The first track we played on air was Default by then new band Django Django. That debut album is now ten years old, marked with a bunch of remixes one of which we have here for you. It also makes us think – maybe ten years is a good time to call it quits here. Life moves on, we’ve all got different responsibilities now. Not saying we will, but it’s a thought.
Anyhoo, we kick off with Viagra Boys who have a new LP coming out and are off on tour. Fellow Swedes Hater also feature. The latest one from bdrmm is bloody great and we also have a remix from Working Men’s Club. We’ve been fans of Vukovar from pretty well the start and they’ve a new one out. See also Billy Nomates. And we close with old friend Paul Foster, aka DXIII. And if you don’t know his work, then we ain’t made any impact whatsoever in ten years.

Viagra Boys – Ain’t No Thief
Bob Vylan (pictured) – Wicked & Bad
Fontaines DC – Skinty Fia
Life – Friends Without Names
bdrmm – Port
Solar Eyes – Dreaming Of The Moon
Hater – Something
Vukovar – Place To Rest
Feardrops – Cold Outta Virtue
Plosivs – Broken Eyes
Crows – Slowly Separate
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Kepler-22b
Billy Nomates – Blue Bones
Project Gemini – Scorpio’s Waltz
Dax J – Sunrise In Kyiv
bdrmm – Port (Working Men’s Club remix)
Django Django – Default (Mad Professor dub mix)
Dementio13 – Modern Anxiety


Sticking the word ‘youth’ in your band name is always tricky. Thurston Moore’s in his sixties, for crying out loud. Here, we open with Youth Sector, a new one on us, with a Devo/Talking Heads kind of twist we rather like. Black Midi have an EP of covers out, so we’ve gone with the King Crimson one. Old chum Faithful Johannes tours the charity shops in his inimitable style. The Wave Pictures continue to excel, as if you expect anything less. And there’s all sorts in the middle for you to try.

Youth Sector (pictured) – Is Blood
The Wave Pictures – Never Let You Down
Snakerattlers – Spooked
Pixies – Human Crime
Black Midi – 21st Century Schizoid Man
Jon Spencer & The Hitmakers – Junk Man
Flamango Bay – Lucky Star
Forming – All The Colours Of The Dark
Dictator – Candlemaker Row
Black Doldrums – Sad Paradise
Slow Crush – Blue
Loop – Halo
Faithful Johannes – Chazza Shop Song
Joshua Idehen – Don’t You Give Up On Me
WH Lung – Kaya
Dirty Freud – Shame On Me
The 209 feat. If It Happens – Again & Again


It’s difficult right now isn’t it, living. We can but hope that music provides a little distraction. It does for us, so it feels good to share.
As usual, lots going on. A peek behind the curtain – we’re already compiling an end-of-year list and there are couple on here this week that will be going in. Jump in, enjoy, and be kind to yourselves.

Belle & Sebastian – If They’re Shooting At You
The Smile – The Smoke
Melody’s Echo Chamber – Personal Message
The Monochrome Set – Hello, Save Me
Automatic – New Beginning
Warmduscher – Twitchin’ In The Kitchen
Aldous Harding (pictured) – Fever
Arab Strap – Flutter
Klammer – Progress (Or The Lack Of)
Pit Pony – Black Tar
The Mysterines – Dangerous
Houseplants – The Barrows
Soul Revivers ft. Ernest Ranglin – Harder
Raw Poetic – Open Roads
Joshua Idehen & LOOR – Kill The Bill
Chiedu Oraka – North Face
TVAM – Piz Buin
Sir Robert Orange Peel – The Inbetweener


In the week we lost Mark Lanegan, we also found enough to otherwise occupy us.
Clearly we start with a Lanegan track. Favourite? Probably not, but how do you choose?
We will soon be waving goodbye to John MOuse too, though not for such unpleasant reasons. Instead, Hot Car represents the final track for a while before John Davies returns in his next guise. Holodrums debut album is terrific so have another one off there, Loose Articles are an exciting new one on us and you know the drill by now. So get on it.

Mark Lanegan – I Am The Wolf
Simon & The Astronauts ft. Rachel Haden – I Have A Name
Loose Articles – Chaos
Horsemeat – Shame
Bambara – Birds
The JoJo Man Band – Aeroplane
Adwaith – ETO
22 Oceans – Home
Marc O ft. Belle Scar – Le Teste De La Femme À Barbe
Still Corners – Far Rider
Morcheeba – Sounds Of Blue (Gui Boratto remix)
John MOuse – Hot Car
Deer – אIV (Out Of The Mountain Of Despair)
Holodrum – Lemon Chic
Props – Dream On
DXIII – Granadaland


It’s new HMHB album time, let us all rejoice. We went to see them recently and you’ll be pleased to know that everything you require is still there.
The track here from Wax-Tree-Cast isn’t too current – came out at the back end of last year – but they’re new to us, we like their sound, so it’s in. And they’re relatively local to us, so that’s always a bonus. And all the rest is great too, starting with new Bloc Party material and ending with the always excellent Sir Robert Orange Peel. Have at it.

