July 28, 2015

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Raglans – White Lightning

Not about cider apparently.

Wouldn’t matter if it was, it’s about the guitars really. The guitars and the melodies and the cheery stop motion video that suddenly stops post guitar solo then starts again and the song gets bigger and more tuneful and happier and bigger again.

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July 28, 2015

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July 20, 2015

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Iain Morrison - Eas

The press release talks about Scottish music, talks about tradition, talks about building an album on the 'classical music of the highland bagpipes. Talks about lots of things that I'm clearly not going to like. At all. Then gives me something beautifully unclassifiable which I really, REALLY like. More to do with Bjork than Big Country (and I LIKE Big Country); haunting, mesmerising.

https://soundcloud.com/iain-morrison/eas-1

July 20, 2015

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Antun Opic - Shovel My Coal

Part German/part Croatian. Claims the new ep 'has nothing to do with Balkan music'. It probably doesn't. I'm not sure what music it has 'to do' with to be honest. Bit of jazz, bit of skiffle, bizarre French rant/rap in the middle. Django Reinhardt guitars, ragtime horns. Not folk, not jazz, not any genre as such. Just good. Having this.

https://soundcloud.com/antunopic/shovel-my-coal/s-NXfD3

July 20, 2015

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Du Blonde - Hunter

Think I did this a while back as a Soundcloud link. Definitely heard the track before. Liked it then, like it now. Du Blonde (we've definitely done this bit before) is Beth Jeans Houghton who used to trade AS Beth Jeans Houghton. Hunter is a classic slice of early 70s rock'n'soul; a big, impassioned ballad. It's here now with a video directed by the singer herself in magnificently evocative super 8.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XAaLg656xBA&feature=youtu.be

July 20, 2015

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White Reaper - White Reaper Does It Again

Speaking of doing it again. I've done this one before. (Make Me Wanna Die by White Reaper, that is). Covered this track in the past. Making no apologies for covering it once again as I like it as much now as I did then. Thrashing guitars, wonky keyboards and tons of balls. Cool as, basically. The album's out now, consider this a reminder.

https://soundcloud.com/polyvinyl-records/white-reaper-make-me-wanna-die-1

July 20, 2015

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Pete Gardiner - Idols

The press release had me at Pete's influences; Dylan, Cohen, Springsteen. It then befuddled (great word that) me with the revelation that he would be playing 'Total Access Live' alongside Lawson, Stereokicks, Dappy (DAPPY!!!! God almighty, is he still a thing?), Sarah Harding and many more. God knows what that audience is going to make of Pete Gardiner; he's far too good for them.

A classic Americana influenced singer songwriter with a Lloyd Cole feel to his writing and his band, all acoustic guitars and Hammond(ish) organs, the track Idols is a lovely meditation on just exactly how tatty society's obsession with shallow 'celebrities' is. What you've got here is a link to the entire Idols EP, out on 28th of August. And it's all absolutely smart.

https://soundcloud.com/eptracks/01-idols?in=eptracks/sets/idols-ep

July 20, 2015

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Mark Morris - Lucretia (My Reflection)

Well, *obviously* it's not a coincidence. Obviously he hasn't somehow stumbled across just happening to use the same title as a Sisters Of Mercy track, especially not a title like that. It's a cover. Obviously it's a cover. It's a wonderfully odd choice to cover yet The Bluetones' Mark Morris has managed to uncover a beating pop heart at the centre of the Sisters' original doom laden, reverb soaked masterpiece, putting an upbeat positivity into the track that Eldritch and co possibly never envisaged. Still kept the black leather gloves and aviator shades from the original though. Preserving the vibe.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p8Zt8hMl-No

Just one gem from his 'The Taste of Mark Morris' album out on Acid Jazz on July 31st. Look at the track listing below and ask yourself 'why wouldn't I want this?' This Pullover (originally by Jess Conrad) Rock & Roll Woman (originally by Buffalo Springfield) Souvenir (originally by OMD) Self Control (originally by Laura Branigan) Duchess (originally by Scott Walker) You Are My Friend (originally by Rain Parade) Lucretia (My Reflection) (originally by Sisters of Mercy) Angel (originally by Madonna) Almost Gold (originally by Jesus & Mary Chain) Don’t Let Go (originally by Weezer) Love Comes Quickly (originally by The Pet Shops Boys) Good Archives (originally by REM)

July 20, 2015

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Happy Diving - My Zone

Another band we've talked about before. Covered their 'So Bunted' track. Didn't know what it meant but liked it. Like this as well. From the same ep. Suitably filthy guitars, grunge-esque vocals, drums that seem to want the song to stop behaving itself and follow them. All sounding (gloriously) like it was recorded on a budget of slightly less than you're going to spend on lunch today and out of here in just over two minutes. We approve. Again.

https://soundcloud.com/topshelfrecords/happy-diving-my-zone

July 20, 2015

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Toe - The World According To

Genuinely didn't know what to expect from a predominantly instrumental Japanese band onto their third album ('Hear You' out on 28th August) but it wasn't this. Think I was expecting metal, expecting noise. Wasn't expecting to like it. This is lovely. Gorgeously grooving jazz/funk drumming with dextrous, weaving, enchanting acoustically toned guitar work over the top. Not even trying to give this one a genre, just enjoying it.

https://soundcloud.com/topshelfrecords/toe-the-world-according-to