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Health - Disco 2

Health - Disco 2

For those of you unfamiliar with them, as themselves LA four piece HEALTH are a mass of shimmering, discordant white noise, punk-shoegaze atrophy and rolling drums; both their eponymous debut album and it's 2009 successor...

Review posted on 1st September 2010

Skream - Outside The Box

Skream - Outside The Box

As any movement transitions from lowly origins to mainstream recognition, there are always discernible turning points. For The Sex Pistols it was that drunken appearance with an even drunker Bill Grundy, whilst in 1989 thousands...

Review posted on 24th August 2010

Graffiti6 - Stare Into The Sun

Graffiti6 - Stare Into The Sun

You can ignore the chintzy (Un) co-incidentals around the origins of their name - all of the members are all into graffiti apparently, and when they play live there's an even half dozen of them...

Review posted on 17th August 2010

Everything Everything - Man Alive

Everything Everything - Man Alive

Selected for the long list of the BBC's "Sound of 2010" poll, Everything Everything chose to submit "My Keys Your Boyfriend" as the track that would define them the line up of tastemakers that the...

Review posted on 16th August 2010

Faust - Faust Is Last

Faust - Faust Is Last

Last time we met Hans Joachim Irmler he was providing some deft motorik touches on To Rococo Rot's Speculation album, but here he's returned into the belly of what in the kaftan era was described...

Review posted on 10th August 2010

Procedure Club - Doomed Forever

Procedure Club - Doomed Forever

Canada's Slumberland label appear to have a mission to resurrect the C-86 era for the few who weep for it, previously releasing Chin Chin's Sound of the Westway and here giving a platform to Procedure...

Review posted on 19th July 2010

Burns - European Sex Music

Burns - European Sex Music

Anyone who's ever fooled around with a trial copy of Mixmeister will be able to tell you that this DJ-ing thing is nowhere near as easy at it looks, unless you're only planning on doing...

Review posted on 19th July 2010

Foals - Total Life Forever

Foals - Total Life Forever

With Bloc Party on temporary (?) hiatus, the way seems clear for Foals to ascend to the now vacant position of everyone's favourite credible indie types, an aspiration that can't be hindered by the Oxford...

Review posted on 19th July 2010

Morcheeba - Blood Like Lemonade

Morcheeba - Blood Like Lemonade

Blood Like Lemonade is you suppose proof that above all, time's a healer. During Morcheeba's commercial peak in the late nineties their blend of drowsy hip-hop and warped lounge shifted units by the million and...

Review posted on 28th June 2010

Uffie - Sex Dreams and Denim Jeans

Uffie - Sex Dreams and Denim Jeans

It's a refreshing dose of honesty in an age where people with negligible talent make careers out of convincing those with none that their ship will come in; 'I never claimed I was an artist,...

Review posted on 24th June 2010

Filthy Pedro - Filthy Pedro and the Carthaginians

Filthy Pedro - Filthy Pedro and the Carthaginians

During the 80's - a generally miserable decade for all concerned - a band from the Wirral called Half Man, Half Biscuit combined shambolic post C-86 sounds with a bemusing daft turn of phrase along...

Review posted on 21st June 2010

To Rococo Rot - Speculation

To Rococo Rot - Speculation

There's been quite a lot of 'Sonic cathedral of sound' type critical acclaim for 'Speculation', the eighth album from Berlin tri o To Rococo Rot. Some of it must surely be due to the irony...

Review posted on 9th June 2010

Teenage Fanclub - The Cockpit, Leeds 04/06/2010

Teenage Fanclub - The Cockpit, Leeds 04/06/2010

For their diehard fans the effect of listening to Teenage Fanclub's ninth album Shadows, released last month, will have been like getting a big hug from a favourite auntie. Lacking star guest spots from the...

Review posted on 7th June 2010

Nicolai Dunger - Play

Nicolai Dunger - Play

Nicolai Dunger himself adorns the cover of Play, a monochrome study lying on the ground, fag in mouth, as he plays with a mongrel dog who seems to be making best efforts to flee the...

Review posted on 1st June 2010

Akala - Doublethink

Akala - Doublethink

Akala is certainly making head waves in UK hip hop circles gaining respect and acclaim. Certainly he made an impression with me with his first album 'It's Not A Rumour' showing definite skills and good...

Review posted on 28th May 2010

Crowded House - Intriguer

Crowded House - Intriguer

To this ageing hack, there will always be a special place in the heart for Crowded House's third album, Woodface. Flush with youth and a first significant other, it's erudite mix of classic songwriting and...

