Maximo Park pucker up and shake their thang on the top spot.
1 (2) MAXIMO PARK – HIPS AND LIPS – V2
The first single from highly anticipated L.P. The National Health, builds, drops and slams you up against the wall, as Paul Smith gains power from increasing paranoia. http://youtu.be/1d910sRZgs0
2 (NEW) BOBBY WOMACK – PLEASE FORGIVE MY HEART – XL
The first single to be lifted from the living legend’s new L.P. The Bravest Man In The Universe. Damon Albarn and Richard Russell on co-production duties, and if this single is anything to go by, it is going to put you in a blissful state and break your heart. http://youtu.be/Th2XiEN2Dcg
3 (3) TONY AND TANDY – THE BITTER WITH THE SWEET – ACID JAZZ
A great slice of soulful pop from 1969. Originally released on Atlantic and comes backed with the hit Two Can Make It Together. Another gem in the Rare Mod series.
4 (1) HOT CHIP – IN OUR HEADS – DOMINO
The 10cc of contemporary indie dance (they’ve got beards and are a bit clever clever), return with their fifth studio L.P. It’s their best to date and is set to soundtrack the festival season on a global scale and European holiday resorts throughout the summer. http://youtu.be/fxg2JbWA7Nk
5 (5) CROCODILES – ENDLESS FLOWERS – SOUTERRAIN TRANSMISSIONS
The second single to be taken from their forthcoming L.P. of the same name is a melodic fuzzy kaleidoscope with a hint of classic Echo & The Bunnymen. Shoegazing in Technicolor.
6 (7) CERA ALBA – SAVE THE DAY EP – TURQUOISE BLUE
Spooky twisted vocal samples fly around Dub Love and horror b movie synths, driven by an abyss like groove. Be careful with the hallucinogens. http://youtu.be/yN7Er6nGrtI
7 (NEW) SAINT ETIENNE – WORDS & MUSIC REMIXES – UNIVERSAL
Richard Norris’s Time And Space Machine do an outstanding job on Heading For The Fair, locking you in and gradually lifting you higher & higher. Meanwhile Tom Middleton gets lush and deep with a Cosmos take on Popular. http://youtu.be/mf1Trm4ltRM
8 (4) FRIENDS – MANIFEST! – LUCKY NUMBER
One of the most eagerly awaited L.P’s of the summer has arrived and it lives up to the hype and then some. These Brooklyn hipsters mix up just the right amount of know how, delivering cool and sexy, funky indie pop, that firmly puts New York back in the limelight. http://youtu.be/I90FkC6BMbw
9 (9) MARCONI UNION – DIFFERENT COLOURS – JUST MUSIC
The masters of ambience return with their fifth studio L.P. Another work of bewitching beauty that transports you to a place full of awe and wonder. Float on.
10 (14) VARIOUS ARTISTS – RICHARD SEN PRESENTS THIS AIN’T CHICAGO. THE UNDERGROUND SOUND OF UK HOUSE AND ACID 1987 - 1991 – STRUT
The title says it all. Lovingly put together and packed with mind bending nuggets. http://youtu.be/F2MAscbsGuE
11 (16) YETI LANE – WARNING SENSATIONS – SONIC CATHEDRAL
The second single to be taken from their critically acclaimed L.P. The Echo Show, sees the Parisian duo drawing inspiration from Grandaddy and MGMT, resulting in a softly sung psychedelic swirl with nifty analogue licks. School Of Seven Bells and Warm Digits deliver the remixes. http://youtu.be/S5g8nX9IL-I
12 (NEW) THE BAMBOOS – MEDICINE MAN – TRU THOUGHTS
Quality soulful L.P. oozing charisma and class with a top notch set of guest singers including Kylie Auldist, Aloe Blacc, Megan Washington, Tim Rogers, Daniel Merriweather, Bobby Flynn & Ella Thompson. http://youtu.be/hZEN_l4j6mY
13 (NEW) THE VACCINES – NO HOPE – COLUMBIA / SONY
After unleashing one of the debut albums of 2011, the London four piece return with the lead single from their highly anticipated sophomore L.P. The Vaccines Come Of Age, and it doesn’t disappoint, with rolling toms, slightly Dylan-esque vocals and the odd Stroke-ism, it’s a winner. Looking forward to seeing them over the summer. http://youtu.be/7Wt5QSXcQ_Y
14 (15) MEN OF NORTH COUNTRY – THE NORTH – ACID JAZZ
Debut L.P. from Israel’s finest soulful pop outfit, who have a passion for 60’s torch songs, RnB stompers and all things northern, including a bit of Manchester indie. http://youtu.be/nlI41MAAtNM
15 (22) FISH GO DEEP – BEING SUPREME – GO DEEP
The Irish house duo make a welcome return with a peak time floor filler that works first rate drum programming, low end piano hooks and addictive feel good chanting, that gives off a bit of a so hip it hurts downtown New York vibe.
