieces of literature and arranged for piano, strings and voice, was an ambitious departure from his usual sound.

                                                Western Culture now sees him return to the signature sound of his first two records, yet marks a huge sonic progression thanks to the involvement of his venerable live band on record for the first time, as well as being the first to have been made in a professional studio (Old Granada Studios in central Manchester). Please read on for Kiran's statement on the record, discussing the themes within.

                                                I like the phrase “WESTERN CULTURE” very much because it is a resounding clang from a hollow vessel, connoting so much (grandeur; authority; hostility) without possessing a concrete meaning in of itself. What does ‘western culture’ consist of? This question changes shape depending on who is speaking: e.g., ’culture’ is constantly evolving and autonomous, rapidly reacting to and altering the present in which it unfolds, but is simultaneously regarded as something static and possessed, corresponding roughly to ‘tradition’ or ‘heritage’, something people can call on when the world seems precarious and alien and antagonistic. And so very often when we talk about culture, we reveal our personal conceptions of world events and of what is to be done.

                                                "“WESTERN CULTURE” — these heavy phrases without substance are of great importance because they are easily manipulatable agents with the potential to sustain great impact on the real world. Not every issue stems from language, and sometimes we allow our discourses to replace real things, which belittles violence and misunderstands the very real violence that phrases inflict. But I wanted to write about the relationship between the two, and show how a lot of very real brutality is distorted and justified by how we choose to depict it.

                                                "In part, then, it is a response to brutality. We seem inundated by a brutality beyond our comprehension: the kind of nationalisms and capital, and the brutality of not knowing. The latter is particularly damaging because it is so difficult to oppose what you can’t understand/articulate. I wrote this record about all this not because I wanted the real world to be eclipsed (that is; I didn’t want to self-absorbedly change a problem of violence into one of self-expression) but because I don’t understand any of this, and the struggle to depict the world and lived experience in a more truthful way is waged discursively.

                                                "Process of understanding; process of recognising perspectives beyond your own, and the historical, political forces of imbalance that engender them. I am interested in where songs might fit into all this; I think that it might be a valid means of approaching an articulation of violence, but I also suspect there is something totally absurd about the whole venture."

                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                1. The Universe Out There Knows No Smile
                                                2. Paralysed Force
                                                3. Working People
                                                4. An Easel
                                                5. Legacy Of Neglect
                                                6. Now Then
                                                7. Unreflective Life
                                                8. Shuddering Instance
                                                9. Exactitude And Science
                                                10. Suspension 

                                                In 2014 I was invited to perform at a residency commemorating the re-opening of Manchester Central Library. I wrote a piece in five movements for voice, piano and string trio and called it “DEREVAUN SERAUN”. Each movement is written about a different piece of literature, exploring the value I see in each work and the impression it has made on me, and there is nothing more to it than that. The pleasure of books – of good verse and stories and ideas – is a very simple thing, and I felt that some lofty unifying theme for the entire piece would be a betrayal of that belief.

                                                I think that when a work resonates with you it is an instinctive response to something. You can be taught to understand a challenging book, but not to feel affection for it; I think a lot of conversation around art, especially around literature, sometimes forgets this. In my experience, the art I like the most, irrespective of its 'difficulty', is the art I can advocate most directly and plainly, and about which I can say: “I read this piece and now I do not read or think in the same way that I did before”, or: “This is a story that I could not explain to someone; I do not understand it word-for-word, yet I feel like innately I understand the whole, and that the whole spoke to me”. This is a piece about five books that I like and why I like them

                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                1. Could She Still Draw Back
                                                2. Living With Your Ailments
                                                3. A Particle Of Flesh Refuse The Consummation Of Death
                                                4. The Mute Wide-Open Eye Of All Things
                                                5. The Cure For Pneumothorax 

                                                Girl Ray, the North London three-piece comprising 19 year-olds Poppy Hankin (guitar/vocals), Iris McConnell (drums) and Sophie Moss (bass), was formed two years ago when the band were still just 16 years old and in a twist of fate as symbolic as it was bittersweet, ‘Trouble’, their first single for Moshi Moshi was recorded on what would have been their final day of school.

