Purple Disco Machine is the moniker of Tino Pionek and this track released on Sweat It Out is an absolute monster. ‘Soulmatic‘ comes from the current album of the same name. Simple disco drums are brought up to date and then that nagging keyboard riff filters in. Insistent and it just works. Operating out of Dresden with a host of edits to his name, expect more from Mr Disco Machine. Excellent track from an excellent album. (VM)
Proto Idiot feature Andrew Anderson of The Hipshakes. Their album ‘Leisure Opportunity’ will be released worldwide by Slovenly Recordings, in collaboration with Bad Paintings for the UK on 3rd November. As a precursor ‘Theme’ is a snotty spiky garage punk number laced with scowling attitude imagine the Dead Kennedy’s riffing on early Clash records, to help them sketch out a manifesto. (BC)
“Hey, remember me?” is the first line of ‘To The Moon And Back’, but Fever Ray is hard to forget. ‘To The Moon & Back‘ sounds more like a Silent Shout single, all jagged euphoric synths and tumbling tom-drums, seemingly lighter than anything previous. That is, until the unflinchingly explicit lyrics burst across, with a captivating video that makes clear how the structures that tie and dominate us are the same structures that abuse us (and is most definitely NSFW). In the age of Trump and Weinstein, the return of Fever Ray’s explorations of electronic feminism feels doubly vital. (SR)
Joel Avaient‘s ‘Someone I Don’t Know’, is his sprightly debut track mixing the refreshing pop melodies that snap with the rhythm of a Michael Jackson fan yet aware of the soul-baring queen Amy Winehouse, while the playful productional gear changes constantly keep you on your toes, and are the work of someone with a few Timbaland produced records. Created alongside producer Dan Humphries of StudioToy in Cardiff, this is an ingeniously moreish earworm and a tantalising introduction to an exciting talent. (BC)
‘Armed With Love’ is the first fruit from a forthcoming album that the West London-based singer/bassist/guitarist Gabi Garbutt is writing and recording with Sean Read of Dexys. It’s a little more reflective and melancholy than the high energy, brass-heavy sound in evidence at her recent support slots with The Libertines and Frank Turner, but it’s got a heartbreaking vulnerability that’s hard not to get wrapped up in.
Released on Famous Times on December 1