The Comsat Angels
Label - Renascent
Well before the Kaiser Chiefs and Arctic Monkeys reminded the world of Sheffield, it was turning out bands like ABC, the Human League and Def Leppard alongside the stainless steel.
It also, more quietly, went about giving us the Comsat Angels, who, despite releasing the body of their work in the 80s, have more akin with the new bands than the old. The dark, almost Goth punk, like a spiked up Joy Division, or a premature Arcade Fire, has a vitality and a sharp edge that hasn't dulled in 20 years.
We are somewhat lucky then, that Renascent has lavished a great deal of care and attention on re-releasing 3 of their albums, plus a BBC sessions disc - Time Considered As A Helix of Semi-Precious Stones. Sometimes, reissues are for fans only. Here, though, Waiting For A Miracle or Sleep No More sound as 2006 as anything you'll hear this year. You really don't want to miss out again.
Adult Contemporary Essentials
Have a spookily musical Halloween this year.