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Bringing you all the Release Reviews that matter since 1999

NOT ACCEPTED ANYWHERE
26 June 2006 / Universal / 12 Trk CD :: Polydor / B-Unique
:: The Automatic ::
The Automatic smash through the TOTP studio gates with large chunks of their intelligent, off kilter rock

SCRATCH YOUR NAME
26 June 2006 / Mercury / 1 Trk CD
:: The Noisettes ::
A sort of prowling sound that makes you feel as though you are being followed down a dark alley

19-20-20 single / GRAVITY WON’T GET YOU HIGH album
26 June 2006 / Universal / 1 Trk CD single / 14 Trk CD Album
:: The Grates ::
Feisty femme fuelled rock twirls, propelled by punchy guitars and rattling percussion

IAN LOVE
26 June 2006 / 10 Trk CD :: Limekiln
:: Ian Love ::
Former Rival Schools founder finds fine voice

OTHER PEOPLE’S PROBLEMS * recommended *
26 June 2006 / SonyBMG / 12 Trk CD
:: The Upper Room ::
There’s a confidence in this album that firmly bristles with tuneful, infectious song

THE DEFINITIVE COLLECTION
26 June 2006 / Universal / 18 Trk CD
:: Level 42 ::
I can’t remember if it was Blue Peter or Roy Castle’s record breakers...

TRAVEL IS DANGEROUS
26 June 2006 / Pias / 5 Trk CD :: Rock Action / Wall Of Sound
:: Mogwai ::
"Travel Is Dangerous" has Mogwai doing what they do best

SERENA MANEESH * recommended *
26 June 2006 / 11 Trk CD :: Playlouder
:: Serena Maneesh ::
Dreamy wall to wall guitars and almost distant pop melodies cut through as though they’re on the verge of a mumble

LOSING A FRIEND
26 June 2006 / 1 Trk CD :: Believer
:: Nylon ::
Sickeningly contrived money making material by any measure

SUNNY CASINOS * recommended*
26 June 2006 / 10 Trk CD :: Try Harder
:: Jonquil ::
Try Harder produces yet another eclectic addition to its rosta

HYPNOTISED
26 June 2006 / Rough Trade / 1 Trk CD
:: Aberfeldy ::
This should be compulsory listening.

WHITE COLLAR BOY
26 June 2006 / Rough Trade / 4 Trk CD
:: Belle And Sebastian ::
Cosmopolitan charm and the seemingly easy arrangements, all fall into place to dish up gems like this

WEEKEND WITHOUT MAKE UP
26 June 2006 / Rough Trade / 4 Trk CD
:: The Long Blondes ::
I really really want to like the Long Blondes.

22 SECONDS
26 June 2006 / Promo / 3 Trk CD
:: Roebeck ::
A cunning, sometimes brooding mix of melodies.

DON’T WALK
26 June 2006 / Download / Ltd 7” Vinyl
:: Undercut ::
Undercut dispel ugly rumours with a solid rock out

SHE MOVES IN HER OWN WAY
26 June 2006 / Virgin (EMI) / 1 Trk CD
:: The Kooks ::
The Kooks, boil up another indie pop cull from their primtime advertised debut album

MY GIRLFRIEND'S AN ARSONIST
26 June 2006 / 1 Trk CD :: Shy Records
:: Fortune Drive ::
Fortune Drive pummel out their bass and slap around their drum kit like a back street fight

DÉJÀ VU EP
26 June 2006 / 4 Trk CD :: Timbreland
:: We Mythical Kings :: Featuring Little Pebble ::
Rumbling, echoey acoustica lifted by the enigmatic Little Pebble

RISE
25 June 2006 / Albert Productions / 11 Trk CD
:: The Answer ::
The Northern Irish outfit are definitely in awe of Deep Purple's legacy

WHY TRY HARDER
25 June 2006 / Skint / 18 Trk CD
:: Fat Boy Slim ::
FBS appreciators ! – This is essential.

FOUR TET : DJ Kicks
25 June 2006 / 20 Trk CD ::
:: Various Artists ::
Eclectic isn’t the word - yet there are twenty tracks here to further your education.

NO LIGHT LEFT
25 June 2006 / High Voltage / 2 Trk CD
:: Snowfight In The City Centre ::
Snowfight now seem ready to take their grand, epic melodies and embed them in to our hearts and minds

MONSTER
25 June 2006 / Universal / 1 Trk CD :: Polydor
:: The Automatic ::
There are some songs it’s worth jumping on the bus to town for

AUTUMN BURROWS * album of the week *
25 June 2006 / Creeping Bent
:: SAY (Say Jansfield) ::
An essential album to brighten up the life of any northerner

PUZZLES LIKE YOU
25 June 2006 / 4 AD / 12 Trk CD
:: Mojave 3 ::
An altogether established and different direct, but Mojave3’s unstoppable connection with the post show gazing indie scene is wonderfully apparent

THIS WORLD THEY'LL DROWN
19 June 2006 / 5 Trk CD :: Deep Burn
:: Exit Ten ::
Mixing throat scorching runs and widescreen metallic orchestrations, this is Exit Ten

BURN IT DOWN
19 June 2006 / Warner / 1 Trk CD
:: Avenged Sevenfold ::
Crash Bang Wallop! - roooarr!!!

