ORGAN THING: List time, our top albums of 2022, who made it? Uto, Cheer Accident, Miraculous Mule, Extra Life, Black Midi? That one eyed horse? Wovenhand? Who?

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End of the year list of best albums time (the year has actually ended now, we do like to wait, never can understand those publications that publish their lists at the start of December when good albums are still coming out). Here then are the best of the albums that passed our way in 2022, we can’t claim to have listened to everything, of course we can’t, but we have listened to more than a few over the last twelve music-packed months and well, here we are, the best of what we encountered…    

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1: Les Secrètes SessionsSecrete session Dur et Doux (Dur et Doux) – Everything about this album is brilliant, the way it was made, the different line ups, the concept, the nerve of it all, the videos, the humanity, the result, This is a beautiful album that records a gathering on quite a few bands who all revolve and evolve around the wonderfully vital Dur et Doux label. A whole load of band menber swaping and almost an orgy of music making is what this glorious album is, different combinations of people from the Dur et Doux family for each exciting trackrecorded over a three day session – Les Secrètes Sessions, The Dur et Doux family and three days of wonderful experimental high level musical creativity…

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2: Miraculous Mule – Old Bones, New Fire (Lightning Archive/Juke Joint 500) – I guess the easiest thing for Miraculous Mule to do, almost the obvious thing surely? Would have been for the three of them to just get in a studio and bang out another garage album, the previous releases have all been rather well received by those in the know, raved and drooled over by some of us and rightly so, surely all they needed was to get in the studio, fire it up and there it would be, the magic, the chemistry, the soul, easy, the Mule could do it in their sleep. But this is why they’re so damn good and this is why this album review is so damn difficult to write, this will be the eighth or ninth time I’ve tried to start it now. You see, I really don’t want to have to think about it that much, I don’t want analysis it, stack it up, pull it down, explain any of it, I just want to play it like I have been doing pretty much non-stop for the last two or three weeks now…. And then there were four, the new Miraculous Mule album, Old Bones, New Fire indeed, this is special…

3: Extra Life – Secular Works Vol.2 (Last Things) – The return album, an unexpected return from Extra Life, back there in the Summer, no fanfare, no warning, we did celebrate the news at the time, we never did get around to properly reviewing the new album back there and now here we are in the… That unexpected return of Extra Life back in the Summer with a glowing new album and those UK and European live dates that are coming up in January…

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4: Cheer Accident – Here Comes The Sunset (SkinGraft Records) – Disclaimer: Don’t read this review, just wait for the album, this review is full  of spoilers, under no circumstances should you read on. A first listen to the new album then, Cheer Accident can do this kind of thing, Cheer Accident can do what ever the hell they want, well that seems to have been their attitude along the way (got to love their attitude). The third track, a thing called Dream Police sounds like classic… Cheer Accident’s new album – oh look, if you already know then you know, if you don’t then you really should. Here Comes The Sunset cranks up the prog and a whole lot more (again)

5: Black Midi – Hellfire (Rough Trade Records) – What’s so good about black midi?  In a sentence: they’re unique. Genuinely unique, so much so that comparisons and pointers have to be constructed from a basket of absurd, incongruous other bands and artistes.  But let’s start with what’s there anyway: deft heaviness, chunks and slabs of not entirely obvious melody… black midi bring on the Hellfire and every song is a preposterous, vivid, magnificent, confusing, wilful expression…

6: UTOTouch The Lock (InFiné) – Touch The Lock is seductive, it sounds clever, it sounds like perfect pop music, very clever pop music – adventurous, challenging, alive, fresh, new, intriguing. It sounds like that intriguing French girl you meet at an art gallery or that painter who demands you look a little closer at the things that at first appear simple. There’s a closing song on here, Full Presence, that might just be the song of this year, a song that starts like it intends to quietly leave us feeling content with everything we’ve already heard on this fine fine album, until that moment some two minutes and twenty seconds in when it just blossoms and lifts everything in such a perfectly positive way – Well we have been sitting on this rather beautiful new UTO album, Touch The Lock, for a couple of weeks or more now…

