Reviews


Arctic Monkeys – Humbug (Domino) 24/08/2009

Humbug finds the Arctic Monkeys in a transitional period. They now sound like a band reassuringly confident in their own abilities and one that is still only just finding their own sound and musical direction.

Little Boots – Remedy (Atlantic) 17/08/2009

Hype can be a dangerous thing especially when you haven’t got the songs to back it up with. Already now on her second attempt at pop domination, hopefully it will be third time lucky.

Cymbals Eat Guitars – “…And The Hazy Sea” (Transparent) 17/08/2009

Expect to hear more from these New York boys, but any real breakthrough will need a much more focused approach.

Enter Shikari – No Sleep Tonight (Ambush Reality) 17/08/2009

“No Sleep Tonight” is a horrifying amalgam of every element that pisses you off about the whole faux-hardcore movement.

The Silent Years – Climb On My Back (Gift Music) 10/08/2009

Combing the meek vocals of the Arcade Fire with the garage fuzz of Weezer with just a hint of early Flaming Lips, think She Don’t use Jelly, ‘Climb on My Back’ is a vibrant lo-fi indie hit waiting to happen.

Julian Plenti – Julian Plenti is Skyscraper (Matador) 03/08/2009

It’s this pattern of building songs with orchestral elements and more classic Banks song-writing traits that flows throughout the whole album.

Red Light Company – Meccano (Lavolta) 17/08/09

This is not the time to be putting up Christmas trees, although it feels that way listening to Red Light Company’s Meccano intro

Bastila @ Proud Galleries, Camden 05/08/09

Despite the echoing, distant sound in the sound engineer’s nightmare that is Proud, they have the room in thrall with its beauty.

Florence and The Machine – Lungs (Island) 06/07/09

“Lungs” is a remarkable album; filled with emotion, artistry and power

My Tiger My Timing @ Cargo, 31/07/09

Combining electro synth with hints of reggae and steel pans, tune after tune made the crowd dance until it dropped.