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Outfit

01/08/2015

Slowness by Outfit (album)

Dwelling on themes of distance and separation, the second album from this Liverpudlian synth-pop five-piece is ethereal, sophisticated and compelling…
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J&MC Sleeve

31/07/2015

Live At Barrowlands by The Jesus & Mary Chain (Album)

To mark the 30th anniversary of ‘Psychocandy’, Jim and William Reid serve up this live version in deluxe boxset form…
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Young Burns by Fine, It's Pink (Single)

29/07/2015

Young Burns by Fine, It’s Pink (Single)

‘Young Burns’ sees the aptly named Romanian act Fine, It’s Pink engaging in melodic dreaminess that belies their psych-rock tag…
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The Classical Driveby

29/07/2015

Driveby by The Classical (Single)

On ‘Driveby’ The Classical do their very best to squeeze as little convention into the pop song format as possible…
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The Sewer Rats 'Money Maker' EP cover

28/07/2015

Money Maker by The Sewer Rats (EP)

On their debut EP, Grimsby three-piece The Sewer Rats have delivered a blistering and riff-heavy set of doom rock oney…
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'White Reaper Does It Again' album cover

27/07/2015

White Reaper Does It Again by White Reaper (Album)

White Reaper’s debut album is a spirited collection of garage punk songs which owes a debt to the genre’s past…
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Ordinary Noise 'You Are Here' single cover

20/07/2015

You Are Here by Ordinary Noise (Single)

The new single from Colchester’s Ordinary Noise weds atmospheric noise with a contemplative lyric and the results are impressive ou…
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Samantha Crain ‘Under Brand & Thorn & Tree’ LP cover

15/07/2015

Under Branch & Thorn & Tree by Samantha Crain (Album)

This beautifully crafted new album of intricate alt-country from singer-songwriter Samantha Crain is brimming with poignant tales of everyday life…
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Craig Finn 'Newmyer's Roof' single cover

14/07/2015

Newmyer’s Roof by Craig Finn (Single)

Inspired by his friend’s roof, from where he watched 9/11 unfold, Craig Finn’s new single somehow manages to remain hopeful…
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EZTV 'Calling Out' album cover

14/07/2015

Calling Out by EZTV (Album)

The Brooklyn trio, who once auditioned for Spiritualized, deliver a glorious debut long-player packed with warmth, melody and classic songwriting…
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Frankie & The Heartstrings 'Decency' album cover

11/07/2015

Decency by Frankie & The Heartstrings (Album)

Despite having its moments, the new album of garage rock from Frankie & The Heartstrings doesn’t quite deliver in full…
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F.O.E.S 'Antecedence' EP cover

07/07/2015

Antecedence by F.O.E.S (EP)

The ‘Antecedence’ EP keeps up F.O.E.S’ building momentum and sets their stall out as future stars of the alt-rock scene…
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Slow Riot 'City Of Culture' single cover

07/07/2015

City of Culture by Slow Riot (Single)

Rather than celebrating their home city’s status, Irish trio Slow Riot have instead come up with a deliciously withering putdown…
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Venice Trip 'Look Forward' EP cover

03/07/2015

Look Forward by Venice Trip (EP)

The new EP from psychedelic four-piece Venice Trip is proof that there’s still plenty of life left in the genre…
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Richard Thompson 'Still' album cover

02/07/2015

Still by Richard Thompson (Album)

With Jeff Tweedy at the production helm, Richard Thompson’s latest album proves that he’s got plenty of great music left…
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Nova Heart

02/07/2015

Lackluster No by Nova Heart (Single)

‘Lackluster No’ could just announce the arrival of a group who are already stars in a nation of 1.3 billion…
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Little May - Home

01/07/2015

Home by Little May (Single)

On their new single ‘Home’, the indie trio Little May display the potential to be chart dwellers of serious note…
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Lauren Peacock 'Euphonia' album cover

29/06/2015

Euphonia by Lauryn Peacock (Album)

‘Euphonia’, the new album from singer-songwriter Lauryn Peacock puts her mastery of arrangement and vivid songwriting to the very fore…
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The Gorgeous Chans – 'Marina And I' single cover

29/06/2015

Marina & I by The Gorgeous Chans (Single)

The debut single from The Gorgeous Chans pulses with tropical rhythms and will have you dancing long into the night…
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Lights Out by Black Surf

25/06/2015

Lights Out by Black Surf (Single)

On their brand new single ‘Lights Out’, indie-rock group Black Surf pay homage to one of grunge-pop’s most beloved songwriters…
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