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THE EXORCIST
23 February 2004 / Too Pure (Beggars) / 9 Trk CD
:: Ill Ease ::
Spartan production bears only one dirty guitar, coarse sounding drums, occasionally a plunking bass and the mid US-tinged, abstract tones of Ill-Ease herself

NOT A JOB
23 February 2004 / V2 / 2 Trk CD
:: Elbow ::
Garveys melodic mantra exposes another rich, commercially accessible aspect to their work, after the moody disposition of their debut

VOITURE / ALRIGHT
23 February 2004 / 2 Trk 7" Vinyl
:: Megarider ::
Thrives off minimalism as much as it does loud noises and a heavyweight electronic thrust

VIVA LA DIVA
23 February 2004 / 12 Trk CD :: Irkk
:: Various Artists :: Valerie :: This Beat Is Lezbotronic :: Humousexual :: Flamingo 50 :: Sewing Circle :: Denial :: Hello Cuca :: Sara Jaffe :: Lesbo Pig :: San Andreas :: Isso*Keh ::
Arthouse or slaughterhouse, it makes little difference - bands like Valerie always have an impact – resistance is futile.

NUBLU SESSIONS
23 February 2004 / 12 Trk CD :: Ultra
:: Wax Poetic ::
Wax Poetic rub soul over their bluesy electronica all too easily

UPSIDE DOWN
23 February 2004 / 3 Trk CD :: Rubyworks
:: Jerry Fish & The Mudbug Club ::
Mainstream croons with something that crosses The Commitments with Tom Waites on a very light day indeed

BEAUTIFUL
23 February 2004 / 5 Trk CD
:: Rude Rkade ::
I thought of what life would be like twenty years now for them – 2 kids and some DJ who left – good looks gone and implants in desparate need of a refill

KANGAROO HEART
23 February 2004 / Domino / 3 Trk CD
:: Archie Bronson Outfit ::
Like The Coral playing Echo and The Bunnymen after nicking a riff from Crowded House

SAFFRON
23 February 2004 / Rough Trade / 1 Trk Promo
:: Eastern Lane ::
Retro choppy guitars, snap with the bite of a 70’s rock and roll new wave ditty

THE GREEN LIGHTS EP
23 February 2004 / Universal / 4 Trk CD (Fallout / Island)
:: The Holiday Plan ::
The Holiday Plan are sounding better each time a record comes out

REASON IS TREASON
23 February 2004 / 1 Trk Promo
:: Kasabian ::
Swaggers across the club floor like a dancing gangster, sneering, but full of transistor appreciating synths

TRAVELATORS
23 February 2004 / Universal / 1 Trk Cd
:: The Mars Volta ::
As beautiful as it is angry and as tender as it is abrasive

LOLA STARS AND STRIPES
16 February 2004 / 679 / 3 Trk CD
:: The Stills ::
Comes in the form of a four minute slice of darkly melodic and ever so addictive masterpiece

SHINE A LIGHT
16 February 2004 / 12 Trk CD :: Sub Pop
:: Constantines ::
Simple , essential mini epics a close to great album and one which you’ll want to return to.

MARSHALL’S HOUSE
16 February 2004 / North Country / 11 Trk Cd
:: John Squire ::
A direct carry on from where he left off last time and one for die hards

MOVIESTAR
16 February 2004 / V2 / 3 Trk Enhanced CD
:: Stereophonics ::
“Moviestar” though is a cracking return to form and this one is superbly produced, bringing in the elecro rock feel of Garbage with the swagger of the best Gallagher influenced rock

QUICKBITES – OTHER RELEASES WEEKLY ROUNDUP 16.02.04
16 February 2004 / Various
:: Hundred Reasons :: Junior Senior :: Sophia :: Clayhill ::
Weekly roundup of other releases for week beginning the 16th February 2004

THE RUNAWAY FOUND
16 February 2004 / Rough Trade / 10 Trk CD
:: The Veils ::
For all it’s faults, this album is a grower and even accounting for skipping the more tedious moments, The Veils have some serious rock moments which are expertly crafted and delivered with exactly the right levels of bleakness. A game of two halves….

ELEPHANT WOMAN
16 February 2004 / 4 AD / 3 Trk CD
:: Blonde Redhead ::
So strange yet absolutely perfect, the intricate intrigue is fascinatingly addictive

SOMEWHERE ONLY WE KNOW
16 February 2004 / Universal / 1Trk Promo
:: Keane ::
It can’t really fail because its such a great, passionately delivered and well produced song.

RECEED *record of the week*
16 February 2004 / 3 Trk CD :: Team Hi-Fi Records
:: InertiA- Rise ::
Menacing, dark tomes, break into rash thrashes and growling vocals as easily as they become subdued and full of restrained atmospheric angst.

DOTTED LINE / I KNOW
16 February 2004 / 2 Trk CD :: Guilty Feet Recordings
:: Performance ::
Performance rack up a pulsating sequenced buzzsaw that shimmys along like a the bastard offspring of post-punk and the electronic wonderyears of plugged in New Romantics

DON’T THINK THE WAY THEY DO
09 February 2004 / Universal / 1 Trk CD (Island)
:: Span ::
Span like many of their counterparts are beginning to find their stride

FRANZ FERDINAND
09 February 2004 / Domino / 11 Trk Cd
:: Franz Ferdinand ::
FF's affection for fractured off the wall tunes, provides by any measure, a fine debut.

