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Evermore, The Chills + Split Enz @ SmokeCDs.com

Fri, 29 Oct 2004

The Chills, Kora, Evermore, Fly My Pretties + Split Enz @ SmokeCDs.com

We have a fine bunch of New Zealand music this week, including new ones from P-Money, The Chills, Evermore, Kora, Fly My Pretties, plus the remastered reissue of Split Enz's timeless classic 'True Colours'. De La Soul return with their latest work, as does Fatboy Slim. Lamb add their addition to the very popular 'Back To Mine' series, William Shatner (yep, Star Trek) returns to pop music after 30-odd years with the willfully eccentric 'Has Been', and new act Kasabian launch their throbbing dance-rock debut at the unsuspecting pop world. Lastly we would like to recognise the talent of the late John Peel - and his Fabriclive set is a fitting tribute to the great man. He will be missed.

The Chills - Stand By EP - $19.95 See... http://www.mailscience.co.nz/rd/5888MS62fb51cbf44f917542fa63d82bfac5b2

Attention all you legions of Chills fans out there, Martin Phillipps and his bunch of merry music makers are back in the recording arena and sounding fantastic. No longer part of the Flying Nun roster, the 'Stand By' EP is the first new material available in over five years and the first on his own record label. The current band has remained stable for the last five years, in the process gaining a reputation as one of the best ever "live" Chills line-ups, while the songs themselves have been part of the Chills (or Phillipps' solo) sets in the last few years. The sound is immediate, almost raw (think 'Brave Words), and serves as an effective posterity piece for Phillipps and the Chills as they once again launch themselves into the world of "pop" music (according to Phillipps a new full-length album is coming!)

Kora - EP Volume - $11.95 See... http://www.mailscience.co.nz/rd/5889MS62fb51cbf44f917542fa63d82bfac5b2


The latest outfit to come out of New Zealand's buoyant roots-rock (TrinityRoots, Black Seeds, Cornerstone Roots, Fat Freddy's, etc) scene is this Whakatane and Wellington five-piece known as Kora. Made up of the four Kora brothers (Laughton - vocals/guitar/keyboards, Francis - bass/vocals, Stuart - guitar/vocals, Brad - drums) and Dan McGruer (keyboards/bass), this outfit have made a name for themselves via a number of superb live performances (delicious addictive vocal harmonies sailing on an irresistibly tight powerhouse rhythm section) and a stunning track called "Politician" (included on this EP). Produced by the band, engineered by Lee Prebble (Black Seeds, The Phoenix Foundation, TrinityRoots), and mastered by Mu (Fat Freddy's Drop), this is a deep and soulful work, combining elements of rock, dub and reggae to great effect. A superb debut.

Evermore - Dreams - $26.95 See... http://www.mailscience.co.nz/rd/5890MS62fb51cbf44f917542fa63d82bfac5b2

Since winning the 2000 Smokefree Rock Quest, this trio of brothers from Fielding (New Zealand) have quickly risen to the heady heights of antipodean music stardom (recently supporting the likes of Keane and Snow Patrol in Sydney), and with this, their full-length debut, it is easy to see why. Recorded in Seattle, 'Dreams' is an epic slice of "emo" commercial rock, based around a set of meticulously structured and highly melodic songs, which at their best recall the anthemic aesthetic of the likes of U2. 'Dreams' is an album that works well as a "whole" listening piece, so if commercial pop/rock is your thing, Evermore have delivered a massive debut album that is bound to satisfy, and with a band so young, one would have to assume that they are just going to get better with time.

Fly My Pretties - Live At Bats - $26.95 See... http://www.mailscience.co.nz/rd/5891MS62fb51cbf44f917542fa63d82bfac5b2

For those of you not yet aware, local boy Barnaby Weir (Black Seeds, Flash Harry) has a certain knack for the "pop" song that goes way beyond the pleasant reggae grooves of the Black Seeds. Performed, filmed and recorded at Bats Theatre in Wellington over four nights, this live set is as much a testament to the bunch of Wellington's finest young "pop" musicians involved as it is to the vision of Weir. As such, the line-up includes Sam Scott (The Phoenix Foundation), Toby Laing (Fat Freddy's Drop), Mike Fabulous (Black Seeds), Daniel Weetman (Black Seeds), Nato (Paselode), Brendan Moran (ex-Hasselhoff Experiment) and Age Pryor, with the very able soundman/producer Lee Prebble holding it all together. The songs themselves are a mixture of old and new, all penned by Weir except for Age Pryor's touching "Singing In My Soul" and Sam Scott's stunning "Quiet Girl". Undoubtedly a series of magical evenings, the show reproduces well as a listening alone experience, and congratulations must go to the star of the show - Mr Weir - for tackling such a project with genuine style.