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7: Death Pill – The fact that they even managed to make an album this year should be enough to make them band of the year! We got to know the no-messing punk rock trio back in February 2022, alasit was Putin’s cowardly invansion of Ukraine that brough the thtee girls our way and we’ve been tracking them (and worrying about them) ever since. The demos were delciously raw, dripping with attitude, a kind of hardcore punk riot grrrrl flavouted stew that said so so much eve nif we didn’t quite understand what they were actually saying most of the time. Somehow during all the crap that’s been falling on Kyiv, they managed to make album and what we’ve heard of it so far makes it one of the albums of 2022. The self titled album is due out in late February 2023, I expect it wil lfure in next year’s album run down all being well. We have nothing but admiration, their defiance is to be celebrated, and hey, if they’d been from Hackney or Brooklyn or somewhere in New Zealand we’d stil lbe shouting about tem because Death pill are a damn fine band. More here – – Kyiv’s defiant hardcore punks Death Pill announce their debut album,

7 and a bit: SissyfitResist – Sabotage – Disrupt – This is ten vital minutes of beautiful hardcore in your face no messing urgently thrashing punk rock tantrum throwing brilliance. This really does bring on a whole riot of resistance, sabotage and a whole glorious bag load of healthy disruption- Sissyfit, one more blast, one more gloriously confrontational punk rock blast before the year ends…

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=8: The Flying Luttenbachers – Terror Iridescence (GOD Records/uG Explore) – Did we or did we not? Appears not? Could have sworn we did, we nearly let this one pass us by, keeping up with Weasel Walter is never easy! Terror Iridescence is a 43 minute two track Flying Luttenbachers album that came out earlier… Terror Iridescence? This time the New York version of The Flying Luttenbachers are really playing with us…

=8: Deadly Orgone Radiation  – Desecration Of Form – (ugEXPLODE) – There is a particular chemistry running through this excellent Deadly Orgone Radiation coming together, of course with the trio involved you kind of expected it to be good (is there anything better than an Alex Ward soundcheck?). Love the way Wessel Walter’s colour is anchoring down Alex and James here, love the control exercised, the way it is all grounded when it so easily could have been a.. the new Deadly Orgone Radiation release, featuring Alex Ward and James Sedwards, is almost soothing in that way spontaneous hard-lined no wave skronk can be… 

=8: Vomitatrix Vomitatrix (ugEXPLODE)- We have warned you about this before, Vomitatrix is the name of the band, the album is out now, once again you can consider this a public service, here’s what someone from UGExplode said, “I’m just going to say four names: Gyna Bootleg, Weasel Walter, Tim Dahl, Rick Eye. That should be sufficient, but I’ll just add that Morbid Florist lives on through this potent debut of ridic dada acid grind” – The further painterly adventures of Weasel Walter, the Vomitatrix album is out…

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9: Ghost Car – Truly Trash (OLI) – Today is a good day for today is Ghost Car debut album release day and, as those of you who have been paying attention will know,  some of us around here are fast becoming Ghost Car Addicts. I love this band, I love their their energy, their attitude, their forward looking punk rock brightness, their songs (oh yes, they have songs, plenty of songs), their many layers of energy, their brilliant whit. There’s whole onion skin layers of drive an energy and attitude to peel back here, they’ve got ‘it’ – Ghost Car’s debut album, just go go go, truly trashy, brilliant, thrilliant, vital, power to them, I love this band!

