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I AM NOTHING
29 February 2012 / White Label / 9 Trk CDR
:: Red Painted Red ::
...hints at the strange, but evokes a tuneful attraction that’s hard to ignore

IDLE IDOLS II REVISITED
29 February 2012 / White Label / 4 Trk Download
:: Littlemores ::
Littlemores radiate a carefree and hair-ruffled joy backed by an intelligent guitar-pop suss

LAND OF SOULS / NOT BEFORE I GO
29 February 2012 / 2 Trk CDR & Download
:: Hhymn ::
A mysterious hue of grey melancholic wonder sitting over it, like the mist on a lake...

PERPETUAL HAPPENING * recommended *
29 February 2012 / Dirty Water Records
:: Thee Exciters ::
Perpetual Happening, picks up right in the middle of the scuzziest ho-down before tripping us off into the night to face whatever lies in the dark

FAMILY
29 February 2012 / Rough Trade / School Boy Error / Co-Op /Beggars / 2 Trk CD & 7” Vinyl
:: The Cast of Cheers ::
The Cast Of Cheers have an obvious complexity as their tunes bounce gleefully, whilst hanging out a darker sense of musicianship

SHOPLIFTING 4 JESUS
29 February 2012 / Hostage Music / 14 Trk CD
:: Alabama3 ::
Larry Love and Alabama 3 are a welcome fixture on any release schedule and here they 'shoplift' parts of other peoples songs (on purpose)

THE MAISON EP
29 February 2012 / Listen To The Silence / 4 Trk Digital Download
:: Honour Before Glory ::
Honour Before Glory are addictive and potentially massive

THE FUTURE IS NOT OURS, COMRADE
29 February 2012 / Philophobia / 7 Trk CD & Download
:: One Day After School ::
The label's 30th record release in four years and with bands of this quality, they’ve more than proved their point

THE TRICK IS TO KEEP BREATHING
29 February 2012 / Philophobia / 5 Trk CD
:: Tiny Planets ::
I'm sure someone’s created a sub-nation of American early 90’s indie in Wakefield

SEWERPOP! (HOW THE CASTLE WAS STORMED)
29 February 2012 / Philophobia / 4 Trk CD & Download
:: IMP ::
A reach and originality that deserves to let IMP travel far beyond their side of the Pennines

DAEDALUS' RIGHT EYE
29 February 2012 / White Label / 5 Trk CD
:: Daedalus’ Right Eye ::
Capable mini-album that with work could point towards some serious commercial success

SOMETHING TO FIND
29 February 2012 / White Label / 11 Trk CD
:: Matt Bentley ::
A very satisfying progression on his proven folk roots and influences

MAN ON THE GROUND
29 February 2012 / Amp Music / 11 Trk CD
:: Mike Marlin ::
Nice, comforting music with a punch

FLANKED BY WOMEN AND PUMPKINS
29 February 2012 / Alrealon Music / 12 Trk CD
:: PAS ::
Along with PAS lets celebrate the bending of all barriers

Experi-MENTAL COMPILATION 2
29 February 2012 / Pas Records / Alrealon / 13 Trk CD
:: Various Artists ::
An album that certainly lives up to its name in spirit and in the sheer audacity of its sounds...

GREY ON WHITE * recommended *
29 February 2012 / Art For Blind - Bombed Out - Time As A Colour / 2 Trk 7” Vinyl
:: Saturday’s Kids ::
a fantastic retro-futuristic clash of styles and noise

GOOD MORNING MIDNIGHT
29 February 2012 / White Label / 12 Trk CD
:: Richie Syrett ::
An optimistic album, drawn in long hand with northern themes and the feel of Americana

KINGDOM
29 February 2012 / QNQ Records / 1 Trk Download
:: Master & The Mule ::
Intriguing and baffling rock from Leeds

EASE IT UP
29 February 2012 / Promo / 3 Trk CDR
:: Hot Beat Repeat ::
With a drum kit, guitar and loop pedal, the results are even bigger than such a simple set up would suggest for this Manchester duo

YOUR HEART, IT CARRIES THE SOUND
29 February 2012 / Little Red Rabbit / 11 Trk CD
:: Last Harbour ::
A series of songs that seem unfettered by overdubs, yet washed in a depth and emotional urgency

FEET ON FIRE * single of the month *
29 February 2012 / White Label / 2 Trk CD (600 ltd #’d / Signed) & Download
:: The Slow Readers Club ::
Another killer round from SRC's redoubtable arsenal

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