Split Enz - True Colours (Remastered) - $17.95 See... http://www.mailscience.co.nz/rd/5892MS62fb51cbf44f917542fa63d82bfac5b2

Well it has taken a while, but this masterpiece from this bunch of kiwi music icons finally gets the reissue/remaster treatment it richly deserves. Originally released 25 years ago, 'True Colours' saw Split Enz at what was arguably both their creative and commercial peak - songwriting duties were split evenly between brothers Tim and Neil Finn, both simultaneously hitting their writing "stride" and producing a slew of hit singles including "I Got You", "I Hope I Never", "Nobody Takes Me Seriously" and "Poor Boy". This new version comes with a brand new colour combination as selected by Noel Crombie (some of you may remember the original LPs coming out in different colour combinations), a new 12 page full colour booklet including lyrics and photos, and was remastered by Eddie Rayner and Steve Smart in Sydney. Oh yes, it sounds simply fantastic too.

P-Money - Magic City - $26.95 See... http://www.mailscience.co.nz/rd/5893MS62fb51cbf44f917542fa63d82bfac5b2

The initial spotlight that shone on Auckland DJ & producer P-Money has faded a little recently, with his friend and successful collaborator Scribe dominating press and sales in New Zealand's hip-hop scene. This is no bad thing though; instead it has allowed this incredibly talented young man to come up with an excellent sophomore long player, which stands as an impressive follow up to his already classic 'Big Things' album. P-Money's standing in both the local and international hip-hop community has gone from strength to strength since his debut, and an international cast of emcee talent combined with New Zealand's finest gives the album a truly global feel. 'Magic City' makes an impact - it’s a record that could have failed miserably but seems more likely to become another classic for its maker and another example of the incredible rise of New Zealand hip-hop over the last two years.

De La Soul - The Grind Date - $29.95 See... http://www.mailscience.co.nz/rd/5894MS62fb51cbf44f917542fa63d82bfac5b2

'The Grind Date' proves that even after fifteen years in the rap game, De La Soul are still one of the most distinctively brilliant crews in hip-hop, and shows the pretenders out there how to achieve an album that holds your attention from start to finish. The first of two albums planned for 2004, 'The Grind Date' sees Dave, Mase & Pos continuing to astound critics and fans alike, containing an energy rappers half their age would die for. Guests include R&B crooner Carl Thomas, spiritually enlightened rapper Common, and the self-confessed weirdest man in hip-hop, MF Doom, while guest production also comes from the likes of Madlib and Jaydee (of Slum Village and The Pharcyde fame). This collaborative approach helps keep the album fresh, and gives the whole package a musicality that makes it completely listenable throughout. Once again they have produced a sure fire contender for hip-hop album of the year.

William Shatner - Has Been - $26.95 See... > http://www.mailscience.co.nz/rd/5895MS62fb51cbf44f917542fa63d82bfac5b2


Although more famous in his Star Trek role as Captain Kirk, 36 years ago William Shatner was responsible for an album widely regarded as a bonafide "cult" classic known as 'Transformed Man'. 2004 sees Shatner resurrecting his music career once again, this time collaborating with the very talented Ben Folds and a slew of studio guests (and fans) including Joe Jackson, Lemon Jelly, Henry Rollins, Nick Hornby, Adrian Belew, Aimee Mann, Sebastian Steinberg (Soul Coughing) and Jon Auer (The Posies). Including a stunning version of Pulp's "Common People" (one of the best cover versions you will hear all year), Shatner's deadpan narrative delivery perfectly suits his wry observations and humorous rants, while Folds' sympathetic backing arrangements provides the perfect platform throughout this curious album. 'Has Been' is an engaging and intriguing listen which will appeal to indie fans and eccentric pop fans alike (and of course you legions of Trekkies).

