Excellent wordy pop with substance and feeling that’s up there alongside The Streets at his peak.
2 (NEW) YETI LANE – THE ECHO SHOW – SONIC CATHEDRAL
A stunning LP of out there Parisian psychedelic pop that’s pretty much guaranteed to blow your mind.
3 (10) DODGY – STAND UPRIGHT IN A COOL PLACE – STRIKE BACK
The conscious traveling minstrels make a triumphant return with a matured LP of well crafted songs loaded with clever melodies and hooky choruses. They’ve grown up a bit, but they are still having a good time.
4 (1) DJANGO DJANGO – DJANGO DJANGO – BECAUSE MUSIC
East London alternative psychedelic pop outfit, that are causing an epidemic of My New Favourite Band disease. In the running for debut LP of the year.
5 (NEW) JAGWA MA – COME SAVE ME – THE BLUE RIDER
Vintage samples, Spencer Davis Group rhythms and 60’s harmonies drive a modern psychedelic pop song that grooves. Comes backed with the tripped out What Love. Infectious.
New York duo’s debut LP of nice contemporary pop with 80’s licks.
7 (11) SOAP & SKIN – WONDER – PIAS
A beautiful and haunting piano lament from Austria.
8 (NEW) YPPAH – FILM BURN – NINJA TUNE
Featuring the smokey vocals of Anomie Belle and riding some nice musical 21st century trip hop.
9 (9) MARK STEWART VS PRIMAL SCREAM – AUTONOMIA – FUTURE NOISE
JD Twitch cooks up an acid house wig out with paranoid chants that builds to near bursting point. Hold on to your hats and be careful with the brown acid.
10 (22) DETROIT SWINDLE – THE WRAP AROUND EP – SAINTS & SONNETS
Amsterdam duo’s debut release of soulful house /techno, the clue is in the name. The title cut works a great vocal snippet of Marvin Gaye’s Stubborn Kind Of Fellow, whilst the very deep Pain Tomorrow teases with What’s Going On.
11 (17) MISK – JAZZ HANDS / OPEN DOORS AND HEAVING FLOORS – CHEAPER THRILLS
A melting pot that occasionally boils over, taking on board a wide range of the rave spectrum and a bit of prog rock.
12 (26) NEDRY – IN A DIM LIGHT – MONOTREME
An LP of ethereal vocals floating over and around programmed rhythms, bass heavy tones and atmospheric sonics. Moody and distant but very intimate.
13 (15) OLI FURNESS – DEATH OF A MUSICBOX – RECORE
Deep and lush house that has got certain jazzy techno influences and a Brave New World feel, which works brilliantly with the female almost automated spoken vocal.
14 (14) ABSTRAXION – MORIBAYASA – DIFFERENT
African flavoured machine rhythms and atmospheric chanting causes dance floor delirium. Argy whips up a storm with his Back To Techno Remix.
15 (23) BLACKULA – BACK FROM MYSTERY CITY – BEAR FUNK
An intoxicated LP of gothic electronics and sinister musicianship, creating a Hammer House Of Horror feel, complete with a bit of 70’s kitsch, and worked around out there funky rhythms.