Statues of Men – Before I Go

Occasionally, very occasionally, a record comes out with an absolutely outrageous, fiercely driving, fucking heavy guitar line that it makes you burst out in borderline-unhinged laughter, not because it’s silly funny but because it’s ridiculously incredible. Well, Statues of Men’s latest release ‘Before I Go’ had us doing just that. More than doing justice toContinue reading “Statues of Men – Before I Go”

Andrew Cushin – Just Like You’d Want Me To

We thought Newcastle lad Andrew Cushin’s career was destined for massive things when his third ever single release was produced by Noel Gallagher and he signed a record deal early on with Peter Doherty’s record label. As if just to round off that nosebleed-inducing level of endorsement, the singer-songwriter is currently finishing off a slewContinue reading “Andrew Cushin – Just Like You’d Want Me To”

Elli Glyn – Pretend

Let’s be honest, the warm summer nights are likely all behind us now, but if September does have a treat or two in store or you’re heading off to sunnier climes for a few days, you may have just stumbled across the perfect radiant soundtrack for some cocktails by the pool or a gin andContinue reading “Elli Glyn – Pretend”

Nory-J – Irrelevant, Benevolent

South coast solo artist Nory-J has mustered up the ideal tune to soundtrack the twilight of the summer. Using laid back jazzy beats and a relaxed melody, on ‘Irrelevant, Benevolent’ the dream pop singer-songwriter finds room to breathe easily after a relationship’s pointlessly tempestuous final scenes, creating something reassuringly peaceful out of drama. After exploringContinue reading “Nory-J – Irrelevant, Benevolent”

Sterling Press – What Would You Do?

No two ways about it, we’re in the middle of a Britpop resurgence, with the original players (Blur and Pulp) performing some historic reunions shows and the likes of Sports Team and The Goa Express taking inspiration for some incredible new singles. ‘What Would You Do?’ sees London chaps Sterling Press crashing the party inContinue reading “Sterling Press – What Would You Do?”

The View – Exorcism of Youth

Indie sleaze’s most erratic ragamuffins announced their reformation back in May this year with an event described as “a brotherly bust-up that went to far” as fists flew onstage in Manchester between frontman Kyle Falconer and bassist Kieran Webster, proving to their listening public that, spiritually, all as is the violently affectionate same as it’sContinue reading “The View – Exorcism of Youth”

Spector – The Notion

Clever, witty lyricism in alternative music is a neglected and underrated art in 2023, with wilfully indecipherable vocals often swamped in shoegaze feedback. We’re pretty damn thrilled, then, that Spector’s new single ‘The Notion’ has frontman Fred Macpherson on fine, dourly witty form, taking an introspective view of bottling up feelings and some weird, jarringContinue reading “Spector – The Notion”

Jaws The Shark – Waiting For Something

From ‘Waiting For Something’s first full-blown, rampaging, US grunge guitar bursts, it’s clear that we’re dealing with some intense, old school alt-rock here from London based solo artiste Jaws The Shark aka Olly Bailey. With all the sure-fire gusto of Foo Fighters at their college-rock finest, the singer-guitarist’s psalm to anticipation and falling prone toContinue reading “Jaws The Shark – Waiting For Something”

Pseudo Cool – Sharp’s Catching Waves

Sibling fronted Maesteg dirty pop professionals Pseudo Cool have been busy tinkering away in the studio and the first day-glo fruit of their punkish labour is their first release of 2023, ‘Sharp’s Catching Waves’, a strikingly effervescent tribute to Aberafan-born 1970s Welsh surfing heavyweight Linda Sharp. Surf pop and punk rock have been comfortable classmatesContinue reading “Pseudo Cool – Sharp’s Catching Waves”

Vona Vella – Vona Vella LP

A short moment after forming in August 2020, Nottinghamshire based duo Vona Vella launched their debut single, the blissed out, relaxed summer melody ‘Sun’. The record went swiftly viral, bolstered by a remix by ambient tunesters Morcheeba, an unimaginable feat for a group only just in their infancy. So where next to go after that?Continue reading “Vona Vella – Vona Vella LP”