DIRTY LITTLE SECRET
19 June 2006 / Universal / 1 Trk CD :: Interscope
:: The All American Rejects ::
Re-released loose pop ambition saved by some genuinely heavy guitars and a pop laden chorus

TURN INTO
19 June 2006 / Universal / 1 Trk CD :: Fiction / Polydor
:: Yeah Yeah Yeahs ::
The Yeah Yeah Yeahs singles just get better and better...

HIGH & DRY
19 June 2006 / 2 Trk CD :: Rapster
:: Various Artists :: Exit Music feat: Pete Kuzma & Bilal ::
On the b-side you sort of wish they’d taken the bracketed title “(Fade Out)” a little more seriously.

HIDE, RUN AWAY
19 June 2006 / One Little Indian / 11 Trk CD
:: B.C. Camplight ::
BC Camplight lives in the mind of 25 year old Brian Christinzio...oh yes..

ROTTEN LOVE
19 June 2006 / One Little Indian / 10 Trk CD
:: Levy ::
Echoes of NYC are writ large in Levy's melodic, almost haunted landscapes, but the jangles seem almost uniquely British

MIXED INGLISH
19 June 2006 / 3 Trk CD
:: Stasi ::
The Derby trio execute their craft via partly instrumental movements exploiting the quiet/loud genre

INFRA-RED
19 June 2006 / EMI / 1 Trk CD :: Virgin
:: Placebo ::
Placebo continue their success story

SOLEIL
19 June 2006 / 2 Trk CD :: We Love You / Wall Of Sound
:: Iain Archer ::
Archer delves up more from his own credible catalogue of breezy, but often lowbrow indie pop songs

VALERIE
19 June 2006 / Deltasonic / 1 Trk CD
:: The Zutons ::
Zutons take the potentially mundane sounds of indie and make it almost extraordinarily out of this world

JAMAICA BEER EYES
19 June 2006 / 3 Trk Enhanced CD :: Best Before Records
:: The Heights ::
The band from the land of lakeside trains get some steam up

STRANGE FRUIT
19 June 2006 / Demo / 4 Trk CDR
:: The Sickboys ::
The track sung in the bands native French sounds all the more awesome

STORY LIKE A SCAR
19 June 2006 / 10 Trk CD :: Vagrant / Hassle
:: The New Amsterdams ::
Matt Pryor formerly with The Get Up Kids, named this outfit after an Elvis Costello song

THANK GOD FOR SILENCE
19 June 2006 / 9 Trk CD :: R&R Music
:: Sign ::
Signs manage somehow to staple this flowery high level singing to something a little more modern.

THE FRIDGE * single of the week *
19 June 2006 / 3 Trk CD :: Gardensticks
:: John Stammers ::
Stammers has come up with a nostalgic but mightily impressive turn of organic masterpieces

THE CAUSE:EFFECT
19 June 2006 / 11 Trk CD :: Outstanding Records
:: Veldt ::
An evocative collection of excellent retrospection

RATHER RIPPED * recommended *
18 June 2006 / Universal / 4 Trk Sampler :: Geffen
:: Sonic Youth ::
“Rather Ripped” is looking like an essential purchase for 2006.

TRUE SPIRIT
18 June 2006 / Promo / 2 Trk CD
:: Bluesky Research ::
Blusky jump into a pretty cut throat business no matter how cute the songs

BACK 2 BASE
18 June 2006 / Suburban Noize / 13 Trk CD
:: (hed)p.e. ::
A surprisingly diverse and challenging album fro the rap, dub metal Californians.

BD3
18 June 2006 / 2 Trk CD :: Attack Attack
:: New Model Army ::
Clogs, Dreads, Crusty clothes - the NMA Army

POLYTHENE AND PLASTIC
18 June 2006 / Demo / 4 Trk CDR
:: The Lightshines ::
The Lightshines have four pop songs here wrapped up in an idea that could be very big indeed

TWENTY-FIVE MINUTES TO
18 June 2006 / Demo / 3 Trk CDR
:: Empire ::
Empire debut a demo that seems well built for now.

