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NEVER MIND SIGUR ROS HERE’S COLIN’S GODSON
30 September 2011 / Promo / 3" CD with Comic
:: Colin’s Godson ::
Buzzsaw guitar music with lyrics that display more wit, intelligence and political awareness than most modern-day “indie” folk would dare

SIDEKICKS / TELEPHONE WIRED
30 September 2011 / Promo / 2 Trk Download
:: Silver Sound Explosion ::
..a bit space pop, a bit Californian dream, new local trio hit the spot...

SECOND TO NONE / BURDEN ON ME
30 September 2011 / Rotosonic Records / 7" Vinyl
:: The Shook-Ups ::
The only giveaway that this record dates from 2011 is that it doesn’t actually crackle...

THE MOON IS BIG
30 September 2011 / Subroutine Records / 9 Trk CD
:: Rats On Rafts ::
The early 80s revival has been done to death, right? Wrong...

PERFECTLY MOTIONLESS EP1
30 September 2011 / Promo / Limited Mini-Vinyl CD
:: The Hidden Revolution ::
If you’re looking for the definition of anthemic then THR may well just be it

RETROSPECTIVE COLLECTIONS - 3 KEY RELEASES
30 September 2011 / CD Album Deluxe Sets
:: R.E.M. :: Throwing Muses :: Cockney Rejects ::
REM, The Cockney Rejects and Throwing Muses - one made the stadiums, another remains highly influential, the other almost forgotten - three important acts that helped define their own genre get the retrospective treatment...

WAW / PART 3
30 September 2011 / Promo / 4 Trk Download
:: We Are Willow ::
In this episode Chris Butler teams up with Sam Lench and the results are pretty stunning...

JOIN THE MERCHANT NAVY BABY
30 September 2011 / Massive Skull Records / 1 Trk CD & Download
:: We Are Sharks ::
We Are Sharks have just put themselves on the heavy map

SIRENS
30 September 2011 / Promo / 1 Trk CD & Download
:: The Slow Readers Club ::
Surely a tip for one of the best local tracks of the year

IN DUST
30 September 2011 / Leaf / 11 Trk CD
:: Roll The Dice ::
Headphone tripping guaranteed from this ethereal epic outfit

FLUX & LIMBO
30 September 2011 / !K7 /
:: Ash Mountain ::
Folky, countrified acoustica provides a moving, exceptional blurring of the genres

THE FEAR
30 September 2011 / Promo / 3 Trk CD / Download
:: The Rubys ::
Rubys' indie themes are channelled into a good cause...

SECRETS THAT DIDN’T HAPPEN
30 September 2011 / The Animal Farm / 10 Trk CD
:: Soma High ::
SOTON's unsigned strive for indie pop greatness - too many tracks but plenty of hope

SHOULDERS & GIANTS
30 September 2011 / Sister Jack / 10 Trk CD
:: Collapse Under The Empire ::
...there’s enough wonder at play, to easily lose yourself in a set of headphones

HARP AND A MONKEY
30 September 2011 / Full Time Hobby / 13 Trk CD
:: Harp And A Monkey ::
Could this be the best folk / low key album of the year ?

SONGS FROM THE BARLEY TEMPLE
30 September 2011 / Folk Police Recordings / 14 Trk CD
:: Rapunzel & Sedayne ::
This is the music that you won’t find in trendy city centre bars

WOAH WOAH, HEY HEY
30 September 2011 / Promo / Download
:: The Calimocho Club ::
This evolution of a rock n roll soul can still deliver swivel-hipped grooves that swerve into a battering-ram chorus

A CELLARFUL OF MUCK
30 September 2011 / Dirty Water Records / CD Album
:: Muck & The Mires ::
...a rock n roll quartet banging out classic garage pop as if stuck in Hamburg playing 24/7 to drunken sailors and creatures of the night intent on shuffling, bopping and jiving through to the break of day.

SONGS FROM THE UNDERBELLY PART 2
30 September 2011 / Eli Records / 14 Trk CD & Download
:: Vincent Black Lightning ::
A local punk legend takes a journey into the heart of rock n roll (and it's not John Robb)...

THIS DAY IS A GOOD ENOUGH DAY
30 September 2011 / Crocfingers Records / 11 Trk CDR
:: Prince Edward Island ::
Prince Edward Island pack in the surprises to the extent that you’re never really sure if a trumpet or fuzzy guitar are going to cut in

TEENAGE RAMPAGE
30 September 2011 / Epitah / 12 Trk CD
:: Dangerous ! ::
They’re from Australia and play rock music

FORECASTS EP
30 September 2011 / Function records / 6 Trk CD & Download
:: Planet Brain ::
A trio from NorthEast Italy who carve their rock out of chunks of both modern and prog fused rock

FIX THIS FIRE EP
30 September 2011 / 4 Trk CDR
:: Solko ::
Here the jazz is minimal and instead we should wander into the musical reference library looking for the shelf marked “eclectic”

GENERATION
30 September 2011 / Promo / Squealing Beagle Records / 2 Trk Free Download
:: Optional Wallace ::
Optionals seek a promised land and may well be looking down on it from a nearby hill..

INTERPLAY
30 September 2011 / Metamatic / 12 Trk CD
:: John Foxx :: [John Foxx And The Maths] ::
A hero, a collaboration and some synths make for another essential bookmark in the Foxx CV

PEEK-A-POOCH
30 September 2011 / Demo / 5 Trk CDR
:: Pooch ::
False starts, interruptions and a tongue in cheek approach to mentalist riffing

HEARTBREAK GIRL
30 September 2011 / Holy Are You Recordings / 2 Trk 7” Vinyl / Download
:: The Lucid Dream ::
The Lucid Dream are most definitely awake...or at least we are...

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