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< < Release Reviews on Manchester Music For February, 2007

Bringing you all the Release Reviews that matter since 1999

MUZZLE No.1 * single of the week *
26 February 2007 / Southern Fried Records / 4 Trk CD
:: The Whip ::
A slice of homebrewed authenticity and gritty northern idealism

I WANT YOU TO KNOW
26 February 2007 / Little Sister Records / 3 Trk CD
:: Charlotte Hatherley ::
Charlotte, pin up of both boys and girls and purveyor of quirky angsty pop

TROUBLE
26 February 2007 / Playlouder / 2 Trk CD
:: Voxtrot ::
Almost blinds you with its sunshine and intensity.

YOU ARE ONE OF THE FEW OUTSIDERS WHO REALLY UNDERSTANDS US
26 February 2007 / Label Fandango / 2 Trk CD
:: Fanfarlo ::
Could have earned a whole book of self adhesive gold stars just for the title alone

IN THE DARK
26 February 2007 / Pale Music / 4 Trk Remix CD
:: Punx Soundcheck Feat Steve Strange ::
Ice cold sounds create just the right kind of danceable gothic tension.

DEMO ALBUM * Demo Of The Week *
26 February 2007 / Demo / 11 Trk CD
:: Laboratory Noise ::
An ambitious collection of post gazing epics

LOOK BUSY
26 February 2007 / Dance To The Radio / 13 Trk CD
:: Yes Boss ::
Yes Boss benefit from the building of their hip hop credentials

ROMANTIC TYPE
26 February 2007 / Dance To The Radio / 4 Trk CD
:: The Pigeon Detectives ::
More Yorkshire shakes

FLIPPANT * recommended *
26 February 2007 / 13 B Sides Records / 11 Trk CD
:: Decoration ::
11 tracks of swaggering indie fuelled by Stuart Murray’s marvellous north-of-Cheshire soundbites.

ME
26 February 2007 / Back2Forward Records / 12 Trk CD
:: Buck Brothers ::
Sort of like Neds Atomic Dustbin but with only one bass player

CAN’T BE SAVED
26 February 2007 / Vagrant / 1 Trk CD
:: Senses Fail ::
A neat, rounded, little anthem

WHAT YOU WAITING FOR ?
26 February 2007 / Pias / 4 Trk CD
:: Mpho Skeef ::
Has a lot in common with MIA

WOUND UP * recommended *
26 February 2007 / Armellodie / 1 Trk CD
:: Le Reno Amps ::
Bright, breezy, lo-fi swirls with an eager tempo and a thirst for a melodic pop lyric

HOLD ON
26 February 2007 / Tri-Tone / 2 Trk CD
:: The Cardinals ::
More hooks onboard than a North Sea fisherman

CORTINA DELUXX * joint EP of the week *
26 February 2007 / Humble Soul / 5 Trk CD
:: Cortina Deluxx ::
A blinding glimpse of something new.

STICKS AND STONES
26 February 2007 / Lizard King :: 2 Trk CD
:: The Pierces ::
Undeniable attraction of the bubbly pop folk of The Pierces

A BRIGHTER BEAT
26 February 2007 / Full Time Hobby / 10 Trk CD
:: Malcolm Middleton ::
Arab Strapping Malcolm Middleton has produced a stormer of an album

ARTS & CRAFTS * joint EP of the week *
26 February 2007 / Plastilina Records :: 6 Trk CD
:: Amida ::
Amida are a rare commodity in Manchester.

ASH WEDNESDAY
26 February 2007 / XL / 4 Trk CD Sampler
:: Elvis Perkins ::
Perkins' music is very much alive with the light strumming of guitar and the active pulse of double bass

IF WE CAN’T ESCAPE MY PRETTY
26 February 2007 / One Little Indian / 12 Trk CD
:: IV Thieves ::
Nottingham retro-monger Nic Armstrong seems to have found the right mix for his instrumental exploration

WHAT WOULD STEVE DO?
19 February 2007 / SonyBMG / 1 Trk CD
:: Mumm-Ra ::
Is this just another pop slot machine ?

