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ALONE WITHOUT YOU
03 October 2003 / Universal / 3 Trk Enhanced CD
:: Mark Owen ::
Still trying to pull the heartstrings of every woman in Britain - Fairly successfully

KEEP BANGIN' ON THE WALLS
27 October 2003 / EMI / 14 Trk CD
:: Asian Dub Foundation ::
The seamless combination of jungle beats, bowel-quaking dub bass, spiky punk and ethnic sampling make ADF sonically peerless

QUICKBITES – OTHER RELEASES WEEKLY ROUNDUP 27.10.03
27 October 2003 / Various
:: Releases Weekly Round Up :: Epic :: Blackgrass :: Basement Jaxx :: Freq Nasty :: Clarkesville :: P!nk :: Living Things :: Machine Gun Fellatio :: Kasabian ::
Weekly roundup of other releases for week begiining the 27th October 2003

THE DESERT SESSIONS 9&10
27 October 2003 / Universal / 14 Trk CD (Island)
:: Desert Sessions ::
It's no surprise that Desert Sessions 9&10 limbos in as a surprise year end leader. A refreshing, atmospheric and exciting album.

1000 TIMES
27 October 2003 / 1 Trk Cd :: 0000096 / Atmospheriques
:: Tahiti80 ::
Not just another piece of jazzy disco crap - T80 just look a bit deeper for a some original pop

ART OF MASS DESTRUCTION
27 October 2003 / Fierce Panda / 4 Trk CD
:: The Rain Band ::
Ironic that this four track EP is their best collection of tracks on one CD to date.

MAGIC RD EP
27 October 2003 / Domino / 5 Trk CD
:: The Blueskins ::
Blueskins bring the Basement back into Trash Rock and return the Blues to Rock and Roll

BABY BLUE
27 October 2003 / Mute / 3 Trk CD
:: The Warlocks ::
A pretty up to date hippy ballad, that for once, keeps its balls mainly inside its pants

VICIOUS BATTLE RAPS
27 October 2003 / Pias / 4 Trk Enhanced CD
:: DJ Format ::
Minimalist slice of smooth hip and jazzy break beats from DJ Formats “Music For The Mature B-Boy”

A HEAVY NIGHT WITH . . .
27 October 2003 / Rough Trade / 12 Trk CD
:: Relaxed Muscle ::
Pretty dirty low down stuff and a gritty album that’s going to be worth dipping back into.

THE RED, WHITE AND BLACK
27 October 2003 / Poptones / 14 Trk CD
:: The BellRays ::
Raw, powerful post punk, driven by pub-garage rock and soul club intensity.

A NATURAL DISASTER
27 October 2003 / Music For Nations / 10 Trk CD
:: Anathema ::
Anathema live up to their claim of superseding and out-growing other bands of their ilk and indeed the genre

NOVELLA
24 October 2003 / 9 Trk CD :: Hands For Toes / Pyramid-Scheme
:: History At Our Disposal ::
HAOD’s achievement is not just the meticulous craftsmanship with which they run these bloody colours together, but the fact that they do so without making the final product over-detailed

NATIONAL FOREST
20 October 2003 / 12 Trk CD :: Faith And Hope
:: National Forest ::
National Forest’s debut is a playful stroll through the lo-fi woods

DANCE COMMANDER
20 October 2003 / XL / 3 Trk CD
:: Electric Six ::
Runs the risk of being overshadowed by its subsequent re-workings

JACKSON
20 October 2003 / 5-Track EP :: Magnificent Records
:: Jackson ::
Hooks and melodies are fluent, strong and infectious spurred on by ballsy guitars and dynamics

MY OBLIVION E.P.
20 October 2003 / Beggars Banquet / 3-Track EP
:: Tindersticks ::
Could be the soundtrack to a 60s James Bond sex scene only it would feature Ian Curtis and The Bad Seeds or Black Heart Procession would be playing in the cupboard

25 –STOP ME IF YOU THINK YOU’VE HEARD THIS ONE BEFORE.
20 October 2003 / Rough Trade / 16 Trk CD
:: Various Artists ::
The curiosity to discover and compare such individual remakes with their contrasting counterparts should be incentive enough to check this out

STREETCORE
20 October 2003 / Epitah / 10 Trk CD (Hellcat Records)
:: Joe Strummer / Joe Strummer And The Mescaleros ::
“I’m Gonna Go Out Dancing Every Night…” the late Strummer sings - who knows, he may well just be doing that

WHITE NOISE
20 October 2003 / Fierce Panda / 4 Trk CD
:: The Vacation ::
US Invasion crew who try hard but maybe just a little too much.

