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Junto
Junto
Price: £7.98

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still Feeling The Force, 25 Aug 2014
This review is from: Junto (Audio CD)
Whether or not you still believe Basement Jaxx to be a vital force in
the Listening World will depend to a large extent on your staying power.
It seems hard to believe that their debut 'Remedy' first hit the streets
in 1999. Is it me or does that seem like an absolute freakin' age ago!

Look, my money is still following the music. Simon Ratcliffe and Felix Brown
continue to have the right stuff as far as I'm concerned. There's a crisp,
knowing and refreshing sweet-soul-disco quality to Junto which effortlessly
synthesises much of what has gone down on the dancefloor over the past
quarter of a century or more and they deliver it with pizazz and panache.

If you don't immediately start jiggling to a song like 'What's The News'
then you need to get a rhythm gland transplant; it's as splendid a piece
of mirrorball-heaven as I've heard this side of the 80's and then some!
The tropical Afro-Latin mayhem of 'Rock This Road', too, is totally
addictive and the shuffling beach party beats of 'Mermaid Of Salinas'
channels the spirit of Sergio Mendes into an irresistible Brazilian frenzy.

The Force is clearly still with them!

Highly Recommended.


Royal Blood
Royal Blood
Offered by nagiry
Price: £6.53

30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New Rock Royalty, 25 Aug 2014
This review is from: Royal Blood (Audio CD)
Crikey! These two boys from Brighton make a big noise and no mistake.
Royal Blood, Mike Kerr (vocals and Bass) and Ben Thatcher (drums), have some
spectacular rock chemistry going on. From the moment that the explosive
opening number 'Out Of The Black' hits the back wall it's very hard to believe
that there are only two instruments at work here and the energy barely lets
up for a moment throughout these ten blistering tracks. The spirit of Led
Zeppelin would appear to be still alive and well in this fine ensemble's hands.
Mr Kerr has one helluva voice too; the third element which binds the whole
thing together and to top it all there are some really good tunes here as well.

Three listens in and it's hard to pick the winners. It's all good. Very good indeed.
'Come On Over', with its massive chugging riff, has enough power in its bones
to light up a city should the National Grid break down; 'Figure It Out', too,
thunders along on the back of a beat which makes your knees rattle and features
one of Mr Kerr's strongest vocal performances; 'Loose Change', coming in to
land at just over two and a half minutes, is a model of economy and deliciously
old-fashioned in the best possible great-band-in-a-garage kind-of way but
if I had to pick a favorite the the bluesy rip-roaring mid-paced final song
'Better Strangers' ticks all the boxes for a guaranteed Rock Royalty future.

This is terrific stuff. Play it loud. Very Loud!

Highly Recommended.
Comment Comments (4) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Oct 2, 2014 8:31 AM BST


V
V
Price: £11.92

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartfelt Swedish Electro-Pop Dreams, 24 Aug 2014
This review is from: V (Audio CD)
Love a bit of dark Swedish pop? Yeah me too. JJ deliver it in spades.
Their new album 'V' has an epic flavour. These dozen tracks, including
its brief haunting drone of an introduction are full of broodingly beautiful
and memorable tunes carried with grace and grandeur by singer Elin
Kastlander and her partner in crime, electronics wizard, Joakim Benon.

Jump straight to 'Dean & Me' for a taste of big-boned synth gorgeousness
which is not a million miles away from some of ABBA's finest moments (no
kidding -just close your eyes and listen to the chorus without prejudice!)
'When I Need You', too, has a heart melting melody which floats in and
out of the spare, dream-like arrangement like a lost soul in search of love.
'Hold Me' drifts into darker territory with its menacing robotic opening
recitative and the wintry ebb and flow of Ms Kastlander's almost spectral
vocal performance. For pure stripped-down simplicity, however, look no
further than the almost prayer-like harmonies of the sublime 'Be Here Now'.

This wonderful recording is just the thing to warm the Autumn nights ahead.

Highly Recommended.


I Really Hate My Job [DVD]
I Really Hate My Job [DVD]
Dvd ~ Neve Campbell
Price: £9.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Strong Ensemble Piece, 24 Aug 2014
This review is from: I Really Hate My Job [DVD] (DVD)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
One night in a seedy, rat infested Soho basement restaurant; five women
and an aging Hollywood actor make up the ingredients for a film which is
in-part engaging, amusing and shot through with the hopes, dreams and
memories of its principal players, all bound together by the overlapping
web of their individual neuroses and personal and professional insecurities.

It takes a while for the film to find its feet but once the characters' personal
narratives are established the momentum increases and the overall shape
of the story achieves greater coherence, although this is at times marred
by clunky editing (the freeze-frame photo trickery is especially irritating).

The narrow confines of the location create a sense of claustrophobia and
dramatic intensity as the women move in and out of one another's space.
The multiple collisions and snatches of dialogue slowly define the emotional
trials and tribulations of five lives bound together by a sense of fragile purpose.

Of the individual performances I was particularly taken with Oana Pellea's
Rita, a brassy, larger-than-life and passionate (if slightly bonkers) failed
socialist revolutionary but Shirley Henderson's voice (reprising her ghostly
Harry Potter manifestation Moaning Myrtle) nearly drove me crackers!

All-in-all a tidy little movie whose fine ensemble work is its greatest strength.


Wooden Head
Wooden Head
Price: £11.12

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Feeling Groovy, 21 Aug 2014
This review is from: Wooden Head (Audio CD)
James Hoare, Max Claps and cohorts make a very nice noise on their
album Wooden Heads. That The Proper Ornaments have a strong
affection for 60's psychedelia is clearly evident in these fourteen
compositions. There's a California-surf-meets-kafatan-ambience about
the project which, for one who has a great fondness for the music of
that decade, brings back sweet memories of naive happy hippie ideals.

