29 March releases – Reviewed and rated

Due to very forseen delays in being able to both listen to new music and write about it, this is the rather delayed ratings from 29th March. It’s a shorter list than normal as I’m trying to do two weeks at once.

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Lower Slaughter – Some Things Take Work

Album 0f the week. Heavy, raucous, clever. A right rollocking riff-tastic grind and a worthy successor to their brilliant debut ‘What Big Eyes’.

Rating: 8/10Read full review

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Zefur Wolves – Truth Is In The Stars

Droning, drawly alt-indie rock with some pop undertones. A satisfyingly languid assault on your senses.

Rating: 7.5/10

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Brutus – Nest

Math-rock and metal from this Belgium trio that has distinct resemblances to Rolo Tomassi, and there’s no great shame in that.

Rating: 7/10

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White Denim – Side Effects

Another competent piece of work from the Texan alt-rockers. Not sensing any particular new direction in what they do on this album, but what they do, they do well.

Rating: 7/10

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The Underground Youth – Montage Images Of Lust & Fear

Elements of the Velvet Underground in this and the Berlin/Manchester post-punk band have some distinct resemblence to fellow Germans Die Nerven, who featured highly on my albums of the year list for 2018 with Fake. This doesn’t quite reaching the heights of that album but definitely worth a listen for fans of Bauhaus, Nick Cave and Joy Division.

Rating 6.5/10

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Show Me The Body – Dog Whistle

American style punk with a touch of nu-metal. A bit sludgy and tough going at times.

Rating: 6/10

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Here’s a playlist of all of the above if you want to listen to this week’s selected new releases.

22 March releases – Reviewed and rated

Here’s a brief run down of what was release on 22nd March

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These New Puritans – Inside The Rose

Album of the week. Another great piece of work from Southend’s Barnett twins

Rating: 7.5/10Read full review

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Zeal & Ardor – Live in London

A great introduction to this blistering gospel/death metal act. There’s little in the way of audience interaction but a lot of good, tight music. Sound quality could be better.

Rating: 7.5/10

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L.A. Witch – Octubre (EP)

Dark, brooding 60’s influenced psych-rock-pop that’s well worth 15 minutes of your time.

Rating: 7/10

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Crows – Silver Tongues

Initially disappointing debut from this heavy post-punk outfit. Was growing on me by the end. One to return to

Rating: 6.5/10

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Apparat – LP5

Note of interst from the German electronic musician, but it feels like the album never really goes where you expect it to.

Rating: 6/10

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La Dispute – Panorama

Some interesting moments on this from the American post-hardcore band, just not enough of them.

Rating 6/10

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Ibibio Sound Machine – Doko Mien

Some nice squelchy and funky sections in this, but overall not quite my cup of tea. Fans of Nile Rogers might appreciate.

Rating: 5.5/10

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Sleeper – The Modern Age

Clearly haven’t moved on much from their nineties hayday. Perhaps they should have stayed there.

Rating: 5/10

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Here’s a playlist of all of the above if you want to listen to this week’s selected new releases.

New Music Friday 22 March – What to listen to

Not sure if I’m in a mood this week but didn’t unearth a huge amount of releases of interest this week, but the new one by These New Puritans looks promising. There’s a debut album from Crows, who are supporting the fabulous IDLES on tour this spring and a live album from the genius Gospel/Death Metal crossover that is Zeal & Ardor. 90s indie-rock stalwartsSleeper also return with their first new album in 21 years.

Playlist at the bottom.

These New Puritans – Inside The Rose

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Crows – Silver Tongues

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Zeal & Ardor – Live in London

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Sleeper – The Modern Age

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L.A. Witch – Octubre

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La Dispute – Panorama

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Apparat – LP5

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Ibibio Sound Machine – Doko Mien

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Here’s a playlist of all of the above if you want to listen to this week’s selected new releases.

2018 Music Review – June

A varied bag during June with some new artists, some bringing back styles of days gone by and the reemergence of some old stalwarts.

First to Mike Shinoda. The Linkin Park rapper has put on tape what is essentially his grieving process following the suicide of former bandmate Chester Bennington. It’s raw to listen to at times but the emotion gives it a real depth that is often missing in this genre.

Floex and Tom Hodge‘s mix of orchestral beauty and electronica would be the top album of fused styles this month, if it wasn’t for the release of the third album from my favourite gospel/death metal crossover act Zeal & Ardor. Stranger Fruit perhaps doesn’t reach the heights of it’s predecessor but is still a mighty impressive set of songs.

Here Lies Man’s second album once again revives the afrobeat-meets-Black-Sabbath vibe to great effect while Sink Ya Teeth draw heavily on 80’s synth-pop on their debut album.

My top album of the month though is one of my perennial favourites. The Orb was the act that got me into electronic music in the first place. Alex Patterson has, in the past, tended to drift into meandering prog-style twiddling interspersed with dub-electronica. Fortunately No Sounds Are Out Of Bounds is a tight collection of house-dub that would be at home in a club – or at least during the late night opening of a micro-brewery.

Top 10 June 2018

1: The Orb – No Sounds Are Out Of Bounds

Standout track: Other Blue Worlds

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2: Zeal & Ardor – Stranger Fruit

Standout track: You Ain’t Coming Back

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3: Fantastic Negrito – Please Don’t Be Dead

Standout track: The Duffler

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4: Johnny Marr – Call the Comet

Standout track: The Tracers

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5: Here Lies Man – You Will Know Nothing

Standout track: Animal Noises

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6: Sink Ya Teeth – Sink Ya Teeth

Standout track: Control

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7 : Warmduscher – Whale City

Standout track: I Got Friends

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8: Floex and Tom Hodge – A Portrait of John Doe

Standout track: Wednesday (Is The New Friday)

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9: Mike Shinoda – Post Traumatic

Standout track: Over Again

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10: Martyn – Voids

Standout track: World Gate

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