DEJA ENTENDU
20 October 2003 / 11 Trk Cd :: Sore Point
:: Brand New ::
Largely restrained but it makes the cutting volumes of its crescendos even more surprising - uniquely different

CASUALLY DRESSED & DEEP IN CONVERSATION
20 October 2003 / Warner / 12 Trk CD
:: Funeral For A Friend ::
FFAF's flipside, is an intricate ability, which when achived evenly enough, finds them at their most compelling

DESERT SESSIONS : CRAWL HOME
20 October 2003 / Universal / 1 Trk Promo
:: P J Harvey :: With Josh Homme ::
Desert Sessions yield a chemical tension and simple but powerful arrangements from QOTSA frontman and Britains best female alt.singer

99 CENTS
20 October 2003 / EMI / 11 Trk Cd
:: Chicks On Speed ::
Infectious Human League tributes together with a heady mix of Studio 54 glam disco acheives partial success

GALLOWSBIRD’S BARK
20 October 2003 / Rough Trade / 16 Track CD
:: Fiery Furnaces ::
TFF are quite an accessible proposition. Don’t expect any melodic chorus’s though,“Crytsal Clear” is as near as they get to catchy

NITRO BURNIN’ FUNNY DADDY
20 October 2003 / 12 Trk CD :: Surfdog
:: Brian Setzer ::
A respectable collection of curiosities from another era

WASTED TIME
20 October 2003 / 1 Trk Cd :: HandMeDown Records
:: Kings Of Leon ::
If they were modelled on The Dukes of Hazard instead of the Furry Freak Brothers in the country, then it may have been different.

REMEMBER ME
20 October 2003 / Rough Trade / 3 Trk CD
:: British Sea Power ::
The blistering rock track that Ziggy Stardust never made

JAMESTOWN
20 October 2003 / 1 Trk Cd :: Eat Sleep
:: The MovieLife ::
A phenomenal tune, which just blows out pure energy

THE HOLIDAY PLAN EP
20 October 2003 / 4 Trk CD :: Fallout
:: The Holiday Plan ::
In an over populated world, there has to be some form of contraception

HANGING AROUND
20 October 2003 / 3 Trk CD :: Red Flag Records
:: Future Kings Of Spain ::
Almost spoilt by too many overlaid parts and a glossy production

ROOM ON FIRE
20 October 2003 / Rough Trade / 11 Trk CD
:: The Strokes ::
Is this it ? Well ..yes. The Strokes wheel out that all important second album on the resurgent Rough Trade label

PULL A U
20 October 2003 / Domino / 2 Trk Promo
:: The Kills ::
Twangy riffing guitars shooting from the hip together with the plod of a drum machine and a sour, lip curling growling female vocal make up the essence of this 2 tracker

ADVANCE MUSIC
13 October 2003 / BMG / SonyBMG / 10 Trk CD (RCA)
:: StellaStarr* ::
Post Punk Pre-Goth musings from the unusually titled rock outfit blends 80's pomp with todays circumstance.

TOO BAD ABOUT YOUR GIRL
13 October 2003 / EMI / 1 Trk Promo
:: The Donnas ::
Think AC/DC pow(d)erhouse guitars, Runaways vox and quick three minute hit and run crashes

MAYBE
13 October 2003 / Southern Fried Records / 3 Trk Cd
:: Grandadbob ::
As Sheffields newest exports they’re producing some of the most accessible but still quite dark and dancey electronic music

WELCOME ABOARD
13 October 2003 / 11 Trk CD :: Modular
:: Rocket Science ::
All pretty good off-kilter stuff that shines with the sparkle of jagged pop and clattering drums

MAYBE WE WANT TO
13 October 2003 / 3 Trk CD :: Full On
:: Puscha ::
It's short, it's sweet and damn rocky. Obvious but instantly appreciated

HERE ARE WE NOW
13 October 2003 / 3 Trk CD :: Long Lost Brother Records
:: Repairman ::
A cross between leftfield Americana and slightly psychedelic musings

THE FIRST CUT
13 October 2003 / 12 Trk CD :: GPS Recordings
:: Dr Rubberfunk ::
With a taste for funk and the blues, this LP has some highly original and convincing tracks

THE BEST OF JILL HIVES
13 October 2003 / Matador Records / 3 Trk CD
:: Guided By Voices ::
GBV are a very relevant band and this release should justifiably should see them firmly in the limelight

MR ALIBI
13 October 2003 / 2 Trk CD :: Telstar
:: Maria Willson ::
Willson wants to prove her street credibility together with her bands hard work.

