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< < Release Reviews on Manchester Music For August, 2007

Bringing you all the Release Reviews that matter since 1999

YOU DON'T KNOW HER NAME * joint single of the week *
20 August 2007 / Mute / 2 Trk 7in / 3 Trk CD
:: Maps ::
Another single from the excellent "We Can Create" album - we've lost count, to be honest, but when they're all as good as this who cares?

THE WEEKLY ROUNDUP :: Other Releases W/C 27/08/2007
27 August 2007 / Various Formats
:: Calvin Harris :: The Twang :: The Rumble Strips :: Super Furry Animals :: Amy Winehouse :: The Kaiser Chiefs :: Cobra Starship :: Stanton Warriors :: Bobby Kray :: Common :: Kosheen ::
Summary and review of other interesting major releases w/c 27/08/07

ONLY A FEW
27 August 2007 / Demo / 4 Trk CD
:: Butler Williams ::
The stakes are very high indeed in what has to be the city with the biggest count of Takamine guitars.

BIG LIGHT
27 August 2007 / White Label / 6 Trk CD + Download
:: Ian Britt ::
Just another indication that Mr Britt has something quite special for us all in his songbook.

GOODBYE MY ANGRY FRIEND
27 August 2007 / Pronoia / 10 Trk CD
:: Vinny Peculiar ::
Another accomplished outing by Vinny Peculiar and friends

REFLECTOPORN
27 August 2007 / Demo / 11 Trk CD
:: The Gentle Scars ::
The Gentle Scars in their own true style, piece together a retrospective of their early demos and self released singles

B-TRIPLE O–M! * single of the week *
27 August 2007 / Crack House Recordings / 3 Trk CD
:: Fulibubus (now know as China Shop Bull) ::
Fulibulbus provide the world with an odd name and quite probably one of the most refreshing and exciting sounds for 2007

THE STICKS EP * recommended *
27 August 2007 / Demo / 5 Trk CD
:: Colours Run ::
Convincing collection of emotional and beautifully scored songs, that are as complex as they are compelling.

HOLD OF ME
27 August 2007 / Big Deal / 2 Trk CD
:: The Human Value ::
It’s best just to confirm that this isn’t the new single from Lil Chris

SWOLLEN WORDS * recommended*
27 August 2007 / Demo / 8 Trk CD
:: Monster Island ::
Veering from genius to corrupting, abandoned recklessness, Monster Island are pioneers of something altogether strange but different

LIARS
27 August 2007 / Mute / 11 Trk CD
:: Liars ::
The bands eponymous album follows 2006’s ‘Drum's Not Dead’ as another step forward in the chequered career of Angus Andrew, Aaron Hemphill and Julian Gross.

AMYLASE
27 August 2007 / XL / 1 Trk CD
:: Cajun Dance Party ::
Getting Bernard Butler in to spice things up has worked for Daniel Blumberg

HOW IT ENDS * album of the week *
27 August 2007 / Epitah / 14 Trk CD
:: Devotchka ::
So far Devotchka remain a fairly well kept secret, but one suspects, not for much longer.

GOOD ARROWS
27 August 2007 / 11 Trk CD
:: Tunng ::
From foot tapping, uplifting songs to alternative, downbeat musings

FIRST STEPS INTO ,,,
27 August 2007 / Memphis Industries / 13 Trk CD
:: Blue States ::
Follows up the outfit's crossbred combination of electronica, dance and genre hopping stadium indie

IRON NIPPLES
27 August 2007 / Seriously Stacked / 2 Trk 7” Vinyl + Download
:: Tits Of Death ::
A great mix of bubblegum gothic horror and crushing rock, fuelled by Sci-Fi organ sounds

FIRECRACKER
27 August 2007 / Playlouder (Beggars) / 3 Trk CD
:: Voxtrot ::
Hails their creativity and yet also provides a flag waving celebration of their arrival.

