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< < Release Reviews on Manchester Music For April, 2007

Bringing you all the Release Reviews that matter since 1999

JUST DO IT
14 April 2007 / Too Pure (Beggars) / 2 Trk CD , 7Ē & Download
:: Scout Niblett ::
Itís certainly a brave new world for Scout

THE WEEKLY ROUNDUP :: Other Releases W/C 30/04/2007
30 April 2007 / Various Formats
:: Brand New :: Snow Patrol :: The Noisettes :: Manic Street Preachers :: Maccabees :: The View :: Mr Hudson & The Library :: 30 Seconds To Mars :: Hatesphere :: Hellogoodbye :: Rufus Wainwright :: My Federation :: The Social :: Groove Amada :: The Pink Spiders ::
Summary and review of other interesting major releases w/c 30/04/07

WELCOME TO WAVERTONIA
30 April 2007 / Demo / 4 Trk CD
:: The Waverton Collective ::
A further endorsement of the fact that Manchester is the capital of new folk

THE SEEDS * demo of the week *
30 April 2007 / Demo / 2 Trk CD
:: Reverend Coyote ::
The Reverend Coyote are back with songs more splendid than youíd dare imagine

ROOM TO MOVE
30 April 2007 / White Label / MassiveUK / 12 Trk CD
:: Becky Higg ::
A breathtaking collection of acoustic folk songs

BOTTOM DOLLAR DISCOUNT STORE
30 April 2007 / White Label / 12 Trk CD
:: Bluebird Kid Clark ::
Bluebird Kid Clarkís album is literally just ready to fly off the shelf.

JOLENE
30 April 2007 / 14th Floor Records / 1 Trk CD
:: Ray Lamontagne ::
A legend, quite possibly, in the making.

REASONS TO REVOLT
30 April 2007 / Fierce Panda / 6 Trk CD
:: The Disappointments ::
Growling testosterone fuelled thrash rock

SUPERNOVA AND SPIDER WEBS
30 April 2007 / White Label / 4 Trk CD
:: Ten To Never ::
When Ten To Never think on a more epic scale the results are rather compelling

FAR CRY
30 April 2007 / Warner / 1 Trk CD
:: Rush ::
You can literally hear and feel the sheer scale of influence that Rush have exerted on countless acts

RICHARD (WALKED RIGHT PAST)
30 April 2007 / South West Recordings / 4 Trk CD
:: The **** Lovers ::
itís all rather confusing..

HEARTS AND MINDS
30 April 2007 / 4 Trk Remix CD
:: Dextro ::
Ewan Mackenzie is Dextro and what a wonderful canvas of electro music he lovingly paints

WHEN THE WIND BLOWS
30 April 2007 / 679 / 2 Trk CD
:: The Earlies ::
The Earlies inventive genre bending melodies twist and twirl their way upwards.

WHIRRING
30 April 2007 / Melodic / 2 Trk CD
:: Arms ::
Two striking tracks, intelligently stuffed with more than their fair share of inspired ideas.

STAY CLOSE * recommended *
30 April 2007 / ATP Recordings / 10 Trk CD
:: Death Vessel ::
Haunting slowing turning beats, produce perhaps the albums finest song

(IíM GONNA FOLLOW) YOUR STAR TRAIL * recommended *
30 April 2007 / Art/Goes/Pop :: 2 Trk CD
:: Duloks ::
The single is as much a cheerleaders anthem as it is a play ground skipping rope song

EARL GREY
30 April 2007 / Art/Goes/Pop :: 2 Trk CD
:: The Low Miffs ::
Art/Goes/Pop plug into the Low Miffs sense of northern indie pop

OK
30 April 2007 / Fierce Panda / 1 Trk CD
:: Shit Disco ::
A teenage rampage, but one that Shitdisco seem to soundtrack rather well.

BRIGHT TOMORROW
30 April 2007 / Demo / 4 Trk CD
:: The Idlers ::
The Idlers are perhaps a bit of a hidden secret

JUICING THE SHITWEASEL EP
30 April 2007 / White Label / 6 Trk CD
:: Crown Of Storms ::
Just a few hookable themes away from a killer mini-album.