GIFFIN
13 October 2003 / 4 Trk CD :: Ninja Tune
:: Mr Scruff ::
Stockport’s Mr Scruff is massive in Japan apparently. It’s not difficult to see why

BRING ME THE HEAD OF FREQ NASTY
13 October 2003 / Skint / 12 Trk CD
:: Freq Nasty ::
Freq Nasty (Kiwi Darin McFadyen) wheels out his second long player on Skint, which mixes rap and beats with loads of 80’s sounds and game’s console ethics

THE DISCONNECTION
13 October 2003 / 9 Trk CD :: Disconnected Records
:: Carina Round ::
Doesn’t just rely on gravel throated riot grrrril musings but happily trips into off kilter honey coated harmonies set against jangled guitars and distant feedback

HELLO SUNSHINE
13 October 2003 / SonyBMG / 1 Trk Promo (Epic)
:: Super Furry Animals ::
SFA splice in yet more sunny Californian musings and accessible sparkle from their Phantom Power album

MICROPOLITAN
08 October 2003 / 11 Track CD :: Seriously Groovy
:: Jet Johnson ::
Caroline Nesbo’s voice is warm and non-threatening; it carries you along to the end of ‘Micropolitan’, helped by the jangle of guitars and the soft hush of the drums

FINAL STRAW
06 October 2003 / Universal / 12 Trk CD (Polydor)
:: Snow Patrol ::
Only needs the wider world to be aware of SP’s existence for them to begin walking the big time

ROLLER COASTER
06 October 2003 / BMG / SonyBMG / 3 Trk CD (Mushroom)
:: Machine Gun Fellatio ::
No better than institutions like the Cheeky Girls or the Birdy Song

CAN’T EXPLAIN
06 October 2003 / 1 Trk Promo
:: Longview ::
The sparkle of a guitar, constantly changing arrangements and a slightly husky vocal lines, underpinned by swollen harmonies and oddly placed pianos

SHE DROVE ME TO DAYTIME TELEVISION
06 October 2003 / Warner / 1 Trk CD
:: Funeral For A Friend ::
What could be pretty raw and dynamic is squashed into the Nu-Rock Jelly Mould

THE QUIET THINGS THAT NO-ONE EVER KNOWS
06 October 2003 / 2 Trk CD :: Sore Point Records
:: Brand New ::
Smooth churning rock, which doesn’t overstate itself - all with a glittering edge

MUST I PAINT YOU A PICTURE?
06 October 2003 / 40 Trk 2 CD plus 10 Trk Bonus CD :: Cooking Vinyl
:: Billy Bragg ::
Something different, intelligent and despite spanning a generation, frighteningly relevant.

BRIGHTER THAN SUNSHINE
06 October 2003 / Warner / 1 Trk Promo ( B-Unique )
:: Aqualung ::
An anthemic yet laid back slice of melancholy wonder

DEAR CATASTROPHE WAITRESS
06 October 2003 / Rough Trade / 12 Trk CD
:: Belle And Sebastian ::
Contrived hip perspectives and lah-de-dah tunes that drip in sugar or miserable self congratulation or pity

MADE IN DUBLIN
06 October 2003 / 13 Trk CD & DVD Twin Pack
:: Aslan ::
It won’t change the world but will obviously entertain lots of people who like their music nice and simple

RE-FOC
06 October 2003 / 8 Track CD :: RubyWorks
:: Rodrigo Sanchez & Gabriel Quintero ::
Hauntingly beautiful and masterfully performed set pieces from this mixture of trad-classic and the modern

PRETTY MONSTER
06 October 2003 / 14 Trk CD :: Memphis Industries
:: Fort Lauderdale ::
A massive collection of clever, inventive and enjoyable tunes, that inspire by their determination to be at the cutting edge of modern / crossover genres

COMA GIRL
06 October 2003 / 1 Trk Cd :: Hell Cat
:: Joe Strummer / Joe Strummer And The Mescaleros ::
Nothing less than a masterpiece that lives up to everything you would expect of the late Clash frontman.

12:51
06 October 2003 / Rough Trade / 1 Trk Promo
:: The Strokes ::
On listening to “12:51” their re-grouping with producer Gordon Raphael doesn’t seem like such a bad move

EIGHT MOONS
06 October 2003 / 9 Trk CD :: Revolver
:: Biomechanical ::
More guitars please and some harder production and Biomechanical could have something even better than this album which shines more than occasionally

AND THEY WALKED AWAY
06 October 2003 / Warner / 12 Trk CD (B-Unique)
:: The Bandits ::
The Bandits have a purer, but more roughly cast blend of 60’s twang at their disposal, all proven and on display within their impressive debut album.