THE SCANDALS - CUT OUTS, PATCHWORKS AND RIP-OFFS
19 February 2007 / Pale Music Int :: 13 Trk CD
:: Various Artists ::
DJ couple remix a bunch of eclectic dance tracks

TIGER
19 February 2007 / Music First :: 4 Trk CD
:: The Hussys ::
Quirky Scottish outfit jangle their way out of mischief

FOREO
19 February 2007 / Angular Recording Corporation :: 3 Trk CD
:: The Violets ::
Veers violently from the sounds of breaking glass to the crash of metallic meltdowns

SHOT * recommended *
19 February 2007 / Akoustik Anarkhy / 2 Trk CD
:: Autokat ::
If Autokat had a middle name it’d be invention

I JUST CAN’T CARRY ON
19 February 2007 / Sons :: 3 Trk CD
:: This Is Seb Clarke ::
Heartily recommended big band musings from This Is Seb Clarke

BROTHER
19 February 2007 / Cooking Vinyl :: 3 Trk CD
:: Murder By Death ::
Murder By Death create a unique brew of Alt.Country and Alt.Indie

JUST A SONG ABOUT PING PONG
19 February 2007 / Brille / 5 Trk CD
:: Operator Please ::
Antipodean mid-teen wonders give post-grad lo-fi musicians a generation slap

FRED DEAKIN PRESENTS THE TRIPTYCH
19 February 2007 / XL / Family Recordings :: 3 x CD - 90 Trks
:: Various Artists ::
Deakin manages to create the right amount of flow and seamless transition on what is a massive mix-tape

THE GREAT AWAKENING *single of the week *
19 February 2007 / Beggars Banquet / 4 Trk CD
:: The Early Years ::
The Early Years crush out majestic sonic drones and orchestrated moods, built from echoes and deep rooted emotions

ARE WE NEARLY THERE YET?
19 February 2007 / Overground Records :: 13 Trk CD
:: Television Personalities ::
Daniel Tracey is back after last years musical road traffic accident

ATTACK
19 February 2007 / EMI / Virgin / 1 Trk CD
:: 30 Seconds To Mars ::
30 Seconds To Mars’ pulsating new rock anthems can conquer

SHOCKROCK COMPILATION
19 February 2007 / Pias / Wall Of Sound :: 15 Trk CD
:: Various Artists ::
Wall Of Sounds collection of new p-funk disco hopefuls dancing in shiny new footwear

YOUR SONG
19 February 2007 / Bluberry Pie :: Download
:: Kate Walsh ::
An emotional haze that just hangs in the background without overwhelming the mood

EVERYBODY’S DANCING
19 February 2007 / I Can Count :: 3 Trk CD
:: Grand Prix ‘86 ::
Grand Prix flourish in the realms of bedroom studios and the use of over compressed drum beats

THIS IS MY SHIP
13 February 2007 / Xtra Mile Recordings / 12 Trk CD
:: Dartz! ::
Powerful album overflowing with whizz kid ideas

DON’T BE A DOCTOR * recommended *
13 February 2007 / Dance To The Radio / 1 Trk 10” Vinyl
:: ¡Forward, Russia! ::
An exciting rollercoaster built on a grand scale

SEE IT THROUGH
13 February 2007 / Dance To The Radio / 4 Trk CD
:: Yes Boss ::
Dance flavoured outing ahead of the duo's debut album “Look Busy”

ARMY / INTUITION * recommended *
13 February 2007 / Filthy Home Recordings / 2 Trk CD
:: LoneLady ::
The shatter of thrusting lo-fi chords, stabbing like little knives, on each serrated chord.

IF I HAD MY WAY
13 February 2007 / 1 Trk Download Single
:: Rosemary ::
Very 2006

MONSTERS
13 February 2007 / Bad Sneakers / 2 Trk CD
:: The Sugars ::
The Sugars are no strangers to the electric Doo Wop

LEONARDISM
13 February 2007 / Real Wood Records / 13 Trk CD
:: Adam Leonard ::
Clever and intriguing collection of stark, modern day acoustica

COMING UP FOR AIR
13 February 2007 / Maximum Records / 13 Trk CD
:: David Potts ::
Glorious collection of clever, three minute moments

SCRATCH PERVERTS : WATCH THE RIDE
12 February 2007 / Harmless / 24 Trk CD
:: Various Artists ::
A wild compilation featuring Tony Vegas, Prime Cuts and Plus One - aka the Scratch Perverts

BERLIN INSANE IV
12 February 2007 / Pale Music / 2 x CD – 38 Trks
:: Various Artists ::
Enthusiastically makes the connection between the UK and Berlin's dimley lit underground club scene.

WITH BLOOD ON MY HANDS
12 February 2007 / Deep Elm / 12 Trk CD
:: Sounds Like Violence ::
Sounds Like Violence possess a rare ability to mix genres

DROP THE PHONE * single of the week *
12 February 2007 / Pias / 2 Trk CD
:: Shy Child ::
Mad indie trash disco with a differnec and a Keytar !

