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

A Map of the Chelsea Leaf by A Map of the Chelsea Leaf

1. The Opposite of What I Want 03:18 – A pretty average acoustic riff played in a tin shed.
2. Breathing in the Breeze 02:13 – Nice drum sound, could go anywhere, weak guitars come in…
3. Sleep Through Lonely Nights 04:02 – Sure needed some editing here.  Tape hiss.
4. Cat in the Sink 06:21 – Is this the same song as Track 2?  Both have ‘in the’ in their titles.
5. Untitled 02:40 – This sounds better, could end up with a campfire sing-a-long.
6. Unobtrusive 02:23 – Nice ambient intro but I fear it could lead to post rock.
7. During the Day, it’s Warm 03:14 – Brighter guitar sound here is much more interesting, the Casio drums aren’t as bad as you’d expect either!
8. Ashley 02:10 – Twang twang……twang!
9. The Power Went Out 02:36 – Toy Dolls riff (which they probably borrowed too)
10. Is This Fake Blood? 07:40 – Dicking around – doesn’t bode well if the track is nearly 8 minutes long.
11. Kissing Partners 02:44 – Straight into it, lots of tape hiss.  Daniel Johnson-esque maybe.
12. Jimmy Carter 05:56 – Ting ting…..ting!
13. The Revenge of Abe Lincoln 04:40 – Really need to tighten up the recordings to get a good score on this blog!

Score: 4

Worth listening further: No

Mongrel EP by TIME FOR T

Track 1: Tornado – Some funky keyboards joined by some lazy drums.  Not looking good.

Track 2: Great Grandma – Bleaugh guitar going nowhere – suits the song title somehow tho.

Track 3: Vegetable – This is better – nice to hear the word pyjamas in the second line.

Score: 4

Worth listening further: No

Harafin So – Bollywood Inspired Film Music from Hausa Nigeria

Track 1: Fati Niger – Girma Girma – horrible keyboard music!
Track 2: Mai Dawayya – Ololufemi – robotised vocals over more dodgy keyboard and drum machine
Track 3: Abubakar Sani – Harafin So – a cool rhythm with another robotised voice – interesting if that was a real voice but then….why!?
Track 4: Abubakar Sani & Fati Niger – Tofi – hard to tell if this is an instrument or a crappy Casio!
Track 5: Sani Danja – Muna Cikin Sanyi – sounds like a film clip (not surprisingly) thankfully normal voices!
Track 6: Karamin Lilisco – Fashion – nice rad beats kicking off here – this could be more like it!
Track 7: Muddassir Kassim – Kassim – some trad rhythms going on here
Track 8: Sani Danja – Baban Rigga – woop – some Bhundu Boys style going on here John Peel would agree
Track 9: Maryam Olomi – Aure – crazy synth again, sigh

Score: 3

Worth listening further: Maybe