HERE’S one to blow away the festive fug – and maybe upset the neighbours – the second album from an English/Swedish/Finnish rock act who use predatory hooks and “skulking riffs” to make music definitely not for the faint-hearted.
Hard, intense, insistent but also anthemic.
Laura Gibson La Grande (City Slang)
NEW year, new album from a lady with a vintage voice and a passion for things time-honoured.
Named after and inspired by a town in her native Oregon, Laura offers a rustic, atmospheric yet assertive contrast to fragile previous album Beasts.
A varied, timeless taste of small town USA.
Leo Zero Acid Life (Leo Trax)
BETTER known for his remixes of Florence & The Machine, Paul Weller and Bryan Ferry, Leo’s ‘other life’ is on an underground scene where he runs parties, labels and DJs.
Here he returns to his roots for a raw Chicago/Detroit style techno and house record with singer Marcel (Junior Boys Own).