                                                A band whose songs document the dramas of adolescence with a wit and wistfulness far beyond their years, Girl Ray are the sound of that uncertain period in everybody’s life when the rest of it starts to loom large, when feels are felt more intensely than ever before, and when every decision seems like a fork in the road on your way to adulthood. Being a teenager is a crucible of heightened emotions and transformative confusion from which the ‘real’ you will ultimately emerge, having fallen in love (and out again), outgrown friendships you thought would last forever, and changed in ways you never thought possible. What you typically won’t emerge with, however, is a debut album as richly evocative of the experience as ‘Earl Grey’.

                                                Recorded with their friend (and now touring guitarist) Mike O'Malley over two "intense and insane" weeks at Ramsgate's Big Jelly studios, Earl Grey is a record of invention and ambition, whose delicate, sun-dappled melodies dance around the inside of your skull like a flickering zoetrope of memories - some fond, others less so.

                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                Andy says: It's crazy that the 3 women in Girl Ray are only 19 years old! The themes may be gloriously youthful but the playing is anything but! You could call it C86 era retro indie but that's doing them a bit of a disservice, as the unusual arrangements and lovely melodies make this a unique, fresh and totally now record. This is buoyant, charming, charismatic pop music!

                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                1. Just Like That
                                                2. Monday Tuesday
                                                3. Stupid Things
                                                4. Don't Go Back At Ten
                                                5. Cutting Shapes
                                                6. Preacher
                                                7. A Few Months
                                                8. Earl Grey (Stuck In A Groove)
                                                9. Where Am I Now
                                                10. Stupid Things (reprise)
                                                11. Ghosty
                                                12. Waiting Ages

                                                Slow Club

                                                One Day All Of This Won't Matter Any More

                                                  How do you keep a band interesting after ten years? It’s a question Slow Club’s Charles Watson and Rebecca Taylor must have asked themselves as they started work on their fourth album.The answer seems to be producer Matthew E. White, the master of Southern-gothic folk, whose in-house band at Richmond’s Spacebomb Studios provided the consistency and tone the album required. Almost every track was played live in the studio, allowing the long-established session band’s natural chemistry to augment Charles and Rebecca’s, with the double advantage of recording being very effective, and also comparatively quick.

                                                  One Day…. contains some of the best melodies they’ve yet created. The duo’s knack for writing hooks and melody has, if anything, become stronger. There are choruses here you instantly feel you’ve known your whole life, like ‘Ancient Rolling Seas’ timeless, reassuring refrain of “I’ll always be by your side”, or ‘Champion’’s Dolly Parton via-Linda Ronstadt anthem of self-celebration through the darkest times. Perhaps best of all are a pair of songs to be found at the top of what traditionalists would call “side 2”- ‘Rebecca Casanova’, a slice of widescreen, four-to-the-floor pop that recalls soft-rock giants Fleetwood Mac in the way it channels heartbreak onto the dancefloor, and ‘Tattoo Of The King’, a tale that takes Neil Young and the Doobie Brothers to the disco.

                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                  Barry says: Chemistry like this doesn't come along every day. It is clear from the offset that Slow Club work on another level of understanding : there is a warmth and subdued energy to all of these pieces that demonstrate how important that understanding is. 'In Waves' is assured Southern country of the highest order while 'Sweetest Grape On The Vine' could easily have some of the best close vocal harmonies i've heard for a long time. 'Rebecca Casanova' is perfectly stripped-back yet sounds surprisingly complete. Intoxicating and mesmerising songs with strikingly effective production. A triumphant return for Slow Club.

                                                  Hot Chip front man Alexis Taylor pares everything back to just piano and voice for an intimate record of new songs, reinterpretations of his own writing, and a selection of favourites both well-known and unheard before by other artists. Recorded at Hackney Road Studios by Shuta Shinoda, Piano invites the listener to be privy to a very private recital, with Alexis’ vocal and piano captured live and up-close, preserving each beautiful moment.

                                                  “The idea with this record was to choose songs of my own and others' that were personal to me and to document live performances which were intimate and unadorned. I wanted to reduce everything to the barest elements, record a great piano well and do as little as possible to the recordings eq or effects-wise. The mood created on the record is pretty different from that on other records I have been involved with. It feels like a special place to be able to go to."