10: Poly-Math – The latest Poly-Math album, Zenith, came out in mid November 2022 (on NWFA Records), Zenith is a brooding monster of an album that takes in all kinds of progressively angular flavours in with the Van Der Graaf meets Meshuggah via King Crimson-ness of it all. Zenith is a monster in the best possible sense, big walls of interweaving instrumental sound, no vocals but the addition of a saxophone give the whole thing such strong voice. This is the band’s fourth album, they’ve all been good, but, as we already said in… read more

11: Bess of Bedlam Dance Until The Crimes End (Dur et Doux) – Bess of Bedlam, the rather beautiful duo from Lyon, France, made up of Fanny L’Héritier and Guillaume Médioni, both members of the rather wonderful Odessey and Oracle, released a rather glowing album back at the start of Summer…

12: Mikado Koko – Songs To Our Other Selves (Caliban Sounds) – “Japanese outsider poet and producer, Mikado Koko, presents a new album on Caliban Sounds in association with One Little Independent Records, ‘To Our Other Selves’. The album is an exploration and continuation of Penny Rimbaud’s classic fifty track album ‘Acts of Love’, released in 1984” – Mikado Koko’s Songs To Our Other Selves, a gloriously avant garde reworking of Penny Rimbaud’s Acts of Love…

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13: Wovenhand – Silver Sash (Glitterhouse) – There’s a dark brooding drive to the latest Wovenhand album, maybe if Scott Walker had taken on a (not so obvious) brand of slightly alternative hard rock? There’s a warm way with words here, Silver Sash is a little more than the background music that most things ultimately are, this is a rich album, an album that makes demands of the listener, the words crave your attention as does the warm music… Wovenhand’s Silver Sash, a proper album, a rich album that needs holding, studying, admiring. Proper.

14: Knekklectric – Alt blir verre (Apollon Records) – This one kind of quietly sneaks in, you’re kind of enjoying it, thinking to yourself, yes, this is rather nice, this is enjoyable, this is smooth, clever, this will more than do without really noticing that they suddenly have you soaring, that they lift you right up there, thast they’ve taken you on several glorious flights. Knekklectric are from Bergen, Norway, they’re very very There’s a delight to Knekklectric and their cleverly complex sound, a delight to their very easy on the ear progressive rock…

15: Martin Bisi – Feral Myths (Black Freighter Records) – Now what do we have here? Actually I have no idea what we have here? I know whatever it is, this is damn good! “Feral Myths are tales of a wild state, of New York heroes and villains over the years, and random paranormal encounters”. A new Martin Bisi album, and right now with – Martin Bisi has a new album, a very New York kind of album – this is very much her story, his story, our story, your story, don’t let this one pass you by…

16: Enablers – Some Gift – (Wrongspeed Records) – They are as much a treasured paperback book you bang on about far too much as a worn piece of vinyl you know every blemish of – the one you keep with you, that Bukowski book you keep with you, they’re that bike ride you went of yesterday, that and yes, this should have been.. read more

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17: Wolfsbane – Genius (Wolfgenius) – The sound of four people really not giving a flying flip what anyone thinks and life’s too short and I must admit we probably haven’t seen Wolfsbane since the last century, and yeah I know they’re born again and yes… Wolfsbane’s 2022 album, and especially that closing song I Was Born in ’69 which might just be there besy song anyone released in 2022, just about says everything about msuic and how it touchs people, about how it has touch us – Wolfsbane? A new album? Nah, get outta here! Hang on, what’s this? A Whole World Window from the Birmingham overspill? The generous spirit of music? Well we weren’t expecting that…

18: Bubblemath –  Turf Ascension (Cuneiform Records) –  Five years on and a rather quick follow up to 2017’s rather fine Edit Peptide (the one before that, Such Fine Particles of the Universe, came out back in 2001), I’m guessing this is everything those who are already fans of the Minneapolis band want? Precise, crafted, clever forward-looking fluidly complex modern progressive rock and an impressive opening track that’s just a handful of seconds short of eighteen minutes long… more

19: Black Country, New Road – Ants From up There (Ninja Tune) –  Black Country, New Road clearly don’t need our words or radio play now, they have had rather a lot, their debut album was one of our albums of the year last year and this follow up,Ants From up There, is probably, once we’ve let it all unfold properly, just as good… more

