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< < Release Reviews on Manchester Music For January, 2007

Bringing you all the Release Reviews that matter since 1999

LOSING MY MIND
29 January 2007 / Rhythm Bank / 1 Trk CD
:: Some Velvet Morning ::
Dirty indie pop rock

TOXIC
29 January 2007 / Columbia / 2 Trk 10” Vinyl
:: Mark Ronson ::
Another snippet of Ronson’s continuing eclectic nature

FLIGHT OF THE FINCH
29 January 2007 / One Little Indian / 2 Trk CD
:: Dan Sartain ::
More of Dan Sartain’s delicious twangs and Mexicana horn section

ROUGH TRADE SHOPS : COUNTER CULTURE 2006
29 January 2007 / V2 / 2xCD - 44 Trks
:: Various Artists ::
Mighty collection bookends the first thirty years of Rough Trade Shops in fine style.

ROUGH TRADE SHOPS : COUNTER CULTURE 1976
29 January 2007 / V2 / 22 Trk CD
:: Various Artists ::
A turning point in UK music enjoyed and executed by mere thousands, but which went on to inspire and change the attitudes of millions.

MATCHSTICKS
29 January 2007 / Organart / 3 Trk CD
:: Leave The Capital ::
Leave The Capital pre-empt the sounds of Elbows next album

HANG ME UP TO DRY
29 January 2007 / V2 / 4 Trk CD
:: Cold War Kids ::
Impressive songs shaped from the same lumpen, roughly hewn pop as CWK's previous release

LEARN TO SING LIKE A STAR
29 January 2007 / 4 AD / 14 Trk Cd
:: Kristin Hersh ::
More welcome weight to Hersh's position as an artist who’s going to continue to contribute to and influence modern music

C’MONLETSSEEYOUPOGO
29 January 2007 / Ten Past Twelve Records / 16 Trk CD
:: Billy No Mates ::
Punk template from side project of Snuff’s singer/drummer Duncan

KING AND COUNTRY
29 January 2007 / EMI / 1 Trk CD
:: Seth Lakeman ::
Hopefully this will give Lakeman some much deserved attention.

LEAVING THE NEST
29 January 2007 / Domino / 10 Trk CD
:: Benjy Ferree ::
Benjy Ferree exists in another universe and one that isn’t quite in the same decade as ours

THE REVENGE OF THE MECHANICAL DOG
29 January 2007 / Land Speed Records / 12 Trk CD
:: Dive Dive ::
An exciting and infectious album

STAND YOUR GROUND
29 January 2007 / Pias / Wall Of Sound :: Genuine / 10 Trk CD
:: Little Barrie ::
Little Barrie have the ability to keep on climbing

THE PRAYER
29 January 2007 / V2 / 1 Trk CD
:: Bloc Party ::
A warm, menacing tune that is as relaxed as it is perplexed

FINGERS BECOME THUMBS!
29 January 2007 / Too Pure (Beggars) / 3 Trk CD
:: Future Of The Left ::
Incisive, guttural, calculated rock is back

LEIGH-ON-SEA
29 January 2007 / Label Fandango / 2 Trk CD
:: Assembly Now ::
Erupts into a bout of scouring, excitable pop with calculated and blustery shards of guitar

ABOUT WHAT YOU KNOW
29 January 2007 / V2 / 10 / 11 Trk CD
:: Little Man Tate ::
Sounds reasonable, wears the right clothes and speaks with the right accent.

CLOSURE / CYCLE INSANE * demo of the week *
29 January 2007 / White Label / 2 Trk CD
:: Monomania ::
Another compelling shot of realism from the South Manchester escapists.

