The Bongolian

Blueprint

For all that the name hints at a novelty or tribute act, The Bongolian serves up a fine slice of retro funk and high tempo percussion with ‘Blueprint.’
With a squelch and wah-wah feel pervading throughout the majority of the songs, there is a large 1960s and 70s TV and film sound but the rhythms remain strong throughout and would cause an outbreak of moving and shimmying at even the most uptight happenings of the summer.
The organ sounds dominate throughout and the bongo and cowbells add a favourable backdrop to the upbeat numbers, and the slower tracks add an air of melancholy to the proceedings.
As a full length album, its appeal may wane to anyone apart from funk and soul aficionados but there are enough sparkling moments here for individuals to dip in and out of and enjoy. [AR] ???

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Richard Ashcroft

Why Not Nothing? / Sweet Brother Malcom

The final release from Richard Ashcroft’s 2006 album ‘Keys To The World’ is a double AA side of contrasting but equally charming songs. ‘Why Not Nothing?’ shows Primal Scream how it’s done when drawing influence from the Stones more… “Richard Ashcroft”

Babyshambles

The Blinding EP

So here we go, actually some new music to write about rather than more guff tabloid dramatics that we�re all so nullified by. So what of the music? more… “Babyshambles”

Clinic

If You Could Read Your Mind

Clinic have been around for about ten years, and yet this is the first I�ve heard of their menacing sonic experimentalism. I�m introduced to these peculiar Domino veterans by a sinister sprinkling of chimes that leads into an even more unsettling amalgam of brittle guitar picking and Ade Blackburn�s paper thin, synthetic drawl more… “Clinic”

CSS

Alala

It might open with a wail of screeching guitar distortion, along with some raggedly grungy drumming, but Sub Pop�s latest darlings are a far cry from label-makers Nirvana. Think Christina Aguilera�s �Dirty� allied with some DIY electronica and a generous dollop of Brazilian kookiness more… “CSS”

The Cardinals

Hold On

Personal taste is everything, particularly when it comes to music. Take the Cardinals for example. �Hold On� starts so promisingly, boasting beautifully soaring chords, contagious chorus, and some lovely cheery little lyrics on top. Great more… “The Cardinals”

Fedde Le Grand

Sessions

Entirely rubbish dance mix double album. All it needs is Judge Jules spouting shite over the top to make it perfect bin fodder.

Alex Botten

The Ordinary Boys

How To Get Everything You Always Wanted In Ten Easy Steps

It�s a pretty predictable saga, really. Flailing Indie star releases largely terrible second LP , rather bizarrely finds himself on a reality show watched by millions, marries non-Celeb contestant and ends up on the cover of Now! Magazine more… “The Ordinary Boys”

David Potts

Coming Up For Air

There’s nothing in this entire album that warrants a second listen. Unfortunately I put myself through it multiple times just in case there was something I missed more… “David Potts”