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Asobi Seksu

Citrus (One Little Indian)

Whirling, shimmering guitar distortion. Soaring, ethereal vocals. It’s no surprise that New York four-piece Asobi Seksu (which means ‘playful sex’, if you don’t already know) have earned comparisons with My Bloody Valentine, Lush and pretty much every other shoegazing band that has ever studied their own laces.



Giardini Di Miro

Dividing Opinions (Homesleep)

The third album proper from this Italian quintet sees them further refining their peculiar mix of shoegazing and electronica.



B.C. Camplight

Blink of a Nihilist (One Little Indian)

B.C. Camplight ‘Blink of a Nihilist’ (One Little Indian) Saddled with the kind of cover that will leave this record languishing on the shelves, the second album from US songwriter Brian Christanzio aka B. C. Camplight deserves far better on it’s sleeve than the tacky and poorly drawn image of a fat, balding, superhero sitting […]



James Yorkston

Roaring The Gospel (Domino)

James Yorkston, with or without his Athletes, is a largely hidden national treasure. Over three studio albums he has proved himself a master songwriter, all charm, beautiful melodies, bittersweet lyrics and brilliant, understated instrumentation. Roaring The Gospel is a collection of orphans – b-sides, demos and rejected album tracks recorded over the last five or […]



Dizzee Rascal

Maths & English (Dirty Stank/XL)

British hip hop, always that most marginal of genres, has been throwing up a decent number of excellent album-length recordings in recent years: from Roots Manuva, Skitz, Skinnyman and Shystie through to The Streets, Lady Sovereign, Wiley and Dizzee Rascal, some of whom have emerged from splinter scenes such as UK Garage and Grime to […]



Tunng

Good Arrows (Full Time Hobby)

The third album from Tunng is outstanding. Don’t waste your time reading this review



Mellotron Overdrive

Inquasionable (Weightlight)

Walking passed the Varsity in Wolverhampton a couple of months ago I’m fairly certain I heard this local duo rattling the windows of the upstairs bar.



Interpol

Our Love To Admire (Parlophone)

One of those collections of songs that can only be fully enjoyed with no distractions, preferably with headphones in a dark room. ‘Pioneer to the Falls’ opens the album with a single guitar hook and ghostly piano, introducing what sounds like a song that you’ve already heard a million times – willingly



The Nextmen

This Was Supposed To Be The Future (Antidote)

I’m unsure as to whether or not the title is supposed to be ironic as, over 14 tracks, The Nextmen offer, for the most part, a history of black dance music styles.



The Big Sleep

Son Of Tiger (Frenchkiss)

Oddly, for a band called The Big Sleep, their debut lp is one of those rare records that sounds immeasurably better at 4 a.m. than it ever could on, say, a Tuesday morning.