Fatboy Slim - Palookaville - $26.95 See... http://www.mailscience.co.nz/rd/5896MS62fb51cbf44f917542fa63d82bfac5b2

Much has been made of the fact that Cook is using real instruments on his latest effort 'Palookaville' (his first since 2000's 'Halfway Between The Gutter And The Stars'), but to be honest it would appear to be "business as usual", albeit quality "business as usual" from the man (who like Moby) took dance music to the masses. Sure there are a number of guest vocalists and collaborators, a handful of which bring some truly inspiring moments to this album - the vocally dextrous "Wonderful Night" (featuring Blackalicious rapper Lateef), the punky-pop "Long Way From Home" (featuring Brighton band Jonny Quality), the gorgeous "Put It Back Together" (featuring Blur's Damon Albarn), the deliciously punchy "Push And Shove" (featuring Justin Robertson), and the soulful bop of "The Journey" (again featuring Lateef) - but it is Cook's ability to create genuinely uplifting euphoric "pop" music that truly shines here.

Kasabian - Kasabian - $26.95 http://www.mailscience.co.nz/rd/5897MS62fb51cbf44f917542fa63d82bfac5b2

This four-piece out of Leicester are apparently one of Liam Gallagher's favourite bands, and for once he may be right! With a rock sound that incorporates throbbing electronica, Kasabian make swaggering anthemic pop music that recalls the better parts of Primal Scream and the Happy Mondays without sounding retro or dated. All of this is backed up by some pretty decent songs, catchy sloganeering rhetoric, and plenty of suitably lean classic rock'n'roll-meets-electro, while in between the throbbing anthems ("Club Foot", "Processed Beats" "LSF"), Kasabian also bring a little welcome atmospheric subtlety ("Butcher Blues", "Running Battle", "Test Transmission") to proceedings. For those of you searching for a belligerent replacement for your Underworld and Leftfield albums, this mighty debut could be just the ticket.

Back To Mine Series - Lamb - $31.95 http://www.mailscience.co.nz/rd/5898MS62fb51cbf44f917542fa63d82bfac5b2

The latest set in the excellent 'Back To Mine' home listening series comes from Lamb, or more specifically their music maker extraordinaire Andy Barlow. As you'd expect from the man behind the rather brilliant "Gorecki" it is a deeply percussive, spiritual and mesmerising affair - hence this set's "Voodoo Sessions" title. Impeccably selected, this collection features the likes of Dr John, Nina Simone as remixed by Masters At Work, French outfit Melaaz, Nitin Sawhney, Hipoptimist (a pre-Lamb Barlow work), Omar Faruk Tekbilek as remixed by Hefner, bluesman Chris Thomas King, The Bug Vs Rootsman, and Nabintou Diakite (taken from the Damon Albarn 'Mali Music' project). Like the Death In Vegas set released earlier this year, this collection from Barlow way exceeds the sum of its parts, taking the willing listener on a thought provoking and unique aural journey, and like the above mentioned Death In Vegas set, this is easily one of the best in the series so far.

Fabriclive Series - Fabriclive 07 (John Peel) - $32.95 http://www.mailscience.co.nz/rd/5899MS62fb51cbf44f917542fa63d82bfac5b2

This Fabric set comes from UK's king of the airwaves and reknown taste maker John Peel - and it's an absolute beaut. Not known as a club DJ, this rare appearance at Fabric brought the house down, and based on this recording it is easy to see why. Pulling tracks from anywhere and everywhere, Peel throws together everything from the Bad Liver's bluegrass interpretation of Iggy Pop's "Lust For Life" to The Fall and Joy Division, to some delicious reggae, thumping techno, driving drum & bass action, a little blues courtesy of Jimmy Reed, funk/soul workouts, our very own hard rockin' Datsuns, and finally ending with the gloriously timeless Undertone's "Teenage Kicks". Compiled with impeccable taste, this vital and expansive set is a stunner, and a fitting tribute to the great man. He will be missed.

