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SOCCER MOMMY – COLLECTION

If you’re a regular reader of Quick Takes, you’ll know I have a serious soft spot for a bedroom pop-rocker – usually with a female vocal – who drops a record where they’ve found that evolutionary medium between the bedroom and the studio. Sophie Allison is at just that stage. Collection is a record of… Continue reading SOCCER MOMMY – COLLECTION

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NADINE SHAH – HOLIDAY DESTINATION

Holiday Destination was another record to drop in August that, for the most part, is captivatingly bleak in its themes. Nadine Shah focuses her aperture on toxic politicians, the refugee crisis and anti-immigration rhetoric by means of a ruminating brand of post-punk. Lyrically, Shah is on top form. Powerful, succinct statements resonate throughout the record,… Continue reading NADINE SHAH – HOLIDAY DESTINATION

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GIRL RAY – EARL GREY

Girl Ray’s ingeniously titled debut record is a impressively confident effort marooned in the ramshackle of 60s and 70s pop rock. The London three-piece are delightfully British, with frontwoman Sophie Hankin’s falsetto acting as a spotlight illuminating all before it as it floats on the tottering grooves the band are air-locked into. Earl Grey is… Continue reading GIRL RAY – EARL GREY

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GHOSTPOET – DARK DAYS + CANAPES

Twice Mercury-nominated Obaro Ejimiwe has not yet delivered a record that is orthodox as far as sound and atmosphere are concerned. With Dark Days + Canapes – his fourth LP as Ghostpoet – he has opted for a devastatingly claustrophobic motif that stalks from close-quarter shadows and creates a relentless sense of foreboding. The backdrop… Continue reading GHOSTPOET – DARK DAYS + CANAPES

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FANGCLUB – FANGCLUB

Dublin three-piece Fangclub operate with a pretty simple blueprint, and their debut LP brings a present day sensibility to a sound ripped from the more mainstream branches of nineties grunge. Opening track Bullet Head is a two-minute blast of tried and tested power and pace, overdriving a hooking riff and racing through palm-muted verses, and… Continue reading FANGCLUB – FANGCLUB