GT ULTRA by Guerilla Toss

1. Betty Dreams Of Green Men 03:29 – Funky post punk – it’s 1979 again and that’s a good thing.
2. Can I Get The Real Stuff 02:57 – Nice, if a little slick.  But it is 2017 I guess.
3. Crystal Run 02:57 – Channels some nice old school J-rock.
4. TV Do Tell 01:35 – Ditto all the above – this could go either way.
5. The String Game 03:15 – Talking Heads meets B-52s.
6. Skull Pop 05:01 – Back in J-pop realm ala Capsule or Hazel Nuts Chocolate.
7. Dog In The Mirror 05:03 – Slits meets J-Slits.
8. Dose Rate 04:40 – Slick electronica – give me some distortion!

Score: 7

Worth listening further: Yes

The Quick of the Heart by Quinta

1. The Morning After St Jude 04:08 – Repetitive piano motif into dreamy pop. Nice.
2. Astragal (The Most Wonderful) 04:10 – Is it the Residents?  No.
3. Guido 04:23 – Synth driven kinda experimental electronica.
4. Embryo 04:12 – This is Enya.
5. Blood 05:15 – Piano and vocals – erm…ugh….
6. Morning Reckonings 03:57 – Way too straight – make it weird!  Make it interesting!
7. Lightning Trees 03:12 – This is better – bang that piano!
8. Subsong 02:53 – Dreary subsong – bet you didn’t see that coming?
9. An Elf Ring 06:25 – The long slow brooder. Gets ok at the end but why wait?
10. A Tutorial For Little Karen 04:06 – A light nothing song to end.

Score: 3

Worth listening further: No

 

Divorce by Divorce

1. Cunts In A Circle 03:01 – Like Today Is The Day played on the second stage with Hijo Kaiden.
2. Snob Value 05:22 – 5 minutes of intro for 5 seconds of music.
3. Aids Of Space 04:13 – Angry angsty noise rock.
4. Bill Murray 03:23 – Hammerhead meets PRE.
5. Pencils Giant Pencils 03:28 – Gratingly abrasive guitars in your face.
6. Coat Your Throat 02:29 – The slow ambient one.
7. Stabby (Stabby) Stab 05:37 – The saxophone track!  Favourite so far!
8. Dreglegs 05:13 – If you took all the bands mentioned above and slowed them down they would all sound like Cows.
9. Never Try Anything New At Least Once A Day 07:10 – A seven minute closer needs a big riff but it never arrives.

Score: 7

Worth listening further: Yeah

Communique 2 by Salford Electronics

1. Neon Rain 04:30 – creepy wibbly scary.
2. Prestwich 03:22 – earthquaky tippity dippity.
3. Cease To Function 04:30 – frequency noisy.
4. Broken Shadows 04:27 – chimy glassy dirgy.
5. Ritual No. 7 04:54 – pulsy beaty groovy.
6. This Sickness 03:56 – screechy scratchy dirty.
7. Lost Transmission 04:08 – dreamy itchy monotony.
8. Another Place 03:53 – darkly nervy buzzy.
9. Capitulation 04:17 – roomy earthy circusy.
10. Getting The Fear 03:45 – ticky ticky ticky.

Score: 4

Worth listening further: Mayby

Cigarettes – 烟 by Zhang Si’an (Djang San 张思安)

1. I have gum in my hair – 我的头发里面有口香糖 04:18 – some nice indie guitar strum.
2. Jesus was a buddhist -耶稣曾经是信佛的 03:38 – the slow track already – nice strings though.
3. Walking on the streets again - 又走路了 (第一部分) 01:33 – Tom Waits instrumental on a French street.
4. Jaguar driving – 捷豹 02:01 – this is a cool bouncy song similar to Unrest or Air Miami etc.
5. Time is the equation – 时间就是方程式 01:18  – movie soundtrack.
6. I have bread in my shoes - 我的鞋子里有面包 00:28 – the idea that didn’t go anywhere.
7. It’s a trap ! - 十面埋伏 (第一部分) 02:52 – enjoyable traditional folk tune – no trap.
8. She’s going to kill the kid -她要杀了这个孩子 03:17 – bad funk – bad, as in good.
9. Nowhere to go - 没地方去 03:35 – bad new wave – bad, as in bad.
10. Dreaming of silver clouds - 梦想着银云 04:44 – a blues dirge.

Score: 5

Worth listening further: Probably

Musique Exotique #02 MLP by Exotica

1. Presion 01:04 – Woah!  Early BCT type world punk!  Ohlo Seco, Wretched etc
2. No 00:48  – Slight variations on punk rock but the riffs sound like magic
3. Ser Nada 01:34 – The slow one…
4. Is This A Life? 01:02 – Pummeling bass riff and then that guitar sound again!
5. Caminando 01:18 – Is that keyboard!?  Well, made me laugh!
6. Asco 01:00 – Suffers from being the same beat as the previous track – but the chorus!
7. The Hand That Feeds 01:49 – The second slow one….why not go faster rather than slower!?
8. It’s No Revolution 00:57 – Flex Your Head!  Variations on Nic Fit.
9. Mundo Nuevo 02:54 – It’s good that the songs are generally short, otherwise this would grow old quickly.  This is the epic closer….though it’s not that great.

Score: 8

Worth listening further: Yep

Split with ACxDC by Goolagoon

1. Home Sweet Pineapple 01:12 – intro, surf-core, big riff – what’s not to like!?
2. Doing Time 01:02 – It’s the 80s again – but only for 1 minute and 2 seconds.  Stikky worship!
3. Idiot Box 00:49 – Drummer is excellent.  Vocals range from great to generic.
4. The Bully 00:46 – One of the vocalists sounds like Nick Blinko.  This song is a ripper.
5. Book Attack (Scholastic Deth) 00:57 – That guitar solo is awesome and fantastically out of place.  Love it!

Score: 8

Worth listening further: Yep