Album Reviews

SBTRKT- SBTRKT (Young Turks / XL)

SBTRKT’s album is a rich, eclectic piece of music- that just missed out on a 2011 Mercury Prize Nomination. A damn good debut

Brilliant Colors – Again and Again (Sumberland Records)

They may not be delivering anything new, but they provide half an hour of chilled out girly rock, perfect for kicking back during the summer months

Shabazz Palaces – Black Up (Sub Pop)

Like Butler says in his opening verse ‘Don’t compare my beat with his’. There has never been a more truer statement as Shabazz Palaces are incomparable in 2011′s hip hop scene

The Horrors – Skying (XL Recordings)

Don’t get carried away with playing detective with the bands influences, just enjoy the record for what it is: true brilliance.

Junior Boys – It’s All True (Domino Records)

Junior Boys have sharpened their song writing and beat making skills yet again for another lively release.

Chad VanGaalen – Diaper Island (Sub Pop)

Diaper Island is Chad VanGaalen’s best release so far, as well as his most accessible, owing largely to its overall feeling of completeness

Washed Out – Within and Without (Weird World/Domino)

For the fans of chillwave and Washed Out’s earlier releases ‘Within and Without’ is a bolstered and
tightly mastered new album

Thomas Tantrum – Mad By Moonlight (Stranger Records)

Thomas Tantrum produced an instantly likeable slice of indie-pop, making this new outing a potential banana skin for the band this time around.

My Morning Jacket – Circuital (ATO Records)

My Morning Jacket return with their latest album, Circuital, which is the sixth release from the Kentucky band.

Battles – Gloss Drop (Warp Records)

Unfortunately they fail to mirror the success of the former with comparisons to their debut being few and far between.