HARD FEELINGS
30 April 2007 / Demo / 12 Trk CD
:: Gabriel Minnikin ::
The charm of Lee Marvin with a pretty folk perspective

LEAVING YOU FOR MANCHESTER
30 April 2007 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: All The Kings Men ::
A new breed of grass roots bands that certainly believe that an authetically homegrown narrative is worth a thousand chords

POSTCODE
30 April 2007 / Concrete :: 3 Trk Enhanced CD
:: Orphan Boy ::
Like a rampaging tank with a smoking, red hot gun barrel

THE WEEKLY ROUNDUP :: Other Releases W/C 23/04/2007
23 April 2007 / Various Formats
:: The Procession :: Dave Derby :: Lau :: Bebel Gilberto :: Malajube :: Apostle Of Hustle :: Glyn Bailey ::
Summary and review of other interesting major releases w/c 23/04/07

40-40
23 April 2007 / Split / 3 Trk CD
:: Rosemary ::
Another spirited effort

CTRL+ALT+DEL
23 April 2007 / Demo / 6 Trk CD
:: The Escape Route ::
Fiercely motors along a bumpy track of bass and a sharp tug of off kilter vocals

SILICON VULTURES EP * recommended *
23 April 2007 / Captains Of Industry / 5 Trk Vinyl
:: Silicon Vultures ::
PCP fuelled disco, with the distilled essence of screamo tearing through its veins

THE HERO
23 April 2007 / 4 Trk CD
:: Myriad Creatures ::
Twisting pop, rock and European styled fuzzy ballads

LOVE TODAY
23 April 2007 / Universal / 1 Trk CD
:: Mika ::
Aaaargghh...

LANDING LIGHT
23 April 2007 / IRL :: Riverbank / 2 Trk CD
:: The Conway Story ::
The Conway Story provide all the right readings on the indie barometer

DOWN TIL DAWN
23 April 2007 / Shatterproof / BMG / 11 Trk CD
:: Polytechnic ::
Polytechnic play the serious, hip and trendy card well

WHITE ON WHITE CRIME
23 April 2007 / City Slang / 1 Trk CD
:: The Jai-Alai Savant ::
Compelling mix of brass and infectiously funky alt.indie.

NO SHOUTS NO CALLS * album of the week *
23 April 2007 / Too Pure (Beggars) / 11 Trk CD
:: Electrelane ::
Electrelane's possibly best album

LETíS KILL FAME
23 April 2007 / White Label / 3 Trk CD
:: Astariel ::
Post-Thatcherism, post-Electroclash - plug in the synth..

EXIT
23 April 2007 / !K7 / 2 Trk CD
:: Stateless ::
Stateless cross musical borders with ease

PLEASE
23 April 2007 / Kids / 2 Trk CD + Remixes
:: Paul Hartnoll :: Feat. Robert Smith ::
One half of Orbital, Paul Hartnoll press gangs Robert Smith

PICK UP THE PIECES
23 April 2007 / Brush Fire / 1 Trk CD
:: Money Mark ::
Homespun, intelligent magic from the 4th Beastie

COLD SISTER
23 April 2007 / Demo / 2 Trk CD
:: The Cut ::
The Cut do seem to have an almost bottomless pit of hooklines at their disposal

THE MIRRORS & THE DESTROYER
23 April 2007 / Rat Patrol / 9 Trk CD
:: Attack! Vipers! ::
A colossal noise, supported by an incredible cast of exiting ideas

GIANT
23 April 2007 / Source / 16 Trk CD
:: Herman Dune ::
Dune carefully and surreptitiously chip their way into peoples record collection

TRADITIONAL MUSIC *single of the week *
26 April 2007 / 2 Trk 7Ē Vinyl
:: The Ape Drape Escape ::
A lie down is now required.

HOW MANY TIMES
16 April 2007 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: The Tracks ::
The Tracks may be holed up in Chorlton but their three chord strikes are certainly memorable

BRIANSTORM
16 April 2007 / Domino / 1 Trk CD
:: Arctic Monkeys ::
Bigger, bolder and ever so slightly more grown up.