ROCK BOTTOM RISER
18 June 2006 / Domino / 4 Trk CD
:: Smog ::
Dusty Americana with acres of heart

HAND ON YOUR HEART
18 June 2006 / 1 Trk CD :: Imperial
:: José González ::
Yet another brilliantly composed and performed nugget from Jose

SOUND THE ALARM
18 June 2006 / 13 Trk CD :: Vagrant / Hassle
:: Saves The Day ::
Saves The Day have captured McFly and then tortured them with razors until they bled - to death. Screaming.

TIME TO TAKE ON STAND
18 June 2006 / 9 Trk CD
:: Moonstone Project ::
Small time Purp' reunion supports the classic rock quips of Moonstone

THE OBLITERATI
18 June 2006 / Matador Records / 14 Trk Cd
:: Mission Of Burma ::
Like it’s still the 80’s in an underground basement and the end of the 20th Century won’t happen because there’s a nuclear war going on outside.

SCRATCH YOUR NAME * recommended*
12 June 2006 / Universal / 1 Trk CD
:: The Noisettes ::
Quite frankly this is the record that the Noisettes needed to record – and one that quite literally tells us to “Fuck Off!!”

STEVE LAWLER – VIVA
12 June 2006 / Ministry Of Sound / 3xCD - 44 Trks
:: Various Artists ::
Like the soundtrack to a Japanese metropolis, or the music robots may eventually make,

POCKETS (DJ KICKS)
12 June 2006 / 12” 1-Trk Vinyl :: !K7 Records
:: Four Tet ::
Sounds like a computer rebooting with a drum kit spinning around inside of it

NORTH BY NORTH WEST * joint album of the week*
12 June 2006 / 2xCD 28 Trks + Bonus 14 Trk CD :: Korova
:: Various Artists ::
You’ll need little else outside of the entire Factory/Zoo back catalogue to inform you as broadly as this

CAFÉ SOLO selected by JOSE PADILLA
12 June 2006 / 2 x CD - 27 Trks :: Resist
:: Various Artists ::
Ibiza sunset king Jose Padilla curates and DJ’s his way through this humungous double CD collection

DON’T GO GENTLY
12 June 2006 / 3 Trk CD :: Alamo Music
:: Four Day Hombre ::
“Torch” and “song” are two things that are almost synonymous with Four Day Hombre

MORE OR LESS
12 June 2006 / Dance To The Radio / 2 Trk CD
:: Yes Boss ::
The next big thing almost certainly in the world of new grimey rap.

DRAIN COSMETICS * re-release - previous record of the week *
12 June 2006 / 1 Trk CD :: Playlouder
:: Serena Maneesh ::
The guitar fuzzes with the kind of echoes only found inside inner city ginnels

STAY YOUNG, STAY BEAUTIFUL
12 June 2006 / 3 Trk CD
:: Veto Silver ::
The kind of fodder that surfaces on Kids TV

HIT MY HEAD
12 June 2006 / Valentine / 7 Trk CD
:: Extinguish Her ::
Re-formed and reformed ? Has the hiatus paid off for Ellie and Co..

COMMENTS OF THE INNER CHORUS * joint album of the week *
12 June 2006 / 11 Trk CD :: Full Time Hobby / Static Caravan
:: Tunng ::
Tunng are quite possibly a must and at the very least, pioneering extroverts.

MY MOST MEANINGFUL RELATIONSHIPS ARE WITH DEAD PEOPLE * download of the week *
12 June 2006 / 4 AD / 1 Trk Download
:: The Late Cord ::
Sombre pianos set a scene that’s fitting for the title - ltd free download.

COMING UNDONE
12 June 2006 / EMI / 1 Trk CD :: Virgin
:: Korn ::
Korn promise to build on the 25 million albums already sold

HENRIETTA
12 June 2006 / Universal / 1 Trk CD :: Fallout / Island
:: The Fratellis ::
After several mouthfuls of “Wa Wa Wa Waas” it all becomes a bit much.

TWICE BITTEN, ONCE SHY *Single / EP Of The Week*
12 June 2006 / 6 Trk CD :: Stunt Monkey Records
:: Moco ::
I still remember the first time I saw Moco. I veritabley shit my pants.

REAL LIFE
12 June 2006 / 9 Trk CD
:: Joan As Police Woman ::
Wasser/JAPW are determined to make things interesting and that's good for all of us.

BEAUTIFUL DAY WITHOUT YOU
12 June 2006 / EMI / 2 Trk CD :: Pias / Wall Of Sound / Virgin / Labels
:: Royksopp ::
A shrewd summer choice, building itself up with lazy rhythms

ALIVE
12 June 2006 / Albert Productions / 3 Trk CD
:: Breed77 ::
To their credit Breed 77 are nothing less than persistent

CATCH FLAME
12 June 2006 / V2 / 2xCD - 23 Trks
:: Paul Weller ::
Having proven his early career on the live circuit, Paul Weller is always best to be found on stage

BREAK FROM THE PAST
12 June 2006 / 6 Trk CD :: Something In Construction
:: Christian Silva ::
An entertaining roustabout that never gets too excited or loud

THE RED TREE
12 June 2006 / 11 Trk CD :: Hassle / Vagrant
:: Moneen ::
Chock full of post new wave modern punk melodies and of course EMO...