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20: Willow Kane – Well she didn;t realease an album but White City has been in out since that first envounter in the Summer and if we want her on the list then there she is! Caught her on the first day on a small stage at All Points East, we were just passing, heading from one of the main stages to the other, she kind of made us turn around and head her way instead, only just caught her but it made us investigate a little more when we got home, White City has been stuck in my head ever since… more

21: Oort Smog – Every Motherfucker Is Your Brother – – Every Mother is the band’s second offering, continuing the complexities of their first record, a hybrid of tightly arranged changes and free jazz improvisation Oort Smog’s Mark Kimbrell and Patrick Shiroishi, both members of Upsilon Acrux, combine elements of brutal prog and free improvisation in their glorious long form composition Every Mother…

22: BodegaBroken Equipment / Statuette On The Console (What’s Your Rupture?) – Never did get around to reviewing either of these fine albums that came out in February and March of 2022 but we do seem to have been listening to Brooklyn’s rather addictive Bodega rather lot this year, especially all those gloriously vital versions of Statuette On The Console. They really are a band that shone in 2022 with their debut album Broken Equipment and the wonderful treat that was nine versions of Statuette On The Console in nine different languages, it never ever got anywhere near boring listening to those nine versions on repeat whe nsurely it should have done? Their new wave punk pop really is deliciously infectious

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23: Snuff – Crepuscolo dorato della bruschetta borsetta calzetta cacchetta trombetta lambretta giallo ossido, ooooooh così magnifico! (SBÄM and 10 Past 12 Records) –  Have Snuff ever let us down? By now you’d kind of feel okay if they just made another album, Snuff never ever do just make another album though, somehow they manage to just do ‘it’ again and again (and again). The London band wrote the punk pop blueprint years ago of course, the one all those American bands followed… Have Snuff ever let us down? By now you’d kind of feel okay if they just made another album, Snuff never ever do just make another album though…

24: Fastfast – XenOn – This instantly sounds incredibly weird to our ears, but some brave souls have been trying to wrestle it into compelling and beautiful tunes – and Fastfast may well have hit the perfect spot between alien and familiar…The new album Xen-On is a mesmerising success and the video for the title track is a deep fever dream of Blade Runner that’s an uncanny match for the woozy Vangelis synth styling…If you want to get serious about ‘newness’ there’s the wonky world of microtonal composing. In simplest terms, it means the keys on your piano etc are no longer tuned to the usual twelve steps, but purposely tuned to… Where to go next in music? It’s all been done, hasn’t it? The new Fastfast album Xen-On is a mesmerising success…

25: OU – One (Inside Out) – The vital thing here is the awareness that, ever though at times they cram absolutely everything in there with several kitchen sinks and all the utensils besides, the vital thing here is that less can so so often be far far more, OU are aware of their space, the power of quiet, that stripping it all down and that taking things out is an art…more

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26: Perhaps Contraption have a new album, a most human album, a delight of an album called Nearly Human. “Nearly Human is the soundtrack to our gig theatre experience of the same name. We performed this show between 2018 – 2020” so say the many limbed London-based thing that is Perhaps Contraction – “Send me hope we are akin, Distant parts of one machine” –  the album describes the life-cycle of one extraordinary atom, and how this tiny, ancient, unfathomable thing travels through various lives and experiences on its journey through the – Perhaps Contraption, a multi-limbed progressive brass band, launch their new concept album, this of course is a very good thing. They play East London’s Rich Mix this Thursday…

27: Actors Artificial – Untimeliness & Default settings – Actors Artificial is a linkup of composed music that perceived a particular meaning in artefacts of apparitions and of conspiratorial artworks. It foreshadows boredom with experiential rock. No witness to witness anything and yet something must happen over there as an inconsequential prophecy. Untimeliness & Default settings develop this approach to conceal one possible answer to any meaning or any principle of expansion or reduction – Actors Artificial, Untimeliness? Default Settings? Nonobjective Rock? Noise exponent? Amplified filters? Feedback camouflage? Melancholic synthesis? This is good…

