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1 (NEW) TOY – JOIN THE DOTS – HEAVENLY
Toy follow their excellent debut LP with another collection of substance bearing mind altering numbers, also produced by Dan Carey.
2 (7) PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTING – NIGHT MAIL – TEST CARD
An uplifting piece of evocative music with sampled rhythmic lyrics from the eponymous 1936 film, resulting in an unforgettable tune wrapped in feel good nostalgia. Baltic Fleet deliver an electro influenced remix.
3 (2) BLACK HEARTED BROTHER – STARS ARE OUR HOME – SONIC CATHEDRAL
The debut LP from all-star trio Neil Halstead, Mark Van Hoen and Nick Holton, is a powerful journey battling the elements across bleak landscapes, from tense inner cities to gusting coastal villages.
4 (5) HARLEIGHBLU – FORGET ME NOT – TRU THOUGHTS
Fantastic debut LP of modern soul with hip hop grooves. This Nottingham based singer has got a truly outstanding voice. The girl has got it going on.
5 (4) CHAPEL CLUB – WORDY – IGNITION
Cute and infectious pop that’s got a certain 60’s West Coast feel, it would work well set to a Charlie Brown & Peanuts cartoon. Comes with a Psychemagik house number.
6 (8) RITUEL – DEUX REMIXED – MICRONAUTICS
We kick off with Manchester’s Shadow Dancer, who deliver an acid fuelled Nitedub of Club Zanzibar. Parisian Donovans serves up a jacking bass heavy rework of Nirvana Dance, and last but not least Russia’s Koett gets deep and techy with Club Zanzibar.
7 (1) TEMPLES – KEEP IN THE DARK – HEAVENLY
Woozy slurring and blurring psychedelics with pop hit sensibilities set on a Saturday Night At The Movies rhythm. What’s not to like.
8 (NEW) TELEGRAM – FOLLOW / UNDER THE NIGHT TIME – GRAMGRAM
New gang in town with their rumbling fuzzy debut single, that’s a bit Magazine meets Status Quo meets Mott The Hoople, produced by Dan Carey and causing quite a stir. http://youtu.be/6rK0ODu_GuY
9 (NEW) VALERIE JUNE – PUSHIN’ AGAINST A STONE – SUNDAY BEST
After an incredible year, the title track to her superb debut LP gets a well deserved single release. Gritty and sexy soul at its best. http://youtu.be/ApMbubTINnU
10 (12) ROTIFER – THE CAVALRY NEVER SHOWED UP – GARE DU NORD
Robert Rotifer along with fellow band mates Ian Button (Thrashing Doves / Death In Vegas) and Mike Stone (Television Personalities), have come up with a great LP that has got wit, sarcasm, humour and a dark old London town underbelly. It stands out from the herd, but it also brings to mind 1960’s David Bowie, Scott Walker, Jarvis Cocker and Edwyn Collins. This LP is well worth your attention. http://youtu.be/1MbN8WgtMSU
11 (14) JOHNNY ILL BAND – I CAN’T SEE – TOO PURE SINGLES CLUB
A nice slab of retro psychedelia that has got an early Pink Floyd feel and a Pictures Of Matchstick Men guitar riff. Used To Be Confused on the flip has got a 70’s Mott vibe. http://youtu.be/YH5NhBIt1fg
12 (11) MAPS – YOU WILL FIND A WAY REMIXES – MUTE
Maps themselves deliver a soft and subtle pulsing overhaul, and Mercia keeps the gently spaced vibe but adds just little more in the disco rhythms department. http://youtu.be/1oizoH9kVMU
13 (13) PET – TALK TO YOU – NEUN VOLT
Berlin outfit with a funky rhythmic slab of happening indie pop. Comes with an electro disco inspired remix from Sao Paulo’s Kina. http://youtu.be/GeVUSnPFngc
14 (NEW) BLEACHED – DREAMING WITHOUT YOU – DEAD OCEANS
The Los Angeles based sisters deliver another dose of The Ronettes meet The Ramones almost perfect pop. http://youtu.be/YjGEmeb9YlA
15 (NEW) CUT COPY – FREE YOUR MIND – MODULAR
Baggy Balearic indie rave gets dragged into the 21st Century. Fort Romeau boosts it with a nice dose of 1990 ecstasy. http://youtu.be/xPRJVKtrCCk
16 (NEW) MIXHELL – THE EDGE REMIXES – SUNDAY BEST
Richard Norris dons his Time And Space Machine persona and sends it on an intergalactic cosmic disco trip. http://youtu.be/an2mdSUYnSs
17 (NEW) MIKE DOUGHTY – TRUE DREAMS OF WICHITA – SNACK BAR / HORNBLOW
One of the stand out tracks from his forthcoming LP of re-imagined songs by his former band Soul Coughing. http://youtu.be/W4ithDd9Ads
18 (20) MOVEMENT – US – MODULAR
Slo-mo 4/4 beats and gentle synths compliment this velvety slice of delicate blue eyed soulful pop.
19 (15) THOSE DARLINS – BLUR THE LINE – OH WOW DANG
This Nashville trio have matured into a quartet, with an album of slightly fuzzy honest songs that have a familiar feel but are refreshingly new. http://youtu.be/DieAhV50uAA http://youtu.be/KHR1PcfVGSc
20 (16) HARAKET – ILK – MELODICA
Peckham, South London 5 piece, with a beautiful atmospheric EP that oozes charm and sophistication, but at times is also quite unnerving, as it slinks it’s way around those dark and dusky city streets. http://youtu.be/KKtJvyZGps4
It’s been a pleasure. Thankyou & Goodnight. Dean x