Side A: classic early 80s summer soul rnb smooth choon packed to the rafters with soulful elegance and beautiful vocals. Mellow and relaxed with Neneh Cherry styling and chilled out beats. Stunningly gorgeous vocals from Chidi.
Side B: two fantastic remixes by Ashley Needle and cohorts. Remix 1 brings a clean crisp feel to the track with more 70s inspired vibes and pads and a disco undertone. Remix 2 is stripped back to the bare and oh so beautiful vocals with instruments and samples sipping in and out. Perfect for headphones. A Brand New Heavies flavour throughout.
Thought: hot in the city, hot in the city tonight…where’s my Walkman and rollerskates?
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
Final Thought: an oh so superior soup of super tasty indie poetry seasoned with delicious beats and an umami of 90s vibes
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.
Vinyl Thought: proper punk played to perfection, but maybe one too many feet in the past
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!
Vinyl Thought: its getting rowdy in here, but don’t worry, you’re invited to join the fun
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.
Vinyl Thought: astonishing vocals and thought-provoking lyrics with added glitz n glamour and bouncy-as-heck musicality
Side A: slow driving beat underlines mystical esoteric vocals. A Tears For Fears sound excites as dreamy epic vistas are drawn before you. Beautifully picked guitar throw serious shapes as layered pads and harmonised vocals vie for attention on the bouncy castle of musical genius. Indie-rock-pop with a hazy lazy 80s vibe.
Side B: an ethereal layered Charlatans/Inspiral Carpets-esque tune. Distant misty vocals flirt with summery guitars and goth-like bass notes. It takes you underwater to a realm of North Eastern psychedelia. Swirly bubbly alt-pop at it’s very best.
Vinyl Thought: a seething cauldron of indie-pop brilliance and braggadocio
Side A: a glorified gluttony of wow & fluttery instrumentation, topped by lazy lo-fi vocals. A weirdly discordant indie pop pleasure palace drowning in an oddity of musicality. Toe-tapping rhythm hidden beneath strangely swirly sussurations of sound.
Side B: Tingly tangly twangly guitar slathered in reverberant 90s style vocals. A wide, laconic detuned eton mess of a track. Sharp and sweet detuned riffs wrestle against dreamy indie party shuffling vibes.
Vinyl Thought: a whole heap of swirly whirly music that grabs your attention then slaps your ears up and down