                                                  “After it was completed 'Piano' struck me as a sort of gospel record in places - albeit an atheist's gospel album, if that's possible. 'In The Light of the Room', Elvis's 'Crying In The Chapel', the hymnal 'I Never Lock That Door', and the miracle-referencing 'So Much Further To Go' - they have that feel to them for me lyrically and musically. But the Miracles in 'So Much Further' are Smokey's as much as anything Biblical, and the reference to both silence and music filling the air reflects the album’s observations about absence, loss, repair and surrender to love and sound. The song is one I was really happy with when I first wrote it partly because it offered some mystery to me - I didn't fully understand it. After a close friend and collaborator passed away during the making of this record - actually someone who I had asked to contribute small string parts to it - I felt I understood it all too well:

                                                  'Life a miracle - a miracle that's hard to bear'”

                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                  01. I’m Ready
                                                  02. So Much Further To Go
                                                  03. Crying In The Chapel
                                                  04. Without Your Name
                                                  05. In The Light Of The Room
                                                  06. Lonely Vagabond
                                                  07. Repair Man
                                                  08. Don’t Make My Brown Eyes Blue
                                                  09. I Never Lock That Door
                                                  10. Just For A Little While
                                                  11. Don’t Worry


                                                  Brilliant Sanity

                                                    The art of songwriting has been the driving force behind Brilliant Sanity, the process of crafting of the immaculate pop song, the dogged pursuit of the perfect hook. The result is an album that appears fastidiously and impeccably made, but also charged with joy.

                                                    Now a four-piece made up of singer and guitarist Tommy Sanders, his brother Jonny on synths, Pete Cattermoul on bass and Hiro Amamiya on drums, the process of touring has honed Teleman into a spectacular live act and brought about the decision to record the new record in a very live and spontaneous way.

                                                    Six months were spent in a rehearsal space in Homerton, working on the songs written by each band member, with Sanders’ own songwriting forming the core of the album. “I don’t know if other bands do this,” says Tommy Sanders, “but in our rehearsal room we had a white board, and for each song we’d write the chords up on the white board, write the structure out. We’ve got different colour pens and stuff. It’s very professional.”

                                                    With lyrics written on the road ‘when you’re sitting on a tour bus for eight hours just looking out the window’, Brilliant Sanity shows Sanders as an accomplished and distinctive lyricist, with a passion for the music of words themselves and an eye for the singular image.

                                                    In Dan Carey’s Streatham studio, the songs’ structure changed little, but it was Carey’s suggestion that they choose core synthesiser sounds — the Mellotron, the Roland Jupiter, the Korg Trident — to help define the aesthetic of the album. Sanders talks of their time in the studio, of their collective obsession with the Vietnamese restaurant across the street, of how they would set the mood for recording each song using a series of coloured lights, and of how, in breaks from recording the band would go out on the roof and gaze at the moon through Carey’s telescope, “It had,” he says, “a very calming and settling influence.”

                                                    “Sometimes,” he says, “a record can take itself a bit too seriously. So it’s good to have a bit of a lighthearted side. It’s good just to enjoy making it, for your own sake — because if you’re enjoying making the songs then other people are going to enjoy listening to them.”

                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                    1 Dusseldorf
                                                    2 Fall In Time
                                                    3 Glory Hallelujah
                                                    4 Brilliant Sanity
                                                    5 Superglue
                                                    6 Canvas Shoe
                                                    7 Tangerine
                                                    8 English Architecture
                                                    9 Melrose
                                                    10 Drop Out
                                                    11 Devil In My Shoe

                                                    Anna Meredith


                                                      For all its atmospheric diversity, Anna Meredith’s ‘Varmints’, released on Moshi Moshi, is held together by her expert understanding of dynamics. “Pacing is a physical thing,” she explains. “I can feel when stuff has to happen in a track. I knew I wanted ‘Varmints’ to end privately but start confidently, have moments of privacy and moments of power and build. I love writing a build - my friends talk about ‘the Meredith Build’! I love the feeling of ‘get on board, we’re building up now!’ Even if you’re dancing at a club, there’s an amazing transparency to a build.”

                                                      Aside from sharing bills with Anna Calvi, James Blake and These New Puritans, Meredith’s dizzying CV includes being Composer In Residence for the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, writing a piece for MRI scanner, soundtracking Prada’s Spring / Summer 2015 campaign, symphonies created for nursery children, music for park benches in Hong Kong and sleep-pods in Singapore.

                                                      The London based electronic punk trio, rose to infamy at breakneck speed since forming in 2008. Consisting of composer Ximon Tayki, vocalist Veronica So, and drummer Simon Whybray, TEETH enraptured a global audience with jubilant, no-rave jams and hacker dance anthems.