RIDIN’ / FAITH
12 February 2007 / Pias / 4 Trk Remix CD
:: Amp Fiddler ::
Motoring disco beats from the Nu-soul maverick

DREAMERS
12 February 2007 / De Angelis Records / 1 Trk CD
:: Jack Savoretti ::
Savoretti has been able to “bum” his way through song writing

SING, MEMORY
12 February 2007 / Service AV / 15 Trk CD
:: Sarah Nixey ::
Former Black Box Recorder deserves more than a cursory listen especially if you like 80’s influenced electronica.

ON THE BONE COMPILATION * recommended *
12 February 2007 / On The Bone Records / 19 Trk CD
:: Various Artists ::
Hey it’s time for another northern unsigned band compilation!

MONSTERS & SILLY SONGS * album of the week *
12 February 2007 / !K7 / 16 Trk CD
:: Joakim ::
A spontaneous and energetic album of electronica from the Frenchman

MY FRIEND JO * recommended *
12 February 2007 / Of Naked Design / 2 Trk CD
:: The Irrepressibles ::
Stirring, but more importantly a genuinely original performance

CUPIDS CHOKEHOLD
12 February 2007 / DecayDance / 1 Trk CD
:: GymClassHeroes ::
Robs the hookline from Supertramp's “Breakfast In America” with a gun to the head

SEPARATED BY THE SEA
12 February 2007 / Peacefrog / 11 Trk CD
:: Findlay Brown ::
Brown's sense of originality and sensitivity seems to win over time and time again.

SHE PAINTED PICTURES
12 February 2007 / Lavolta Records / 2 Trk Sampler CD
:: Liam Frost ::
Frost proves again he's a man with a careful and subtle ear for a tune

SOUR TITS * download of the week *
12 February 2007 / Captains Of Industry / Free Download
:: Silicon Vultures ::
Exciting, penetrating, bloody new rock

WHAT’S THE TIME MR WOLF?
05 February 2007 / Universal / 10 Trk CD
:: The Noisettes ::
As though M People and The Bellrays have forged an alliance and been given a triple shot of adrenalin

PUBLIC WARNING
05 February 2007 / Universal / Island :: Def Jam / 13 Trk CD
:: Lady Sovereign ::
Sov punches some harmonies into her scattergun repertoire

COME HOME
05 February 2007 / Peacefrog / 1 Trk CD
:: Findlay Brown ::
Former bare knuckle fighter could bring peace even to Mike Tyson

FREEWHEEL
05 February 2007 / V2 / 1 Trk CD
:: Duke Special ::
Yet another beautiful piece of music from Peter Wilson

THE KINGS OF REGGAE
05 February 2007 / BBE :: Rapster / 2 x CD – 24 Trks
:: Various Artists ::
Junior Murvin,Jimmy Cliff,John Holt,Desmond Dekker,Yellowman,Echo Minott,Barrington Levy.

IF YOU COULD READ YOUR MIND *recommended *
05 February 2007 / Domino / 1 Trk CD
:: Clinic ::
Transported by menacing, rippling riffs and gothic shadows. A must have.

A WEEKEND IN THE CITY
05 February 2007 / Wichita Recordings / 11 Trk CD
:: Bloc Party ::
An album that celebrates the current indie scene yet offers a glimpse of futurism

ROBBERS & COWARDS * recommended *
05 February 2007 / V2 / 12 Trk CD
:: Cold War Kids ::
Cold War Kids deliver something a little different, impassioned and inventive.

JOANNA
05 February 2007 / High Voltage / 2 Trk 7” Vinyl
:: The Maple State ::
Debut provides an air of sophistication to the bands happy ramblings.

ROOTLESS TREE
05 February 2007 / 14th Floor Recordings / 1 Trk CD
:: Damien Rice ::
Rice has balls. Oh yes.

DAYLIGHT STORMS
05 February 2007 / Club AC30 / 10 Trk CD
:: Air Formation ::
Air Formation get as close to the c86 holy grail as one would dare

CHEER IT ON * single of the week *
05 February 2007 / Memphis Industries / 2 Trk CD
:: Tokyo Police Club ::
Wiry, minimalist punky rattles chopped up and recompiled into a slightly more random order

REMAINS
05 February 2007 / Vagrant, Hassle / 22 Trk CD plus DVD
:: Alkaline Trio ::
Alkaline Trio’s packaged collection of rarities

WIND UP TOYS
05 February 2007 / Fierce Panda / 12 Trk CD
:: Capdown ::
Jake and the band are as ever on form with this punchy album

ONE MORE WON’T KILL US
05 February 2007 / Measured / 12 Trk CD
:: The Hedrons ::
Debut mixes the raw and imposing crash of cranked up valve amps

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