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

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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

More Than A Facebook Friend (Cassette Album) by Yuko Yuko

1. Local Girl 02:48 – Heavy synth drums – could be some good J-pop but….maybe not….
2. Wait For The Apocalypse 03:12 – Liking the J-sound and the heavy bass – it’s a bit new wave though.
3. XXX 00:43 – Electro interlude – quite nice
4. Unpleasantly Wet 03:10 – This is weird and I like it, until it got a bit normal and dreary – punk up!
5. Two Boys 02:34 – Jangly synth pop – nice female vocals.
6. I’m Too Cool 02:36 – Dull synth pop – straight female vocals. Chorus picked up a bit.
7. Walbert’s Biking Thru 01:07 – Reminds me of some kind of XTC out-take.
8. Everything’s So Special About Me 02:41 – That drum sounds like a cardboard box.  Too much Duran Duran synth up in yr face.  The tweaky guitar is nice.
9. My Friend 00:46 – Filler track alert.
10. Heterosexual 03:08 – Too digital for my tastes.  I do like the droney noise in the background of this one though.
11. Ur Coming Closer Now 02:11 – These vocals remind me of 1985, the chorus reminds me of wanting to kill the disco kids in 1985.
12. Seventeen And Melting 02:34 – Things are starting to get a little samey, stylistically now.  Is this what Positive Noise sounded like?  Or the Associates maybe?
13. Lil Shawty 01:06 – Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark – right!?
14. Sharing Is Giving 03:18 – Bouncy Ween start but doesn’t go anywhere.  I want it to soar!
15. Hurry Up 00:40 – Half an idea.
16. More Than A Facebook Friend 03:38 – This hits a Half Man Half Biscuit stride – but not as fun, obviously.

Score: 6

Worth listening further: Sure, why not?

This cat is a genius by Alex’s Hand

1. Train 03:16 – Sounds like it’s gonna be some drunken kinda stadium rock.  Could go either way at this point.
2. Dear me. 02:39 – Some wacky rhythm guitar, wacky drums and wacky vocals.
3. Penticide 02:58 – Difficult third track syndrome.  Possible quiet after and before the storm.
4. Ants 03:47 – Haha – a wanky stadium rock guitar solo!
5. Impression 02:36 – Acoustic guitar and some field recording style noise.  Difficult fifth track syndrome?
6. ConserveNow! 06:30 – Diddling around intro – thinking this is the long penultimate song that might hold everything together.
7. Sad Little Skeletons 03:59 – Couldn’t even hear anything.  Come on!  Make me listen!

Score: 6

Worth listening further: Maybe

I Didn’t Want To Do This To You, Thomas by And Then

1. 535 03:15 – Could be some rad electronica ready to explode!
2. What Is Art? (Baby Don’t Contradict Me) 02:08 – Could be some more rad electronica ready to explode!
3. Slow Car Crash 02:48 – Ugh those ten seconds were never ending….
4. I Showed Her Fireworks Down There (Ode To Thom) 05:40 – These didn’t get much better – Bad slow electro beats.
5. NYW 03:29 – Huh?  Suddenly gone indie.  But not good indie.
6. Diddle Till The End 02:12 – Too little too soft too late.

Score: 2

Worth listening further: No