                                                      The ten-track debut album is a veritable slice of lo-fi electro noise-pop with riot-grrrl vocals emulating the hi-NRG of their raucous stage tearing live shows, featuring current single Care Bear and soon to be released Flowers.

                                                      Bent on demolishing stages at night clubs, festivals, and warehouse parties with as much distorted noise as smooth synth melodies, TEETH deliver with an unapologetic edge. Their lo-fi, noise-pop assault is coupled with So’s equally dynamic vocal performance that suggests a cross between a euro-pop princess and a riot-grrrl. The stroboscopic live shows and relentless online persona make TEETH incomparable amongst their contemporaries, although media outlets like Dazed and Confused state TEETH are “…more epic than Battles, [and] cheerier than Throbbing Gristle.”

                                                      Hailed as “a nastier Yeah Yeah Yeahs and a subtler Melt Banana” by the 405 and boggling the minds of critics who attempt to pin down their multitude of styles as “...acid rave, dance-hall, pop, punk, grunge, acid house, tropical and all out weird shyt,” (MTV UK).

                                                      ‘Raucous joyous skronky dancey whatever-wave with more ideas than time and more pep in its step than a five year old on a Pixie Stick high’ - Pitchfork

                                                      ‘Outright Strange’ - NME

                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                      1. Confusion
                                                      2. U R 1
                                                      3. Care Bear
                                                      4. Dead Boys
                                                      5. Time Changes
                                                      6. This Time
                                                      7. Pill Program
                                                      8. See Spaces
                                                      9. Flowers
                                                      10. Street Jams

                                                      Trophy Wife

                                                      The Quiet Earth

                                                      With propulsive beats, delicate vocals and whispering melodies, "The Quiet Earth" is another melancholic slice of Trophy Wife’s “ambitionless office disco”. The band’s meticulous yet restrained production highlights the fragility of Jody Prewett’s vocals against Kit Monteith’s defiant drums and Ben Rimmer’s echoing keys.

                                                      Backed by the majestic "White Horses", where glimmering vocals offset the stunning violin and sparse rhythms before pulsating bass lines melt into the track, the song documents the misplaced sense of clarity you feel just before a comedown, the simultaneous feelings of invincibility and vulnerability. Trophy Wife’s new single delivers on the initial promise "Microlite" showed and hints at what the future holds for them.

                                                      The band’s sound and aesthetic is informed by influences as diverse as Studio, Polmo Polpo, The Notwist, Hank Marvin and Tortoise. These influences can not only be heard in the band’s music and production, but also echoed in their artwork, photography and videos – all facets of which the three band members contribute to equally.

                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                      A: The Quiet Earth
                                                      AA: White Horses

                                                      Signals are a band from LA comprised of 3 beautiful boys: Jon Gray, Bill Gray, and Jacob Cooper. The three have played together since 2005, but are most well known for all being former members of the spazz-punk band The Mae Shi.

                                                      The Mae Shi’s debut album, "HLLYH", was released in February 08 to critical acclaim – ‘They’ve mastered the emergent micro-genes of the 21st century, from jerk-pop to bitpop, and twisted them further into out and out sound ventures. Eureka indeed.” (9/10 NME). Two years on, the energy and excitement that was abundant as TMS is now, rather brilliantly, being channelled into the noise of Signals.

                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                      Silver Fish
                                                      What Dreams

                                                      Hot Club De Paris

                                                      With Days Like This As Cheap As Chewing Gum, Why Would Anyone Want To Work?

                                                        Hot Club de Paris mark their eagerly-awaited return in 2010 with a brand-new 6 song EP entitled “With Days Like This As Cheap As Chewing Gum, Why Would Anyone Want To Work?” (A phrase generously loaned by acclaimed British poet Matthew Welton). Still operating with their usual punk-rock ethic and still proudly flying the flag for British DIY, Hot Club are now self producing and recording themselves in their Liverpool rehearsal space.

                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                        Laura says: Scouse three piece Hot Club De Paris return with this superb collection of acrobatic, articulate pop songs, neatly packaged into a limited edition 10" in a hand numbered sleeve.

                                                        Samuel & The Dragon

                                                        Diamonds On A Boat

                                                        An arresting vocal, held in heartbreaking solitude by a brittle framework of sounds, "Diamonds On A Boat" is the astonishing debut single from "Samuel & The Dragon". Samuel's voice is an effortless confession, calling down the line amid James Cameron's ambient mix of the organic and electronic; a warm but isolated sound of the city.

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