Carl Barat – ‘Run With The Boys’

It’s a big week for Carl Barat, The Libertines long-awaited reunion at Leeds and Reading is only a few days away and his new track ‘Run With The Boys’ from his so far untitled solo album has been premiered on BBC Radio.

The song doesn’t sound quite like anything he’s done before, pertaining little of his previous endeavours with The Libertines or Dirty Pretty Things. It seems he’s got some new ideas and direction throwing in elements of  jazz and lots of trumpets to produce a sound hugely reminiscent of some of the less punky Jam material like ‘A Town Called Malice’ or The Divine Comedy’s ‘National Express’.

It’s a very catchy song but what this means for the rigours of an album is unknown but full judgement is reserved till the album drops. What do you reckon?

Mp3: Carl Barat – Run With The Boys

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Captain Moonlight: ‘Agroculture Trilogy’ For Free

Ireland’s premier purveyor of hip-hip Captain Moonlight has made his exceptional Agroculture Trilogy available for free digital download via bandcamp. He’s one of the few musicians willing to speak his mind on serious and controversial political issues while producing intelligent, honest, hard-hitting, often humorous hip-hop.

My admiration for this guys talent is well noted so I won’t digress any further – here’s three reasons to get the albums.

Grab all three albums from the Agroculture TrilogyLive From the Farmshed | Return of the Barnstormers | On the Lough here

New Flying Lotus EP – Pattern + Grid World

Hot on the heels of Cosmogramma earlier this year Flying Lotus follows up with a new EP called Pattern + Grid World on the 20th of September. The EP out on Warp will feature seven new tracks and here’s a taster of what we can expect, ‘Camera Day’, which has that unique and magical freshness that marks all his work.

Flying Lotus – Camera Day

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Alex Metric: DJ Mix – Aug 2010

Alex Metric has been in flying form this year (remember the Stylo & Sabotage mixes?), his latest mixtape is no different. Excellent tunes from Phoenix, Mystery Jets, Holy Ghost!,  Boys Noize, Orbital, Kele, Jamaica and more. Tracklisting after the jump.

Alex Metric: DJ Mix – Aug 2010

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Introducing: Colleen Green

There is quite a lot of D.I.Y garage type stuff floating around at the moment and it’s refreshing to listen to music with an edge. In theory this kind of approach is a great leveler but while anyone can do it, not everyone can do it well.

Doing it well is Colleen Green who from the safety of her hideaway in the woods of Dunstable MA writes her own comics, releases material on cassette and most importantly, along with a trusty drum machine, makes great surfy and fuzzed up lo-fi garage. So far this year she has released Milo Goes to Compton (on cassette), 4 Loko 2 Kayla with her comic Real Shit Daily and been on tour with The Big Big Bucks and Girlfriends.

Check out ‘Worship You’, it doesn’t disappoint.

Mp3: Colleen Green – Worship You

Squarepusher – ‘Shobaleader One’

This is most likely old news to most of you but Squarepusher & Warp have teamed up with Ed Banger to release Shobaleader One EP. It sees a trend of shifting away from drum n bass and lead track ‘Cryptic Motion’ sees some flirtation with more traditional electro and funk.

All the crazed eccentricity is provided by none other than Mr Oizo whose superbly manic remix of ‘Cryptic Motion’ is also part of the bundle.

Check it out for yourself below. Shobaleader One is out August 30th.

Squarepusher – Cryptic Motion

Squarepusher – Cryptic Motion (Mr Oizo Remix)

The Coral – ‘Butterfly House’

It’s easy to take The Coral for granted so prolific was their early form with new albums arriving each successive year. Surprisingly then there was a gap followed by the regrettably pedestrian Roots & Echoes and The Singles Collection and with the loss of lead guitarist Bill Ryder-Jones many began to question whether we had seen the last of them.

On the contrary latest record Butterfly House sees the Merseyside quintet reborn to deliver arguably their best, most complete album yet. There’s no big shocks or surprises, still the signature fusion of 60’s psychedelia, folk and rock but thankfully they sound as though they are enjoying music once more.

While others are obsessed with the 80’s synth revival The Coral have stuck to their guns, conjuring up what they do best, rich guitar gems. It’s all delivered with a reassuring air of calm and confidence with lots of sumptuous hooks, intricate arrangements and lush melodies, topped off by Skelly’s rich and distinctive vocals – see ‘1000 years’, ‘Roving Jewel’ and ‘Walking in the Winter’. It’s not all plain sailing as the missing edge to their sound has returned too with ‘She’s Coming Around’, ‘North Parade’ and title track ‘Butterfly House’.

It’s a triumphant return with one of the years most unlikely candidates for album of the year, they are certainly still a force to be reckoned with.

Mp3: The Coral – More Than A Lover

The Coral – 1000 Years

Introducing: Gallops

Hailing from Wrexham in North Wales with a mixture of post-rock instrumental tendencies famed by Battles and PVT, Gallops are set to release their 5-track debut EP.

Having lived in Wrexham for 4 years witnessing many great bands I was intrigued about these guys to say the least. Yes they do sound very close to the aforementioned vanguard of post-rock instrumentalist or math rock scene, don’t let this detract from the music on offer, ‘Miami Spider’ is one of the best songs of the year so far, cracking stuff!

They are playing a host of shows the length and breath of Britain but no sign of an Irish show yet, these guys should be the biggest thing to come from Wrexham since, well, Mark Hughes?

Gallops – Miami Spider

Kudos to Nialler9 for the heads up on this one.

Hard Working Class Heroes Line-up Announced

Hard Working Class Heroes have announced the line-up for this years festival this year taking place 7th to the 9th of October.

This year the festival takes place in Andrews Lane Theatre, The Button Factory, The Mercantile, The Grand Social (formerly Pravda), The Sweeney Mongrel, Twisted Pepper and The Workmans Club. Weekend Tickets are €45.00, Nightly Tickets are €20 from

After a quick glance the pick of the pile are Cast Of Cheeers, Awake Young Soldiers, Kid Karate, Lost Chord, Nouveaunoise, RSAG, Super Extra Bonus Party, Sweet Jane, The Lost Brothers and We Are Losers. The full list is after the jump.

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Introducing: We Are Losers

Super Extra Bonus Party guitarist Gavin Elsted (and good mate of mine) has been ridiculously busy lately with a number of solo projects. First as Adultrock doing remixes and the like (including the May mix for barrygruff) and now We Are Losers. It  is a lot different than most would expect, warm, fuzzy lo-fi indie of the finest variety.

We’ve been promised more including some live dates with a full-band, to tide you over grab the excellent 3-track EP for free from Bandcamp.

We Are Losers – The Narcissist

We Are Losers – Empty Head