New Releases - Fresh Music not to be missed! --------------------------------------------

Tha Feelstyle - Break It To Pieces - $26.95 http://www.mailscience.co.nz/rd/5900MS62fb51cbf44f917542fa63d82bfac5b2

Hotel Costes Series - Hotel Costes 7 - $32.95 http://www.mailscience.co.nz/rd/5901MS62fb51cbf44f917542fa63d82bfac5b2

Agent Alvin - Agent Alvin - $26.95 http://www.mailscience.co.nz/rd/5902MS62fb51cbf44f917542fa63d82bfac5b2

The Go! Team - Thunder, Lightning, Strike - $26.95 http://www.mailscience.co.nz/rd/5903MS62fb51cbf44f917542fa63d82bfac5b2

Various Artists - A Hunting We Will Go - $34.95 http://www.mailscience.co.nz/rd/5904MS62fb51cbf44f917542fa63d82bfac5b2

Pretty Girls Make Graves - Good Health - $21.95 > http://www.mailscience.co.nz/rd/5905MS62fb51cbf44f917542fa63d82bfac5b2


Betchadupa - Aiming For Your Head - $26.95 http://www.mailscience.co.nz/rd/5906MS62fb51cbf44f917542fa63d82bfac5b2

Del Rey System - Del Rey System - $26.95 > http://www.mailscience.co.nz/rd/5907MS62fb51cbf44f917542fa63d82bfac5b2


Brian Wilson - Smile - $29.95 http://www.mailscience.co.nz/rd/5908MS62fb51cbf44f917542fa63d82bfac5b2

Soulwax - Any Minute Now - $29.95 http://www.mailscience.co.nz/rd/5909MS62fb51cbf44f917542fa63d82bfac5b2

More new music you'd be mad to miss! ---------------------------------

Gotan Project - Inspiracion-Espiracion - $26.95 http://www.mailscience.co.nz/rd/5910MS62fb51cbf44f917542fa63d82bfac5b2

Pitch Black - Ape To Angel - $26.95 > http://www.mailscience.co.nz/rd/5911MS62fb51cbf44f917542fa63d82bfac5b2


Various Artists - Conscious Roots - $26.95 http://www.mailscience.co.nz/rd/5912MS62fb51cbf44f917542fa63d82bfac5b2

Ben Harper & the Blind Boys of Alabama - There Will Be A Light - $26.95 http://www.mailscience.co.nz/rd/5913MS62fb51cbf44f917542fa63d82bfac5b2

Interpol - Antics - $26.95 http://www.mailscience.co.nz/rd/5914MS62fb51cbf44f917542fa63d82bfac5b2

Crumb - So Dirty, Everyday - $26.95 http://www.mailscience.co.nz/rd/5915MS62fb51cbf44f917542fa63d82bfac5b2

Joey & Norman Jay MBE - Good Times 4 - $42.95 http://www.mailscience.co.nz/rd/5916MS62fb51cbf44f917542fa63d82bfac5b2

Pine - Akira Sunrise - $26.95 http://www.mailscience.co.nz/rd/5917MS62fb51cbf44f917542fa63d82bfac5b2

Various Artists - Major Flavours Five - $29.95 http://www.mailscience.co.nz/rd/5918MS62fb51cbf44f917542fa63d82bfac5b2

Butch Cassidy Sound System - Butches Brew - $31.95 http://www.mailscience.co.nz/rd/5919MS62fb51cbf44f917542fa63d82bfac5b2

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From: "SmokeCDs.com" To: guy@scoop.co.nz Subject: The Chills, Kora, Evermore, Fly My Pretties + Split Enz @ SmokeCDs.com Date sent: Fri, 29 Oct 2004 11:52:45 +1300 (NZDT)

We have a fine bunch of New Zealand music this week, including new ones from P-Money, The Chills, Evermore, Kora, Fly My Pretties, plus the remastered reissue of Split Enz's timeless classic 'True Colours'. De La Soul return with their latest work, as does Fatboy Slim. Lamb add their addition to the very popular 'Back To Mine' series, William Shatner (yep, Star Trek) returns to pop music after 30-odd years with the willfully eccentric 'Has Been', and new act Kasabian launch their throbbing dance-rock debut at the unsuspecting pop world. Lastly we would like to recognise the talent of the late John Peel - and his Fabriclive set is a fitting tribute to the great man. He will be missed.