16 (12) JARVIS & DIESEL – WEE HEART / FOUR WALLS - MOTON
Balearic builder with plenty of rhythm changes and percussive delights.
17 (NEW) SPECTRASOUL – AWAY WITH ME FT. TAMAR BLESSA – SHOGUN AUDIO
Shuffling rhythms and subtle keys compliment strong contemporary soulful vocals. http://youtu.be/lIukHY-Djj0
18 (NEW) HILARY HAHN AND HAUSCHKA – SILFRA – UNIVERSAL / DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON
Twelve breath taking pieces of violin and improvised piano that will take you through all sorts of moods and emotions. Quite simply stunning. http://youtu.be/bvAh91_5jjc
19 (20) DUB PISTOLS – ALIVE / MUCKY WEEKEND – SUNDAY BEST
Go straight for Mucky Weekend which features the rhyming talents of Rodney P, who picks up the Mike Skinner taking the piss baton and runs with it, quoting Dillinger along the way. It’ll put a smile on your face.
20 (28) DECO CHILD – S&G – NINJA TUNE
The second single from this inspired young Londoner picks up where Pray left off. Wide eyed euphoria teeters on delicate rhythms creating something very powerful yet at the same time very fragile, with its other worldly macabre beauty on the edge of destruction. http://youtu.be/JxjsUfDsns0
21 (23) HAUSCHKA – SALON DES AMATEURS REMIX EP’S – FAT CAT
Four different titles spread over two 12”s. Michael Mayer, Steve Bicknell, Vainqueur, Ricardo Villalobos & Max Loderbauer get involved. Class.
22 (NEW) MAJOR LAZER – GET FREE FT. AMBER COFFMAN – MAD DECENT
A poptastic cartoon skank dressed up in urban carnival costumes. Sweet. http://youtu.be/OI3shBXlqsw
23 (30) CHARLESTON – RED HEARTS OF GOLD – GOOD BAIT
Gothic crescendos, post punk bass lines and military snares accompany Lily Gaskell’s banshee vocals on a breath taking trip. Youandewan and Chamboche do the lush deep house honours.
24 (27) CAMEO CULTURE – NIGHT SWIMMING – No.19 MUSIC
Debut single of Balearic blue eyed soulful pop with a subtle house groove. Comes backed with Parts Of You & I, another beach bar winner with a Slow Hands remix.
25 (29) ALEX NEIVEL & DJ SCHWA – LE CLAN EP – LARGE MUSIC
The EP gets off to an irresistible start with a Prague visits Chicago remake of Cajmere’s 1992 classic The Percolater, and the title cut works slightly freaky cute and funky techno.
26 (NEW) EASTER – INNOCENCE MAN – WHITE BOX
Debut L.P. from Manchester outfit, loaded with honest songs that veer off into post rock fuzziness and the occasional lead wig out. Sort of Whipping Boy meet Sonic Youth. http://youtu.be/Uk8nCcE8PbU
27 (NEW) SASSAFRAS – THE UNDERWORLD – INDIGO RAW
A sexy tale of beautiful people, exclusive nightlife and scandal, set to a deep and seductive groove with a shroom feel.
28 (NEW) THE INVISIBLE – WINGS / LDN GIRL (RAW VERSION) – NINJA TUNE
Driving post punk bass, lonesome guitar licks and distant vocals give off a strange beauty with a slightly paranoid feel. The Raw Version of live favourite Ldn Girl is a powerful drum heavy treatment adding intensity and washes of clattering dub. http://youtu.be/deact2gsFfA
29 (NEW) GRASSCUT – PIECES – NINJA TUNE
Emotional electronica that takes in futuristic psychedelic layers and mixes them with speeded up nostalgic fuzz, creating a warm grainy feel and a sense of wonder. http://youtu.be/iWD_531vRRw
30 (NEW) PEOPLE GET REAL FT. RJW – FASCINATION – STARTALK INTERNATIONAL
Heads down no nonsense techno fuelled dark bruiser with an intimidating vocal.