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DECEMBER-JANUARY SINGLES | MUSIC REVIEW

DECEMBER-JANUARY SINGLES | MUSIC REVIEW

ALIEN STADIUM **** Livin’ In Elizabethan Times (Double Six) Steve Mason, who used to be in the Beta Band, and Primal Scream’s Martin Duffy have collaborated on this pretty damn fine EP, which sounds like the BBC Radiophonic Workshop colliding with Scott Walker. The concept here seems to be something to do with inviting aliens […]

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NOVEMBER SINGLES | MUSIC REVIEW

NOVEMBER SINGLES | MUSIC REVIEW

AMOR **** Higher Moment / Amnesia (Night School) No real comedown from Amor, the Glasgow collection of heads whose last 12″ located its skewed piano disco halfway between the art school and Studio 54. Another two 13-minute workouts here, more fractured and distant for sure, but still blazing their excellent half-Buckfast, half-champagne path to glory. […]

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OCTOBER SINGLES | MUSIC REVIEW

OCTOBER SINGLES | MUSIC REVIEW

JANE WEAVER **** The Architect EP (Fire) Backed by a remix by her husband and Twisted Nerve label boss Andy Votel and a couple of fine unreleased tracks, The Architect is a perfect sub-four-minute encapsulation of this year’s sublime LP Modern Kosmology: a spaced-out yet pop-savvy Stereolab, all retro-futurist synths, propulsive drums and existential wonder. BW […]

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SEPTEMBER SINGLES | MUSIC REVIEW

SEPTEMBER SINGLES | MUSIC REVIEW

ADWAITH **** Lipstick Coch / Femme (Libertino) A step up from their more folk-based early singles, this double-A indicates why people are putting Adwaith in the ‘hot tip’ category. Lipstick Coch floats serenely, into a nice, almost dub outro, while Femme is the killer, a scabrous tearing apart of sexism that’s the more affecting for its wit […]

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AUGUST SINGLES | MUSIC REVIEW

AUGUST SINGLES | MUSIC REVIEW

LA FORME **** Birds In An Aviary (Libertino) Newport’s La Forme have returned with their most accessible slice of sophisticated pop thus far. Complete with Dave Gahan-style baritone, they have immersed themselves into the darker side of electro hinted at by their previous single Falling Leaves Pattern and the song captures the intensity of their rare […]

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JULY SINGLES | MUSIC REVIEW

JULY SINGLES | MUSIC REVIEW

ABI FLYNN *** Ambiguous (Tru Thoughts) If you haven’t already heard of Ms. Flynn, you will. The songstress wows with old-school and nu-soul sounds on her debut EP. She’s fab doing smoky jazz and r’n’b to boot with dub/hip-hop flavours. Having more material than just different versions of the three songs would have earned a […]

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JUNE SINGLES | MUSIC REVIEW

JUNE SINGLES | MUSIC REVIEW

CLÈMENTINE MARCH *** Les Étoiles À Ma Porte EP (Water Baby/Freaksville) Some pleasant hopscotching here, across musical styles and goegraphical boundaries. French Londoner March’s time spent in Brazil has lent her songs a louche warmth, a playful cool that tickles even as the title track moves from glassy Pink Floydisms to chugging Stereolab rock. Repeated […]

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MAY SINGLES | MUSIC REVIEW

MAY SINGLES | MUSIC REVIEW

ANI GLASS *** Ffrwydrad Tawel EP (Recordiau Neb) Translating as Quiet Explosion, this W H Dyfodol (Y Pencadlys)-produced EP is the next stage in Ani Saunders’ metamorphosis into an accomplished electronic artist. Last year’s excellent single Y Ddawns is included here and, along with Geiriau, provides the poppier angle of an otherwise experimental EP. BG HMS […]

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APRIL SINGLES | SINGLES REVIEW

APRIL SINGLES | SINGLES REVIEW

AMOR ***** Paradise / In Love An Arc (Night School) Fine Glasgow label releases fine questing disco record from bunch of moonlighting Glasgow mates. As much arthouse as dancefloor, both songs here push 14 minutes, with rubbery double bass, sporadic piano sunshine and Scottish weirdo hero Richard Youngs’ madly ecstatic vocals. Out of time, and […]

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MARCH SINGLES | MUSIC REVIEW

MARCH SINGLES | MUSIC REVIEW

BOXIA **** Colour Sequence (We Are The Brave) “Cardiff’s own Boxia!” exclaimed the subject header when this widescreen techno producer’s publicity department emailed Buzz. Which is odd, as I’ve turned up no other evidence of him actually living here. Music like this – the chunky bass and gospel samples of Black; the hi-hat heavy and […]