Round Up Reviews #2

The inbox is starting to overflow again with the wealth of submissions I’ve had recently, coupled with me being a very bad blogger and not doing nearly enough writing of late, which means it must be time for another installment of Round Up Reviews.
Basically short write ups on stuff I can’t or won’t have a chance to write about in detail. The first one is here, should you want to read it.
The Recovery Club – Rest And Be Thankful (Single)
So tender and fragile you suspect a strong wind would take it off into the air, this is a pretty gorgeous wee single. Not one to get the blood pumping, but a lovely wee listen. Must stop calling songs lovely, but all three tracks on the single fit the word. Also, hop over to Kowalskiy’s blog to read a wee interview with them.
Rest And Be Thankful is released on July 5th by Antimatter Music.

Fiona Soe Paing – Deep Song:

Sort of ethereal electronica. Reminds me a wee bit of Portishead, helped out by Fiona’s striking, distinctive vocals. Quite lovely really.
Deep Song is included on Songs From No Man’s Land EP, available soon here.

Comma – Comma EP
Intricate math/post-rock that reminds me a bit of the parts of Tortoise that I like? Yeah, I’ll have some f that please. If you need vocals with your music then stay away, it is all instrumental. Otherwise, check the EP out, it’s a really strong debut.
Comma’s self titled debut EP is available as a free download from Black Lantern Music.
Super Adventure Club – Hip Hop Hot Pot Pot Noodle (Single)
Mental. Brilliant. I have almost no idea how to describe Super Adventure Club without using those two words. A-side Hip Hop Hot Pot Pot Noodle sounds like about five different songs stuck together, in a good way. There’s a pair of non album b-sides too, which are a bit less manic, but only a bit. Massively entertaining, and highly recommended.
Hip Hop Hot Pot Pot Noodle is out now on CD & download from Armellodie Records, you can buy it here.

The Son(s) – Radar

Light and airy, 60sish, folky pop. They’ve got a certain knack for luring you in to a song that starts off all nice and gentle before hitting you with something unexpected too, be it crashing drums, a squeal of electric guitar or something else. Cracking vocal harmonies too, I love a harmony. Really good, and also rather lovely.
The Radar EP is available as a free download from Bandcamp.
Dems – Jarndyce Vs Jarndyce
I’ve been meaning to give this a mention for ages, but as noted at the start, I’m not a very good blogger. Dems is a one man Edinburgh based but not really Scottish outfit. This is a cracking wee electro pop number, with more hooks than a prize fight. Ace wee song, go get it.
Jarndyce Vs Jarndyce can be downloaded free from Soundcloud or Bandcamp.
Mammoeth – LapDog
I’ll be getting back to Mammoeth more later, a little closer to the release date of the upcoming Nascent album, but for now here;s a little teaser for that record. Lapdog is the first track on the album, and sets the tone nicely. A slice of gorgeous sun-kissed pop, perfect for the nice sunny weather. Puts me in mind a bit of Super Furry Animals at their poppiest, which is no bad thing at all.
Nascent is released on Juy 26th, you can pre-order and stream the album on Bandcamp.
Xavier and the Bastard – Ask Us About Hip-Hop
Stumbled across this while trawling Bandcamp at 3am one night/morning while bored, something I do too often to really be healthy. First two tracks are alright, but not really my thing, thrashy rock. The closing track, a cover of MIA’s Born Free is dumb fun which put a smile on my face though, and so merits a wee mention here at least.
Ask Us About Hip-Hop is available as a free download from Bandcamp.
Nothing really awful seems to have found its way to me recently, or if it has I haven’t kept hold of it, so there’s nothing for me to slate this time round. That doesn’t do any good to my “he likes everything” reputation. Someone send me something rubbish I can rip into please. Preferably by a band who I’ll never meet, or who are incapable of giving me a sound beating at some point.


  1. Anonymous says:

    Hi Jim,

    I’m the drummer in Comma and I just wanted to say thanks for the kind words! I’m not sure where you’re based but we’re playing a few shows this summer in Edinburgh and Glasgow and it’d be great to see you there! Thanks again,


  2. Jim says:

    Hi Niall, thanks for stopping bye! I’ve got an eye on the Glasgow gig on the 12th, hopefully I’ll make it along.