Album review

Various Artists - Estuary English: Music From Memphis Industries Volume One

If there's a house style at Memphis Industries, it's a sampling of the sexiest instrumental genres ('60s action TV shows, spy movies, BBC Radiophonic Workshop, soul-funk Hammond breaks, psych-acid middle-eights) remodelled with a patina of hip hop rhythms and cutting-edge technology.

Blue States are pack leaders after their 28 Days Later soundtrack work, but even artists who grate over an arch album's length (for example, Squire Of Somerton) are sultrily effective in this varied home, which for once reconnects experimental and pop music.

Rating: 3 / 10


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The 46th (And Last) Playlist Of 2014


Sorry I didn't manage to post a playlist last week; a combination of germs, deadlines and various other professional/seasonal distractions meant that I ran out of time.

Here, though, is our last office list of 2014, with lots of strong new entries. A few highlights...