WHAT YOU GIVIN
16 April 2007 / Demo / 9 Trk CDR
:: The Strange Days ::
A capable collection that proves that most musical styles never stay out of fashion for long

KINGDOM OF FEAR
16 April 2007 / Fierce Panda / 10 Trk CD
:: Shit Disco ::
Not shit, certainly disco

VERSION
16 April 2007 / SonyBMG / 14 Trk Cd
:: Mark Ronson ::
The Big Ronson tackles a variety of cover versions with some notable collaborators

SHE CAN DO WHAT SHE WANTS
16 April 2007 / Memphis Industries / 2 Trk CD
:: Field Music ::
Field Music sound like theyíve just competed a life time in the venues and clubs of Americas West Coast

23 * album of the week *
16 April 2007 / 4 AD / 10 Trk CD
:: Blonde Redhead ::
The truth is, ď23Ē is Blonde Redheadís Tour De Force.

AWAY FROM HERE
16 April 2007 / Warner / 1 Trk CD
:: The Enemy ::
Exciting slice of yoof music ready and willing to put your windows in

YOU CANíT HAVE IT ALL
16 April 2007 / Infectious / 1 Trk CD
:: Ash ::
Ash are heading all the way back to their best

SPIT AT STARS
16 April 2007 / XL / 5 Trk CD
:: Jack PeŮate ::
Penate certainly has a talent for trying something different

THE POLAR BEAR *demo of the week*
16 April 2007 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: India Mill ::
A big, sharp edged sound where the vocals provide the missing link between Mark E and Nirvana

BAD VIBES
16 April 2007 / Demo / 2 Trk CDR
:: Sound Marshals ::
Itís not the best band name in the world..but

AND THE CROWD SAY YEE HA HA
16 April 2007 / Positive Impact Records / 5 Trk CD
:: Ludo ::
Sounds like the band have fallen down stairs whilst playing a political party broadcast on second hand Argos instruments

SHINING BRIGHT STAR (re-release)
16 April 2007 / Playlouder (Beggars) / 7 Trk Remix EP
:: Black Strobe ::
Black Strobe cut the ice cold heart out of 1980ís electronica and weld it to the 21st Century

I GET AROUND
16 April 2007 / Universal / 1 Trk CD + Remixes
:: Dragonette ::
Dragonette exploit their credentials

BEEN THERE ALL THE TIME
16 April 2007 / Pias / Wall of Sound / 2 Trk CD
:: Dinosaur Jr. ::
Return from the grunge pioneers who almost destroyed British rock music

LOOK AT ME NOW
16 April 2007 / Albert Productions / 2 Trk CD
:: Breed77 ::
The kind of melodies that David Hassolhof would kill for

FANTASTIC APPARATUS
16 April 2007 / Xtra Mile Recordings / 4 Trk 10Ē Vinyl
:: Dartz! ::
Dead cert single material from the debut album

THE SHIPPING FORECAST
16 April 2007 / Demo / 2 Trk CD
:: Grammatics ::
Jeeves & Wooster / Nathan Barley-ish styled Leeds outfit make us all wait for a tune..

SILENCE AND SOUND * recommended *
16 April 2007 / Mighty Atom / 2 Trk CD
:: David R Black ::
Helps us remember a time when this kind of music was an honest and explosive collision of ideas and noise

FLUSHED CHEST
16 April 2007 / Reveal / 2 Trk CD
:: Joan As Police Woman ::
Occupies an interesting time and space in the singer/songwriter genre

SMOKE IN THE DESERT *single of the week *
16 April 2007 / Brille / 2 Trk CD
:: Envelopes ::
Bits of Magazine, Talking Heads, Television and Gang Of Four hang off this song like cool ragged, weathered, badges of honour

THE NEXT UNTOUCHABLES
16 April 2007 / Way Out West / 2 Trk CD
:: Cajun Dance Party ::
The hottest emerging band on the under age circuit?

