Hola! Just enough time for another quick round up from the ever increasing inbox of doom before my fingers (and several other extremities) finally succumb to frostbite.
First up, Here We Go Magic, fronted by wig wearing amputee Paul Daniels and featuring none other than Debbie McGee on bass. Or maybe not. Anyway, whoever’s in the band this is as fine a piece of twitchy new wave loveliness as you’re likely to find on a chilly Friday afternoon. Makes me think of Steely Dan collaborating with early 80’s hipsters The Vapours. But then I’m a bit odd. It’s taken from their new album (produced by Radiohead knob twiddler Nigel Godrich) A Different Ship out on May 7th (my birthday incidentally...just saying) from the good folk at Strictly Canadian.
I’m feeling in a mixy mood this week so here’s a belter from Parisian DJ Michael Canitrot featuring a neat mix of tune du jour Gotye’s Somebody I Used To Know. Hmmmm...squelchy.
Oh go on then...here's another one from our Ohio correspondent the Bobby Dazzler courtesy of DJ Snafu. Funkier than a mosquito's tweeter!
Flats release a grand slab of dirgetastic punk in the shape of Foxtrot. They seem to be heading in a grungier direction than before and this track lumbers along like a stoned Gallows. Swwwwwweeeeeet.
Back in the day all girl alt rockers Luscious Jackson released one awesome single after another...most of which were pretty much shamefully ignored. That's the public for you. So they packed it in for a decade. Now they're back, back, back! S'pretty good too.
Last up Outfit with, suitably enough given the temperature, a chilled mix of synthpop, C86 indie and broken hearted soul. The XX meets Scritti Politti...and that’s a great combo, trust me. They’re touring over the next few weeks with a date at The Rainbow (Digbeth) on Saturday 18th. Tickets from our chums at Birmingham Promoters. Lush.