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

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

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