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28: Yang – Designed For Disaster (Cuneiform) –  French composer and guitarist Frédéric L’Épée formed his first serious band, Shylock, while in his teens and waxed two now highly collectible albums with that formation in the mid 70s; moving on to the guitar-centric combo Philharmonie, who existed from 1987-1998 and which produced a further five full-length releases. Since 2004, he has been leading and working with the more ‘rock’ oriented quartet Yang… Yang’s latest album, Designed For Disaster – a very fine progressive rock album, a very fine Yang album, a highly recommended delight…

29: Rustorm – Razed to the GroundThere’s a beautifully brooding menace to Pandemus, the seven and a half minute instrumental piece in the middle this impressive 35 minute debut album from Rustorm, there’s a lot more to this two piece than there first appears to be, are they really just a two piece? Razed to the Ground sounds massive. They have Pedigree of course,  Rustorm are Rob Lewis and Jules McBride, the two founding members of late 90s Alt-metal band Pulkas, well known around these parts…Things are dark, of course they are, things are big, it is Pulkas and at the same time it isn’t, which of course is just what we want from Rustorm…

30; Lila Tristram and The Last Dinosaur Black and White Memories Ignited by the Scent of Springtime Explode in Colour – A new five track album release on cassette by the Modern Aviation label (A London based tape label that we’re probably going ot have t explore a little more now). Dare I say some of this is a touch Sea Nymphs? Yes, that good!  Less, once again, as so often is the case, is more, and this is very much a case of The Last Dinosaur… read more

30 and a bit Pure Reason Revolution – Above Cirrus (Inside Out) – And talking of very modern progressive rock, not that we want to stick these things in neat little boxes – this is as much a pop album as a prog rock album – it is good to hear this new Pure Reason Revolution album. There’s just a real joy to their now rather distinctive sound, a sound that revolves around those delicious… more

Also more than worthy of mention…

Archers Of Loaf – Reason in Decline (Merge) – The Archers returened with the release of their first new full-length studio album in 24 years. A pewrfectly balanced, perfectly reasoned album from what are now middle age men rather than the angry shouty twenty somethings they were… more

Bailey Miller – Still Water (Whited Sepulchre Records) – You never quite know where you are with the clandestine nature of it all and it is way way too hot here in the East London bunker to be using up valuable time with the mostly thankless task of reviewing music today. This is rather soothing though, rather cooling, refreshing.. more

Cosey Fanni TuttiDelia Derbyshire: The Myths and the Legendary Tapes (Conspiracy International) – In 2018, Cosey Fanni Tutti was commissioned to write the soundtrack to director and actor Caroline Catz’s acclaimed, intimate portrayal of the composer, musician and sonic experimentalist…more

Dead are from Australia, you probably knew that already, they kind of sound a touch mean in a brooding kind of don’t mess kind of way, kind of… They kind of sound like you’d maybe expect a band called Dead to sound, I rather like the way they sound, here they are, you’ve got to admit that brooding is kind of colourful, kind of like a colourful bruise, all purple and blue and red and tender to the touch… more

Diamanda Galás – Broken Gargoyles Broken Gargoyles was composed in 2020 though the first incarnation of the work was played as a sound installation at the Kapellen Leprosarium (Leper’s Sanctuary) in Hanover, Germany (in keeping with the theme, the sanctuary was built around 1250 and served as a quarantine for those who suffered from… more

Drum Major Instinct – Drum Major Instinct – Drum Major Instinct are an experimental music duo from Asheville, North Carolina. Jeff Arnal plays (mostly) percussion and Curt Cloninger plays (mostly) modular synthesize… more

Fiona Brice – And You Know I Care (Bella Union) – Fiona made another rich album this year, more of her modern classical flavoures laces with a reflective, meditative, cinematic quality. Must admit we never did around ot covering it properly but you can get a taste and find more here

