STATE CHAMPION – FANTASY ERROR

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‘Slacker Americana’ from Kentucky / Chicago based State Champion, the bands new release Fantasy Error is out later this spring on Sophomore Lounge, both the bands previous releases are in my record collection and have featured on Beat Surrender, Stale Champagne in 2005 and Deep Shit in 2011, the new album is also available on vinyl too.

Clocking in at a vinyl optimum of 45 minutes the band have infused the critical elements of rock and alt-country into a wonderfully tumbledown creation, that shakes, rattles and rolls itself along a meandering musical path.



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Vinyl Love – GIORGIO TUMA WITH LAETITIA SADIER

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Italian musician GIORGIO TUMA and his band have collaborated with ex-STEREOLAB member LAETITIA SADIER on lead vocals for single ‘Through Your Hands Love Can Shine’, which is released Monday 11th May 2015 on clear 7″ vinyl and digitally.

The A-side is beautiful reggae-tinged pop, taken from a new album coming soon on Elefant Records. B-side ‘Anna, My Dear’ was previously released as a digital single, a slow-paced dreamy lounge song which was recently hand-picked by BBC 6 Music’s Gideon Coe for their 6 Recommends Day.



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Joanna Gruesome – Peanut Butter

Welsh fuzz-pop exponents Joanna Gruesome follow their Welsh Music Prize winning debut, Weird Sister with another winner, Peanut Butter  is a real joy to the ears and definitely of the crunchy not smooth variety, the ten track release could be squeezed onto to a single side of vinyl but packs a lot of punch into it’s brevity. Scuzzy guitars and off-kilter drums combine with infectious melodies and the whole thing careers along at a pace with lead-singer Alanna McArdle’s voice going from cooing to screaming the album is wonderfully dynamic and demands the volume is turned up to the max.

Peanut Butter is available in the UK on limited edition vinyl from the fine folks at Fortuna POP! from Slumberland in the US and Turnstile everywhere else.

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