Staff picks

Staff Picks

This week

Some Heavy Ocean (2014) by Emma Ruth Rundle

“Does the “country music being played in the devil’s own cave” just as well as Mazzy Star at their finest or Cortney Tidwell on her debut, then adds some sturm und drang.” Ian Bell

Liminal (2014) by The Acid

“Blending bowel-shuddering bass music with indie-rock introspection, Liminal is a claustrophobic and compelling debut.” Gemma Samways

Arular (2005) by M.I.A.

“What you want? Bucky done gun, Get crackin’, Get get crackin’!” Sharri Morris

Greatest Hits (2001) by Shabba Ranks

“One word... SHABBA!” Tom Traves

Last week

Just Tell Me That You Want Me: A Tribute To Fleetwood Mac (2012) by Various Artists

“Discovered this tribute album recently and have been hooked since. Lykke Li’s cover of ‘Silver Springs’ is perfect, Best Coast and Haim sound amazing, and every single artist adds their own sound to Fleetwood Mac’s back catalogue.” Ruth Cheong

This is the Second Album of a band called Adebisi Shank (2011) by Adebisi Shank

“Really looking forward to the new album from this band, out next month on Sargent House. Video game-tinged math-rock.” Nigel Smith

Playgroup (2012) by Playgroup

“Electroclash loveliness from 2002.” James Thompson

Inventions (2014) by Inventions

“Majestic ambient music by Explosions in the Sky and Eluvium band members Mark Smith and Matthew Cooper. A great soundtrack for your work day.” Ling Khor

The week before last week

Liliput (2xCD) (2009) by Kleenex/Liliput

“Head back to the 70s and listen to some foot-stomping, exuberant, thrashy, post-punk. There’s a massive 46 tracks on this compilation so 'Hedi’s Head' would be a good place to start! Check out Delta 5 and The Slits for extra credit, and turn it up loud.” Sam Gething

Is This It (2001) by The Strokes

“I revisited this album this week for the first time in about five years and it is still every bit as good as I remember.” James Wheatley

Loving Touch EP (2014) by Fracture

“Fracture has really stepped up since incorporating elements of footwork into his junglist style. 'Loving Touch' samples a classic diva vocal from Ralphi Rosario’s ‘You Used To Hold Me’ and juxtaposes it against a dark, grotty Reese Bass, with drums flickering between classic D&B breaks and manic, footwork 808 workouts. Another essential release from dBridge’s Exit Records.” Dan Smith

Demo (2014) by Deers

“This debut from Madrid-based Deers is an irresistible blend of early Velvets, The Crystals and 60s bubblegum pop. Messy, sloppy, at times out of tune, but with more than enough attitude to pull it off.” Stephen Somerville

The week before that

Down In Albion (2005) by Babyshambles

“Say what you want about Doherty, the guy’s a poet and a great songwriter. Even if ‘F**k Forever’ may seem a tad crude and straight to the point, it’s an all-time favourite of mine.” Rachel Atkins

Bright Fire (2014) by The Honey Trees

“Serious and sweet. Calm and cool. Acoustic and alternative. And a little playful as well.” Gunnar Larsén

The Beast (2003) by The Panacea

“Celebrate summertime by playing the flipside of this 90s ‘ardcore-referencing drum and bass tune by Panacea at high volume. Almost comedic in its intensity; guaranteed maximum annoyance.” Matt Gray

Amphetamine Ballads (2014) by The Amazing Snakeheads

“Nasty, gnarled, voodoo blues, reminiscent of The Gun Club and The Birthday Party, only from Glasgow. Currently supporting Jack White.” Stephen Somerville

And so on...

You're A Woman, I'm A Machine (2005) by Death From Above 1979

“I’m flagging this gem up because I can’t believe it’s nearing its 10th year since release. Part of me wonders what I’ve been doing with my life since 2004, and then I remember: oh yeah, I’ve been listening to this. Dark, unpredictable, sweaty and primal, it’s the Dexter of music and definitely worth a spin to celebrate the fact DFA 1979 are FINALLY releasing a follow-up this September.” Karen Bevan

Cavalo (2014) by Rodrigo Amarante

“A very diverse album by the Brazilian singer/songwriter, spanning various musical traditions and strategically woven together by lyrics in Portuguese, French and English (plus some Japanese on ‘Cavalo’). Combining introspective João Gilberto moments and Tropicalia flavours with songs reminiscent of Devendra Banhart or Andrew Bird, this feels like a compilation you’d receive from a dear friend, or early crush.” Mia Filisch

Batman (Explicit Content – Parental Advisory) (2013) by Prince

“Such a great soundtrack. Check the video for ‘Batdance’ – it features some supreme Prince insanity, guitar solos and the set-up for the best movie quote ever: ‘And where is the Batman? He’s at home, washing his tights!’” Phil Quigley

I Shall Die Here (2014) by The Body

“Is it doom metal or is it some kind of bleak electronica? Doesn’t really matter: this is like the soundtrack to one of the most intense thrillers that never existed.” Dan Smith