Aural Delights 219


  1. Half Man Half Biscuit – Jag Armani – And Some Fell on Stony Ground
  2. SPC ECO – Under My Skin – Under My Skin
  3. Rose and the Diamond Hand – Icicle – Universe Is Woman
  4. Groundhogs – Garden – The Lost Tapes: Vol. 1
  5. Sam Smith – Bad Water – Bad Water
  6. Mick Harvey – Baby Teeth, Wolfy Teeth – Intoxicated Women
  7. Jackson Code – Strange Lullaby – Del Musical Del Mismo Nombre
  8. Curry Quiche – Nostalic Sunset – Behind The Machine
  9. Faust – So Far (Alternative) – The Wumme Years 1970-1973
  10. Fripp & Eno – Swastika Girls – Live In Paris 28.05.1975
  11. Michael Brook,  Brian Eno & Daniel Lanois – Hybrid – Hybrid
  12. Disnae – Breaking Me Down – Space Tapes E.P.
  13. SPC ECO – Creep In The Shadows – Under My Skin
  14. They Called Him Zone – Devil Dying – Crow Swan Wolf
  15. Divisionists – Say You Can – Daybreak
  16. Gavin Bryars – Last Hymn – The Sinking Of The Titanic
  17. Vince Grant – Edge of the World – Edge of the World
  18. Factory Acts – Clocking On – Clocking On
  19. Linnea Olsson – Hall of Tragedy – Hall of Tragedy
  20. The Permanent Smilers – Identity Crisis – Identity Crisis
  21. Sam Smith – Moonshiner – Bad Water
  22. Rose and the Diamond Hand – Extended – Universe Is Woman
  23. The Junta – Wild is the Wind – Wild is the Wind
  24. Hans-Joachim Roedelius – Fraudentanz – Wenn Der Südwind Weht
  25. Dadawah – Run Come Rally – Peace And Love, Wadadasow
  26. Curry Quiche – Oxygen Thief – Behind The Machine
  27. Man – Kerosene – Whinos, Rhinos and Lunatics
  28. King Crimson – Starless – Red

Aural Delights 217


  1. Johann Kloos – Here In Britain – Here In Britain
  2. Curry Quiche – Lost – Behind The Machine
  3. John The Revelator – Wild Flowers – Wild Flowers
  4. The Nearlys – Write It Down -Meanwhile
  5. Julia Jacklin – Pool Party – Don’t Let The Kids Win
  6. Dear Deer – Snail – Oh My…
  7. Force of Music – Bell Rock – Liberated Dub
  8. Peter 118 – Radio – Radio
  9. DJ Aakmael – Journey (Loscul Remix) – Journey
  10. Johann Kloos – In Japanese – Here In Britain
  11. Curry Quiche – Orramarite – Behind The Machine
  12. Guided By Voices – Nightmare Jamboree – Please Be Honest
  13. New Model Army – Born Feral – Winter
  14. KITB – Breakdown (Michael’s Gone Dark) – Prerelease
  15. Demian Castellanos – Ether – Ether
  16. Tracy Bonham – Devil’s Got Your Boyfriend (Masts Of Manhatta) – Live At Levon Helm’s Studios
  17. The Nearlys – Evil Is The Root Of All Evil – Meanwhile
  18. Joolz Denby and Henning Nugel – Fable – Crow
  19. Curry Quiche – No Career In North Career – Behind The Machine
  20. Johann Kloos – Walking In A Dream – Here In Britain
  21. Helene Greenwood – Dream Horses – Exquisitely Hopeless
  22. Matching Mole – Nan’s True Hole – Smoke Signals
  23. Thieves Like Us – Dani – Thieves Like Us
  24. Tracy Bonham – Tell It To The Sky (Modern Burdens) – Live At Levon Helm’s Studios
  25. Overhead, The Albatross – Daeku – Learning To Growl

Don’t leave it so long next time lads

It’s that time  again when Mr Fidler of the excellent Curry Quiche advises me they have a new waxing available for the wider world . This one is called Behind The Machine and features eleven marvellous tracks, it follows on from the excellent Rock and Roll Rotherham EP from two years back. An LP sized offering has been anticipated from this excellent band for some time.

Kicking off with a real stomper in “Lost” and moving quickly into previous single “Barry Was A Raver” the band grab you by the ears and shake up and down two or three times to get your attention. They say it’s a “mostly live” album that has taken them four years to pull together, well worth the wait say I. A marvellous collection of ear worm tunes.

The pop bits of the glorious “Orramarite” are festooned with some stunning rock motifs. I’ve compared the band with 10cc in the past and that opinion still holds firm with the band offering well written songs couched in superior rock leaning arrangements which occasionally veer off into strange and interesting areas. Another comparison might be XTC at their best, or perhaps our very own West Coast Sick Line, or indeed Brummie band City Boy, some of you might be old enough to remember the latter. The ska madness of “Under The Conservative Crush” is worth the price of admission alone. This continues with the quirky high tempo “No Career In North Career” which rattles along with a honky tonk piano vibe apart from the occasional breakdown/change of pace which gives the song a certain something special….prog-ska anyone?

“A Crypr for the Script” drips with pop loveliness, “Son of God” is immense, “Positive Vibes” has a sunny west coast vibe with Wilsonesque chords and airy joyous delivery via a Jamaican beat,  superb stuff – there’s not a duff track across the whole set.  The speedy “Oxygen Thief” ought to be being rattled out on Joolz instead of the safe boring rubbish he usually has on. The rapid pace continues with penultimate track “I Should Meditate” which again mixes pop, rock and ska in an impressive fashion. Things conclude, and slow slightly, for the epic “Nostalgic Sunset”, which does as it always should by leaving you wanting more.

There are a handful of bands out there maintaining that strong tradition of high quality english pop/rock and this lot are one of the finest proponents.

Highly recommended and well worth your attention.

It’s out on January 27th from all the usual online outlets. Grab yourself a copy you know it makes sense.

Don’t leave it so long until the next one eh lads!

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A good selection of the album will be featured on Aural Delights 217.