GHETTO WAYS
05 June 2006 / Rough Trade / 3 Trk CD
:: Scissors For Lefty ::
Incredibly tight underground stuff designed for city dwellers and night lovers

COLOURFUL
05 June 2006 / Universal / 1 Trk CD
:: Rocco Deluca & The Burden ::
Keither Sutherland must be out there ringing up phone booths and threatening to kill promoters

HAZY EYES
05 June 2006 / Universal / 1 Trk CD
:: Fightstar ::
Brother of Dork ?

MISS MURDER
05 June 2006 / Interscope / 1 Trk CD :: Universal
:: AFI ::
All round pleaser for the tattooed EMO glam semi-goths

UNSAVED
05 June 2006 / 15 Trk CD :: The A Label
:: Deadstar Assembly ::
Death rockers from......Sunny Florida !

THE SECRET BOY’S CLUB EP
05 June 2006 / 6 Trk CD :: Naz Recordings
:: Kat Flint ::
There may now actually be more singer/songwriters than there are indie bands at this particular point in time...

BREAKING THE ICE
05 June 2006 / 4 AD / 3 Trk CD
:: Mojave 3 ::
If you haven’t heard Mojave Three yet, do three things...

LEAVING SONGS
05 June 2006 / Beggars Banquet / 10 Trk CD
:: Stuart A. Staples ::
A deep affair, dragging itself along like a three ton anchor

DESERT OCEAN
05 June 2006 / 10 Trk CD :: Jemez Mountain
:: Lanerta ::
The tracks on here just beg for harmonies and smooth Wilson-esque vocals.

WATERLOO
05 June 2006 / Universal / 12 Trk CD :: Vertigo / Mercury
:: Dirty Pretty Things ::
Crash ! Bang! Wallop!. Dirty Pretty Things unleash their debut album

SERVE CHILLED
05 June 2006 / 2xCD / 28 Trks :: Hed Kandi
:: Various Artists ::
Just as it says on the label, serve chilled

DAMAGE
05 June 2006 / Download & Ltd CD :: Morning
:: The Cooper Temple Clause ::
TCTC ladies and gentlemen, are back

HEART = WEAPON
05 June 2006 / V2 / 11 Trk CD
:: Every Move A Picture ::
The San Franciscan outfits thrusting guitars are moulded into the 4/4 beats

DIANNE
05 June 2006 / 3 Trk CD :: Dangerous
:: The Needles ::
Three blisteringly entertaining tracks take the Needles up a notch

ANOTHER HOSTILE TAKEOVER
05 June 2006 / 18 Trk CD :; Demolition :: 13 Trk CD :: Demolition
:: Hanoi Rocks ::
Full of glam rock and roll metal, bridging the gap between the New York Dolls and the permed metal mayhem of the late eighties

DEAD POOL RISING
05 June 2006 / 9 Trk CD :: Jungle
:: NFD ::
Adrenalised gothic rock never sounded so good.

DJ DEREK PRESENTS SWEET MEMORY SOUNDS * recommended *
05 June 2006 / Sanctuary / 22 Trk CD
:: Various Artists ::
This deserves such massive re-recognition – as so, of course, does the inimitable DJ Derek

MOVING FORWARD
05 June 2006 / 2 Trk CD :: Illicit Recordings
:: Protokoll (USA) ::
Is it ok for some guys from Boston MA, to copy the first three Chameleons albums and dish up a speedier version of it all

CITY PLACE
05 June 2006 / Download Release :: Playlouder
:: Dead Disco ::
Dance orientated beats with win-over hooklines

ATLANTIS TO INTERZONE
05 June 2006 / 2 Trk CD :: Merok
:: Klaxons ::
The equivalent of a fully active mosh pit squashed into a small broom cupboard.

GIVE ME A WALL * joint album of the week *
05 June 2006 / Dance To The Radio / 11 Trk CD
:: ¡Forward, Russia! ::
An album that shines out like the original Fire of London – hopefully it’ll have the same devastating effect

A CALL AND RESPONSE * joint album of the week *
05 June 2006 / Deltasonic / 10 Trk CD
:: The Longcut ::
The Longcut deliver with a debut marked by movements that easily create hypnotic waves of listener addiction

WOMAN
05 June 2006 / Universal / 2 Trk CD
:: Wolfmother ::
The 1970’s figure heavily in the classic vein of Wolfmother’s roc

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