Records - Also Released
The Nextmen - This Was Supposed to be the Future (Antidote) It could be the future, if the future is a lovely cake baked from sweet hip hop, filled with spirited soul and topped with a sprinkling of ragga beats and rhymes. Yum.
Bob Sinclair - Soundz of Freedom (Defected) You might presume someone needs a slap for putting a ‘z’ in ‘soundz’ until you realise this is another album of inspired, disco straight from this fiery Frenchman’s loins capitalising on the popularity of last summer’s crossover hit ‘Love Generation’.
New Young Pony Club - Fantastic Playroom (Modular) A band with such promise redeem themselves despite the slightly peculiar album title (is it just me or does that sound a bit pervy?) What’s inside is highly commendable: jump-up-and-down party indie, like CSS with less lycra and more denim.
Marilyn Manson - Eat Me, Drink Me (Polydor) He’s now young(ish), free and single but still mad as a shithouse rat, big Brian comes back with an enjoyably overblown reminder why spooky electro-glam-metal is so much more fun when executed with a none more black sense of humour.
The Twang - Love It When I Feel Like This (B-Unique) Not that we’re suspicious or anything but doesn’t that album title inspire thoughts of a certain Sheffield quartet’s million selling debut, not that this mob are gonna have the same impact though, this affable album is definitely more Northside than Stone Roses.