BEFORE THE BENCH
27 August 2007 / White Label / 2 Trk CD & Digital Download (iTunes / Taboo)
:: The Deodates ::
The Deodates provide a much needed change of pace and ideas

THE WEEKLY ROUNDUP :: Other Releases W/C 20/08/2007
20 August 2007 / Various Formats
:: Mr Hudson & The Library :: GymClassHeroes :: Kular Shaker :: Little Dragon :: The Puzzle :: Daughtry :: Oi Va Voi ::
Summary and review of other interesting major releases w/c 20/08/07

STREET GOSPELS
20 August 2007 / Side One Dummy / 13 Trk CD
:: Bedouin Soundclash ::
Bedouin Soundclash need do little more to cement the essential sounds of their dub-bass pop into our consciousness

MADE OF BRICKS
20 August 2007 / Universal / 12 Trk CD
:: Kate Nash ::
It’s no surprise that on the back of the new wave of southern belles (namely Allen and Winehouse), Kate Nash finds herself suddenly in the limelight

GIRLS WHO PLAY GUITARS
20 August 2007 / Warp / 1 Trk CD
:: Maximo Park ::
Brandishes its riffs like a victory flag over a fiery battlefield

CRUMBLE
20 August 2007 / Pias / 2 Trk CD
:: Dinosaur Jr. ::
Tuneful and gently brutal in equal measures.

THREE MORE DAYS
20 August 2007 / 14th Floor Records / 1 Trk CD
:: Ray Lamontagne ::
On “Three More Days” Lamonntagne springs forth with a bluesy ballad

RED LIGHT DON’T STOP
20 August 2007 / Wall Of Sound (pias) / 12 Trk CD
:: Elektrons ::
Elektrons are flying the flag for traditional DJ house and funk

HEY VENUS
20 August 2007 / Rough Trade / 11 Trk CD
:: Super Furry Animals ::
Super Furry Animals have become one of those bands that seem to like fancy dress

IN CAMERA
20 August 2007 / Memphis Industries / 10 Trk CD
:: Arthur & Yu ::
Grant Olsen and Sonya Westcott are the latest in a long line of musicians who make their recordings sound like they've been retrieved from 1968

REASONS * demo of the week *
20 August 2007 / Demo / 4 Trk CD
:: King Pest ::
A hugely original and spectacularly individual demo

BEATIFIC VISIONS * single of the week *
20 August 2007 / Rough Trade / 1 Trk CD
:: Brakes ::
After the wonder of “Hold Me In The River”, Brakes just go on from strength

PROTEST IS DEAD
20 August 2007 / Demo / 14 Trk CD
:: Loner Party ::
An interesting, if rather long, example of integrity and accessible social comment

ANDORRA * album of the week *
20 August 2007 / City Slang / 9 Trk CD
:: Caribou ::
Daniel Snaith’s fourth album is perhaps easily his best

OOOMPA ZOOMPA
20 August 2007 / Akoustik Anarkhy / 2 Trk CD
:: Neil Burrell ::
The antithesis of trendy singer/songwriting

FIT
20 August 2007 / Melodic / 3 Trk Enhanced CD
:: Windmill ::
A strangely fractured yet wholesome outing for this curious artist

CHALLENGERS
20 August 2007 / Matador Records / 13 Trk CD
:: The New Pornographers ::
Moments of both upbeat and depressed melancholy.

OPEN YOUR EYES
20 August 2007 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: Mr Lizard ::
The band have ambitions that are only restricted by their recording budgets

THE WEEKLY ROUNDUP :: Other Releases W/C 13/08/2007
13 August 2007 / Various Formats
:: Laurent Garnier :: Captain Phoenix :: Just Surrender :: Common :: Lady Fortune :: King Somniac :: The Ghost Frequency ::
Summary and review of other interesting major releases w/c 13/08/07 : from Garnier to The Ghost Frequency plus more.

MAY CONTAIN TRACES OF BOY
13 August 2007 / Demo / 9 Trk CD
:: Geek Girl ::
GeEKgiRL's indie rock dressed for an alternative image

KEEP ON KEEPING ON
13 August 2007 / Demo / 5 Trk CD
:: Petty Thief ::
Petty Thief impress with their alt.folk demo

TRENCHES
13 August 2007 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: Race ::
Race provide a taste of a promised sound

START A FIGHT
13 August 2007 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: Death In Public ::
Lancaster’s Death In Public dust things up

BLOOD IN YOUR EYES
13 August 2007 / White Label / 3 Trk CD & Download
:: The Retrosexuals ::
Electro oddness from Glasgow..