LITTLE SOLDIER GIRL * demo of the week *
22 January 2007 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: The Ambersons (The Magnificent Ambersons) ::
A slice of psychedelic pop ready to infect the minds of legions of potential listeners

SYMPATHY FOR EICHMANN
22 January 2007 / Demo / 5 Trk CD
:: The Black Paths ::
The Salford / Swinton electronica outfit are still stirring up a good brew of modernistic sampling

THE DEEPER YOU GET
22 January 2007 / White Label / 4 Trk Album Sampler
:: Peg Simone ::
Inventive, raw and heartfelt music from across the sea

LIAR
22 January 2007 / Demo / 4 Trk CD
:: In The Black ::
Sounds like a frenetic gig held in a crowded basement

CHAIN HANG LOW
22 January 2007 / Universal / 2 Trk CD
:: Jibbs ::
Teenage rapper Jibbs delivers a refreshingly fun sized slice of upbeat hip hop

CRYSTAL GREEN
22 January 2007 / South West Recordings / 1 Trk CD
:: Indi Forde ::
There are only so many ways you can stretch an acoustic based sound

CALENTURE / IN THE PINES * recommended *
22 January 2007 / Domino / Calenture - 2 x CD – 17Trks (Album + Single B Sides) + 12 Trks (Rehearsal & Demo Version) :: In The Pines - 18 Trk CD
:: The Triffids ::
A collection to be delved into and enjoyed, this is also a catalogue that must never be forgotten

PLAY WITH THE CHANGES
22 January 2007 / Raw Canvas / 15 Trk CD
:: 4Hero ::
Jungle to Hip Hop, Jazz to Broken Beats big wigs Marc Mac and Dego are back

TONES OF TOWN * album of the week *
22 January 2007 / Memphis Industries / 11 Trk CD
:: Field Music ::
An infectious mix of lo-fi twangs, luscious harmonies and the ever present threat of a full on wig-out

BREAK THE SILENCE
22 January 2007 / Demolition / 10 Trk CD
:: McQueen ::
The album rumbles along like a squadron of tanks

A BRIGHTER BEAT
22 January 2007 / Full Time Hobby / 2 Trk CD
:: Malcolm Middleton ::
Exciting, jangly stuff from the former Arab Strap

TOO LATE
22 January 2007 / Universal / 1 Trk CD
:: Mr Hudson & The Library ::
Is this the new “Dreadlock Holiday”

SEXY IN LATIN
22 January 2007 / V2 / 1 Trk CD
:: Little Man Tate ::
More Sheffield based post mod/indie swagger

HELL YES
22 January 2007 / Vagrant / 2 Trk 7” Vinyl
:: Alkaline Trio ::
T/A/T are back in trademark form

ONCE TWICE AGAIN
22 January 2007 / Xtra Mile Recordings / 1 Trk CD
:: Dartz! ::
One of the most interesting bands to come out of the North East

ONE OF TWO
22 January 2007 / Dance To The Radio / 2 Trk CD
:: Sky Larkin ::
A great song with an undercurrent of originality

SCOUR ALL THIS LAND
22 January 2007 / Demo / 5 Trk CD
:: Modernaire ::
At the end of their fingertips linger a variety of synthesisers

APPENDIX
22 January 2007 / !K7 / 1 Trk CD
:: Funkstorung ::
Chris De Luca and Michael Fakesh have disbanded Funkstorung..

THE SECRET SICKNESS
22 January 2007 / Wrath / 11 Trk CD
:: Piskie Sits ::
Piskie Sits embark on a long player's worth of grinding, slacker proportions

CHINESE BURN
22 January 2007 / Art Goes Pop / 2 Trk CD
:: Popup ::
Popup celebrate their modern rock values

LAY & LOVE
22 January 2007 / Domino / 1 Trk CD
:: Bonnie "Prince" Billy ::
The sound of sampled, electronic noises akin to clogs on a wooden floor

WE'RE STUPID BUT WE'RE HAPPY * album of the week *
16 January 2007 / PopCult :: 14 Trk Cd
:: Various Artists ::
Forget easy format fave band samplers - this one's wearing full on future band gazing goggles - and could be one of the best upcoming music compendiums we've heard...

