Archives for December 2017

An Amalgamated Albums A-Z of 2017 (From Binker And Moses to Roger Waters)

As we approach another year’s end reflecting on what wares touched us the most on the aural plane, it's clear once more that there have just been too many things released to boil it all down here into a fully comprehensive, easily portable or competitive clickbait compendium. Instead, below is an independently-selected clutch of albums and one … [Read more...]

A Certain Ratio – The Graveyard And The Ballroom, To Each… & Force (reissues)

In the same way that there was more to ‘80s Rough Trade Records than just The Smiths, there was far more to Factory Records than the dominating narratives of The Happy Mondays, Joy Division and New Order.  Beneath the Factory umbrella also flourished a clutch of other talents who deserve greater recognition, especially as their influence becomes … [Read more...]

Autobahn – The Moral Crossing

Looking at Autobahn's second album, its darkly mordant sleeve, the band's name, the post-industrial and gothic connotations that these inevitably provoke, it would seem only too easy to dismiss the Leeds band as Eighties revivalists, re-configuring the riffs and lyrical themes of the likes of Killing Joke, Sisters Of Mercy and indeed Joy Division, … [Read more...]

Virginia Wing / Xam Duo – Tomorrow’s Gift

With December’s record label schedules bloated by boxsets, reissues and novelty artefacts, it’s a relief to still find late-in-the-year releases appearing with something fresh.  Enter then, this charmed collaborative affair from London’s Virginia Wing and Yorkshire’s Xam Duo.  With already burgeoning kudos building around the two outfits in recent … [Read more...]