Half Man Half Biscuit – Rogation Sunday’s Here Again!
Bloc Party – Traps
Laundromat – Combo
Pinch Points – Am I OK?
Petrol Girls – Baby, I Had An Abortion
Gloria – Anymore
Cheerbleederz – Cute As Hell
Wax-Tree-Cast – Run!
Fontaines DC – I Love You
Kælan Mikla – Svört Augu
GNOD – Bad Apple
Der Mann – Rock n Roll n Sozialstaat
Sparkling – Not The Right Place
Defset – All The Room And No Space
Baba Ali – Black + Blue
Dog Unit – Turn Right And Right Again
John Paul – Dolls House
Dälek – Decimation (Dis Nation)
Sir Robert Orange Peel – Youbutteo


Two new(-ish) bands for you to get your teeth into this time. Wine Moms are totally new to us and sound pretty damn far up our street. We’ve been aware of Thank a little while, but reckon they still count as new(-ish), but they’re really maturing well.
We open, however, with the mighty Benefits. We saw them supporting I Like Trains recently and the live experience did not disappoint. Do catch them on their headline dates coming up. Other highlights are Claude Cooper – an assault on the senses covering psych-funk, trip-hop and jazz – a new Home Counties track, retro vibes from The Senior Service and more from the prolific Conscious Route.

Benefits – Meat Teeth
Thank – Dread
Big Softy – The Big Man
Lupers – Tutú
The Facades – Don’t Ask
Wine Moms (pictured) – I Hope You Have Regrets
Home Counties – Village Spirit
Charles Watson – Figure Skater
Flamango Bay – LA
Samana – Patience
Dubstar – Token
The Senior Service – If You’re Not There
Claude Cooper – Stan’s Plan
Lazy Habits – CTRL
Lence – I’m Sorry I’m Like This
Conscious Route & Scott Bathgate ft. Sean Focus – Love & Institutions
Rodney Cromwell – Opus Three
Marie Craven – That’s What I Said


So much to get through this time. From new albums received this week, we have a track from everybody’s current favourites Yard Act. We’re happy to have been on this train from the beginning and it’s great to see them so well received. It’s well earned. We’ve been fans of Fold for a long time too and their much-delayed (vinyl pressing issues) album Aphelion arrived this week. A tribute to the playwright Lorraine Hansberry, it follows the Fold pattern of sound clips over the tunes and works to perfection. Fold’s Seth Moshowitz has also teamed up with fellow Leeds-based emigré Komla MC for a collaborative project which sounds pretty good to us. And there’s a new album from Fontaines DC which everybody will be raving about before too long. Also on the collaboration train are part of Yard Act and members of the now ex-outfit Hookworms under the moniker Holodrum. Top notch.
Elsewhere, we have new ones from The Wave Pictures with a nice Northern Soul type hook to draw you in, Baba Ali – touring with Yard Act and signed to their label – Vukovar, Arab Strap, Teleman drummer Hiro Ama with a solo project. So much goodness for your ears. Dive in.

Fontaines DC – Jackie Down The Line
Peaness – How I’m Feeling
Reminders – Carousel
Winachi – Characters
Yard Act – Quarantine The Sticks
Richard James Simpson – We’re In The Wolf’s Mouth
Arab Strap – Aphelion
Surprise Chef – The Positive And The Negative
The C33s – Better Luck Next Time, Soul Seeker!
The Wave Pictures – Flight From Destruction
Lotte Kestner – Open Ocean
Vukovar & Max EMRG – The Sheltering Sky
Black Flower – O Fogo
Holodrum – Free Advice
Yarni – Orgone
Hiro Ama – Free Soul
Fold (pictured) – Insurgent Mood
Post Coal Prom Queen feat. Conscious Route – Dragons Jaw
BBXO feat. Reba Mangope – Berlin Heart
Komla MC vs Fold – Victoria Falls
Baba Ali – Living It Up


Back to it. Soup! are new to us and sound pretty darn good. Pencil that in for your end-of-year lists which, yes, we’re already talking about. See also that collaboration between Kid Kapichi – whose LP This Time Next Year which totally passed us by last year – and Bob Vylan. Terrific stuff. Warmduscher’s new album is due soon, so we’ve another track from that while old favourites Faithful Johannes, Whirling Hall Of Knives and Boobs Of Doom all have new ones out to ease you into another January. Dive in.