INTO MY BLOOD
06 October 2003 / 3 Trk CD :: Dehisce
:: Carina Round ::
A residing poetic malevolence that isn’t that far off the more melodic moments of PJ Harvey and the edginess of Patti Smith

KILL ALL DJ'S
02 October 2003 / 3 Trk CD
:: Beats For Beginners :: 3 Trk Cd ::
The warped vocal cuts into a wall of organ sounds, subtle electric guitar picks out a melody and the beat rolls along

MOTION PICTURE
02 October 2003 / Demo / 12 Trk CD
:: Santa Carla ::
It is just conceivable Santa Carla might have been aiming at writing the score to the frayed comedown of a morning after

SEX POT
02 October 2003 / Demo / 2 Trk CD
:: Torqamada ::
The pomposity of 80s spandex still resides here but it’s been updated, upgraded and smartened without losing any of the raw, overblown hedonism

PEEPSHOW
02 October 2003 / Demo / 3-Track CD-R
:: Sefelt ::
One of the brightest and most warped carnations to escape from the North East since Viz

HANDSHAKES FOR BULLETS
02 October 2003 / Independiente / 12 Trk CD
:: Kinesis ::
In a world where apathy and voluntary conformity have begun to rule, the voice of angry teenagers, confused, malevolent and happy to read directly from their mentors, is one that must be heard

EFFLORESCE
02 October 2003 / Beggars Banquet / 12 Trk CD
:: Oceansize ::
This is perhaps the most important new band and record to have come out of Manchester in the last ten years. I hope you enjoy it as much as we have.

DEMO
01 October 2003 / 6 Trk CDR
:: Chevron (2) (Mcr) ::
Very competent rock and pop music, that is impressive in its production and significant as a debut

DESERT RACER EP
01 October 2003 / 4 Trk CD (Northern Lights)
:: Delta Saint ::
Puts the Girl back into Riot

GRAFFITI ART SONG
01 October 2003 / Demo / 2 Trk CD
:: Saucerman ::
The latest offering from Saucerman easily builds on their last collection

PRODUCT OF A DAYDREAM
01 October 2003 / Demo / 4 Trk CD
:: Laymar ::
Distorted guitars polished into loud/quiet anthems

THE BROKEN TAPES
01 October 2003 / Demo / CD Sampler
:: Stickboy ::
Interesting and intriguing in equal measures

DEMONSTRATION
01 October 2003 / Demo / 4 Trk CD
:: Adam Leonard ::
This small collection is an interesting and listenable debut

ASTRAL 1 (LIVE)
01 October 2003 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: The Flow ::
Tight and bristling with energy capturing the ethereal rock of a pre-signed Verve and anthemic grandeur of possible mentors Puressence

RESTRICTED
01 October 2003 / Demo / 1 Trk Cd
:: Underglo ::
There’s just one track and it’d be good to hear more, but a spun out variation on the same theme needs to be avoided

LES FLAMES !
01 October 2003 / Wrath / Sampler CD
:: Les Flames! ::
Not a night club entertainer, nor French. Who cares…Amour Les Flames !

DOMESTIC MISS. ADVENTURE
01 October 2003 / 3 Trk CD :: Audio Monster
:: Robot Arm ::
The talents of the Citys best nob twiddlers, Robert Arm are just too effing kewl

CREATION IN FLAMES
01 October 2003 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: The Fireflowers ::
Forget BritPop, dash it up with a little angsty passion for a better result

BLACK CURTAIN
01 October 2003 / Demo / 9 Trk CD
:: Black Curtain ::
Definitely a ghoulish collection of sound effected sound tracks. Perfect for dark nights, post traumatic chill outs and MiniDV horror flicks

DEMO
01 October 2003 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: Amigo ::
Amigo have the spark others are missing and the music to offer the greediest rock labels

ALL OF WHICH I HAVE IS YOURS
01 October 2003 / Demo / 4 Trk CD
:: Eventhough ::
Eventhough just need the benefit of a good reworking. I’m sure someone will take notice, as this is a very accessible and clever piece of melodic work

DEMO
01 October 2003 / Demo / 4 Trk CD
:: Nixon ::
Wrexhams answer to modern grungy metal, but with an intelligent twist

SOUNDTRACK
01 October 2003 / Urbanite / 11 Trk Cd
:: 24 Hours ::
Good to hear some atmospheric urban electronica that actually stacks up.

YOU CHANGE EVERYTHING
01 October 2003 / Urbanite / 6 Trk CD
:: Ithaca ::
Ithaca are back and Helene Gautier’s beautifully crushing vocals have been greatly missed.

BETTER THAN THE REAL THING
01 October 2003 / Urbanite / 1 Trk PROMO
:: Tribeca ::
A tune that could easily cast a spell over any listener looking for a good soundtrack to sidetrack themselves away from the urban bustle.

NO SOUL
01 October 2003 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: Morgan4 ::
Could be an interesting prospect and certainly a demo that stands out from the crowd.

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