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ROUNDUP :: Other Releases To The 18th May 2009
:: Tiga :: Sam Isaac :: Ane Brun :: The Penny Black remedy :: Wall Street Riots :: Nate Campany & The Serenade :: Terry Lynn :: Spector :: Cake :: William Orbit :: Daniel Merriweather ::
18 May 2009 / No Label Required / Various Formats
By Emily Slowlie

Wall Street Riots – PLAYGROUND POLITICS – 4 Trk CD – White Label
www.myspace.com/wallstreetriots
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This is the debut from London’s Wall Street Riots and it’s an impressive rock attack that unites hard hitting indie disco with full on post-punk EMO. Four tracks of highly energetic and well written, exciting guitar based punches, provide a very satisfying reason to shake your head wildly.

MMMM


The Penny Black Remedy – NO ONE’S FAULT BUT YOUR OWN – 10 Trk CD - Soundinista
www.thepennyblackremedy.com
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TPBR announce their first album with a display of MOR ska and gypsy folk. Whilst there are some wild(ish) moments, “No One’s fault But Your Own” focuses on its refinement rather than any gritty sense of rebellion.

MM ½


Nate Campany & The Serenade – THE ONLY BRIDGE I NEED – 4 Trk CD - LoJinx
www.helpnate.com
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Nate Campany is from Brixton, but immediately he reminds me of Manchester’s Cherry Ghost. This EP is built on a convincing rendition of modern country mingled with contemporary guitar effects and attractive Brit-styled indie folk.

MMM ½


Ane Brun – THE PUZZLE – 1 Trk CD – Determine
www.anebrun.com
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Brun’s eclectic vocals and folkish arpeggios somehow evoke a vision that blurs the distinction between Dolly Parton and Enya. “The Puzzle” is an intriguing musical proposition but it’s the vibrato voice and the ghostly ambience that provide the most curious of moods.

MMM


Broken Records – UNTIL THE EARTH BEGINS TO PART – 10 Trk CD – 4AD
www.brokeenrecordsband.com
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I must admit that I’ve struggled with this Scottish group’s output but their debut album is definitely a strident outing. It’s the vocals that straddle the songs of both the Bunnymen and Arcade Fire, but with just a little bit too much enthusiasm that seems to overwhelm the experience, but ultimately there’s no real sense that they’re about to unleash a classic..

MM ½


Terry Lynn – KINGSTIN LOGIC 2.0 – 12 Trk CD – Phred
www.kingsstonlogic.com
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A fresh sounding combination of electro, dance, dub and synth burbles from Terry Lynn. Lynn is from Jamaica and whilst she has a real heritage, there are also moments of pleasant grinding sequencing. Best of all is Lynn’s gift of presenting a kind of cultural tour through her experiences not just of urban life, but of friends and family.

MMM ½


Spector – THERE SHE GOES – 2 Trk CD – Demo
www.myspace.com/spectors1
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“If you like The Rose and The Charlatans you’ll like Spectors..” . The Shoreditch actually do sound like them and “There She Goes” is a pretty decent tune – I don’t know if that is or should be a problem – it’s definitely not “Indian Rope” or “Waterfall” though…nice try

MMM


Cake – MOTORCADE OF GENEROSITY / B-SIDES & RARITIES – 11 Trk CD / 17 Trk CD - Upbeat
www.cakemusic.com
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First up a re-issue of Cake’s 1994 debut “Motorcade of Generosity” - this introduction to their off-key, energetically fuelled early days is the result of a band trying to unlock their sound.

“B-Sides & Rarities” is an album full of covers, live versions and a couple of their own non-album tracks, brimming with quirky, instantly catchy outings from their back catalogue.

MMM ½


William Orbit – MY ORACLE LIVES UPTOWN – 12 Trk CD- Guerilla Studios
www.williamorbit.com
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It appears that Orbit doesn’t need a major label, but one result is the rubbish packaging on this latest outing. A shame as it hides some impressive artwork. However he gets the last laugh as this outstanding example of his compositions is crammed with ambience, smart synth drenched hooklines and well – you get it - the man’s a bit of a genius really…

MMMM


Sam Isaacs – BEARS – 12 Trk CD – 14th Floor
www.samisaac.co.uk
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From Big Scary Monsters to the Alcopop label, Issacs is given some real opportunities at 14th Floor with a big sounding production to elevate his post-EMO singer / songwriter material yet further. Part Get cape part Liam Frost, this is a genuinely pleasant listen.

MMM


Daniel Merriweather – RED – 1 Trk CD - Columbia
www.daneilmerriweather.com
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Stevie Wonder – oops, I mean Daniel Merriweather, continues to charm his way into the hearts of young women everywhere. Sadly, it sounds more like the result of X-Factor or Fame Academy honed into a boy band outing. There is a sense of accomplishment, but the tune seems so in tune with the sickly sweet sensation of the top ten, it’s almost ridiculous.

MM


Tiga – SHOES – 4 trk Remix CD – Wall Of Sound
www.wallofsound.net
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Oh no – this is some sort of spoken word, cheesy series of super hip narratives, talked over like a bad Pet Shop Boys on top of some simplistic programmed beats and blips. Yuk.

M




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