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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Shasta Fay/Amorous Battle – Sulky Boys

January 8, 2018
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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
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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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FTLN – Ramrock Records Reviews Day 6 – Soul Train

November 18, 2017
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It is DAY 6 of our 7 Day RAMROCK RECORDS REVIEW WEEK – Neil Gardner and Bob the Hat explore 7 vinyl releases from UK label Ramrock Records.

Day 6 – Tom Glide & Hil St. Soul “Soul Train”

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Format: 12″ Black Vinyl

Side A: pure gold plated musical perfection embossed into a shiny spinning platter. Funky, soulful, playful and utterly beautiful. Aretha-like vocals that paint a story-scape blissfully of an evocative time and place. Great use of saxophone and modern production techniques, but with genius smaller interludes and breakdowns. You can’t help but dance, dance, dance! A simpler composition, not too busy, which allows you to focus on the astonishingly beguiling and exquisite vocal performance. This whole track is gorgeous from first note to last. A modern soul-dance insta-calssic. Like all the tracks from Tom Glide’s outstanding DIVAS GOT SOUL album, this fits perfectly within the vibe of that album but also manages to stand clear and proud…no mean feat considering the quality of the other tracks!

Side B: Another of those cheeky and astoundingly good Ashley Beedle North Street Remixes, alongside a Stripped Back Remix – both add to the track’s wealth of beauty and form the perfect companion pieces.

Score: 20/10!

Thought: Just dance…and sing…and dance some more!

Info: Ramrock Records

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