Cookies (Rough Trade)
After years of ferreting away with his former band, John McKeown’s brilliantly quirky songwriting is finally getting the recognition it deserves. Of course Cookies is an altogether different offering from anything The Yummy Fur ever released in that it’s snappier, bluesier and ultimately more radio-friendly, but it still boasts the frontman’s trademark witty turn of phrase and knack for knocking out gloriously scratchy, guitar-fuelled melodies. This Glasgow trio have recently found fans in everyone from CSS to Gossip, Klaxons and The Long Blondes, and on the strength of this splendid debut it’s easy to see why. Mischievous music for the mind and the feet is impossible to ignore.