THE UNRAVELLING
16 April 2007 / Try Harder / 3 Trk CD
:: Redjetson ::
A track hoping for inclusion on David Attenboroughs next nature series

BROKEN E
16 April 2007 / Demo / 3 Trk CDR
:: The Piloteers ::
Fat slabs of bass and the crunching guitars

THE WEEKLY ROUNDUP :: Other Releases W/C 09/04/2007
09 April 2007 / Various Formats
:: The Mules :: Rebbeca :: The Freelance Hellraiser :: Junior Boys :: The Peoples Revolutionary Choir :: Jai Alai Savant :: Cornelius :: Nathan :: The Sword :: From Grace ::
Summary and review of other interesting major releases w/c 09/04/07

THE FARM SESSIONS
09 April 2007 / Timbreland / 6 Trk CD
:: Corn Capri meets Little Pebble ::
If you have a beard, you may well find yourself at the head of the queue.

A DARKER PLACE
09 April 2007 / White Label / 8 Trk CD
:: The Gekko ::
Clean cut rock with a future from The Gekko

BOOK OF LIGHTNING
09 April 2007 / Universal / W14 / 10 Trk CD
:: The Waterboys ::
Scotts pot boiler fails to recall his early brilliance

TIMíS HOUSE
09 April 2007 / Blueberry Pie / 10 Trk CD
:: Kate Walsh ::
Pure and unspoilt musings from Ms Walsh

DYING TO SAY THIS TO YOU
09 April 2007 / Warner / 10 Trk Enhanced CD : 2 Video + 6 Bonus Audio Trks
:: The Sounds ::
The Sounds seem all wrapped and ready to go.

SO FOR YOUR THRILLS
09 April 2007 / Pet Piranha Records / 13 Trk CD
:: Le Reno Amps ::
An album that can at times, be sad and funny and both relaxing and invigorating.

ALARM CLOCK
09 April 2007 / Universal / 1 Trk CD
:: The Rumble Strips ::
Good time rock and roll ideas with a massive smile on its face

RED EYES IN THE SUNSET
09 April 2007 / 1000 Watt / 6 Trk CD
:: This Product ::
Some product this is too

ED REC VOLUME 2
09 April 2007 / Ed Banger Records / 14 Trk CD
:: Various Artists ::
A tricky compendium of tracks from Ed Banger Records

TEMPORARY ENTERTAINER
09 April 2007 / White Label / 6 Trk CD
:: Steve Brown ::
A talented and interesting crop of ideas

EVERYTHING LAST WINTER * album of the week *
09 April 2007 / Warner / 10 Trk CD
:: Fields ::
An album with concept, longevity and wonderful troughs and peaks

BACKFIRE AT THE DISCO *single of the week *
09 April 2007 / Kids / 2 Trk CD
:: The Wombats ::
Bristles with spikey pop brilliance

TELL YOUR FRIENDS
09 April 2007 / Kings And Creatures / 2 Trk CD
:: The Beep Seals ::
Incredible brew of infectious, sweeping harmonies and scoured out rock and roll

ST CRISPINS GOT OUR BACKS
09 April 2007 / The Mannequin Republic / 2 Trk CD
:: The All New Adventures Of Us ::
A band to firmly keep an eye on.

RHYTHMS DEL MUNDO
09 April 2007 / !K7 / 16 Trk CD
:: Various Artists ::
Odd versions of popular songs can often end in disaster.

NEW IDEAS
09 April 2007 / Lavolta / 1 Trk CD
:: The Dykeenies ::
The Dykeenies could be very big indeed.

I STILL REMEMBER
09 April 2007 / V2 / 2 Trk CD
:: Bloc Party ::
Bloc Party have be careful of sounding like an indie kid version of Snow Patrol.

KICKING SAND
09 April 2007 / Angular Recording Corporation / 2 Trk CD
:: The Lodger ::
Another excellent excursion from the bands happy occupants.

ARMAGEDDON OUT OF HERE *recommended *
09 April 2007 / Akoustik Anarkhy / 2 Trk CD
:: The Loungs ::
The Loungs exist somewhere between Liverpool and Manchester and come up trumps

THE WEEKLY ROUNDUP :: Other Releases W/C 02/04/2007
02 April 2007 / Various Formats
:: Bright Eyes :: Ash :: Mark Ronson :: The Black Flash :: The Disappointments :: Paul Steel :: Free State Prophets :: El-P :: Mancini :: DJ Mehdi :: Robyn :: The Fray :: Apostle Of Hustle ::
Summary and review of other interesting major releases w/c 02/04/07

TELESCOPE * recommended *
02 April 2007 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: The Generalissimos ::
Withington harbours the lower-than-fi sounds of these musical militants

CONTACT
02 April 2007 / Universal / 11 Trk CD
:: Thirteen Senses ::
The bands mix of stadium indie pop isnít just breezy - itís infectiously big.