The Chills - Stand By EP - $19.95 See... http://www.mailscience.co.nz/rd/5888MS62fb51cbf44f917542fa63d82bfac5b2

Attention all you legions of Chills fans out there, Martin Phillipps and his bunch of merry music makers are back in the recording arena and sounding fantastic. No longer part of the Flying Nun roster, the 'Stand By' EP is the first new material available in over five years and the first on his own record label. The current band has remained stable for the last five years, in the process gaining a reputation as one of the best ever "live" Chills line-ups, while the songs themselves have been part of the Chills (or Phillipps' solo) sets in the last few years. The sound is immediate, almost raw (think 'Brave Words), and serves as an effective posterity piece for Phillipps and the Chills as they once again launch themselves into the world of "pop" music (according to Phillipps a new full-length album is coming!)

Kora - EP Volume - $11.95 See... http://www.mailscience.co.nz/rd/5889MS62fb51cbf44f917542fa63d82bfac5b2


The latest outfit to come out of New Zealand's buoyant roots-rock (TrinityRoots, Black Seeds, Cornerstone Roots, Fat Freddy's, etc) scene is this Whakatane and Wellington five-piece known as Kora. Made up of the four Kora brothers (Laughton - vocals/guitar/keyboards, Francis - bass/vocals, Stuart - guitar/vocals, Brad - drums) and Dan McGruer (keyboards/bass), this outfit have made a name for themselves via a number of superb live performances (delicious addictive vocal harmonies sailing on an irresistibly tight powerhouse rhythm section) and a stunning track called "Politician" (included on this EP). Produced by the band, engineered by Lee Prebble (Black Seeds, The Phoenix Foundation, TrinityRoots), and mastered by Mu (Fat Freddy's Drop), this is a deep and soulful work, combining elements of rock, dub and reggae to great effect. A superb debut.

Evermore - Dreams - $26.95 See... http://www.mailscience.co.nz/rd/5890MS62fb51cbf44f917542fa63d82bfac5b2

Since winning the 2000 Smokefree Rock Quest, this trio of brothers from Fielding (New Zealand) have quickly risen to the heady heights of antipodean music stardom (recently supporting the likes of Keane and Snow Patrol in Sydney), and with this, their full-length debut, it is easy to see why. Recorded in Seattle, 'Dreams' is an epic slice of "emo" commercial rock, based around a set of meticulously structured and highly melodic songs, which at their best recall the anthemic aesthetic of the likes of U2. 'Dreams' is an album that works well as a "whole" listening piece, so if commercial pop/rock is your thing, Evermore have delivered a massive debut album that is bound to satisfy, and with a band so young, one would have to assume that they are just going to get better with time.

Fly My Pretties - Live At Bats - $26.95 See... http://www.mailscience.co.nz/rd/5891MS62fb51cbf44f917542fa63d82bfac5b2

For those of you not yet aware, local boy Barnaby Weir (Black Seeds, Flash Harry) has a certain knack for the "pop" song that goes way beyond the pleasant reggae grooves of the Black Seeds. Performed, filmed and recorded at Bats Theatre in Wellington over four nights, this live set is as much a testament to the bunch of Wellington's finest young "pop" musicians involved as it is to the vision of Weir. As such, the line-up includes Sam Scott (The Phoenix Foundation), Toby Laing (Fat Freddy's Drop), Mike Fabulous (Black Seeds), Daniel Weetman (Black Seeds), Nato (Paselode), Brendan Moran (ex-Hasselhoff Experiment) and Age Pryor, with the very able soundman/producer Lee Prebble holding it all together. The songs themselves are a mixture of old and new, all penned by Weir except for Age Pryor's touching "Singing In My Soul" and Sam Scott's stunning "Quiet Girl". Undoubtedly a series of magical evenings, the show reproduces well as a listening alone experience, and congratulations must go to the star of the show - Mr Weir - for tackling such a project with genuine style.

Split Enz - True Colours (Remastered) - $17.95 See... http://www.mailscience.co.nz/rd/5892MS62fb51cbf44f917542fa63d82bfac5b2

Well it has taken a while, but this masterpiece from this bunch of kiwi music icons finally gets the reissue/remaster treatment it richly deserves. Originally released 25 years ago, 'True Colours' saw Split Enz at what was arguably both their creative and commercial peak - songwriting duties were split evenly between brothers Tim and Neil Finn, both simultaneously hitting their writing "stride" and producing a slew of hit singles including "I Got You", "I Hope I Never", "Nobody Takes Me Seriously" and "Poor Boy". This new version comes with a brand new colour combination as selected by Noel Crombie (some of you may remember the original LPs coming out in different colour combinations), a new 12 page full colour booklet including lyrics and photos, and was remastered by Eddie Rayner and Steve Smart in Sydney. Oh yes, it sounds simply fantastic too.

