Here we are again. A round up of our favourite postings of the month. Twenty one outstanding songs from July plus three new ones to make the perfect mix tape. From folk to garage to stoner rock and summer pop it is all here for you. Download, burn to CD, play – groove!
1) Sharon Van Etten – Love More mp3
A slow burning, mesmerising song that envelops like a soft blanket with that always captivating and haunting voice to the fore
2) Roadside Graves – Everything mp3
Another absolute gem of ramshackle, atmospheric country rock
3) Bombay Bicycle Club – Jewel mp3
Acoustic folk standout from classy new album
4) Vanish Valley – Bad Things mp3
Short, mournful folky lament about being used by the Devil as “the sun slips down the ceiling“.
5) Best Coast – Boyfriend mp3
More 60s inspired lo-fi pop goodness from flavour of the month…
6) Dax Riggs – No One Will Be A Stranger mp3
Scuzzy, hypnotic blend of swamp rock with buzzsaw guitars and a healthy dose of psychedelia
7) Javi Garcia & The Cold Cold Ground – The Pills mp3
A mix of gothic country, bitter folk, full on righteous, reverb heavy southern rock, and straight-up country. All with ominous, brooding fiddle
8) Big Blood – Lay Your Head On The Rails II mp3
Comes across like an outtake from Rust Never Sleeps – feedback buzz and a big fat riff powers from the speakers while the reedy, but determinedly unbreakable vocals fight to the finish to make themselves heard
9) Ten Kens – Screaming Viking mp3
Heavenly vocals appear hauntingly over dark sludgy guitars with a surprisingly spiky post-punk riff
10) Lower Dens – Hospice Gates mp3
Weirdly beautiful, it is throbbing, insistent drone-pop on the one hand and haunting, ghostly freak-folk on the other
11) Rare Grooves – Cause For Concern mp3
Hybrid of anthemic chanting, finger-picked twang, and sometimes experimental sounding guitar
12) Fungi Girls – Doldrums mp3
A shuffling groove and dynamic hook – three minutes of pure joyful escapism that tips its hat to Bo Diddley by way of the Jesus & Mary Chain.
13) Secret Colours – Jellybean mp3
Psych-pop with warm, hazy guitars and vocals to match. Evocative of lava lamps, kaleidoscopic displays and some heavy weed man.
14) The Bees – Silver Line mp3
A little summer breeze of a taster, trademark harmonies and the sunshine are there in equal measure to put a smile on your face
15) Bridal Party – Made Me mp3
A freak folk extravaganza, a heady concoction of pulsing rhythms, drone and echoing, downtrodden vocals
16) Screaming Females – I Don’t Mind It mp3
Grungy, distorted and catchy as hell
17) Ghost Animal – In Shrouds mp3
Frantic, but eerie, slice of garage psychedelia that is fuzzy, distorted and deliciously sleazy.
18) The War Crimes – Levin As I mp3
More down-tempo, minimalist pessimism from MM faves
19) Black Mountain – Hair Song mp3
Classic rock. Enough said.
20) Moulettes – Talisman mp3
Avant-garde folk with strands of classical, gypsy, jazz, and rock that create a complex yet accessible whole.
21) Minks – Ophelia mp3
Reflective, 80s tinged dream pop
And three more corking new ones. Enjoy the jangly, indie pop perfection of French Films and the breezy summer pop of The Knocks and then immerse yourself in rock ‘n’ roll’s sleazy underbelly that is Nick Cave’s brilliant Grinderman.
Download Grinderman – Heathen Child mp3 (from Heathen Child 7″)
Download The Knocks – Make It Better mp3 (from Make It Better 7″)
Download French Films – Golden Sea mp3 (from Golden Sea 7″)