Jump straight to 'Magazine' for a taste of The Summer Of Love; its a
lovely melody wrapped up in a web of jangly guitars and soft vocal
harmonies. So too the gorgeously irridescent 'Ruby', a veritable gem.

Tracks such as 'Stereolab' and 'You Shouldn't Have Gone' have a
somewhat heavier gait but the ensemble never quite loses sight of their
hazy nostalgic vision. The tunes are strong and the sentiments are sincere.

Grab it now before you find yourself up to your neck in Autumn leaves.

Recommended.


Vena Portae
Vena Portae
Price: £9.99

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magic Made Simple, 19 Aug 2014
This review is from: Vena Portae (Audio CD)
I'm a big fan of Emily Barker. Her 2013 album 'Almanac' with The Red Clay Halo,
was one of the loveliest albums of that year. It is good to hear her again, therefore,
in this new collaboration with Dom Coyote and Ruben Enzell as Vena Portae.

These eleven songs are so easy to soak up. The folksy/country flavour of their
work has a timeless cabin-in-the-woods quality about it which could, in may ways,
have sprung into the listening world at any point during the past half century.

Wistful, melancholy and quietly affecting, these compositions are crammed
full of good tunes, warm vocal harmonies and deft instrumental arrangements.

Ms Barker can be heard at her best on opening number 'Summer Kills' where
her delightful warble seems to have been touched just a little by the spirit of
Dolly Parton; the brass embellishments deliver additional warmth and depth.
The plaintive harmonica solo on 'Before The Winter Came' works especially
well in a very pretty song which has a bit of a whiff of Peter, Paul and Mary
about it (and nothing wrong with that!) The simple magic of 'Magpie's Carol',
and the salty seafaring ambience of 'Stingrays' are nothing if not enchanting.

A terrific set from a gifted ensemble. There's nothing not to love here.

Highly Recommended.


G-Star Men's Riley R Tanktop Sleeveless Vest, Black, Medium
G-Star Men's Riley R Tanktop Sleeveless Vest, Black, Medium

4.0 out of 5 stars Cool Graphic Vest, 17 Aug 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Although I've never been a big fan of G-Star's faux-urban schtick
this sleeveless vest (the term "tanktop" makes me shiver with the
images it drags up from memory of 70's knitted atrocities -think
Gilbert O'Sullivan!) is a cool piece of white-on-black graphic design.

It's made of 100% cotton and is well-finished.
I ordered XL and it fits just fine.
A very good price too at the time of purchase.

Recommended.


Scotch & Soda Men's Chest Pocket Crew Neck Short Sleeve T-Shirt, White, X-Large
Scotch & Soda Men's Chest Pocket Crew Neck Short Sleeve T-Shirt, White, X-Large
Price: £41.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stylish T, 14 Aug 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Simple. Stylish. Nice. Decent quality white cotton. Small patch pocket
on left side of chest with little "Souvenir De Scotch" logo and semi-
circular yolk on back of neck with blue floral print around the maker's
name inside the shirt. Fits well. Good price. You can't go wrong really.

Made in Turkey.


Stingy Brim Black Pork Pie Hat Heisenberg/Walter White/Breaking Bad Style 100% Wool Felt
Stingy Brim Black Pork Pie Hat Heisenberg/Walter White/Breaking Bad Style 100% Wool Felt
Offered by Gamble & Gunn Ltd
Price: £29.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Taking A Risk, 12 Aug 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Yeah, Yeah, Yeah...I know just what you're thinking! A Wolf in a pork pie hat. I'm off
to New York in a couple of weeks and thought this might give me some street cred.
There is every probability that I am delusional but Mrs Wolf thinks it looks ok on me.

It's very well made by a firm called Gamble and Gunn from wool felt and has a cheeky
little feather tucked into the crown band. I have yet to decide the best angle but am
tending towards "jaunty". It's a bit of a risk but you don't know until you try do you!


Gist Is
Gist Is
Price: £11.78

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Highbrow Northern Shenanigans, 10 Aug 2014
This review is from: Gist Is (Audio CD)
Four blokes from Leeds doing arty stuff. It might be possible
to think this about Adult Jazz's debut album 'Gist Is' until one
digs down into it and find forgiveness for their willfully obscure
lyrical conceits and complex but tightly-structured arrangements.
Forgiveness, too, because when push comes to shove there's
something rather appealing about their hard-won musical vision.

Harry Burgess has an interesting voice; a tad wayward but
entirely at home within the walls of these nine impressive
compositions. It is at its sinuous best on tracks like opener
'Hum', where an introductory dirge evolves into something
more akin to a swampy but snappy Delta grind, shot through
with brassy synth decorations and quasi-Medieval vocal harmonies
and the rather lovely 'Pigeon Skulls' where his slightly effete
falsetto rings out beautifully in a limpid melody which I could
imagine Cassandra Wilson having fun with (think her 'Travelling
Miles' album, 1999). 'Spooks', at almost ten minutes long, somewhat
overstays its welcome and has a few too many ingredients thrown
into the pot to make a coherent stew but numbers like 'Be A Girl'
with its crisp staccato rhythm and the exotic tribal blues of 'Idiot
Mantra' more than make up for minor lapses in judgement and focus.

Comparisons with Wild Beasts are not unwarranted but Adult Jazz are well
on the way to finding a distinctive voice of their own in The Listening World.

Recommended.
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