Jim Bower – Starting Tomorrow
Smashing Red – Smashed
The Total Rejection – Paul’s Eye, John’s Teeth
Herzegovina – Emergency
Soup! – The Acrobat
Warmduscher – Fatso
Sea Power – Green Goddess
The Sexy Wild East – Let The Good Times Roll
Ashinoa – Disguised In Orbit
Digital Resistance – Duty
Kid Kapichi (pictured) ft. Bob Vylan – New England
Kevin Beacham x Odd Nosdam – What Remains… (Sum Of Inspiration)
Faithful Johannes – Head Down
Nosdam + Rayon – From Nowhere To North
Whirling Hall Of Knives – Xyllindric
Boobs Of Doom – Halama’umu’u
Fila Brazillia – Apollyon


Highlight this week, among many, is a foretaste of the next album from The Pictish Trail. Out early next year, if Natural Successor is anything to go by, it’ll be a belter. Elsewhere, Orbital bring the now 30-year old Satan up to date, there’s a new album from Physics House Band, poet Luke Wright debuts with his band The People Who Run The Country with their eponymous single. And there’s a Bob Vylan track. Crackin’

Jim Bower – Ten Years To Save The World
The Scaramanga Six – It Is The Face Wish How
DITZ – The Warden
The People Who Run The Country – The People Who Run The Country
The Allergies – Utility Man ft. Andy Cooper
Richard James Simpson – Starry Hope
Yard Act – Payday
Bob Vylan – GDP
The Bug – Treetop ft. Jason Williamson
Pussy Riot – Rage (Boys Noize remix)
Orbital – Satan (30 Something Years Later remix)
Dementio13 – Knots
Phonseca – Frozen Music
El Michels Affair – Cham Cham
Yip Man – Not That Easy
The Pictish Trail (pictured) – Natural Successor
Swansea Sound – Freedom Of Speech
Physics House Band – Incident On 3rd
Little Dragon – Drifting Out
Gefahrgeist – Orbit ft. Conscious Route


We ease you in with some Cold Water Swimmers this week for two reasons. One, it’s a great record. Two, it would be cruel to go straight in with Gnod and have your face torn off before we really got going. Jeez, that’s good. Other highlights for us this week are Old Tramp and a remastered album worth of Bush Tetra tracks from which we have Too Many Creeps for you. Overdue a do over, we reckon. And we end with a Cobby double because why not.

Cold Water Swimmers – Everything We’ve Ever Had (We’ve Had To Fight For)
Gnod (pictured) – Pink Champagne Blues
Black Flies – A Concrete Garden Where I Lay To Rest
Cinemascope – In Silence
Swansea Sound – Rock N Roll Void
Old Tramp – Middle Of Nowhere
slo/tide – Neck High
Emlyn Johnson – Don’t Wanna Be Anyone Else
Pinch Points – Reason To Be Anxious
Bush Tetras – Too Many Creeps
Champyun Clouds – Check For Silt
Easy Stride Band – Satellite
Peakes – Day & Age
The Mystery Plan – Silver Lining (Steve Cobby remix)
Steve Cobby – Pick Flowers Brewmaster


A week late simply because we couldn’t find enough tunes last week to fill an hour. What’s that about?
Anyway, we’ll make up for it this week with picks from the last three. Johnny Marr has an LP coming out soon and the new double-A single we like, though one track does remind us of the time Brian May was shilling for Ford Transits. Jister picks up from the seminal Normal Island with new track Levelling Up which goes extremely well with something off the new collaboration between Aesop Rock and Blockhead. The jury is still out for us on the new Idles album. We did think that the last one might be their pinnacle. Undecided on that so far, but we include a track here while we make up our minds. And we close with a version of Shed 7’s Chasing Rainbows. It really has been 25 years since it came out.

Ditz – Dead Würst
The Backlash – Rise
Johnny Marr – Tenement Time
Idles – Car Crash
Inca Babies – Crawling Garage Gasoline
Blood Red Shoes – Morbid Fascination
Chvrches and Robert Smith – How Not To Drown
Home Counties – The Home Counties
Johnny Marr – Sensory Street
Novyi Lef – Value
Pigeon – Yagana
Gewalt – Es Funktioniert
Aesop Rock x Blockhead – Difficult
Jister (pictured) – Levelling Up
A Certain Ratio – Emperor Machine
Sigrid – Mirror (Kelly Lee Owens remix)
Shed 7 – Chasing Rainbows (1996 strings version)