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UNION * album of the week *
14 July 2009 / White Label / 11 Trk CD
:: The Boxer Rebellion ::
Painted with sky blue atmospherics, created from a sub-orbital perspective under the protection of Nathan Nicholson’s superb voice

ROUNDUP :: Other Releases To The 27th July 2009
27 July 2009 / Various Formats
:: Scott Mathews :: The Twang :: Evil Nine :: Kidnipper Bell :: Blacklisters :: Animal Kingdom :: Amadou & Mariam :: PANTyRAiD :: Richard Walters :: The Jacks :: Oswald :: Loqui :: Bap Kennedy ::
Summary & review of other interesting releases due out by 27th July 2009

SO INSANE
27 July 2009 / XL / CD / Download
:: Discovery ::
Clever, syncopated, collaborative pop

WE WILL BEGIN TO FLICKER
27 July 2009 / Nordic Fir / 6 Trk CD / Download
:: Twin Falls ::
Twin Falls eventually provide sufficient evidence that they’re onto something very big indeed

FAKE BLUES * recommended *
27 July 2009 / Half Machine Records / 2 Trk CD
:: Real Estate ::
This track exists merely between the reverberations of a guitar and haunting vocals

LUXURY LIVING EP
27 July 2009 / Pearl Flash / 4 Trk CD
:: Truly Beautiful Disaster ::
A social report on living a luxury lifestyle with the the rest of the equation completed on a computer

CAKE
27 July 2009 / Fantastic Plastic / 2 Trk 7” Vinyl / Download
:: Race Horses ::
Race Horse make their home town of Llewelyn sound like it has a surf filled beach

ASA RANSOM
27 July 2009 / Murder Mystery Records / 7 Trk CD
:: Asa Ransom ::
Much is made of Asa Ransom’s dress sense...

BUY IT SELL IT
27 July 2009 / Universal / 1 Trk CD
:: The Blizzards ::
Once this quintet begin to kick up the dust, it’s a joyful, well planned cacophony of guitars and keys

THE UNION
27 July 2009 / Bombed Out / 11 Trk CD / Download
:: Kelly 8 ::
Fills the EMO template quite well, even if the tunes struggle to be heard.

IT DON’T MOVE ME
27 July 2009 / Wichita Recordings / 4 Trk CD
:: Peter, Bjorn And John ::
Drenched in subliminal pop and ever uncomplicated computer beats

EP
27 July 2009 / Last Suppa / 4 Trk CD
:: Thomas Dybdahl ::
Offers UK listeners a tantalising preview of his fifth album due in 2010

MANY HIDING PLACES
27 July 2009 / White Label / 3 Trk CD
:: Gus Garcia ::
After a sceptical start, Gus Garcia definitely impresses

HEAR THE SOUNDS
27 July 2009 / Demo / 2 Trk CDR
:: Hyper Snyper ::
Brought up on a solid diet of three Weetabix, WKD and the glorious sounds of Baggy...

PROLEFEED
27 July 2009 / Demo / 7 Trk CDR / Download
:: One Day After School ::
Great ideas and some magnificent guitar work, but a useless bout of singing

OH BROTHER, OH SISTER ! * single of the week *
27 July 2009 / Too Pure (Beggars) / 2 Trk 7” Single / Download
:: Skeletons & The Empty Pockets ::
Maybe the Too Pure Single Club’s best discovery yet?

