Monday, February 1, 2016

Rough Trade Album of the Month Club: January 2016 Pack

Quite a multicultural month - good way to start the year. Core Album Hinds - Leave me Alone + Bonus CD 8.5 Very good! Catchy indie tunes with a DIY feel. Bill Baird - Earth into Aether + Bonus CD - 6 I probably listened to this one the most but I found it difficult to get into. It's 80 minutes long and varies in musical style. As always by the end of the year this rating could change. Baaba Maal - The Traveller - 8.5 . I enjoyed this one. Now and then the club sends me music from Africa and I always find it a treat. I spent a lot of time walking listening to this album. February - Sunflower Bean (very excited about this) March - Unloved ?? Tiga??? April - Black Mountain???

Monday, December 28, 2015

Rough Trade Album of the Month Club: December 2015 Pack

Usually in December the selection is not as strong and usually does not have bonus discs. This month's pack was a teensy bit disappointing. I'm not complaining though as the Jan to Nov packs were amazing. Anyway, here we go: Core cd: Golden Teacher - The First Three EPs - I did not expect this at all and it came as a pleasant surprise. It's basically dancey post punk rhythms. It's a fun album and I will definitely try incorporate some tracks in my dj sets. 7/10. Sheer Mag - I/II. Excellent. Catchy, fun and short. I'm expecting big things from this band. 8/10. Various Artists - Ghosts of Christmas Past (remake). Every December the club releases a Christmas themed cd or two and in my 8 years as a member I have never received one. It seemed that this year it was my turn. Ghosts of Christmas Past is a reissue of a classic post punk compilation with an added second cd of new material. On the whole it is ok but not something I would play often 6/10. Upcoming core albums January: Hinds (Yes!) or maybe Bill Baird (no clue) February: Sunflower Bean (YES!!!) March: Unloved (no clue here)

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Rough Trade Album of the Month Club - November 2015 Pack

Not too shabby Core Album Floating Points - Eleania + Bonus cd. 9/10. Great Electronica album. British Sea Power - Sea of Brass + Bonus Dvd. 8/10. I haven't seen the dvd yet though. Fuzz - II. 7/10. Good riffs but a bit overlong. December - Evangelist January - Hinds or Bill Baird February - Sunflower Bean (YES) March - Unloved.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Rough Trade Album of the Month Club- October 2015 Pack

Great selection! Core Album: John Grant - Grey Tickles, Black Pressure + Bonus Cd. 9/10. In 2012 Grant's second album Pale Green Ghosts was the album of the month, this one is much better. Protomartyr - The Agent Intellect. 8/10. Great post punk. Rhodes - Wishes. 7/10. A bit too poppy for my tastes and too many bonus tracks. However there are some soaring tunes. November: Floating Points December: ???? January: Hinds???, Bill Baird??

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Rough Trade Album of the Month Club - September 2015 Pack

This month I did not receive my pack due to it being lost in the mail. HOWEVER Rough trade sent me a replacement (yay) and I got it on Monday 28th so I have to listen to the cds properly before I rate them. Watch this space. Core Album Max Richter - From Sleep + Bonus Disc 7.5/10. Now and then the club will send an album by a neo classical composer. In the past I've received Chilly Gonzalez's Piano Concertos, A Winged Victory for the Sullen, Riceboy sleeps and now Max Richter. I admit that these albums require a lot of patience and take a few years to sink in fully. At the moment From Sleep is a seven but could be a ten in a few years. Royal Headache - High - 8/10 Excellent, perky indie. The Arcs - Yours Dreamily - 8/10. Anything with Black Keys on it gets a thumbs up from me! Next up October: John Grant November: Floating Points December ????? (no idea whatsoever) January - Hinds

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Rough Trade Album of the Month Club, August 2015 Pack

A solid selection: Core album: Georgia - Self-titled + bonus cd. 8/10 Good accessible dance music. Innovative at times and fun too. Mac DeMarco - Another One + Bonus cd. 7.7/10 I'm a Mac DeMarco fan so I'm glad I got this one from the club. It's also the first time they've sent me something from the Captured Tracks label. My gripe is that it's only 23 minutes long. The last time I received a mini album was Eugene McGuinness' The Early Learnings of Eugene McGuinness back in 2007. Dornik - Self-titled 7.5/10. This one took ages for me to get but eventually it did and the smooth beats made my hot summer afternoons more tolerable. Coming Up: September: Max Richter or Dam Funk ( i think it will be Max Richter, the club loves piano based modern composition) October - John Grant (yay) November- Floating Points (wow)

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Rough Trade Album of the Month Club July 2015 Pack

Not many bonus cds but a strong pack: Core Album : Ezra Furman - Perpetual Motion People + Bonus cd. 8.5/10 - One of the best moments was walking around Camden with this album blasting out of my ipod. Leon Bridges - Coming Home 8/10 - Great Soul Fraser A. Gorman - Slow Gum 8/10 - The next Bob Dylan? some terrific melodies. Coming up August: Georgia, Royal Headache, Mac Demarco - my money's on Georgia September - Max Richter??? , Dam Funk?? October - John Grant