Flowerheads – Demo 2008

26 07 2009

1.0

Flowerheads – Demo 2008 (Jamendo)

Ah 2008, I remember it so well, you could leave your doors open and no one would burgle you, children knew their place and the labouring classes always doffed their hats when you passed them on the street. Halcyon days. And apparently a Surf Rock band released a demo album around that time too, so there y’go, it really was the best we’d ever had it. Read the rest of this entry »





Damscray – Los Animales EP

24 07 2009

los_animales_ep_large

Damscray – Los Animales EP (Humanworkshop)

Well, it’s been in the pipeline for a while and a few days ago it emerged into the light of day, a brand spanking new release from Damscray, that Russian purveyor of experimentally. dark/intriguing Trip Hop. Or soundscapes. Or something. Read the rest of this entry »





Mr Busalot – Test Screening of The Story Of Mr Busalot

13 07 2009

1.0

Mr Busalot – Test Screening of The Story Of Mr Busalot (Jamendo)

It’s not often that Jamendo turns up something that really counts as odd. Despite the neverending attempts of a legion of bedroom producers to stand out from the crowd by virtue of creating ever more obscure and unlistenable beats it’s rare that a release actually leaves me raising an eyebrow. And it’s even rarer when it actually makes me laugh. And it’s an out and out miracle when that release also happens to be an English Hip-Hop one. In fact, not just that, but it’s from South East London which just happens to be my little corner of the metropolis, which not only obliges me to review it but also obliges Mr Busalot’s efforts to be half decent given his Londoner status. And mercifully my faith in the inherent superiority of anything from SE London goes unchallenged for the short duration of this entertainingly at ease with itself album. Read the rest of this entry »





Despedidos Ska – Despedidos Ska

1 07 2009

Despedidos Ska – Despedidos Ska (Jamendo (Album cover unavailable))

Summer = Ska Season. It’s a well known fact that. Sure, at this precise moment in time I can’t think of a single other genre more suited to Summer than Ska, although admitedly I’m not thinking very hard at all, but the point stands. Sun glaring down? Get some beer and some Skatalites. Overheated evening? Get some rum and some Doberman to skank away your sorrows and see if you can get carted away with heat stroke. Temperate at 6am? Turn up the volume and stick Madness on for the neighbours. And have a beer. Now who could argue with that sort of well thought out logic eh? No one, that’s who, so Ska is Summer and Summer is Ska, hence todays album choice, in case you hadn’t guessed already. Read the rest of this entry »





Grüün – Kraut-Hop

28 06 2009

id054_frontcover_mittel

Grüün – Kraut-Hop (iD.EOLOGY)

It’s always a half arsed sort of job when I review foreign language Hip Hop. Sure, I can cover the music well enough, which to me is the generally the main point anyway, but I always feel a dash of discomfort when I start pontificating upon the lyrical qualities. Of course usually I just view it as another layer to the sound, an instrument which carries itself with the same weight as any other but there’s still a level of ignorant prescriptiveness contained in whatever I say fuelled at least in part by my own habitual biases and stereotyping. Read the rest of this entry »





Annie.R – Megalo

22 06 2009

1.0

Annie.R – Megalo (Jamendo)

A dose of blunt Pop today, the likes of which I habitually avoid for reasons unknown to even me given that, all things considered, I’ve nothing in particular against the music itself. Annie.R, who loses points by default for having the full stop there, is a songstress working on the borders of that heartland of female singer song writers who seem to be an eternal presense in the world of mainstream music. Read the rest of this entry »





The Art Punk Band – Zeno And The Happy Cats

19 06 2009

1.0

The Art Punk Band – Zeno And The Happy Cats (Jamendo)

A very definite example of an aquired taste today in the form of a short album release from American trio The Art Punk Band, who appear to have thrown themselves back in time a few decades to an era when musical perfection lagged far behind a self-convinced ‘good’ idea and a couple of friends. Read the rest of this entry »