Review posted on 24th May 2010

Aqualung - Magnetic North

Aqualung - Magnetic North

The chances are that although you won't have heard of Aqualung, you'll have heard them, so to speak. Aqualung is essentially the cherubic looking and musical teen prodigy-ish Matt Hales and his gold selling eponymous...

Review posted on 24th May 2010

Grum - Heartbeats

Grum - Heartbeats

Hard to believe it, but six years have gone by since the release of Destroy Rock N' Roll, the commercial dance meisterwork of Hebridean/Californian Mylo. A mass of sun-kissed future disco with a sample-adelic glaze...

Review posted on 17th May 2010

Kyte - Dead Waves

Kyte - Dead Waves

Leicestershire four piece Kyte seem to polarise opinion, one man's majestic dream pop being equally another's monchromatic Bono-isms. The feeling that an icy wash of panic set in at the realisation that album number three...

Review posted on 11th May 2010

Ganglians - Monster Head Room

Ganglians - Monster Head Room

Ganglians are a four piece from Sacramento for whom the last fourty-odd years of musical history seem to be a mere inconvenience. Their debut album, Monster Head Room has been waiting almost a year for...

Review posted on 6th May 2010

Chin Chin - Sound Of The Westway

Chin Chin - Sound Of The Westway

Punk Rock wasn't just the Johnny and Malcolm show, much as it might seem that way now; despite its relative brevity and ultimately delivering little that could be classified as musical innovation, more than thirty...

Review posted on 29th April 2010

White Belt Yellow Tag - Methods

White Belt Yellow Tag - Methods

yourcodenameis:milo were one of those cult bands from the north east who like Field Music were on many people's cool lists, but by and large stayed in that box marked 'Angular and difficult to get...

Review posted on 19th April 2010

Stevie and The Moon - These Old Traditions

Stevie and The Moon - These Old Traditions

When the Reid brothers threw the R away on their 1987 debut album This Is The Story, to hear them proudly toting their Scottish burr was a minor revelation. Of course nearly two and a...

Review posted on 12th April 2010

John Grant - Queen of Denmark

John Grant - Queen of Denmark

John Grant is the former lead singer of Denver's gloomy but grand Czars, a band whom you probably haven't heard of. Queen of Denmark is his first solo record, one recorded in collaboration with Texans...

Review posted on 6th April 2010

Laura Marling - I Speak Because I Can

Laura Marling - I Speak Because I Can

Laura Marling's recent history is a public one, so requires a brief recap only for those who inhabit planet chart. Discovered at the tender age of sixteen through MySpace, she initially worked with Noah &...

Review posted on 26th March 2010

The Who - The Greatest Hits & More

The Who - The Greatest Hits & More

Some of those Contact readers born in the eighties and nineties will be unfamiliar with The Who, other than when their dad plays 'My Generation' in the mirror whilst furiously imitating Pete Townsend's air-guitar windmilling....

Review posted on 22nd March 2010

Gil Scott-Heron - I'm New Here

Gil Scott-Heron - I'm New Here

Attempting to document Gil Scott-Heron's life and career in the space of a few hundred words is an exercise in futility, so I direct you when this piece is finished to somewhere on the internet...

Review posted on 2nd March 2010

The Kissaway Trail - Sleep Mountain

The Kissaway Trail - Sleep Mountain

Review of The Kissaway Trail's album Sleep MountainCritics who claim that Danish five piece The Kissaway Trail are a poor man's Arcade Fire will doubtless have a self satisfied grin on their faces during SDP,...

Review posted on 24th February 2010

Charlotte Gainsbourg - IRM (With Beck)

Charlotte Gainsbourg - IRM (With Beck)

Review of Charlotte Gainsbourg (with Beck) album IRMCynics suggest that it's difficult to figure out Charlotte Gainsbourg. Is the daughter of one of France's most feted performers an actress who sings or a singer who...

Review posted on 2nd February 2010

Micah P Hinson - All Dressed Up And Smelling Of Strangers

Micah P Hinson - All Dressed Up And Smelling Of Strangers

Review of Micah P Hinson's album All Dressed Up And Smelling Of StrangersThe covers album rarely inspires; usually a gesture of flatulent self-indulgence or contract fulfilment, notably winning executions are few, although Cat Power's Jukebox...

Review posted on 27th January 2010

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