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CODEINE VELVET CLUB
21 December 2009 / Island / 11 Trk CD
:: Codeine Velvet Club ::
Effectively the solo project of Fratellis frontman Jon Lawler

SKYDIVING
21 December 2009 / 4 Trk Remix CD
:: Twizzle :: Vs Greenmoney ::
Twizzle tips in some well timed rapping without breaking any speed limits

OST – AVATAR – MUSIC FROM THE MOTION PICTURE
21 December 2009 / Atlantic / 14 Trk CD
:: James Horner (feat Leona Lewis) ::
Original score - check - talented composer and conductor - check - Leona Lewis - Arrggh..

WISHING YOU A HAPPY CHRISTMAS
21 December 2009 / White Label / 1 Trk Free Download
:: The Hush Now ::
The Hush Now are making every effort to spread the Christmas cheer

LOVE SONGS FOR THE CHEMICAL GENERATION LP * album of the week *
21 December 2009 / St Cecilia / 12 Trk CD
:: Daniel Land And The Modern Painters ::
Literally touching the edge of something approaching heaven, via the continuing and dazzling application of sonic textures and well defined hooks

WRECKING BALL
21 December 2009 / Kartel / 13 Trk CD
:: Dead Confederate ::
An album of clarity, that treads along the borders of stadium rock, informed by the blues and haunting cascades of slightly gothic guitar chime

...AND THE EARTH BECAME SKY * demo of the week *
21 December 2009 / Demo / (Something Simple Promo) / 4 Trk CDR
:: Anthony Harris ::
Harris is pushing the envelope and there are still too few of these people who are prepared to muck about with structures and sounds whilst still retaining a vision

BIG WOW
21 December 2009 / Fresh Hair Records / 12 Trk CD
:: The Loungs ::
A generous album’s worth of their upbeat, slightly folky pop

FUCKING DUTCH * EP of the week *
21 December 2009 / Radio Is Down / 4 Trk CD
:: Ex Wives ::
A frazzled combination of continental sized, ground shifting chords and tones

TAKE MY PICTURE
21 December 2009 / 8 Trk CD
:: Heads We Dance ::
Firm evidence that they are certainly at the front of the decades next synth-pop pioneers

IN BED WITH …THE BAMBINOS
21 December 2009 / Philophobia / 5 Trk CDR
:: The Bambinos ::
Americanised, glittery pop songs sung in the style of Pete Shelley

MANCHESTER MUSIC SINGLES CLUB 14th DECEMBER 2009
14 December 2009 / Various
:: Quartershade :: Basement Jaxx :: Lost Prophets :: Kid Harpoon :: Spectrum 7 :: Slow Club :: The Duke & The King :: Straight Lines :: Au Revoir Simone ::
This weeks in-depth review of single releases from national and international acts for week commencing the 14th December 2009 - single of the week : Au Revoir Simone...

OH NO HE ISN’T,OH YES HE IS !
14 December 2009 / Moonjuice / 1 Trk CD
:: Dan Lyth ::
The cut and paste possibilities of a computer supports his drifting melody with the repeated sound of taps on the guitar body (and stair bannisters apparently)

STANDING ON A CHAIR
14 December 2009 / Xtra Mile Recordings / 50 Trk 2xCD
:: Beans On Toast ::
Lyrically astute, maybe half baked but making complete sense like Mike Harding and Billy Bragg in a bawdy swear off

STRANGE COMMUNION
14 December 2009 / Fullfill / 10 Trk CD
:: Thea Gilmore ::
The sheer beauty of “Sol Invictus” is pretty much unforgettable - why can't we have more of that?

STOP TO START
14 December 2009 / Loog / 2 Trk CD
:: Bicycle Thieves ::
The only thing that’s really wrong with The Bicycle Thieves is that they’re not from Manchester.

CATCH MY BREATH
14 December 2009 / The Lost And Lonely Singles Club / 3 Trk CD
:: Run Toto Run ::
Icy pure and emotionally deep, fusing the sound of a music box with the slow engaging oscillations of 21st century digital folk music

ROY SMILES : ONE
14 December 2009 / Demo / 10 Trk CD
:: Roy Smiles ::
“Raven Black” is a high point, but elsewhere the upbeat melodies soar high

BEAT ME UP / AK47 * unsigned record of the week *
14 December 2009 / White Label / 2 Trk CD
:: Danny Mahon ::
Sweet echoes of his northern voice reverberate around the alleyways

YOU’LL NEEED SOMETHING ON YOUR FEET
14 December 2009 / Demo / 6 Trk CD
:: Hayabusa ::
Gets interesting with an increase in intensity, with a depth charge sized bass and energetically deft drumming

THE INLAND SEA
14 December 2009 / Grizzly Bear Records / 7 Trk CD
:: The Mekkits ::
The EP takes you on a musical journey to Anglesey, name checking key towns and landmarks

AUDIO ALLOY
14 December 2009 / White Label / 11 Trk CD
:: Lazy Two ::
Manchester’s Lazy Two have been peppering the fortifications of MM towers with a series of fine and impressive demos over the last year

FULL CHILL
14 December 2009 / Pay For The Piano Recordings / 7 Trk CD
:: Lifeless ::
This quintet are good at looking innocently moody on a building site

THE MARDER * record of the week *
07 December 2009 / Killahertz / 4 Trk CD
:: The Marder ::
The Marder are at the cutting edge of Manchester’s new wave

AMATEUR ASSASSINS
07 December 2009 / 10 Trk CD / Owd Ear
:: Amateur Assassins ::
Amateur Assassin use your head instead of eggs...

WE SHALL BURN BRIGHT
07 December 2009 / Catskills / 2 Trk CD
:: Husky Rescue ::
Combines dance music with the kind of organic indie disco punch that makes a record good these days

LAYERS
07 December 2009 / One Little Indian / 4 Trk CD & Digital
:: Asobi Seksu ::
Reveals a career defining vocal performance and the stark, plain but effective addition of acoustica.

IN THE YEAR 2525
07 December 2009 / White Label / 2 Trk CD / Limited 20 Copy Run
:: Arrows Of Love ::
Sonic Youth sound bites with a clambering almost orchestrated scramble of lo-fi, post new wave transmissions

DOES ANYONE LOVE ME NOW?
07 December 2009 / Salvia / XL / 4 Trk CD
:: Blue Roses ::
Pin-drop music, mingled with the crystal clear, folk derived singing

LESSONS TO CONNECT
07 December 2009 / White Label / 4 Trk CD
:: The Twees ::
Slightly ramshackle, but hooked with the right kind of memory lodging bass and guitar lines

OOOH!
07 December 2009 / 2 Trk CD
:: French For Cartridge ::
Mixing up their genres as effectively as the Dulux Colours machine on the B&Q paint counter

I FELT STUPID
07 December 2009 / Moshi Moshi / 2 Trk CD / Download
:: The Drums ::
The Drums remain a phenomenal worthy of any number of column inches

SHUTTERBUG
07 December 2009 / Inhaler / 1 Trk CD
:: Hammer No More the Fingers ::
The quirkiness of America’s leftfield new wave pop pioneers, enveloped in a suggestive sub-Math vapour

ARCANE
07 December 2009 / Kids / 3 Trk CD
:: New Education ::
New Education could well be a one band baggy revolution

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