P-Money - Magic City - $26.95 See... http://www.mailscience.co.nz/rd/5893MS62fb51cbf44f917542fa63d82bfac5b2

The initial spotlight that shone on Auckland DJ & producer P-Money has faded a little recently, with his friend and successful collaborator Scribe dominating press and sales in New Zealand's hip-hop scene. This is no bad thing though; instead it has allowed this incredibly talented young man to come up with an excellent sophomore long player, which stands as an impressive follow up to his already classic 'Big Things' album. P-Money's standing in both the local and international hip-hop community has gone from strength to strength since his debut, and an international cast of emcee talent combined with New Zealand's finest gives the album a truly global feel. 'Magic City' makes an impact - it’s a record that could have failed miserably but seems more likely to become another classic for its maker and another example of the incredible rise of New Zealand hip-hop over the last two years.

De La Soul - The Grind Date - $29.95 See... http://www.mailscience.co.nz/rd/5894MS62fb51cbf44f917542fa63d82bfac5b2

'The Grind Date' proves that even after fifteen years in the rap game, De La Soul are still one of the most distinctively brilliant crews in hip-hop, and shows the pretenders out there how to achieve an album that holds your attention from start to finish. The first of two albums planned for 2004, 'The Grind Date' sees Dave, Mase & Pos continuing to astound critics and fans alike, containing an energy rappers half their age would die for. Guests include R&B crooner Carl Thomas, spiritually enlightened rapper Common, and the self-confessed weirdest man in hip-hop, MF Doom, while guest production also comes from the likes of Madlib and Jaydee (of Slum Village and The Pharcyde fame). This collaborative approach helps keep the album fresh, and gives the whole package a musicality that makes it completely listenable throughout. Once again they have produced a sure fire contender for hip-hop album of the year.

William Shatner - Has Been - $26.95 See... > http://www.mailscience.co.nz/rd/5895MS62fb51cbf44f917542fa63d82bfac5b2


Although more famous in his Star Trek role as Captain Kirk, 36 years ago William Shatner was responsible for an album widely regarded as a bonafide "cult" classic known as 'Transformed Man'. 2004 sees Shatner resurrecting his music career once again, this time collaborating with the very talented Ben Folds and a slew of studio guests (and fans) including Joe Jackson, Lemon Jelly, Henry Rollins, Nick Hornby, Adrian Belew, Aimee Mann, Sebastian Steinberg (Soul Coughing) and Jon Auer (The Posies). Including a stunning version of Pulp's "Common People" (one of the best cover versions you will hear all year), Shatner's deadpan narrative delivery perfectly suits his wry observations and humorous rants, while Folds' sympathetic backing arrangements provides the perfect platform throughout this curious album. 'Has Been' is an engaging and intriguing listen which will appeal to indie fans and eccentric pop fans alike (and of course you legions of Trekkies).

Fatboy Slim - Palookaville - $26.95 See... http://www.mailscience.co.nz/rd/5896MS62fb51cbf44f917542fa63d82bfac5b2

Much has been made of the fact that Cook is using real instruments on his latest effort 'Palookaville' (his first since 2000's 'Halfway Between The Gutter And The Stars'), but to be honest it would appear to be "business as usual", albeit quality "business as usual" from the man (who like Moby) took dance music to the masses. Sure there are a number of guest vocalists and collaborators, a handful of which bring some truly inspiring moments to this album - the vocally dextrous "Wonderful Night" (featuring Blackalicious rapper Lateef), the punky-pop "Long Way From Home" (featuring Brighton band Jonny Quality), the gorgeous "Put It Back Together" (featuring Blur's Damon Albarn), the deliciously punchy "Push And Shove" (featuring Justin Robertson), and the soulful bop of "The Journey" (again featuring Lateef) - but it is Cook's ability to create genuinely uplifting euphoric "pop" music that truly shines here.