JUST GOT TO BE
13 August 2007 / V2 / 1 Trk CD
:: The Black Keys ::
This standout album track is a fitting explanation as to whys and wherefores

TAKE HER BACK
13 August 2007 / Dance To The Radio / 1 Trk CD
:: The Pigeon Detectives ::
An exciting young band with staying power.

WISH IT AWAY
13 August 2007 / AC30 / 2 Trk CD
:: Heroes Of Switzerland ::
Heroes Of Switzerland are a loud and cinematic band who stretch their guitars to the very edges of the horizon

LIFE ON THE BEACH
13 August 2007 / Brille / 2 Trk CD
:: Envelopes ::
A twisted enough journey to make this band one of the best alternative Scando acts out there

LOST AND FOUND
13 August 2007 / Rough Trade / 3 Trk CD
:: Taken By Trees ::
...still marooned by the piano whilst Bergsman’s echoey voice ambles lightly along to the click of a 60’s style beat

BRICKS
13 August 2007 / Full Time Hobby / 1 Trk CD
:: Tunng ::
Sam Geddes and his Tunng troupe start to turn slowly towards a more reflective and thoughtful direction.

YOU STOLE THE SUN * demo of the week
13 August 2007 / Demo / 5 Trk CD
:: Twisted Wheel ::
Twisted Wheel are the sound of Manchester’s youth snatching back 60’s psychedelic rock roll and using it to smash in the windows of 77 punk and new wave

WE ARE THE BIRDS AND THE BEES WE ARE THE TELEPHONE TREES
13 August 2007 / Art Goes Pop / 3 Trk CD
:: Kill The Young ::
"We Are The Birds..” seems as messy and unguided as its title suggests

PEACEBONE
13 August 2007 / Domino / 2 Trk CD
:: Animal Collective ::
Like a headache and a laugh happening at the same time.

UP WITH THE ORCADIAN TIDE * single of the week *
13 August 2007 / Static Caravan / 2 Trk CD
:: Starless And Bible Black ::
Starless create a single which is the purest and brightest they have yet accomplished

BOY VS. BEAST
13 August 2007 / Whimsical / 2 Trk CD
:: Jack Butler ::
A consistent level of quality control rooted to fantastic 80’s jangles

MILITARY OF THE HEART
13 August 2007 / Weekender Records / 3 Trk CD
:: Naked Lunch ::
This German quartet suffer from the fact that they actually sound a little like a ...German rock band

PLACES LIKE THIS
13 August 2007 / V2 / 9 Trk CD
:: Architecture In Helsinki ::
A truly original and slightly tongue in cheek indie house party

BRING ME THE WORKHORSE
13 August 2007 / Asmatic Kitty / 11 Trk CD
:: My Brightest Diamond ::
Hopefully Shara Worden will forge a reputation that's worthy of this collection of inspired songs.

SOME KIND OF URBAN FULFILMENT
13 August 2007 / Setanta / 11 Trk CD
:: The Tacticians ::
A balanced gentle swagger and the avoidance of any over-eagerness is the making of the band's album

BREAK THE BANKS * recommended *
13 August 2007 / Transgressive / 10 Trk CD
:: Battle ::
Battle are certainly winning the war over which name you SHOULD remember in the similarly named band stakes

HALLAM FOE OST
13 August 2007 / Domino / 14 Trk CD
:: Various Artists ::
Strong Scottish representation for the new Jamie Bell film

THE WEEKLY ROUNDUP :: Other Releases W/C 6/08/2007
06 August 2007 / Various Formats
:: Dizzee Rascal :: Republic Of Loose :: DJ Jazzy Jeff :: Mewgatz :: Look See Proof :: Kevin Michael :: Robyn (feat. Kleerup) :: (HED)P.E. :: Sophie Ellis-Bextor ::
Summary and review of other interesting major releases w/c 30/07/07 : from Dizzee to Robyn and a return from Republic Of Loose