ROUNDUP :: Other Releases To The 8th June 2009
20 July 2009 / Various Formats
:: Sneaky Sound System :: The Gaslight Anthem :: Dub Pistols :: The Pyramids :: The Twang :: Crazy Arm :: Mondo Jet Set :: Jack Savoretti :: Beck :: Kila Kela :: Andrea Faithful :: Fredo Viola :: Kissy Sell Out :: Katy Perry :: Albino :: Netsayi :: Freeland :: Laroca :: Subkicks :: Basement Jaxx :: Decadenze ::
Summary & review of other interesting releases due out by 20th July 2009

LOREN EP
20 July 2009 / Kinetic Groove / 3 Trk CD
:: Loner ::
A remix / computer composed project that finds a rhythmic cocktail supplemented by loops and samples and segments of various field recordings

FUTURE SEX EP
20 July 2009 / 3 Trk Remix CD
:: Echasketch ::
This electro-babble sounds as though it’s escaped from a Kraftwerk b-side

COLLIDE
20 July 2009 / Demo / 3 Trk CDR
:: The Small Screen Light Show ::
This NE three piece occupy a small space between screeching high frequency grunge and modern indie disco pop

GULLICH
20 July 2009 / Pay For The Piano Recordings / 8 Trk CD
:: Gullich ::
Named after the dare devil hard core German rock / stunt climber who ironically died in a car crash

ANTICIPATION
20 July 2009 / Demo / 4 Trk CDR
:: Shake Shudder ::
Promising stuff that seems to have its heart set on mid-west America

HOOTING & HOWLING
20 July 2009 / Domino / 2 Trk CD
:: Wild Beasts ::
It’s vaudeville indie time once again as those relocated Cumbrians concoct another album from their Leeds bas

WATCH ME FALL
20 July 2009 / Matador Records / 12 Trk CD
:: Jay Reatard ::
Reatard relies on pop infused quirky punk sound bites to carry his frenetic ideas forward

HOOKED
20 July 2009 / Demo / 5 Trk CDR
:: King Tree & The Roots ::
There’s more than a shuffle to suggest that alternative folk and post punk skiffle are as much an influence as Country and Western

MONUMENTS
20 July 2009 / Science Fiction Theatre / 10 Trk CD
:: The Deceived ::
The Deceived are most comfortable when relaying their long vocal messages and explosive peaks with a considered and admirably destructive beauty.

SNAKE MAGNET * joint album of the week *
20 July 2009 / Brew Records / 10 Trk CD
:: Kong ::
This is pure rock – impenetrable, unadulterated and gigantic

UM AND AH * joint album of the week *
20 July 2009 / Promo / 11 Trk CD / Download
:: The Sorry Kisses ::
At this moment in time, this band have to be one of Manchester’s best kept secrets

BAD DAYS
20 July 2009 / King Prawn Records / 5 Trk CD
:: Exit State ::
Exit State have the harmonic strategies of 90’s alternative-Britrock

INTRODUCING…ALBUM SAMPLER
20 July 2009 / C.A.T. Records / 3 Trk CD
:: Beggar Joe ::
Romances of the heart or the heartfelt swagger of bluesy observation ..

BLACK SABBATH : MASTER OF REALITY
13 July 2009 / Universal / 2xCD (18 Trks) : 2xCD (17 Trk CD)
:: Black Sabbath ::
More reasons to discover where grunge and heavy metal came from...

THE AIR TASTES OF STRANGE THINGS * single of the week *
13 July 2009 / White Label / 3 Trk CD
:: Heat Vs Light ::
Entertaining and often exciting material, that seems to have grown into something potentially wonderful

VR
13 July 2009 / 10 Trk CD
:: Fury UK ::
The culmination of some blood , sweat and no doubt tears - this album equally celebrates NWOBHM and classic rock.

PIRATE
13 July 2009 / Demo / 4 Trk CD
:: Modeliste ::
Modeliste still have a chunk of funk tucked up their sleeves

ANOTHER MIRACLE
13 July 2009 / Kids / 1 Trk CD
:: New Education ::
A demure sound far removed from the meat and two veg stomp of the early Gallagher catalogue

WHITE POWER
13 July 2009 / Goldswhine Records / 2 Trk CD
:: Ezra Bang And Hot Machine ::
Beastie Boys ? anyone...?

WELCOME TO THE WALK ALONE
13 July 2009 / All I Do / 11 Trk CD
:: The Rumble Strips ::
A collaboration with Mark Ronson is sure to have one major result

MOONDAGGER
13 July 2009 / Ghostly International / 14 Trk CD
:: Deastro ::
Each track jumps out as a mixture of merry synth pop and studious sci-fi rock.

