The War On Drugs – Slave Ambient (Secretly Canadian)

The band seem so confident and comfortable it feels like their 8th comeback album rather than their second ‘proper’ album.

Tribes – Sappho (Island Records)

Delving deep into the history books for inspiration Sappho is based on a Greek lesbian with a reputation for frolicking with fellow islanders

Toddla T – Watch Me Dance (Ninja Tune)

It seems like this release doesn’t really live up to the ambitiousness it set out to when it was at the building blocks stage.

Jay-Z & Kanye West – Watch The Throne (Def Jam Recordings/Roc-A-Fella/Roc Nation)

Ye & Hova go large. With no apologies.

The Drums – Portamento (Moshi Moshi/Island)

While the sound remains familiar enough for exisiting fans to warm their toes in they also show signs or growing and developing as a band

I Break Horses – Hearts (Bella Union)

‘Hearts’ is a joy of a listen that you don’t want to let go, its captivating, gorgeous and even film-like
at times.

Hyde & Beast – The Social, London 17/08/2011

Hyde & Beast offer a pocket full of laid back songs from their debut album ‘Slow Down’; a solid group of gentle psychedelic blues pop tracks

Young The Giant – Young The Giant (Roadrunner Records)

Despite the faults, if their debut album is anything to go by then one thing is clear; Young The Giant have potential.

Summer Sundae Weekender 2011 – De Montfort Hall & Gardens, Leicester

The friendly atmosphere and eclectic line up always adds up to a thoroughly enjoyable weekend.

Wooden Shjips- West (Thrill Jockey)

Echoing the likes of greats such as The Doors and Neil Young, the five-piece’s latest record is a psychedelic journey of classic rock