• Irene : Apple Bay

     Irene are roughly eleven Swedes that throw it all the way back to the early '60s with a sound that's like Frank Sinatra meets The Shirelles.  Heavy crooning by Bobby and sweet melodies from Nancy produce a charming dynamic over a happy, old school...

  • Union of Knives : Violence & Birdsong

    This ominous electro-rock trio from Glasgow has released a debut of danceable mechanization and robotic crooning in the vein of Massive Attack and Death By Vegas that's wired top to bottom.  As a tribute to life's "dark beauty", Violence & Birdsong, their vocals roll like...

  • Beck : The Information

     Beck must've been sitting on a ton of ideas since Guero.  His new album, The Information, is fifteen tracks of some of his most disparate material, anywhere from starry chillpop to jangly party sing-a-longs to ripped-up, whiteboy hip-hop.  

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  • The Early Years : The Early Years

    New krautrock specialists, The Early Years, are blowing fresh air into the post-rock balloon with intimate mechanics and lulling vocals that are almost catchy and definitely memorable.  Out of London, these relatively new signees to Beggars Banquet drop their self-titled debut packed full of addictive,...

  • The Bluetones : The Bluetones

    The new, self-titled Bluetones' album drops in October, and it's another in a fine line of lite Britpop.  It features a sound that's held up solidly over the last decade, featuring Mark Morriss' signature, tinny vocals and a cool, mid-tempo swing.  

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  • Bent : Intercept!

     Bent's fourth album, Intercept!, picks up after Ariels and further masters their blend of eccentric chillout and ethereal house.  The secret ingredient is an unconventional lushness from the duo's signature background effects and array of beats.  The tag team of Nail Tolliday and...

  • Nicky Wire : I Killed The Zeitgeist

     The first solo album by Manic Street Preachers bassist Nicky Wire, I Killed The Zeitgeist  shows off the lyrical talent that has gained him so much notoreity as part of the Manics.  Known as being the mellow one of the group, his album reflects...

  • Now It’s Overhead : Dark Light Daybreak

    Like a prairie storm rolling through, Now It's Overhead's new release, Dark Light Daybreak, taps Andy LeMaster's extensive production talents to spawn a robust drencher of an album.  LeMaster, a touted engineer and multi-instrumentalist teamed up with members of Azure Ray and drummer Chad Leverett...

  • The Legends : Facts And Figures

    Facts and Figures is sugary, crystalline IDM by way of Swedish electronicians, The Legends.  The nine or so members of the group have refined an album saturated by arpeggiations remniscient of New Order.  But a lot more child-like.   

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