Haress – Ghosts – a beautiful warm alnum made in hills of Shropshire, a quietly refined album from the duo, an album that could s oeasily get lost in all the noise of the year – Ghosts is an incredible piece of work and posits Haress on their own when it comes to developing new approaches to traditional musical forms. The music contains many moments of immediate joy – the relative pop of House’s vocals on White Over, the wild horns of I Think I Think, the rush of warmth as Time To Drink morphs into focus. But it also stretches the sound Haress have carefully developed almost to breaking point with sections of music that feel like somebody – something – else is steering the ship…. more

Haythem Mahbouli – Last Man On Earth (Schole Records) – We’re told that “Last Man On Earth” is a concept album, that “the recording rockets us into the future of a hostile Earth where in humanity itself faces extinction. The album envisions man’s final journey on our home planet and invites its listeners to immerse themselves into his last harrowing conquest. The end track scores the final days of the only surviving man on Earth. He is sick, he is breathless, but he captures a final message for the future, if there is one. His words are the last ever spoken”.- Haythem Mahbouli’s Last Man on Earth, a beautifully bleak album, a piece of modern classical futurism…

Ian William Craig – Music for Magnesium_173 (Fat Cat/13071) – It surely should be easy to pin down why these pieces, this collection of music. This album is so good to just listen to, to just share space with, surely it is rather simple task to explain it? So why is it such a struggle to put together some kind of review? Why have I been wrestling with it for days now? I mean, I know I like it, I have… more

Insect Factory – Celestial Cycles (Already Dead Tapes and Records) – a rich sonic journey of layered guitars and organic textures, each in a constant state of subtle evolution… more

Junior Brother – The Great Irish Famine (Strange Brew) – The Great Irish Famine” leaps boldly forward into an exciting new chapter, and into a shaken new world… more here

Kee Avil – Crease (Constallation) – We did preview this one way bac kat the very end f December 2021, it actually came out in March – First exciting album of 2022? Kee Avil is the project of Montréal producer, singer, and guitarist Vicky Mettler, we did share a video as one of our five pieces of music pieces back at the start of December, it needs a bit more of a fanfare though. “Mettler is a member of Sam Shalabi’s acclaimed Land Of Kush project, and has played in several other experimental, improv and noise ensembles. She is also a partner at Concrete Sound Studio, a recording studio and multidisciplinary production space in Montreal where she produces Live in Concrete, an online live performance series featuring Montreal artists” – First exciting album of 2022? Kee Avil is the project of Montréal producer, singer, and experimental guitarist Vicky Mettler…

Kim Myhr – Sympathetic Magic (Hubro) – Now this is a rather warm relaxing joyous new album, Sympathetic Magic is the follow-up to Kim Myhr’s 2017 album You | me, an album that was, so we’re told, widely praised and indeed received an honorary mention at the 2018 Nordic Music Prize. And yes, the immersive warmth of You | me is still present, Sympathetic Magic is probably more expansive than its predecessor though. A band of eight musicians playing a wide variety of instruments including electric 12-string guitars, drum machines, vocals, synthesizers, organs and lots of drums and percussion, “this is a work of a slightly grander scale”…. more

Lamin Fofana – Shafts of Light (Black Studies) – There’s something very serene about these latest recordings, these two pieces of music, this new album, something graceful, simple, exciting, something peaceful… more

Moon Letters – Thank You From The Future – What we have here is a big lump of classic prog, a just released album that sounds like it has one foot planted in those glorious days when bands like Twelfth Night and IQ were making their first exciting moves, proper stuff you might say. Maybe  you could argue… more

OFF!Free LSD (Fat Possum) – OFF!, the punk think tank helmed by Keith Morris (ex-Black Flag, Circle Jerks) and Dimitri Coats (ex-Burning Brides), released a rather healthy sounding hardcore punk rock album this year… more

Panda Bear and Sonic BoomReset – “Hey, Sonic Boom is back” so shouted somebody just now, we hadn’t been paying that much attention if the truth be told, we were busy listening to Consolidated. Sonic Boom and Panda Bear officially doing something together so it seems… more

