Male Bonding @ The Garage, London 17/10/11

It took a while to get going, but Male Bonding’s performance was solid overall, and remarkable towards the end

Chase & Status @ Brixton O2 Academy, 14/10/2011

MC Rage: “Brixton, I wanna see f–king carnage” pretty much sums it up

S.C.U.M. – Again Into Eyes (Mute)

Again Into Eyes is bordering on sheer brilliance, but there is a definite feel that there is still so much potential for the band to be even greater

Spank Rock – Everything Is Boring & Everyone Is A Fucking Liar

Juwon is still serving it to listeners in that crazy sexy cool manner of his. It’s just the plate that its served on is a bit too clean and regular.

The Subways – We Don’t Need Money to Have a Good Time

The Subways fail to disappear, as soon as they think they have vanished, they jump out of the radio screaming “bla bla bla”.

Is Tropical @ The Bodega, Nottingham 23/09/11

Is Tropical played their cloaked hearts out to a thrashing crowd, true to form as ever

Active Child – You Are All I See (Vagrant)

Active Child is devilishly impressive as he’s made an album which pretty much sums up all current musical sub genres of 2011.

The Subways – Money and Celebrity (Cooking Vinyl)

In some places solid, in others throwaway but oddly enough always displaying an engaging brand of rock, it should appeal to fans and diehards

Howling Bells – The Loudest Engine (Cooking Vinyl)

The world may be full of rock bands, but few can boast a kick-ass female lead singer who delivers great vocals with an awesome band

The Kooks – Junk Of The Heart (Virgin)

The main focus to this album seems to be on delivering rhythm and melody with strong sing-a-long choruses that will surely please the festival circuit