John MOuse-Replica Figures

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John Davies AKA John MOuse has released his latest album, Replica Figures, after a successful; fan funding campaign.  The record sees also sees him collaborate with fellow Welshman Sweet Baboo for the first time since using his JT Mouse moniker in addition to featuring a whole array of talented musicians.

Replica Figures is an album that is impossible to pigeon hole which makes it a thoroughly enjoyable listen beginning with the lyrically bleak The End of Mankind.  Along with the opening track songs like Boogaloo manage to contrast the lyrics to a great beat that get you moving along with it, giving you a wonderful sense of disparity throughout the album.  Memory sees more of a slowed down tempo giving a more folky sound accompanied by some soothing tones on the piano as well as seeing John’s dark sense of humour really come to the forefront.

Coming in at an epic eight minutes, twice as long as any other track on the album, The Boxer teases a crescendo which never comes, making this a brilliantly tantalising tune.  With These Hands (I’ll Rip Your Heart Out), has seen John MOuse recently garner airplay on national radio and you can easily see why on this beautifully understated track which helps to really emphasise the haunting vocals.  The chorus on closing track Gladiator/Contender can’t help but bring back memories of the 90’s tv show Gladiators bringing the excellent, unpredictable record to a close which takes you through a range of emotions in addition to be drenched in diversity.  


Terrible Love-Doubt Mines

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Doubt Mines is the latest EP from Terrible Love, who are made up of former members of various notable post punk bands and has been released on the Big Scary Monsters label.

Right from the start of opening track First Flowers you get the impression that this will be a faultless record, with its emotive, guttural vocals a highlight as well as being something which features prominently throughout the record. If Terrible Mines didn’t get off to a good enough start they hit you quickly with the frantic Torch the Fields, which is followed up by the angst ridden yet melodic Separate Graves. The EP’s title track is a real stand out moment which sees Terrible Love put together all the components that have been working for them to make for an outstanding track with riffs that jump straight out at you. I really can’t say a bad word about Doubt Mines and the final track, A Better Light brings this excellent record to a climatic and fitting conclusion.

You can get the EP here.

Frauds-With Morning Toast & Jam & Juice

fraudsIt’s been around four years since Croydon two-piece Frauds have featured on this blog and the band have been vey busy with all roads leading to the release of their debut album towards the back end of last year. With Morning Toast & Jam & Juice (WMTJJ) was released on the independent label Till Deaf Do Us Party Records.

Opening track Let’s Find Out is full of big drum beats that loom over you while setting the tone for this excellent record. The hard-hitting riffs really stand out on the in your face Smooth before the riotous two-minute burst from The Feeding Frenzy sees the duo rise against backstage toilets. Sandwiches is a real standout moment of the album with its lyrics laced with irony on top of an all out punk rock free for all at times.

The second half of WMTJJ begins with a couple of shorter tracks that encapsulate the exciting Frauds perfectly, first up is Suck Jobs which sees the band really let loose making for an incredibly fun track whilst the impending sense of foreboding that is given off on the riff on Doom means the track could not have a more fitting title. Could’ve, Would’ve, Should’ve displays how well Frauds put together their heavy yet melodic tunes along with some brilliant, witty and observational lyrics to really make for a superb all round listening experience.

WMTJJ really hits the spot for me and only makes me regret not really checking out more of Frauds’ recent material sooner, as well as this if you like two piece’s that make plenty of noise you certainly will not be disappointed by this record.

You can get the album here.

My Sad Captains-Sun Bridge

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London’s My Sad Captains have released their fourth album, Sun Bridge, which is also the second record they have released since signing to the Bella Union label.


Following line-up changes since their last album you can distinctly hear a more expanded sound from My Sad Captains of which opening track, Early Rivers is a fine example in addition to acting as a brilliant pre- cursor for the rest of the record.  The band revert more to type on the sublime Everything at the End of Everything, which is dipped in krautrock while still clinging on to its pop sensibilities.  The melodic Don’t Listen to Your Heart has some glorious harmonies that flow wonderfully through this great track that sees the band head into almost ballad territory. 


Curtain Calls can quite simply be described as a beautiful moment on the album as it swoons gloriously through a more understated yet perfect tune.  My Sad Captains also dip their feet into soundscapes and psychedelia on the excellent New Sun which sees the band further develop their sound which really sees them take on new life on this record.  The smooth and slow burning Relive ensure that this encapsulating record draws to a natural conclusion and it was fantastic to hear how My Sad Captain seem to be evolving through time.

You can get the album here.

Cave Wars-Panthers

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Cave Wars have followed up their brilliant self-titled debut album with, Panthers yet another superb album from the band which they have also released and recorded their selves.

The band continue where they left off with a sound full of an 80’s influence as can be heard on the slow burning, opening track Sandbox.  Cave Wars take on a grittier sound on the sublime 1990’s which features enthralling synths which are punctuated by some wonderfully understated vocals.  The slightly more upbeat tones of Drawings contrast the lyrical content brilliantly to give of a sense of foreboding that looms over you.

Cave Wars also display great versatility throughout the record as can be heard on Making A Mess which sees them make a perfect three minute pop song.  I can’t pick a bad tune on Panthers however Tea & Coffee particularly stands out with its dark tones and brooding nature.  The record is rounded off superbly with Hang The Dancers which sounds like it could have come straight out of a sci-fi movie from the 80’s, taking me straight back to my youth.

You can get the album here.


Happy Sadness-EP 1 ½

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Happy Sadness is the solo project of musician Jason Brown and he has recently self-released his latest EP.  The record sees Brown take an alternative take on traditional genres as can be heard on opening track, Desert Eyes, which has a great psychedelic feel to it.  The EP is titled as such as the three tracks on it were previously recorded but have now been reworked to great effect as can be heard on the more up tempo It’s Loud.  Concluding track Wishing Well sees Happy Sadness take o  yet another sound with its sublime shoegazey intro before developing into a rousing tune that rounds things off brilliantly.

You can get the EP here.


Too Many T’s-South City

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London Hip Hop duo Too Many T’s have release their debut album, South City, which has been two years in the making. With five years of gigs, EP’s and mixtapes behind them Too Many T’s have got Odjbox and Flux Pavillion in on production to make sure this record continues from their previous fine form.

Opening track South City Court jumps straight into the old school hip hop sound that Too Many T’s have become associated and is a great way to commence proceedings. The second single to be taken from the album was Hang Tight, for which they filmed the UK’s first live music video over Facebook and the track itself flows brilliantly with an almost funk sound to it. Live Favourite Diamonds Gold (Ice, white and black) transfers remarkably well to the recorded sound in addition to being a fine example of the humour that Too Many T’s contain within their lyrics.

1992 pt.3 is a continuation of previous tracks that have been on the groups EP’s, and sees them take on a grittier sound before jumping into a bouncy chorus that contrast each other superbly. One of my favourite songs on the album is Panther which sees Too Many T’s delve more into the dance genre whilst also giving off a sense of freedom, as well as showing they are certainly no one dimensional artists. Tearing Us Apart sees traditional hip hop and smooth R & B sounds combined to wonderful effect as these factors allow this sing along track to soar.

Lead single God Save The T’s absolutely epitomises the Too Many T’s sound full of huge bass and beats as well as some crazy mic skills that bring back memories of acts such as the Beastie Boys. The intro to Start The Fire has an ominous tone to it before diving into an all-out banger which makes for a perfect way to end a truly exceptional record, the only thing I could say is that I hope Too Many T’s don’t make us wait another five years for album number two.

You can get the album here.