Brief commentary of vinyl releases from Toure Kunda, Midas Fall, Christof Van Der Ven, Carpenter Brut, Teleseen, Jack Carty & Guy Gardiner plus Tigercats
Toure Kunda’s Lambi Golo (Soulbeats; www.facebook.com/SoulbeatsRecords) A combination of happy, clappy soundtracks for dancing super models in lifestyle adverts and…meaningful, considered Afro-Latin beats.
Midas Fall’s fourth LP, Evaporate (Monotreme; www.monotremerecords.com) offers “haunting” female vocalisations over pseudo-classical/rock arrangements but its too enamoured by its own over dramatic sensibilities.
Slightly melancholy Empty Handed from singer-songwriter Christof Van Der Ven (Planet Zog; www.christofvanderven.com) provides Chris Martin/Coldplay emanations. Worth persevering with.
Carpenter Brut’s aggressive Leather Teeth (Caroline) offers synthwave and a 80s horror vibe. Arriving from a heavy metal dark place, the LP offers lots of fun.
Teleseen’s The Emotional Life of Savages (Goldmin; www.facebook.com/GoldminMusic) offers a dance/electronica hybrid with jazz infusions. Introverted beats, random rhythmic angles and attention-grabbing time signatures.
Hospital Hill from Aussie singer-songwriter and instrumentalist, Jack Carty and Guy Gardiner respectively. You’ve heard it a million times before. Pretty yet bland.
Tigercats’ Pig City, energetic east London indie band with White Stripes-leaning vocals plus Lightning Seeds-type arrangements. Stick with this one.