STATIC KINGDOM
13 July 2009 / Faun Records / 8 Trk CD
:: The Steals ::
Informed by folky notions that reminisce of travellers and pre-showgazed innocence, washed in electric instruments that equally swirl in echoes

GREEN IS BLUES
13 July 2009 / Demon / 15 Trk CD
:: Al Green ::
Al Green 's 70s catalogue put him on the front row of the gospel soul movement

FIGHT MY BATTLES FOR ME
06 July 2009 / Brainlove/ 15 Trk CD
:: Pagan Wanderer Lu ::
One-man, mad folk, computational editor and orchestrator Pagan Wanderer Lu, is Andy Regan

CAN’T STOP FEELING
06 July 2009 / Domino / 3 Trk CD
:: Franz Ferdinand ::
Franz Ferdinand’s latest electro disco re-invention dances ever forward

XTATIC TRUTH
06 July 2009 / Kitsune / 4 Trk CD
:: Crystal Fighters ::
Crystal Fighters insist that only an uplifting soundtrack will do

15 MINUTES
06 July 2009 / Universal / 1 Trk CD
:: The YeahYou’s ::
I’ve staring at the same old crack in the same old wall...

LP
06 July 2009 / XL / 10 Trk CD
:: Discovery ::
The long standing project of Rostam Batmanglij and Wes Miles (from Vampire Weekend and Ra Ra Riot respectively)

SILHOUETTES (Jacknife Lee Remix)
06 July 2009 / 14th Floor Records / 1 Trk CD
:: Marmaduke Duke ::
The quick fire sequencing of “Silhouettes” is further enhanced and remixed by Garret Lee

THE MEN BEHIND THE MAN / I WANT TO BE A DANCER
06 July 2009 / Cloud Sounds / 2 Trk Split 7” & Bonus Downloads
:: The Generalissimos :: Onions ::
Cloud Sounds remind us that music isn’t just about furrowed brows and invite only opportunities..

MAGIC, LOVE AND DREAMS EP
06 July 2009 / Young And Lost Club / 5 Trk CD
:: Magic Wands ::
Nashville’s Magic Wands may well have used Prince’s old drum machine (apparently true), but this space age collection of love songs owes much to the c86 gen..

SILENCE IS APPROVAL
06 July 2009 / Demo / 10 Trk CDR
:: Alt Track ::
Wild gaming based sequencing that sits alongside firebrand, punk influenced tempos

THE ATTIC RECORDINGS * album of the week *
06 July 2009 / Green Bird / 10 Trk CD
:: Isobel Heyworth ::
Isobel Heyworth who is the perfect narrator, spinning her tales on a melodic ether with a musical infection that’s rarely seen or heard

I THINK I NEED YOU EP
06 July 2009 / Elefant / 4 Trk 7” Green Vinyl
:: The Lodger ::
Another bright pop outing, with shuffled guitars, brass and that tuneful reprise

7/1 * single of the week *
06 July 2009 / Too Pure (Beggars) / 2 Trk 7” Vinyl / Download (on Blood & Biscuits)
:: Three Trapped Tigers ::
The trio upset the balance between guitar, bass and drums quite admirably, fastening their sounds to a less conventional means of noise generation

ORBITAL 20
06 July 2009 / Rhino / 20 Trk 2x CD
:: Orbital ::
Dance pioneers hits are all represented here on this extensive trip down memory lane that sounds as fresh now as it did then

PARROT
06 July 2009 / This Is Fake DIY Records / 1 Trk CD
:: The Victorian English Gentlemans Club ::
The Cardiff collective have dug deeper and harder and it seems to have worked

BATTLE FOR THE SUN
06 July 2009 / Dreambrother / 13 Trk CD
:: Placebo ::
Placebo hit their six and it's a decent one at that..

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