PRINCE And JAMES BROWN Join Forces In Manchester – New Album ‘ACR LOCO’ By Post-Punk-Funk Legends A CERTAIN RATIO Out Now

25 September 2020

First album in 12 years

AllMusic/Andy Kellman verdict: “ACR Loco is freer in spirit and lighter in touch than their previous LP, Mind Made Up. While ACR could be forgiven for feeling the weight of a 40-year history, there’s a spring in their step… They’re as comfortable with referring to their past as they are with exhibiting old and new inspirations… it’s all put together in a way that only A Certain Ratio could possibly manage… forward motion and eternal optimism.”

Full review here.

Turn Up The Volume‘s first impressions: sounds like the late great sex machines Prince and James Brobn teamed up in ACR’s notorious Manchester haven, recording together in the infamous Haçienda night club with the band’s Jez Kerr in the production room.”


The good old days

R.I.P. Denise Johnson

New Album ‘MAKING A DOOR LESSEN OPEN’ By CAR SEAT HEADREST

13 May 2020

‘Making A Door Less Open’ by WILL TOLEDO and his band CAR SEAT HEADREST
12th longplayer – released: 1st May 2020

A word from Toledo:“Each track is the result of an intense battle to bring out its natural
colors and transform it into a complete work. The songs contain elements of EDM, hip hop, futurism, doo-wop, soul, and of course rock and roll. But underneath all these things I think these may be folk songs, because they can be played and sung in many different ways, and they’re about things that are important to a lot of people: anger with society, sickness, loneliness, love…the way this album plays out is just our own interpretation of the tracks,
with Andrew, Ethan and I forming a sort of choir of contrasting natures.

TUTV score: 4/5

Check in…


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Toledo about wearing a mask: I decided to start wearing a mask for a couple of reasons. One, I still get nervous being onstage with everybody looking at me. If everyone is looking at the mask instead, then it feels like we’re all looking at the same thing, and that is more honest to me. Two, music should be about enjoying yourself, especially live music, and I think of this costume as a way to remind myself and everyone else to have some fun with it.”

CAR SEAD HEADREST: Facebook

NOW PLAYING! Alluring Debut Album By Canadian Singer/Songwriter ZINNIA – Here’s ‘SENSATIONS IN TWO DOT’…

1 December 2019

Artist: ZINNIA

Who: “The Toronto-based art-pop project of Rachael Cardiello.
With layered synth and driving beats she brings an explosive range
to her writing, equal parts intimate and fierce.”

AlbumSENSATIONS IN TWO DOT

Released: 22 November 2019

Zinnia about her alluring debut: “‘Sensations in Two Dot’ focuses on moments of
doubt, creative, societal, and persona, exploring what it means to hold compassion
through the multifaceted, grey areas of life. Whether in the isolated town of Two Dot,
Montana (population 143) or the buzzing streets of Toronto (population 2.6 million),
these nine songs probe the complex, unsettling similarities found in the human experience:
the hauntings of unrelenting dreams, tensions and tender triumphs in relationships, systems
of abuse threaded through communities, and the search for compassion and visibility in everyday interactions.”

TUTV says: Mesmeric vox and gripping songwriter you can file
easily next to Angel Olsen, Sharon Van Etten and St. Vincent


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ZINNIA: Facebook

NOW PLAYING! New Mindboggling Album By PSYCHIATRIC METAPHORS – Here’s ‘HOTEL RADIATION

26 November 2019

Band: PSYCHIATRIC METAPHORS

Who: The musical project of New Jersey artist Sam Taylor.

Album: HOTEL RADIATION – released 19 October

Sound: Mastermind Sam Taylor describes in detail the side effects of listening to his new record: “Welcome to Hotel Radiation. Please enjoy your stay at our lovely establishment. Many of our visitors see or hear things that do not exist. They also experience Dilated pupils, increased blood pressure, increased body temperature, loss of organs, depression and psychosis all of which are all typical to any guest and shouldn’t frighten you in any way Effects typically begin within half an hour and can last for up to 12 hours after leaving. Other side effects include Radiation poisoning, suicidal thoughts, and flashbacks, and enslavement to the American government.”

Discover the psych-o-delic
madness right here…

NOW PLAYING! New Psych Groove Extravaganza Album By 10000 RUSSOS – Here’s ‘KOMPROMAT’…

10 November 2019

Band: 10000 RUSSOS

Who: A trio that emerged from what they call “a dark, decadent city of a peripheral country in a peripheral continent”: Porto, Portugal. They formed in 2012 and soon released a four-track EP, triggering some national buzz and, as many great guitar bands these days, they stumbled upon the international Psych community.

Sound: “In opposition to most of their peers, 10,000 Russos have concentrated on creating soundscapes of the subconscious. Recalling the savage and repetitive progressions of Neu!
and the longest and grimmest drones of Suicide, the marching heartbeat in the background gives the music the stomp of a solemn drumming ritual across the wastelands of the mind
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Album: KOMPROMAT – the band’s third longlayer –
released 8 October 2019 – available via Fuzz Club

Score: ‘Kompromat’ is an endless mind-blowing psychedelic journey that will transfer you to a trance-like state of escapism once you pressed play. Droning groove extravaganza and inexhaustible Krautrock eccentricity from another galaxy, far away from the boredom of our daily reality. Your aural perception will never be the same again after this trip.

Stream/purchase album here…


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10000 RUSSOS: Facebook

(photo: FB 10000 Russos)

NOW PLAYING! Debut Album By Electronic Artist KA FU – ‘ENCODING: MASTER’…

26 October 2019

Artist: KA FU
Who: “Physically residing in Milan, Ka Fu’s true home is his music – a place of constant innovation and freedom. As a result of being born and raised in the previously closed Russian military city of Severodvinsk, Ka Fu is a self-confessed global nomad. Addicted to perpetual change, his one constant is the desire to create, using the endless possibilities of sound to communicate his message to the universe.”
Album: ENCODING: MASTER – his debut LP
Released: 18 October 2019
Sound: A varied and multifaceted, atmospheric mix of techno, dance, trip-hop, electronic waves and cinematic soundscapes. Mind massage music that creates a feeling of delightful relaxation. Think Massive Attack, Leftfield, Orbital, Depeche Mode and sound expert Brian Eno

Enjoy here…

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KA FU: Facebook

NOW PLAYING! Barbed Debut LP By US Punk Gang DUMP HIM – Here’s ‘DYKES TO WATCH OUT FOR’…

17 October 2019

Band: DUMP HIM
Who: Kinda good queercore band then, queercore now, and
queercore forever from Northampton & Boston, MA, US
AlbumDYKES TO WATCH OUT FOR 
Released: 30 August 2019
Sound: A band that cares about all the oppressed ones, the mistaken ones, the confused ones, the lost ones, the queer ones and about all sorts of human inequality. And the music I hear you ask? A boiling mix of punk extravaganza and razor-sharp rockers spiced with an avalanche of jittery riffs, straight-out ranting vocals and an overall uproarious edginess.

Stream/purchase the biting agitations right here…


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DUMP HIM: Facebook