BOYS AND GIRLS IN AMERICA
15 January 2007 / Full Time Hobby / Vagrant :: 11 Trk CD
:: The Hold Steady ::
Potentially massive in the US, having faithfully and authentically crossed several generations of music.

HEAD ON A SPIKE
15 January 2007 / Cooking Vinyl :: 3 Trk CD
:: The Bluetones ::
The Bluetones have persistently maintained a presence since the heady days of Britpop

LOVE YOU
15 January 2007 / Wall Of Sound / Genuine Records :: 3 Trk CD
:: Little Barrie ::
Barrie Cadogan’s slightly gruff and stern vocals bob up and down on the twining riffs

NIGHTLESS NIGHT
15 January 2007 / 4 Trk CD
:: Husky Rescue ::
Husky Rescue ski home with an admirable slab of chartable electroclash rock

ANNIE, LETS NOT WAIT
15 January 2007 / Universal / 1 Trk CD
:: Guillemots ::
Another hit from Guillemots' free-spirited, swooning and contemplative debut album

STARZ IN THEIR EYES
15 January 2007 / Universal / 1 Trk CD
:: Just Jack ::
Jack Allsop’s commanding and honest vocal gait, give this an instant credibility

RAOUL
15 January 2007 / B-Unique Records :: 1 Trk CD
:: The Automatic ::
An intergalactic keyboard and mystical lyrics provide a timely reminder of the adventurous side to this outfit

THE ENGINE ROOM Vol III
15 January 2007 / Engine Room :: 20 Trk CD
:: Various Artists ::
Twenty indispensable tracks from Leeds's stable, Engine Room.

SHORT BUS OST
15 January 2007 / V2 / 17 Trk CD
:: Various Artists :: Scott Mathews ::
The soundtrack to John Cameron Mitchell’s SHORTBUS film is well matched by this eclectic collection of tracks headed by Scott Mathews

THE NAKED DANCING EP
15 January 2007 / Honeytrap
:: Honeytrap ::
Coventry’s Honeytrap provide a nice line in shaken and stirred indie

LESLEY PARLAFITT
15 January 2007 / Marquis Cha Cha / Pure Groove :: 2 Trk CD
:: Bromhead's Jacket ::
Perfect material for a dingy live set in a disused attic

I LOVE THE DANCEFLOOR
15 January 2007 / White Label :: 2 Trk CD
:: Kovak ::
Electronic indie dance crossover charm from Brighton’s Kovac

LEARNING TO BREATHE
15 January 2007 / 14th Floor Recordings :: 1 Trk CD
:: Nerina Pallot ::
Pallot’s velvety vocal lines win again

SEMI-MENTAL *single of the week *
15 January 2007 / 14th Floor Recordings :: Download
:: Biffy Clyro ::
Biffy Clyro are a truly original rock band who write fantastic tunes

HEATSEEKER
15 January 2007 / Measured Records :: 2 Trk Enhanced CD
:: The Hedrons ::
A thrusting and hearty effort pitched up at the heavier end of the indie market

TELL ME WHAT WENT WRONG
15 January 2007 / 2 Trk CD
:: Eight Legs ::
Enough of an impression to mark this quartet out for some serious attention

ON YOUR MARKS
15 January 2007 / Dance To The Radio / 2 Trk CD
:: Voltage Union ::
Leeds quartet drum up a solid formula for the odd hit or two

SLEEP IS FOR THE WEEK (feat single VITAL SIGNS)
15 January 2007 / Xtra Mile Recordings / 13 Trk CD (single = limited free download)
:: Frank Turner ::
Frank Turner is a little deadpan at times, but the quality of his song writing is open to all sorts of melodic interpretation

DON’T LET GO
15 January 2007 / Nude :: 2 Trk CD
:: The Procession ::
You can almost see the massive chop mutton sideburns and footballers mullets from here.

