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February 15, 2010

Gil Scott-Heron – I’m New Here

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Gil Scott-Heron – I’m New Here

In an age where revolutions are more likely to be Tweeted than televised, 2010 may not be Gil Scott-Heron’s natural home. Even the way music is consumed in the 21st century is something alien to the jazz/blues legend and hip-hop godfather, urging the listener to forsake their Spotifies and shuffle modes and “Turn off everything that rings or beeps or rattles or whistles/Make yourself comfortable/Play your CD/LISTEN all the way through.” (more…)

Dan Le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip – Get Better

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Dan Le Sac Vs Scroobius PipGet Better

And once again Scroobius Pip emerges as the voice of moral reasoning on that part of the UK’s youth who don’t mind a bit of thoughtful polemic with their percussive loops and simple, melodic synth dance.

For when Dappy from N-Dubz shines in stupidity with mixed messages of abusive texts and anti-bullying campaigns, this duo become beacons of intelligent analysis in modern UK rap.

Aware of the bleakness of “small-town syndrome” and a lack of understanding in sex and alcohol, ‘Get Better’ encourages a genuine positivity in educating their audience, emphasising choice and self-motivation.

An over-simplififed outlook maybe, and not quite as anthemic as ‘Thou Shalt Always Kill’ but few catchy four-minute pop songs will offer more this year.


Release Date: 1 March

January 27, 2010

Esben and the Witch – Lucia at the Precipice

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Esben and the Witch – Lucia at the Precipice

Mixing Underworld exhilaration with the minimalist indie of The xx, all with lush Siouxie Sioux vocals, smothered in echo and effects, Esben and the Witch know how to create atmosphere.

You can nearly taste that moistened steam on your tongue as ‘Lucia and the Precipice’ bubbles up a potion of tension, lust and chills.

There’s a Gothic romance too – more Shelley or Stoker than Twilight – that gives maturity to this young Brighton lot, who, with warrant, should be heading to critical acclaim in a music press enraptured with anything a clever synth.

A song of edge to enthral, perfectly paced in devilish ambience.


Release Date: 8 Feb

January 22, 2010

fanshaw – Dark Eyes

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fanshaw – Dark Eyes

The awkwardly cased (curse you artist names that just don’t care about where to put those capitals!) fanshaw has some pedigree to live up to. Her Vancouver home has seen the rise of such rapturous Canadian pop as New Pornographers and revelatory prog as Black Mountain, and her own musical adventures have seen spend time as part of The Choir Practice – a ramshackle collective of uplifting spirits whose member list reads like a slightly less successful Broken Social Scene. (more…)

November 5, 2009

I Am Kloot – B Album

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cover-1I Am Kloot – B Album

Ten years since they first formed, Manchester’s most underappreciated band (now that Elbow have hit the big time) mark their anniversary with this collection of B-sides, rarities and unreleased songs. Spread over two CDs, these 28 tracks not previously seen fit for a proper release may be an intimidating prospect for anyone other than a die-hard Kloot fan.

Fortunately, the quality of what’s on offer seems more suited to a ‘best of’ than some collection of cast-offs only desired by Kloot completists. Keeping mainly on the acousitc side of indie, tracks like ’Junk Culture’ and ’Fat Kids In Photographs’ are warm and welcoming takes on the little things in life that can mean so much. Things do get dark though, with ’This House Is Haunted’ a fitting release for Halloween – discordant and vengeful, and another side the band are just as comfortable in. (more…)

Broken Records – Out On The Water EP

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Broken Records
Out On The Water EP

As ‘Out On The Water’ just flows past unassumingly, you might begin to wonder what happened to that wonderful melodrama and penchant for orchestral triumph that made Broken Records one of the most exciting bands in the country?

For these five tracks of demos and rarities it just seems to have been traded in for a softer touch, more traditional and relaxed, but still just as romantic and wonderful as anything on the brilliant Until The Earth Begins To Part.

With the electric guitars locked up, it‘s nice to hear the cello and violin so intimately, blending with Jamie Sutherland‘s vocals as though it was always meant to be. Perhaps not quite so exciting a prospect for a live show, but something to savour on record.


October 28, 2009

Top 100 Albums of the Decade: 25 – 11


100 – 51
50 – 26
10 – 1



Top 100 Albums of the Decade: 50 – 26


100 – 51
25 – 11
10 – 1



October 25, 2009

Top 150 Songs of the Decade: 10 – 1


And so we conclude. With ten songs in impeccable brilliance. No, really. This was worth it, wasn’t it? Yes? Good. Albums next.



October 24, 2009

Top 150 Songs of the Decade: 25 – 11


The tease before the top ten. These are all pretty ace though. And sadly keep N-Dubz and Chipmunk from the top 150. Tears.


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