Provincials – Heaven Protect Us  (Itchen Recordings – Once you let it in, Heaven Protect Us is an excellent album, a strong album, a quiet album, sometimes things might be a little too polite but then maybe that polite bite is why it works? Heaven Protect Us is an intriguing album, an accomplished album, and album that takes a little time to unwrap. Polly Perry is fine frontperson, Provincials are a fine fine band, give them your time – Once you let it in, Heaven Protect Us is an excellent album, a strong album, a quiet album. Provincials are a fine fine band, give them your time…

Saajtak – For The Makers – Saajtak have just released a rather impressive debut album, the Detroit outfit are that rare thing, a genuinely different rock band. Are they even a rock band? What are we listening to here? They look like a rock band, they tour like a rock band, there’s four of them, They’ve been called “One of the most intriguing and unclassifiable bands in the country right now”, the Detroit/Brooklyn band make “futuristic music that… more

Stephen BeckerA Calm That Shifts (NNA Tapes) – The calm is something that treats us well, the little details in the quiet of it all. There’s an almost delicate beauty here, no not delicate, delicate is the wrong word, this feels rather strong. Actually, on first (not even proper), the whole album as a wholesome glow to it… more

The Gathering Doubt – Golden Time – This is good, pleasing songs, gently strong, heartfelt songs, tunes, well writen songs, that closing track, Ampersand, is gorgeous and the way God Ray builds up is really something… more

The Messenger BirdsTragic Comed – Sounds like a slow burning slice of something potentially epic to these match-fit ears and history is easy to manipulate, eas to write of some golden age. And yes, this is like something we’ve never seen and Tragic Comedy does seem to say that as a bsnd The Messanger Birds have their finger on the pulse (and yes, they’ve probably paid more in taxes that 45 or indeed Thick Lizzy and her gang of puppets), and yes, sometimes you maybe do have to riot… more

The NightingalesThe Last Laugh – Those Nightingales are sounding hearty. There’s a new album, The Last Laugh is the name of that… more

The Party DozenThe Real Work – A sonic partnering of saxophonist Kirsty Tickle and percussionist Jonathan Boulet, Party Dozen is a project loosely based around improvisation”. This album came out back in July… more

VoivodSynchro AnarchyLike a lost wheel from nowhere, a slice of freshly served Voivod, the track is Synchro Anarchy, from the new album of the same name, hear it here…

Wet Leg – Everyone’s favourite band at the moment so it seems, good on ’em, they don’t really need us either but hey, like I said, everyone’s favourite and we do like a healthy slice of beautifully coloured pop music and buttered muffins and, in case you’ve bee naway on Mars or something, here’s a taste

The Compilation of the Year award, do we have awards? Golden Organ or something like that…

That SkinGraft compilaton from back around Halloween tine – SkinGraft Records, 150 not out, and what gloriously celebration of a compilation album featuring those Flying Luttenbachers, Terms, David Yowie, Bobby Conn, Lovely Little Girls, Pili Co​ï​t, Tijuana Hercules and quite a few more…

Now we’re not going to start listing gigs of the year as well, we”’ be here all night, there’s been some good ones, the Van Der Graaf Generator tour for a start – Van Der Graaf Generator being on tour, now, is a kind of miracle, not just because they started their utterly unique thing so long ago, but because they’re doing it with as much if not more vigour and honesty than ever… – but hey, without even a hint of a doubt or a need to debate it, the best gig we caught this year by far was the experience that was Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds at All Points East here in East London’s Victoria Part. It was so good it was almost religious… Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, All Points East, Victoria Park, London, Just breathe, just breathe, just breathe, just breathe, just wow! Oh and those Sleaford Mods and The Smile and… and Idles weren’t that far behind – Idles take the park, London’s burning in the best possible way, the first day of All Points East is a triumph… and then there was that Poly-Math gig back in November and Poly-Math, Thumpermonkey and A Formal Horse at Signature Brew, Blackhorse Road, Walthamstow, more of everything…

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