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DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC BLEEPS?
17 March 2003 / StolenWine / 2 Trk Double A Side 7” Vinyl
:: Roger :: The Electroluvs ::
Matching the Anglo-Finn partnership of Roger, with Scottish silicon sorcerers The Electroluvs is no mean feat and this double headed slab of Czech acetate is the ultimate clash of digital vs. analogue in both music and format

WORK IT (FEAT. JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE)
10 March 2003 / Universal / 3 Trk CD
:: Nelly ::
With Nelly's new work, you remember what was so great about his earlier hits

SING FOR THE MOMENT
10 March 2003 / Universal / 3 Trk CD
:: Eminem ::
HARK! The sound of a thousand teenager’s bedroom doors slamming as the occupants shout “I hate you mum!

WOMEN LIKE A MAN
11 March 2003 / Promo / 4 Trk CD
:: Damien Rice ::
Guitars vying with Damien and fellow vocalists Lisa Hannigan’s off kilter raunchy and at times falsetto paean to lust, excess and wantonness

PIG LIB
10 March 2003 / Domino / 11 Track LP
:: Stephen Malkmus ::
“Pig Lib” is the record that most Pavement fans would have wanted Malkmus to make

YOU CAN DO ANYTHING IF YOU SET YOUR MIND TO IT
10 March 2003 / Promo / 14 Trk CD
:: Black September ::
This album has some surprises hidden up its sleeve (sic), especially where caution is thrown to the wind and where some experimentation occurs

UNTITLED
10 March 2003 / Demo / 3 Trk Cd
:: Amigo ::
Something to challenge the mantle of Kinesis for sure

SOMEWHERE I BELONG
10 March 2003 / Warner (aol time warner) / 3 Trk CD
:: Linkin Park ::
It was the ‘Park who established the nu-metal scene with wonderful accusations of being manufactured themselves and signing to the worlds largest media groups record label

OUR REVOLTION
10 March 2003 / Demo / 7 Trk CD
:: Concrete Penguin ::
Concrete Penguin are halfway up the beach with their funky bass lines and crotch thrusting, scratching stadium prancing.

TALES OF THE MINDREN
10 March 2003 / Demo / 11 Trk CD
:: Munky Puzsel ::
Hey ! – this is a rip off of the Manics “Motorcycle Emptiness” made to sound like a slowed down version of the Bluebells “Young At Heart”.

LIVE FASTER
10 March 2003 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: Lisa Brown ::
Meticulously crafted stuff with its slow driving beats and a fragile balance between acoustic and electric guitars

NEW BEST FRIEND
10 March 2003 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: The Gentle Scars ::
Epic, simple, brisk chiming punk

GRAPEFRUIT MATTER EP
10 March 2003 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: Saucerman ::
Blatantly different and referencing everything it probably shouldn’t

RUNNING ON EMPTY
10 March 2003 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: Frame Of Mind ::
A collection of well written songs with the genuine reassurance that the performers are also the writers

SUPERSOUL
10 March 2003 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: Delaney ::
Balances good instrumentation with atmospheric vocals and a contrasting verse

MEAT PIE ARGUUMENT
10 March 2003 / Promo / 10 Trk CD
:: Instant Species ::
The heavy bass and crunchy guitars are rounded off well with the melodic intent

IZU PACIFIC
10 March 2003 / Promo / 4 Trk CD
:: Minorplanet ::
Like Sade’s Smooth Operator to a New Romantic club soundtrack

JACKNUGGETED
10 March 2003 / Leaf / 4 Trk CD
:: Manitoba ::
Cracked, sunny pavements or not, its pretty clever material and although 4 tracks is a bit too much even for my gullet there is a certain appeal.

COME HERE WHEN YOU SLEEPWALK
10 March 2003 / Leaf / 10 Trk CD
:: Clue To Kalo ::
Quite poignant and its refreshing to hear something that grasps credibility but mangles its listenability

POWER LUNCH
10 March 2003 / EMI / 3 Trk Enhanced CD
:: Har Mar Superstar ::
Harold Martin Tilmann is overweight, balding and probably quite sweaty too. Imagine an ill-proportioned punter at Studio 54

BURNING UP
10 March 2003 / Riverman / 3 Trk CD
:: Alpine Stars ::
After the ‘Stars kicked Brian Placebo’s butt round the block on the excellent “Carbon Kid”, they make another sharp left turn and offer up a lush blast of electronica, spliced with smooth pulsating loops and harmonious vocals

KILLINGS FROM THE DIAL
10 March 2003 / Universal / 13 Trk CD
:: Medium 21 ::
You’ll sure to be surprised by the harsh frequencies of one track butting up against the lush production of another

ROLL ON THE GOOD TIMES
10 March 2003 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: Revolver ::
along come REVOLVER and somehow, in their young-fresh-canvas-minds (“… the 90’s ? – that’s like nearly as long a go as the ‘60’s !?) - they’ve captured some of the sparkle that did originally exist in music that was once known as indie

KEEP ON YOUR MEAN SIDE
01 March 2003 / Domino / CD Album
:: The Kills ::
The hot tip from Steve Lamacq and Co. at In The City was The Kills, a duo sure to burn a big old hole in that slumbering beast called rock n roll

FAR SIDE OF NOTHING
01 March 2003 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: I-Def-I ::
I-Def-I have attracted the attention of One Minute Silence producer Mark Daghorn, who swiftly got them to New Rising studios in Essex to record this EP

HOLY ROLLER NOVOCAINE
01 March 2003 / Promo / 3 Trk CD
:: Kings Of Leon ::
Three brothers and their cousin, dragged around the Southern states by a Pentecostal preacher father, pledge themselves to the devil’s music

ROOKS WEDDING
01 March 2003 / Promo / Cd Album
:: McDowell ::
Possibly the only man in 2003 to be throwing away a genuine garage rock past in favour of making an album of gentle acoustic laments, is Mark McDowell (formerly of Spectrasonic and Lamaq).

ANIMOSITISOMINA
01 March 2003 / Sanctuary / 10 Trk CD
:: Ministry ::
While “Animositisomina” will doubtless appease the ministerial hardcore, ideas onboard are looking decidedly stretched

SO DIFFERENT
01 March 2003 / Promo / 2 Trk CD
:: The Cognition ::
“So Different” is the sort of song you’d just about tolerate on a sore-headed Sunday morning

ELEPHANT
01 March 2003 / XL / Cd Album
:: The White Stripes ::
Elephant sees The White Stripes straining at the manacles of pastiche and competent imitation with gleeful, ferocious effort

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