IN THE GARDEN
09 February 2004 / 2 Trk CD
:: Earth The Californian Love Dream ::
driving, rusty iron bass lines and wall to wall fuzzed up guitars all sugar coated in melody

TROPICAL ICELAND
09 February 2004 / Rough Trade / 1 Trk Cd
:: Fiery Furnaces ::
Full of humming organ sounds and quirky bouncy pop bites

AWCMON / NOYOUCMON
09 February 2004 / City Slang / Double CD – 2 x 12 Trks :: EMI
:: Lambchop ::
Surprisingly accessible collection, with more gems than should be allowed

45 RPM
09 February 2004 / Promo / 1 Trk Cd
:: The Poppy Fields ::
Studies the very best of 1977 London's brash and gutsy and shiney punk pop

WHAT WAS HER NAME
09 February 2004 / Skint / 3 Trk CD
:: Chicks On Speed :: Dave Clarke ::
Clarke looks further and wider, to integrate the latest underground electronica into his latest release

THE BRONX
09 February 2004 / Wichita Recordings / 11 Trk Cd
:: The Bronx ::
The Bronx end up presenting you with the challenge of finding a decent chorus or at least something to latch onto.

PALMCORDER YAJNA
09 February 2004 / 4 AD / 3 Trk CD
:: The Mountain Goats ::
Folky, lo-fi pop whose poignancy and warmth slowly permeates and embraces

FOOD CHAIN
09 February 2004 / Domino / 4 Trk CD
:: 10,000 Things ::
The boogie-woogie fuzz conjures up unintentional images of Rossi and Parfitt swinging their telecasters in unison

JUS’A RASCAL
09 February 2004 / XL / 3 Trk CD
:: Dizzee Rascal ::
Hard to categorise and even harder to shake like tonsillitis without antibiotics

CHANGE MY MIND/I WANNA KNOW
09 February 2004 / Domino / 2 Trk CD
:: The Blueskins ::
While the party’s still jumping we may as well pop by for a couple of sherries

MY COCO
09 February 2004 / BMG / SonyBMG / 1 Trk Promo (RCA)
:: StellaStarr* ::
Liek all getting ready to go out' songs, Stellastar have hit upon an addictive anthem.

MUNDAYA (THE BOY)
07 February 2004 / 4 Trk CD :: Underwater
:: Tim Deluxe :: Feat. Shahin Badar ::
A distinctive and warm groove capable of inspiring movement

ESCAPE ARTISTS NEVER DIE
07 February 2004 / Infectious / 3 Trk CD
:: Funeral For A Friend ::
Most MTV-endorsed “emo” bands would cut off their right testicles to be as fun and cohesive as this

THE MAGIC LANTERN
09 February 2004 / 16 Trk CD :: Pickled Egg
:: George ::
What is deliberate is their submersion in a world that is delicate, febrile and coursing with snatches of time-worn things

THE POWER OUT
09 February 2004 / Too Pure (Beggars) / 11 Trk Cd
:: Electrelane ::
Electrelane have profitably taken quite some time to come up with a deceptively complex and diligent record

WRATH SUPER SEVENS
09 February 2004 / Wrath / Double A Side - 2 Trk Vinyl
:: The Scaramanga Six :: Galitza :: Being 747 :: Les Flames! :: Little Japanese Toys :: The Bilderberg Group :: Mama Scuba :: Farming Incident :: Magoo:: Beachbuggy ::
Wrath Records Singles Club - Latest releases round up from Leeds finest alt-stable

EARLY REFLECTIONS
02 February 2004 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: Monsieur Landslide ::
The demo is eventually animated by quirky spy move keyboard, off beat drums and Turin Brakes harmonies

DINNER WITH THE BATS
02 February 2004 / Demo / 4 Trk CD
:: Jacks The Man ::
Belong around a campfire on a beach, preferably not Blackpool, as the sun is rising

PAOLO DiCANIO
02 February 2004 / Demo / 4 Trk CD
:: Pink Fluffy Cloud Machine ::
It’s enough to make you chuck a meat pie at the nearest referee, although if The Adverts or The Rezillos mean anything to you, then you’ve effectively heard this record a hundred times before

FOR YOUR LOVE
02 February 2004 / 4 Trk CD :: Headwrecker Records
:: RAM ::
Ram not only have a hookline for the chorus, but chuck in a few extras for the verse and a bridge

WE SHALL ALL BE HEALED
02 February 2004 / 4 AD / 13 Trk CD
:: The Mountain Goats ::
Surely the beginning of alt.new.folk. Or at least a transatlantic version worth exploring

LOVE IS ALL
02 February 2004 / 3 Trk CD :: Vertigo / DFA
:: The Rapture ::
This is sunny side up gospel rants and Woodstock harmonies

FROM YOUR FAVOURITE SKY
02 February 2004 / Echo (Universal) / 1 Trk Cd
:: I Am Kloot ::
Intricate pop songsmithery in all its glory. Shuffling drums, atmospheric jangles and melodic bass-lines

CALIFORNIA WAITING
02 February 2004 / 1 Trk Cd :: HandMeDown Records
:: Kings Of Leon ::
Proper American rock and roll for a change and Kings Of Leon for once deserve the praise

CATALYST
02 February 2004 / Beggars Banquet / 2 Trk Enhanced CD
:: Oceansize ::
This is far more than a hybrid though, it’s the noise drenched sound of the new rock revolution – Long songs that make sense and multiple melodic strands that bind together some almost apocalyptic broadcasts

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EVIL / ALIEN ABDUCTED
02 February 2004 / 2 Trk CD / 7" Vinyl :: Mother Tongue
:: The Barbs ::
The Barbs may be indisputably old hat, but it also gives them the timeless cool of drainpipe jeans, steel-toecapped DMs, stripy tights and pink hair

LACUNA
09 February 2004 / 1 Trk Cd :: Dehisce Records
:: Carina Round ::
Carina Round has the malevolent insight treat us to something far more exciting, ambitious and at times, crazed

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