Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Rough Trade Album Club - October 2017 Pack

A strong one! The core album is Kelela - Take me apart + Bonus cd. 8/10 (however Maltapost is acting weird so I received this last week, despite the fact that it was dispatched on the first of the month) The other albums: Moses Sumney - Aromanticism. 8/10 Wolf Alice - Visions of a Life - 7.5/10 Coming up November - Ojala December - Jim James January - ????

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Rough Trade Album Club - September 2017 Pack

So this month the core album has not arrived. If it doesn't show up soon. I'll buy a copy so watch this space. Other albums Jen cloher - Self-titled. 7.5/10. Jen Cloher is the founder of Mil records and is Courtney Barnett's partner. This is her fifth album and it sounds like Courtney Barnett except a bit proggy. Kurt Vile makes an appearance. Queens of the Stone Age - Villains. 8/10. Pretty good. A lot of fun. Upcoming October - Kelela November - Ojala December... oh the magazine is no more... but subscription is now cheaper. *update* I received another copy after emailing RT. They sent me a vinyl version, which is beautiful but it has a download code so my rating for the album is 8/10.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Rough Trade Album Club; August 2017 Pack

A great month Girl Ray - Earl Grey + Bonus disc + Moshi Moshi sampler. At first I thought this album was dreary but then it all clicked. Great proggy jangle pop. 8/10 Late Night Tales: BADBADBNOTGOOD. A first class compilation 8.5/10 Childhood - Universal High. Another top album. 8/10 September: Hercules and Love Affair October: Kelela November: Ojala

Monday, July 31, 2017

Rough Trade Album Club - July 2017 Pack

Well The thing is I only received the core cd. I did order Little Barrie and Sheer Mag but the Sheer Mag album is delayed, which in turn means my remaining two albums have been delayed as well. This is the Kit - Moonshine Freeze + Bonus Cd. This is an excellent album. Homemade melodies and great choruses. Well worth investing in. 8.5/10 UPDATE Everything's been received Sheer Mag - Need to feel your love. Excellent .Southern rock with a disco element. Catchy all around. 9/10 Little Barrie - Death Express. it's ok but at 20 tracks it's a bit tiring. 7/10 August - Girl Ray September - no idea October - no idea November - Ojala????

Monday, June 26, 2017

Rough Trade Album Club June 2017 Pack

An excellent month. The core album was compilation, actually a double cd mix curated by Max Richter and it is amazing! beautifully mixed and the track selection ranges from classical, modern compositions and post rock and it comes with a bonus cd with the post rocks bands tracks in full, so it's definitely value for money. However this is mood music so I did not play the compilation as much as I wanted to. It is great though 8.5/10 The other cd was Aldous Harding's Party. I guess you could describe her as a female Perfume Genius. All the songs are slow burners but they are excellent. 8.5/10 the last cd was Pumarosa's The Witch. A first class selection of modern psychedelia. The songs are slightly catchier in the second half of the album but i'm definitely not complaining. 8/10 forthcoming.... July - This is the Kit August - Girl Ray September ????

Monday, May 29, 2017

Rough Trade Album Club May 2017 Pack

A Satisfactory month. April's core cd was Mac DeMarco's This Old Dog + a bonus cd of instrumentals. On the whole This Old Dog is a very strong album. I am a fan of Mac so I'm glad to receive this. The album is not as good as his previous ones but I still enjoyed it. 8/10 The rest: Thurston Moore - Rock n Roll Consciousness. Basically if you are fan of Sonic Youth's more catchy side then get this album. I am and I'm glad I got it. 8/10. There's 5 track but they are good. Alice Coltrane - Ecstatic Music. A cd of chants by Alice Coltrane. When I receive compilations like this, I usually listen to them when I'm in the mood. So although I gave it a couple of spins, I will definitely be returning to this compilation when I'm doing something taxing. 7/10. June - London Grammar???? July - This is the Kit?? August - Earl Grey???

Monday, April 24, 2017

Rough Trade Album Club - April 2017 Pack

April's album was a bit of a surprise. After two growers we received the Big Moon debut, Love int he 4th Dimension, which is a no nonsense indie rock album. Is it good? very! out of the eleven tracks (there are four bonus tunes tacked on to the end but they ruin the record's pace) ten of them can be singles. Not one dull moment and it's a lot of fun. The cd came with a bonus disc and has a terrific cover of Madonna's Beautiful Stranger. 8.5/10 I also got Jarvis Cocker and Chilly Gonzales' collaboration, Room 29, A concept album about events which have taken place in hotel Chateau Marmont's room 29., which is famous for it's grand piano. in fact the album itself was recorded there as well. Jarvis Cocker's lyrics on this album are funny and Chilly's playing is excellent. It is a perfect collaboration and so are the end results. 9.5/10 Last was Here Lies Man's self-titled debut. Apparently it's an Antibalas side project and there are elements. Maybe it's a bit rougher but I like it and there's a lot of musical twists and turns. 8/10 Upcoming: May: Mac DeMarco June: London Grammar