Staff picks

Staff Picks

This week

Where Will We Go, Pt. 1 (2014) by Nick Hakim

“Silky-smooth, soulful, finely-crafted and very laid-back debut from Brooklyn-based singer songwriter Nick Hakim. This EP has a blurry, hazy, misted-up feel that I can’t get enough of.” Sam Gething

Route One or Die (2011) by Three Trapped Tigers

“Like early Warp records electronica, but played by a band of three.” Nigel Smith

Deixa (Drumagick Remixes) (2014) by Da Lata

“By far the best Brazil-related initiative anyone English has been involved with this summer. Sao Paulo’s own Drumagick bring their drum & bass vibes to this track from the (mostly) English group.” James Kelly

Seven Dials (2014) by Roddy Frame

“Good ‘ol Aztec Camera man Roddy can still compose beautiful songs, brimming with heartache and joy. His fourth solo is another little gem.” Gunnar Larsén


Last 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


The week before 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 that

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


And so on...

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