THE PHOTOS ON MY WALL
15 January 2007 / Brille / 3 Trk CD
:: Good Shoes ::
A snappy outing, whipping its concise rattles into an energised post-Cure mixture of wiry pop and new wave stabs

I FUCKED UP TYPES OF WOOD
15 January 2007 / Brille / 11 Trk CD
:: Whirlwind Heat ::
You can always rely on Whirlwind Heat to do things a little differently

HOW DO YOU DO?
15 January 2007 / Brille / 2 Trk CD
:: Whirlwind Heat :: Lightspeed Champion ::
Lightspeed Heat hybrid featuring the Michigan outfits collaboration with an ex-Test Icicle

NO CONTROL
01 January 2007 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: Mara Salvo ::
Mara Salvo hail from Shaw and their anthemically fuelled epics shout firmly from the hilltops.

LIKE AN ANCHOR
01 January 2007 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: The Other Side Of Sound ::
Just a slight adjustment to the warbling melodies could see them capture yet more hearts and minds.

DELICATE
01 January 2007 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: The Suzuki Method ::
A crazy unfashionable, writhing, shining, rock and roll outlook

PS
01 January 2007 / Demo / 2 Trk CD
:: Rent ::
Rent are in the enviable position of having every opportunity to hone this into something extremely massive

GOING DOWN WITH THE SUN
01 January 2007 / Demo / 4 Trk CD
:: StateDancer ::
Cabaret or cult ? ...social clubs beckon

MADE IN THE SAME CITY AS YOU
01 January 2007 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: Unexploded Shells ::
Not making “hits” can actually work - Kings of a new science?

DAZED
01 January 2007 / Demo / 2 Trk CD
:: The Cut ::
The first thing that stands out about The Cut’s demo is that they’ve not gone overboard

BE AROUND
01 January 2007 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: Lisa Redford ::
Lisa Redford has some weighty plaudits already

NFS
01 January 2007 / Demo / 15 Trk CD
:: Cogna ::
Oh my god it’s irony gone mad.

GIVING YOUR GIFTS
01 January 2007 / Faith & Hope / 2 Trk CD
:: Buen Chico ::
Leeds outfit Buen Chico have a lot going for them

MOONSHINE AND ROSES
01 January 2007 / Demo / 6 Trk CD :: Modern English
:: International One ::
It’s a game of two halves

TALK A LANDSLIDE
01 January 2007 / Demo / 4 Trk CD
:: Rachael Kichenside ::
Rachel Kichenside’s jazzier interpretations of acoustic music certainly stand out from the current (often) unplugged crowd

DEMO
01 January 2007 / Demo / 2 Trk CD
:: Tom Kerswill ::
Kerswills floating vocal style and shuffling guitar create an intoxicating sense of space

OUR LOVE IS BLEEDING
01 January 2007 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: Paul Jeans / Jeans Goes Pop ::
The presentation and mood of Paul Jeans songs seeks to firmly capture the listeners attention

WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR ?
01 January 2007 / Demo / 5 Trk CD
:: Chris Townsend ::
Far from tame, but none the less still has an eye for the mainstream.

AN INFESTATION YE CANNOT CLEAR
01 January 2007 / Demo / 4 Trk CD
:: Julian Gaskell (& His Ragged Trousered Philanthropists) ::
Mr Gaskell – it’s good to have you back, if even only for a day..

DON’T YOU KNOW
01 January 2007 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: Obviously Four Believers (aka The Headlines) ::
Previously on the loose under the guise of The Headlines

THE MODEL
01 January 2007 / Demo / 2 Trk CD
:: Juno Ashes ::
A satisfying mix of progress, bleak delight and carefully wrought, stadium sized slices of delight

BOOM BOOM BOOM * recommended *
01 January 2007 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: The Naughtys ::
It's rewarding to report that this hugely different band are even better than their demos live

BAUER EP
01 January 2007 / Demo / 4 Trk CD
:: Bauer ::
The bands expansive sounds are striving to create the perfect anthem on bigger stages

GO
01 January 2007 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: Third World Soul ::
Musically, this is the kind of stock that was all the rage at the turn of the noughties

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