Lucky Elephant – Star Sign Trampoline
These guys play both kinds of my favourite music – plinky AND plonky. It’s all very melodic, sweet and beautifully produced with loads of old synths, harmoniums and the like thrown into the mix. A lot of it sounds a bit like the theme music from Charlie Brown too. This is no bad thing. Like Air were Swedish and lived in the Bronx. Very groovy. Man.
Discovery – Discovery
This? A different kind of plinky and less satisfying. More hard edged in places, more confused too and not as memorable. There are quite a lot of synthy-vocorder vocals too. A bit like they really like Ne-yo which I’m absolutely sure they don’t. 11 year olds would love to have it on their mobile phones though I’m sure. At that stage I got bored and switched it off because life is too short.
Method Man / Redman – Blackout! 2
It has an exclamation mark in the title so it must be good, right? Eh, no. Jesus there’s hip-hop that can inspire, excite, light up clubs and the world and this is very much not it. It’s not Public Enemy, The Beastie Boys, Jay-Z, decent Kanye, old Busta Rhymes, LL Cool J or NWA. Instead you get hackneyed old beats, being a dope nigga and rolling with your “g”s. Motherf*cking dire.
Benny Andersson Band – Story Of A Heart
There is a strong possibility you’ll come to this looking for more magic from the man responsible, in part, for some of the most incredible pop music of the 20th century. I’m afraid you’re going to have to leave that hat at the door as Abba this is very much not, it’s his Swedish folk band project and is pretty much as diddley-eye as you can get. The first song is called Glasgow Boogie for instance. There’s German oom-pah music. Some of it sounds like it borders on the incidental music they play in the background in Disneyland. There are also some ones with vocals too. Not for me.
Reverend & The Makers – A French Kiss In The Chaos
This is pretty much more of the last one if you liked that. Huge wall of sound style indie rock that will play well live and in big tents during summer months. Really like Long, Long Time as I mostly do classy slow ones in energy filled albums. Can see it growing on me.