SEMEION
06 August 2007 / Hefty Records / 13 Trk CD
:: RETINA.IT ::
The exercise here is not aimed at clubs, but rather the construction of emotionally spiked soundtracks

HEY SON * joint single of the week *
06 August 2007 / Leaf / Timbreland / 2 Trk CD
:: Nancy Elizabeth ::
For those who haven’t had the pleasure of hearing or seeing Nancy Elizabeth (Cunliffe to get friends) this is the perfect start

THE EARLY LEARNINGS OF EUGENE McGUINNESS * album of the week *
06 August 2007 / Domino / Double Six / 8 Trk CD
:: Eugene McGuinness ::
Proper singer/songwriting prowess crammed into a cornucopia of young and bright ideas

RELEASE THE LION
06 August 2007 / Art/Goes/Pop / 2 Trk CD
:: Stinky Munchkins ::
David Lynch pop for the masses.

HAPPY HOUR
06 August 2007 / Virgin (EMI) / 2 Trk CD
:: Palladium ::
Pure blissful pop but the flute part sounds strangely like the work of the hotel owner in Little Britain

US TONIGHT * demo of the week *
06 August 2007 / Demo / 6 Trk CD
:: George Brown ::
Commercially George Brown has a very very bright future indeed and he backs this up with a considerable talent

NEVERMIND THE HOTPOTS
06 August 2007 / Demo / 13 Trk CD
:: The Lancashire Hotpots ::
Docking at the harbour of “Novelty Island”; The Lancashire Hotpots

BOOTLE STREET NICK * recommended *
06 August 2007 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: All The Kings Men ::
Those foul mouthed raconteurs, All The Kings are back

BIG SCARY MONSTERS – RECORD LABEL SHMECORD LABEL
06 August 2007 / Big Scary Monsters / 10 Trk CD
:: Various Artists ::
An impressive and eclectic collection of brave new music – a rarity these days

WE ARE...EP
06 August 2007 / Demo / 4 Trk CD
:: Avalon way ::
Promising rock demo from Darwen - only time will tell.

LUSCIOUS LIFE
06 August 2007 / V2 / 2 Trk CD
:: Patrick Watson ::
“Luscious Life” is full of brash pianos and shaking guitars set to shuffling, ragged rock beats

O’DEATH * recommended *
06 August 2007 / City Slang / 15 Trk CD
:: O’Death ::
Travels across American back waters chewing up the soundtracks from Deliverance to O Brother Where Art Thou

NICOTINE NIKKI
06 August 2007 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: The Rays ::
As crunchy as broken bones caught up in a rock and roll trawler net

GET UP
06 August 2007 / Wall Of Sound (pias) / 5 Trk Remix CD
:: Elektrons ::
Easily a pop hit and disco floorfiller.

OIB SPLIT SERIES VOLUME 1
06 August 2007 / OIB / 4 Trk CD
:: The Tumbledown Estate :: Munch Munch :: Gay Against You :: Lonely Ghosts ::
None of these scuzzed up tracks are a gamble and it’s very well curated

BULL
06 August 2007 / Demo / 2 Trk CDR
:: Earthona ::
A wildly different fretboard juggling demo that needs some work but shines with progressive passages of technical invention

I HAD A GIRL
06 August 2007 / Heron Recordings / 2 Trk 7” Vinyl + Download
:: The Soundcarriers ::
Nottingham’s The Soundcarriers transmit their folky, progressive tones from what could be another era

STARS
06 August 2007 / Heron Recordings / 2 Trk 7” Vinyl + Download
:: The Beep Seals ::
Like having the devil on one shoulder and an angel on the other, The Beep Seals are frustratingly nice but so unnervingly tough

INNOCENCE * joint single of the week *
06 August 2007 / Akoustik Anarkhy / 2 Trk CD
:: Autokat ::
Autokat – dragging Manchester back to its roots and not before time too.

4 QUID WITH FLYER
06 August 2007 / White Label / 4 Trk CD
:: The Loyal Trooper ::
Damn fine stuff that tries hard to be something different

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