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JANUARY 2010 - Other Releases Round Up
31 January 2011 / Various Formats
:: The Veils :: Thirteen Senses :: Enter Shikari :: Pendulum :: Mirrors :: Roy Smiles :: Little Comets :: Sargasso Sea :: MEN :: Tom Tom Club :: My Cheap Little Dictaphone ::
Review of January 2011 Releases from unsigned and signed artists outside of Manchester

THE BIG ROAR
31 January 2011 / Warner / 12 Trk CD / Atlantic
:: The Joy Formidable ::
TJF deliver a debut album that lives up to their earlier threats

BREAD & CIRCUSES
31 January 2011 / White Label / 5 Trk Download EP / Self-released
:: Ian Adamson ::
No gimmicks, no showiness, just quality songwriting showcased in a style that's simple but effective.

SORROW, SORROW
31 January 2011 / Sonic Cathedral / 2 Trk Download Single
:: Sad Day For Puppets ::
Here you will find the rules for writing the perfect indiepop single

SINGLE OUT THE SINGULARITY
31 January 2011 / White Label / 2 Trk download / CD
:: Straystarstuff ::
A quite wonderful introduction to what looks like a very interesting new band

OPTIONAL WALLACE
31 January 2011 / Squealing Beagle Records / 8 Trk CD
:: Optional Wallace ::
Gloom-laced yet uplifting indie rock like you thought they didn't make any more,

HARDCORE WILL NEVER DIE, BUT YOU WILL
31 January 2011 / Rock Action Records / 10 Trk CD
:: Mogwai ::
You won't be disappointed, but streaming only access has us flummoxed..

FOR NOW / SEE ME
31 January 2011 / Demo / 2 Trk CDR
:: The Ground ::
This is some pretty dark shit...

FOLLOW
31 January 2011 / White Label / 2 Trk CD / Download
:: To Sophia ::
It's rare enough to hear something so startlingly original, and rarer still for it to be this good

GREAT MINDS VOL.1
31 January 2011 / Mind On Fire / 8 Trk Vinyl
:: LA77 :: XXXY :: Gkut :: Neko Neko :: Grave Architecture :: Woli Wols :: Zoir :: Pareesa ::
Serves equally as a mind-opener for your dance- music-hating electrophobe as an encouraging snapshot of Manctronica 2011 for the connoisseur

A CREAK IN THE COLD
31 January 2011 / Pull Yourself Together Records / CD Download
:: Christopher Eatough ::
This is a record that greets, beckons through the door; then warmly and graciously embraces a special, special talent

SAID THE OWL TO THE MOUSE
31 January 2011 / Artscare Records / 9 Trk CDR
:: Godís Little Eskimo ::
A fairly minimalistic acoustic project, dwelling on bohemian influences and European folk sounds

VALHALLA DANCEHALL
31 January 2011 / Rough Trade / 13 Trk CD
:: British Sea Power ::
British Sea Power remain one of the countryís most dynamic bands, their music captivates as equally as it strikes an attractive chord with anyone interested in leftfield indie musi

SHIMMERING TECHNICOLOUR NIGHTMARES
31 January 2011 / Vivid Records / 8 Trk CDR
:: Big Lion ::
Mysterious, reverb swollen effects and influences at times embrace folk and progressive shoegaze

(UNDER) WATER MUSIC
31 January 2011 / Occasional Records / 3 Trk CDR & Download
:: Car Alarm Quartet ::
Real life events funnelled through the imagination and the power of computing

SUGAR THE PILL
31 January 2011 / White Label / 6 Trk CD
:: Cal Roberts ::
More energetic tunes that could easily soundtrack the streets of Manchester, Liverpool or Leeds

THE MAN IN THE IRON CAGE
31 January 2011 / White Label / 10 Trk CD / Digital Download
:: T G Elias ::
TG Elias is something of a folk genius

BROKEN HIGHWAY
31 January 2011 / Demo / 4 Trk CD
:: She Drops Mantras ::
Romantic, leftfield indie rock is but a milestone to their in production recordings

GOOD GRIEF
31 January 2011 / Folk Police Recordings / 4 Trk CD
:: Elle Osborne ::
Recaptures styles and sounds that could be hundreds of years old, re-imagined for the 21st Century

WHITE HOUSES
31 January 2011 / White Label / 2 Trk CD
:: Arthur Rigby And The Baskervilles ::
Produced by the mighty Whiskas which bodes well, both in results and potential

JAZZFAKERS
31 January 2011 / Akoustik Anarkhy / PAS Records / 7 Trk CD
:: The Jazzfakers ::
Where the off kilter subscription to the jazz ethic is both authentic and sincere,

THE OCTOPUS
31 January 2011 / AmpCorp / 16 Trk Double CD
:: Amplifier ::
Manchesterís most epic album this side of the millennium

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