Dan Sartain – Too Tough To Live (One Little Indian)

Dan Sartain has only been with One Little Indian for a short time now, but it’s been enough time to make an impact.

First Aid Kit – The Lion’s Roar (Wichita)

First Aid Kit have incredible voices, but this is not enough to save an album where everything else is so forgettable.

Tribes – Baby (Island)

Having been championed for some time by various music outlets, Tribes have finally released their eagerly anticipated debut album, Baby.

Casiokids – Aabenbaringen Over Aaskammen (Moshi Moshi)

The band have an album which brightens up the month with a flurry of songs which are like colourful, synthy fireworks

Guided By Voices – Let’s Go Eat the Factory (Fire)

This is pretty much what anyone would expect from a comeback album, no new tricks but plenty of their old magic like

Cloud Nothings – Attack on Memory (Carpark)

Judging from this record, growing up is a pretty painful affair. If it produces art this good, I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Islet – Illuminated People (Turnstile)

‘Illuminated People’ serves like a manual on how to make great experimental music delivered by the new masters of the craft, Islet.

Seekae – +Dome (Rice Is Nice)

If this album remained ‘underground’, strictly for the ears of the coolest ‘sound foragers’ then that would be a crying shame

The Collectable Few @ The Borderline, London 03/12/11

The Collectable Few had the legion of fangirl ladies bouncing from the off with their pulsating rhythms and 80s funk/pop guitar

Pinkunoizu @ The Lexington, London 28/11/11

Seeing Pinkunoizu was like being in a bizarre dream – the same, strange musical phrases kept repeating, while the crowd looked on, transfixed like statues.