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

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?