from the listening nook

vinyl thoughts for an analogue life

Dart/Disco/Drag – Blklstrs

October 8, 2017
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Format: 7″ black vinyl

Side A: DART – a razor sharp distortion of slicing guitars and in your face 70s screamo punk vocals. A disharmonic head rush of tortured guitar is browbeaten by insistent tub thumping drums and underscored by hell-sent doom laden bass. This is pit of the soul punk…the theme tune to Dante’s Circles of Hell Tours.

Side B1: DISCO – a chiming solo guitar is reconciled by a low and dirty bassline and agitprop megaphone vocals. From the street prosletysing proclaiming an evil land of no hope and despair. A world view lacquered with primal scream therapy.

Side B2: DRAG – punk mendicant sensibilities travelling through a blasted post-apocalyptic world on a death-train powered by ginormous chords and desperate vocalizations. Siren-like repetitive concatenation of mournful pain.

Score: 8/10

Thought: punk from the depths of Hades brought to you in partnership with Strepsils!

Info: Too Pure Singles Club / blklstrs bandcamp

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Rear View Remix / Rear View – Substance Abuse and KRS One

September 3, 2017
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Format: 7″ Blood Red Vinyl

Side A: KutMasta Kurt Remix – a superior slice of old-school hip hop slathered with saucy scratch trax and sensational street-level MCing. Simple but effective beats mix with traditional loops and get down samples, as the group lyrics and solo verses build biographical and compelling stories. Solid low rhythms pulse out with a pirate radio vibe. The purest form of traditional 80s hip hop – intelligent lyrics coupled with classic beats. So good to hear the KRS crew back on wax!

Side B: Original Version – a darker rap sound blended with a 90s hip hop feel. More aggression and attitude and a lower/bassier tone. With cleaner/simpler repetitive loops, this version allows the lyrics to stand out and you experience a more colourful vocal performance, stronger and more forward yet still underpinned by an insistent musicality

Score: 9/10

Thoughts: so old school they haven’t even built the damn school yet. Hip hop perfection with trad group vocals and solo break-downs – nothing but pure class!

Info: Substance Abuse

How Are You Wired/Scrape Yourself From the Floor – Pet Crow

August 28, 2017
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Format: 7″ Lemon Yellow Vinyl

Side A: a frenetic ensemble of drums with punk-girl pop-i-ness. A pacey, upbeat bass-led stompingly fun punk-pop insta-classic. Channelling the very best of late 70s US female-led punk vibes, this is a real deal, a short sharp hit of musical perfection. Stuffs its punk credentials down your throat and never lets up!

Side B: Psychedelic surf-punk with a tsunami of luscious ethereal vocals. A spooky 60s undercurrent sweeps you out into the depths of echoic instrumentation. You are dragged back to the beach for a Halloween party pleaser, a high energy po-go-ing riot of raucous excitement. This is the sound of having a punk party in a lava-lamp!

Score: 10/10

Thoughts: It doesn’t get any better than this…flying the flag for perfectly performed punk-pop. Time to hit the dance floor and start a po-go party!

Info: Too Pure Singles Club / Pet Crow

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Knew You’d Never Been There / Secret Sister – Seize the ChairĀ 

August 19, 2017
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Format: 7″ black vinyl 

Side A: a supreme slice of lo-fi melodic angst that channels the best of 90s indie poetry and mixes it into a tasty pie of glittery guitar and up front bass. A knowing mid to the Charlatans brings back happy 90s summertime. Melancholic but ever so melodic

Side B: a top tier punk indie stomper with oodles of ethereal floaty vocals and smashy crashy drums.  Toe tapping beach flavoured big hitting tune that never stops invading your brain

Score: 8/10

Final Thought: an oh so superior soup of super tasty indie poetry seasoned with delicious beats and an umami of 90s vibes

Info: Too Pure Singles Club 

WASTE OF TIME/JOHNNY – THE COSMICS

July 2, 2017
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Format: 7″ white vinyl

Side A: a gorgeous slice of pure garage punk, swimming in it’s early Blondie influences. Massive rolling drums and bright rhythmic guitars play happily with the raw attitude of the storming female vocals. Thrumming, slashing guitar work brings thoughts of 70s US punk bands. Modern punk-pop doing it old-school! Where are my DMs? I feel the need for some punk-club carousing!

Side B: extremely raw sounding punk-club vocals pogo their way around simple chord-progression guitars and stomping drums. A drastically short sharp pure-punk perspective, sadly dragged down by too-distorted and reverbed vocals. Trying so hard to be authentic 70s punk it comes off as retro-kitsch rather than required listening. Accomplished playing across the board, but just too close to the original punks to sound relevant.

Score: 7.5/10

Vinyl Thought: proper punk played to perfection, but maybe one too many feet in the past

Info: @cosmicsband @flying_vinyl

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LATE AT NIGHT/WHAT’S YOUR NUMBER – JOY ROOM

July 2, 2017
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Format: 7″ black vinyl

Side A: grungy loud guitars strike hard at the heart of this student punk-pop masterpiece. Fast and frenetic vocals sung with passion and real soul strutting style. A dichotomy at the soul of this track…it is so raw yet equally beautifully refined. An in-the-studio-with-the-band feeling grows with big drums pumping energy and fun out of the speakers.

Side B: a student-bar floor filler from start to finish, with grimy gritty guitar noise splattering across the soundscape. A Hard-Fi sound, a cold hard slap of lad-rock featuring super-tight playing and ‘we’ve found a new indie rock star’ vocals. Riff heavy anthem to stomp along to and bring the damn house down!

Score: 8/10

Vinyl Thought: its getting rowdy in here, but don’t worry, you’re invited to join the fun

Info: @joyroommusic @flying_vinyl

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WHAT YOU WANT/GET OFF – ZUZU

July 2, 2017
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Format: 7″ blue vinyl

Side A: a full-fat punk pudding of indie rhythmic gorgeousness. Super-powered female vocals slide effortlessly over upbeat, striking and solid instrumentation. Paramore meets Blondie, this easy-on-the-ear storytelling offers in-your-face honesty mixed with energetic passionate lyrics.

Side B: chow down on some countrified vibes as powerful & fun vocals slip and slide over the top. Pop stylings merged with slightly dirty guitars, there’s a hint of Mutt Lange production and Bryan Adams lyricism here, and a voice redolent of early Joan Osborne at her finest. Bouncy, insistent and just what you need to boost your day.

Score: 9/10

Vinyl Thought: astonishing vocals and thought-provoking lyrics with added glitz n glamour and bouncy-as-heck musicality

Info: @thisiszuzu @flying_vinyl

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