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Review: Swim Deep - Where the Heaven Are We

Posted by Christopher Ratcliff at 11:01 on 07 Aug 2013
Swim Deep - Where the Heaven Are We
They're your friend's band. Your friend's band that you have to like and that you have to go see, regularly and against your own better judgement.

Review: Pet Shop Boys - Electric

Posted by Christopher Ratcliff at 14:29 on 17 Jul 2013
Pet Shop Boys - Electric
With its super HI-NRG dance beats targeted straight at the dance floor and a lyrical archness that allows Neil Tennant to comfortably slip references to schadenfreude and Tony Benn into a pop song, Tennant and Chris Lowe are, after 12 albums, at the very top of their Pet Shop Boyishness and have therefore progressed incredibly far from the masterful chamber-pop of their earliest albums.

Review: Daughn Gibson - Me Moan

Posted by Christopher Ratcliff at 16:27 on 12 Jul 2013
Daughn Gibson - Me Moan
With a voice that's pitched between 'about to throw up' and 'having just thrown up', the Sub Pop signed Pennsylvanian Daughn Gibson is a hard sell, but we'll damn well try anyway...

Review: CocoRosie - Tales of a GrassWidow

Posted by Christopher Ratcliff at 16:46 on 29 May 2013
CocoRosie - Tales of a GrassWidow
When my demise comes - whether it be at the hands of a crazed She & Him fan wielding a shovel to the back of my head or with Darwin Deez's spindly figures wrapped around my throat - the biggest surprise will be finding out that CocoRosie preside over the afterlife, as they posit here on their fifth album, Tales of a GrassWidow.

Review: She & Him - Volume 3

Posted by Christopher Ratcliff at 16:32 on 16 May 2013
She & Him - Volume 3
To be enjoyed while splattering Michael - your newly-wed husband - with paint whilst decorating the living room of your newly purchased maisonette.

Review: Neon Neon - Praxis Makes Perfect

Posted by Christopher Ratcliff at 15:46 on 03 May 2013
Neon Neon - Praxis Makes Perfect
A conversation between two semi-obscure historical figures, one being Italian activist & publisher Giangiacomo Feltrinelli, the biographical subject of Neon Neon's 2nd album Praxis Makes Perfect. The other being Mr John Delorean, the subject of Neon Neon's previous album Stainless Style. He invented the Delorean.

Review: Paramore – Paramore

Posted by Christopher Ratcliff at 23:09 on 11 Apr 2013
Paramore – Paramore
It’s the Spring of 1986. Madonna has just released Papa Don’t Preach…

Review: Autechre – Exai

Posted by Christopher Ratcliff at 16:27 on 08 Mar 2013
Autechre – Exai
After 11 albums, countless EPs, collaborations and side-projects both secret & solo, Autechre are extremely close to being called the mega-stars of experimental electronica - if that were at all possible in this most challenging of all sub-genres. Heaven knows it's beyond me, I just gave Kate Nash a good review! So as not to appear arrogant in assuming that I can appreciate all music and review it fairly, I have enlisted the help of an expert in order to help me understand the complex mechanics of Autechre's latest album Exai.

Review: Matmos – The Marriage of True Minds

Posted by Christopher Ratcliff at 13:48 on 22 Feb 2013
Matmos – The Marriage of True Minds
Here is a ‘live’ description of exactly what it feels like to listen to experimental electronic duo Matmos‘s ninth album, The Marriage of True Minds, from start to finish. Go:

Review: Darwin Deez - Songs for Imaginative People

Posted by Christopher Ratcliff at 16:24 on 13 Feb 2013
Darwin Deez - Songs for Imaginative People
Employing the useful trick of flattery to fool you into buying his album is only the surface of many layers of deceit at work on Songs for Imaginative People. Darwin Deez is the trickster devil and is not to be trusted. Sure enough, everything about him seems bright and breezy but nobody's that happy really. Something else is going on underneath all that joyful exuberance. Something dark. Something sinister. Something evil. But don't you worry, I'll uncover the truth. I'll unmask this villain so the world can see his true face. His twisted, evil, cynical, arch-eyebrowed, moustache-twirling face. There's proof of his meddling somewhere, I'm sure of it.