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Madness: Full House

I’m making very slow progress converting our cassette tapes to digital, but in doing so discovered we had no Madness. At all. Despite both of us growing up with them. They are national treasures, and form a part of the ambient musical fabric of life, and as such I think I take their music for granted. I just assume it’s there.

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Self Esteem: Compliments Please

Spotify recommendations is probably the best thing Spotify has going for it. Self Esteem first got recommended to me in 2018…

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Saul Williams: Saul Williams

I can’t remember how I heard of Saul Williams for the first time though I suspect it was through is association with Trent Reznor and Dresden Dolls.

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Black Dresses: Forever in Your Heart

Album dropped on the 14th, I saw the Needle Drop review on the 19th and I bought it today. That sort of urgency to Have The Music is rare, but it’s good stuff.

Slightly perplexingly for doddery old fools like myself, Black Dresses have declared that they are no longer a band (from what I gather they have been victim of the internet’s propensity towards being entitled and devoid of human empathy because nothing is real) but are still putting out music. And pleased I am.

It’s sad, it’s uplifting, it’s angry, it’s beautiful and I know it’s not the main focus of digital music but look at the cover art by bani, it’s gorgeous.

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Metallica: Metallica

Never cared for Metallica until this came out. Never cared much for them since.

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International Teachers of Pop: Pop Gossip

Originally seen way back in 2019 in a Guardian One to Watch column (I keep saying they don’t recommend anything good but I keep buying stuff they recommend) their original album is excellent but their second effort steps things up a bit with a bit more variety and the mandatory Sleaford Mods collaboration…

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Rage Against The Machine: Evil Empire

Killing in The Name was a kick in the teeth when I first saw it performed live on The Word (one of many memorable performances on that car crash show) and the eponymous debut album of Rage Against The Machine was definitely a statement and did what it said on the tin…

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The Comet is Coming: The Afterlife

The Comet is Coming feels like they might be the perfect third side of a triptych of acts I’ve skimmed alongside Melt Yourself Down and Sons of Kemet…

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Marina & The Diamonds: Family Jewels

Good grief this is a good album. First encountered Mowgli’s Road when it went a bit viral for being an interesting video but the song is so interesting I had to have more…

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John Grant: Grey Tickles, Black Pressure

This is not really new, is it? This, the third album by John Grant was released in 2015 and the excellent “Disappointing” came to me via brotherly Christmas tracks that year. It’s been sitting in semi-regular circulation on Spotify, and on my “things to buy” list since then…