Kasabian - Kasabian - $26.95 http://www.mailscience.co.nz/rd/5897MS62fb51cbf44f917542fa63d82bfac5b2

This four-piece out of Leicester are apparently one of Liam Gallagher's favourite bands, and for once he may be right! With a rock sound that incorporates throbbing electronica, Kasabian make swaggering anthemic pop music that recalls the better parts of Primal Scream and the Happy Mondays without sounding retro or dated. All of this is backed up by some pretty decent songs, catchy sloganeering rhetoric, and plenty of suitably lean classic rock'n'roll-meets-electro, while in between the throbbing anthems ("Club Foot", "Processed Beats" "LSF"), Kasabian also bring a little welcome atmospheric subtlety ("Butcher Blues", "Running Battle", "Test Transmission") to proceedings. For those of you searching for a belligerent replacement for your Underworld and Leftfield albums, this mighty debut could be just the ticket.

Back To Mine Series - Lamb - $31.95 http://www.mailscience.co.nz/rd/5898MS62fb51cbf44f917542fa63d82bfac5b2

The latest set in the excellent 'Back To Mine' home listening series comes from Lamb, or more specifically their music maker extraordinaire Andy Barlow. As you'd expect from the man behind the rather brilliant "Gorecki" it is a deeply percussive, spiritual and mesmerising affair - hence this set's "Voodoo Sessions" title. Impeccably selected, this collection features the likes of Dr John, Nina Simone as remixed by Masters At Work, French outfit Melaaz, Nitin Sawhney, Hipoptimist (a pre-Lamb Barlow work), Omar Faruk Tekbilek as remixed by Hefner, bluesman Chris Thomas King, The Bug Vs Rootsman, and Nabintou Diakite (taken from the Damon Albarn 'Mali Music' project). Like the Death In Vegas set released earlier this year, this collection from Barlow way exceeds the sum of its parts, taking the willing listener on a thought provoking and unique aural journey, and like the above mentioned Death In Vegas set, this is easily one of the best in the series so far.

Fabriclive Series - Fabriclive 07 (John Peel) - $32.95 http://www.mailscience.co.nz/rd/5899MS62fb51cbf44f917542fa63d82bfac5b2

This Fabric set comes from UK's king of the airwaves and reknown taste maker John Peel - and it's an absolute beaut. Not known as a club DJ, this rare appearance at Fabric brought the house down, and based on this recording it is easy to see why. Pulling tracks from anywhere and everywhere, Peel throws together everything from the Bad Liver's bluegrass interpretation of Iggy Pop's "Lust For Life" to The Fall and Joy Division, to some delicious reggae, thumping techno, driving drum & bass action, a little blues courtesy of Jimmy Reed, funk/soul workouts, our very own hard rockin' Datsuns, and finally ending with the gloriously timeless Undertone's "Teenage Kicks". Compiled with impeccable taste, this vital and expansive set is a stunner, and a fitting tribute to the great man. He will be missed.

New Releases - Fresh Music not to be missed! --------------------------------------------

Tha Feelstyle - Break It To Pieces - $26.95 http://www.mailscience.co.nz/rd/5900MS62fb51cbf44f917542fa63d82bfac5b2

Hotel Costes Series - Hotel Costes 7 - $32.95 http://www.mailscience.co.nz/rd/5901MS62fb51cbf44f917542fa63d82bfac5b2

Agent Alvin - Agent Alvin - $26.95 http://www.mailscience.co.nz/rd/5902MS62fb51cbf44f917542fa63d82bfac5b2

The Go! Team - Thunder, Lightning, Strike - $26.95 http://www.mailscience.co.nz/rd/5903MS62fb51cbf44f917542fa63d82bfac5b2

Various Artists - A Hunting We Will Go - $34.95 http://www.mailscience.co.nz/rd/5904MS62fb51cbf44f917542fa63d82bfac5b2

Pretty Girls Make Graves - Good Health - $21.95 > http://www.mailscience.co.nz/rd/5905MS62fb51cbf44f917542fa63d82bfac5b2


Betchadupa - Aiming For Your Head - $26.95 http://www.mailscience.co.nz/rd/5906MS62fb51cbf44f917542fa63d82bfac5b2

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