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DAVID COMES TO LIFE
31 May 2011 / Matador Records / 18 Trk CD
:: Fucked Up ::
An opus and maybe even a play will follow - Fucked Up get conceptual and prove that the hardcore vocal can co-exist with some intricate guitar themes...

ALLIGATOR
31 May 2011 / Dirty Water Records / 12” Vinyl CD and download
:: The Routes ::
The Routes have a classic album on their hands here...

SATURDAY’s KIDS * joint record of the month *
31 May 2011 / Art For Blind / Time As Colour / Bombed Out / 5 Trk 10" Vinyl
:: Saturday’s Kids ::
South Wales alt.rock outfit hit the scene running and with an amazing mini album / EP

INTO THE MURKY WATER
31 May 2011 / Full Time Hobby / 10 Trk CD
:: The Leisure Society ::
Softly padded lounge music, influenced by folk and mastered in a pillow factory

KIDS
31 May 2011 / Pias / 1 Trk CD
:: Airship ::
Airship flex their major label muscles beyond convincing

SPIT OUT YOUR TEETH / IT’S POSSIBLE
31 May 2011 / New Heavy Sounds / 2 Trk 7” Vinyl
:: XM3A :: Black Moth ::
Mixed results from a commendably low budget NHS

DIRT
31 May 2011 / Promo / 1 Trk Download
:: WU LYF ::
Turn on the hype machine, Wu Lyf are back...

LOVE ME ft K T Forester
31 May 2011 / Foundation Rekords / 6 Trk Remix CD
:: F.O.A.K. ::
Sugar sweet soul, dance and hip hop superbly crafted into FOAK's unique brew

MIDNIGHT WALTZ * joint record of the month *
31 May 2011 / Promo / 6 Trk CD & Download
:: The Slow Show ::
A laid back, intoxicating mixture of romance, atmospheric tension and eloquent tunes.

LAST SMOKE BEFORE THE SNOWSTORM
31 May 2011 / Dirty Hit / 10 Trk CD
:: Benjamin Francis Leftwich ::
Leftwich is undeniably a romantic, yet his songs are fresh, light and persuasive

NUMBERS
31 May 2011 / Wichita Recordings / 1 Trk CD & Download
:: Young Legionnaire ::
Project featuring personnel from Bloc Party, Automatic and Yourcodename point to promising

IS IT THE GROUSE
31 May 2011 / Demo / 4 Trk CDR & Download
:: The Mang Mang Mangs ::
Mangs return with a fascinating mixture of ideas.

LEAN SEASON EP
31 May 2011 / Smoky Carrot Records / 4 Trk CD
:: The Border Surrender ::
From the south, this band cut the retro with a modern guitar pop song...

SLOWING TIME
31 May 2011 / Little Red Rabbit / 2 Trk Enhanced CD & Download
:: Fuzzy Lights ::
Beauty and grace can be found beneath the matt black sheen of Fuzzy Light's substantial arrangements

I WAS HERE FOR A MOMENT . THEN I WAS GONE
31 May 2011 / Function Records / 10 Trk CD & Digital Download
:: Maybeshewill ::
Low key ambient rock grooms itself for the big time...

COME ON YOU YOUNG PHILOSOPHERS!
31 May 2011 / Republic of Music / 2 Trk CD
:: The Strange Death Of Liberal England ::
A swish, lo-fi vibe peppered with some indie-film soundtrack styled emotional wrangling

UNDEGSAITH
31 May 2011 / Aderyn Papur / 2 Trk CD & Download
:: Y Niwl ::
They twang and pursue lo-fi indie ideals too - Welsh surf rockers continue to impress

OPEN HOUSE
31 May 2011 / Akoustik Anarkhy / 12 Trk CD & Download
:: Driver Drive Faster ::
Driver Drive Faster hug the melancholic limelight, yet when they put on a musical full beam, it can truly dazzle

DIRECTOR’S CUT
31 May 2011 / EMI / 11 Trk CD
:: Kate Bush ::
Bush is back in this considered rehash and re- invention project

HOT SAUCE COMMITTEE PART TWO
31 May 2011 / EMI / Capitol / 16 Trk CD
:: Beastie Boys ::
Beastie Boys continue to dabble around the edges of commercialism, ground breaking hip hop and electronica

TUNNEL BLANKET
31 May 2011 / Metronome / 8 Trk CD & Download
:: This Will Destroy You ::
Miles away from the guitar / programmed complexities of “Young Mountain” but no less immersive or engaging and ultimately, far more experimental

IN THIS TOWN EP
31 May 2011 / White Label / 4 Trk Download (Bandcamp)
:: Chandelier Swing ::
Sharp, loose limbed rock from the rolling plains of Lancashire

MORNING LIGHT
31 May 2011 / Demo / 5 Trk CDR
:: Davey Moss ::
London looper conjures up a nice balance of free- styling fresh melodics

FRACTAL EP
31 May 2011 / AmpCorp via Bandcamp / 5 Trk Download (free)
:: Amplifier ::
An enthralling album session improv, provides the 'missing' 3rd disc to "the Octopus"...

ODD SOCKS IS THE SECRET RECIPE
31 May 2011 / Download / RAC Presents Records
:: Danny Mahon ::
Another enjoyable and streetwise kitchen sink anthems from the master of reality folk

THE VERY BEST OF
31 May 2011 / EMI / 18 Trk CD + 11 Trk DVD
:: Morrissey ::
A surprisingly ad-hoc Morrissey compilation that looks like more of a dry run for the £4 supermarket shelf...

DEAD PEASANTS
31 May 2011 / 1 Trk CD & Download / Privileged To Fail Records
:: NASDAQ ::
NASDAQ plot the end of civilisation in this Tolstoy sized musical movement

BACK TO BAD HABITS
31 May 2011 / Promo / 4 Trk CD
:: Silver Magic Ships ::
Beyond the 90's Manc indie attempts to take the genre to new floor winning levels

AN INTRODUCTION TO
31 May 2011 / White Label / 5 Trk CD
:: Jerzey Street Band ::
Kings of the MOR transport a genuine sound from across the Atlantic, whilst wholly fermenting it in Manchester

COLOURS DOORS PLANET
31 May 2011 / White Label / 10 Trk CD
:: Bona Head ::
80’s melodramatic electronica vs. progressive synth rock

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