SAME OLD TART
02 April 2007 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: The Sound On The Station ::
A band who are yet to make up their mind about who they want be

CATCH OF THE DAY * recommended *
02 April 2007 / Kipper Records / 8 Trk CD
:: Various Artists ::
Itís another matter entirely to go out looking for people exploring the netherworld between current trends

SEPTEMBER
02 April 2007 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: A Woman Of No Importance ::
A Woman Of No Importance seem to have come of age

TWO SIDES TO EVERY STORY
02 April 2007 / !K7 / Overwrite Records / 7 Trk CD
:: Lil Kuz & AK ::
Potential: Massive

LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT
02 April 2007 / Demo / 4 Trk CD
:: Paddy Orange ::
A well done white rap demo that's laugh out loud funny in several places

RADIO
02 April 2007 / Promo / 2 Trk 7Ē Vinyl
:: Rotating Leslie ::
Nice guitars offer tightly wrapped riffs and interest grabbing passages of well timed effects

PINATA FACE
02 April 2007 / Amazon / 3 Trk CD
:: The Mojo Fins ::
Bold, gentle and beautiful with sometimes violent tendencies

WHAT DO THEY CARE?
02 April 2007 / 1 Trk CD
:: Ejectorseat ::
Sounds like dozens of other tracks littering various download sites.

DIRTY BASEMENT
02 April 2007 / Pias / 4 Trk CD
:: Elektrons ::
Sums up everything about Electric Chairs legacy.

BEEP BEEP, I LOVE YOU
02 April 2007 / 2 Trk CD
:: Malcolm Middleton ::
The world would be a much, much better place if the charts were filled with songs like this

OUR EARTHLY PLEASURES
02 April 2007 / Warp / 12 Trk CD
:: Maximo Park ::
Maximo continue to entertain with an intact credibility.

SAVE YOUR FACE
02 April 2007 / 15 Trk CD
:: The Mules ::
Has this been deliberately designed to be ramshackle ?

ANYWAY YOU CHOOSE TO GIVE IT
02 April 2007 / Southern Fried Records / 5 Trk CD
:: The Black Ghosts ::
Yesterday they would be linchpin of the burgeoning Electroclash movement today they're indie disco champs

SOLARISE EP
02 April 2007 / Demo / 6 Trk CD
:: Dusty Not Digital ::
Oddly named Bradford outfit rip off Muse but sound all the better for it..

SET ON YOU
02 April 2007 / Bad Sneakers / 2 Trk CD
:: The Acutes ::
Lively pop songs where guitar and drums clatter off each other with a hidden gentleness

TINY VICTORIES EP * demo of the week *
02 April 2007 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: The Search Map ::
A stunning opening salvo from a band with more strings to their bow than somehow seems fair

SMALL PARTS
02 April 2007 / Stolen Transmission / 2 Trk CD
:: The Oohlas ::
Impressive, swirling debut from LA outfit

THE HERITAGE
02 April 2007 / MGS / 2 Trk
:: Martin Grech ::
Beautiful, inspirational stuff from the return of Grech

ON THE USE OF JACKBOOTS
02 April 2007 / White Label / Wild Cat / 13 Trk CD
:: Al Baker (& The Dole Queue) ::
Accomplished, gripping true value folk with Al Parkers handsome political wit

PROJECT:DEATH
02 April 2007 / Jonson Family Records / 8 Trk CD
:: Hey Colossus ::
A rewarding and sometimes hair raising lo-fi heavy rock trip.

THE JOURNEY
02 April 2007 / Bleak House Records / 14 Trk Cd
:: Lethal + Destruction ::
Modern abrasive homeland hip hop.

WE ARE ALL OTHER PASSENGERS
02 April 2007 / Something In Construction / 9 Trk CD
:: Other Passengers ::
Other Passengers are bleak, ambitious and exceedingly poignant

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