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vinyl thoughts for an analogue life

Falling In Time/Bodyshock – Violets

March 8, 2018

Format: 7″ Black Vinyl

Side A: FALLING IN TIME – A rhythmic electronic beats bonanza wrapped up in a miasma of magical female vocals. A tad trancey, a bit hypnotic, this pulsating and ethereal pop dance track stuffs envelopes full of deep meaning and posts them at you with glorious fervour. It might be a dance track, but it might also be a philosophical tract. Either way, it is fantastic.

Side B: BODYSHOCK – Trance bassline wedded to sublime vocals generates a wide and expansive electro-meets-contemplative-pop masterpiece. An eclectic mix of ambient sounds and instrumentation massages your ears and enriches your brain. This is think-piece music, a track with meaning and purpose.

Score: 10/10

Vinyl Thought: Let me live in this electro-philosophical world and float away on a pulsating beat of deep thought

Info: Violets (Twitter) / Flying Vinyl



Be Your Man / Dead Dreamers – Demob Happy

February 27, 2018

Format: 7″ Transparent Green Vinyl

Side A: BE YOUR MAN – beat-tastic modern-day Beatles, melodic thumping rock/pop with a rollicking rhythm section and 60s experimental vocals.  Great fun, exciting music that grabs you by the balls and never lets go!

Side B: DEAD DREAMERS – an homage to Muse? It certainly sounds like Matt Bellamy vocals, and the overall electro-rock style will immediately bring the Bristol rockers to your mind. It is an accomplished piece of song-writing chock full of sonic canyons, blistering big guitars and insistent rhythmic patterns. There’s a touch of Billy Talent hidden within. Beautiful production offers up a full soundscape to revel in.

Score: 8/10

Vinyl Thought: An accomplished homage to two amazing bands – what else is up the sleeve of Demob Happy?

Info: Demob Happy (Twitter) / 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


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

August 28, 2017


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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