from the listening nook

vinyl thoughts for an analogue life


February 15, 2018

Format: 7″ Black Vinyl

Side A: Weekender – A Joy Division-esque slab of low, deep beats intertwined with a spokenword story and clashing guitars. A mysterious suburban wail, and escape hatch from endless streets of dull, lifeless existence. Sexy but scary, stomp-texting alternative ennui.

Side B: Twisted Wheel – a low-key funky 80s alt-baby of fuzzy guitar and great width. A larger-than-life feel suffused with engaging but held-back vocals. A strong 70s Bowie theme which builds in scope to a truly epic soundscape.

Score: 8/10

Vinyl Thought: How low can you go to reach the soul of suburban existentialist primal scream?

Info: Milk Disco / Flying Vinyl



FTLN – Marmozets

February 10, 2018

Neil and #BobTheHat are back for another new #vinyl review for 2018. This time it is the fantastic debut album from UK indie band MARMOZETS.


You can grab a copy of the album here:…

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February 8, 2018


Neil and #BobTheHat are back for their first review of 2018…and it is a slam dunk #vinyl LP smash! The incredible Warriors of the Dystotheque have released their debut LP on their own label and it is sheer brilliance. To grab your own copy of the album visit:

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Is There A Place I Can Go?/Junkyard Cat – Trudy & The Romance

January 31, 2018

Format: 7″ Blood Red Translucent Vinyl

Side A: IS THERE A PLACE I CAN GO? – a luscious 50s style swing ballad featuring blissful, wistful flowing brassy sounds. A magically disjointed gumbo, hopping between flavours and tones. A melancholic deep-dive into a lounge-bar replete with jazz cats and blues kings. A lo-fi mournful tragedy that demands your full attention and empathy.

SIDE B: JUNKYARD CAT – Full-fat fifties jazz poetry that swoops and swirls, leaving the listener confused but captured. Feeling like a live jam in a French cafe, this is the ultimate in cool hep-cat noir. A drunken melancholia stuffed with angelic double-bass, yet rough-around-the-edges in all the best ways. Authentic and all-too-real, if rather rough’n’ready in its production.

Score: 7.5/10

Vinyl Thought: So much to think about, so far to travel…why not do it in style and with a groovy cat as your coffee-swigging companion, yeah!

Info: @trudymylove / Flying Vinyl




Better Sit Down Boy/Boyfriend – Confidence Man

January 13, 2018

Format: 7″ Black Vinyl

Side A: BETTER SIT DOWN BOY – scintillating old skool electronic drum pattern, oozing loops and samples, building a high-energy party vibe. A punchy, cheeky and fun cavalcade of happiness and joy. Like the Avalanches on speed. A true stomper of a track, featuring astonishing production values. Would fit just about any advert ever!

Side B: BOYFRIEND – bleeding-edge production serves up a banging digital party. Manic up-beat storytelling fused with a 60s aesthetic and layered synth genius. A hypnotic rhythm counterpoints the deadpan vocals. Electronics + humour + party = perfection!

Score: 10/10

Vinyl Thought: stomp the night away with digital party perfection

Info: @confidencemantm / Flying Vinyl


Shasta Fay/Amorous Battle – Sulky Boys

January 8, 2018

Format: 7″ Black Vinyl

Side A: Shasta Fay – top-shelf lo-fi shoegazing brilliance, with ultra-low key feel and a ever-so-perfect hint of Beck. A 90s indie vibe swamped by delicious vocal harmonies and a simple yet truly effective funky storytelling core.

Side B: Amorous Battle – deeply thoughtful lyricism merged with stripped back production and a 90s guitar aesthetic. There’s the tiniest hint of the ghost of early Manic Street Preachers hidden within. A wonderful track that would fit perfectly in colleges, commutes or US drama TV!

Score: 8/10

Vinyl Thought: stripped back to the knotty core, revealing lyrical greatness and lo-fi perfection

Info: @sulkyboyband / Flying Vinyl

Bonnie/Love – Anteros

January 5, 2018

Format: 7″ Yellow/Orange Vinyl

Side A: BONNIE – The amazing Anteros are back with another slice of modern lively pop exuberance, over-flowing with Blondie-esque vocals and bouncy, upbeat fun! A super-sized helping of personality flows through this corker of a track backed by vibrant guitars and a hint of bubble-gum pop.

Side B: LOVE – a dreamy, bittersweet pop ballad infused with a gorgeous 80s feel and just the right amount of Jane Wiedlin vocal styling. A driving rhythm melds beautifully with a delicious main course of storytelling.

Score: 9/10

Vinyl Thought: 2018 won’t officially start until the debut Anteros album is released!

Info: @anterosofficial / Flying Vinyl


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