from the listening nook

vinyl thoughts for an analogue life

Better Sit Down Boy/Boyfriend – Confidence Man

January 13, 2018
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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

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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 

Speed Racer/I’ll Try – Her’s

April 5, 2017
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Format: 7″ black vinyl

Side A: 50s beat pop vibes slathered with Smith’s style guitar and vocals. Insistent rhythmic indulgence that throws hand claps and sweeping tones into the mix. Uplifting yet oddly melancholic pop that tingles and fizzes whilst keeping you thinking.

Side B: Dream-dirge vocals artfully playing with a warm bassline and tantalisingly playful rhythm guitar. Smiths in form and function but this is no rip off but a cleverly crafted continuation of Morrissey and Marr’s art. Some truly beautiful picked lead guitar entrances in a perfect example of the use of stereo panning. A lovely piece of melodious pop.

Score: 8/10

Thought: makes one long for the daffodils and tennements and 1p chews

Info: Flying Vinyl / Her’s

Drunk / Ring Ring – Anteros

March 29, 2017
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Format: 7″ light blue vinyl

Side A: Drunk is a modern funk disco pop rock combo with infectious beats with engaging female vocals offering a sense of party and fun. The perfect slice of 7″ songwriting offering danceability layered with storytelling. Strong production brings all the elements together but never overwhelms, creating a truly lovely pop rock party classic.

Side B: Ring Ring is a darker eighties inspired box of musical delights. Wonderfully controlled female vocals never dominate but are perfectly weighted to build a slice of life. Slower beats constructed from gorgeously twanging guitar and luscious bass keep the track moving forwards with a sense of travel and strut. Another winner.

Score: 10/10

Thought: infectious party cake brings feelings of happiness, to then head out to darkened streets where to strut your thing is to live your life

Info: @Flying_Vinyl / @anterosofficial

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