Music Reviews

Draw - Simple To Severe

Debut from promising Scots indie-rockers

The Cansecos

Lo-fi avant-pop from Canadian duo

Vendetta Red - Between The Never And The Now

Major label debut of grandiose Seattle-based punks

Futureshock - Revolvo

New bands resurrecting big tech-house sounds from early to-mid-'90s

Maria Ratjke - Voice

Far-out Norwegian electro-vocal improvisation

Captain Soul - Jetstream Lovers

Sunny second album from Northampton four-piece

Tegan And Sara - If It Was You

Debut album from seriously connected Canadian twin sisters

The Donnas - Spend The Night

Ace girl-gang rock'n'roll

Autechre - Draft 7.30

Seventh album by Sheffield avant-electro duo, more approachable than their sixth

The Hacker - The Next Step Of New Wave

Miss Kittin collaborator plots future of electro on his first commercially available mix disc

Monade - Socialisme Ou Barbarie

Debut solo album from Stereolab's Laetitia Sadier

Jon Langford And His Sadies - Mayors Of The Moon

Whichever way you slice it, this is a banker. Langford's recent rollicksome rip-'em-ups with The...

New York punk trio surpass media hype with cataclysmic debut

Laura Veirs - Troubled By The Fire

If Gillian Welch floats your boat, chances are Laura Veirs will, too, though her take on homespun...

This Month In Americana

Sublime second LP from Chicago quartet

The Screamin' Stukas - 'Lotta Rhythm

Rock revelry with a Scandinavian twist

Belated CD release of 2001 Internet-only 'comeback' album

MJ Cole - Cut To The Chase

Three years slaving away in a hot studio for UK garage man

Gold Chains - Young Miss America

Unlikely San Franciscan loverman's rap/electronica party

Venus Ray - The World Woke Up Without Me

Second from retrograde avant-pop Londoners

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Editor's Letter

D'Angelo's "Black Messiah": some first thoughts


When Thom Yorke sneaked out his new solo album a few months back, I managed to hold out for 66 hours before writing a review of "Tomorrow's Modern Boxes". Since waking up...