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A few from the vault

If, like me, you've grown weary of wearing out your copy of Frank Ocean's Channel Orange, or you don't buy in to all that new music rubbish, cop yourself a copy of some of these past classics I've been spinning this week!

The Cool Kids - Tacklebox
Chuck Inglish produces the majority of this reckon and it is an absolute must listen. You'll be transported back to block corners in the 1980s with the simplest of beats covered by the nicest of rhymes delivered in perfect harmony.

Clipse - Hell Hath No Fury
One of the greatest hip hop records of all time. Pusha-T and No Malice pop out of nowhere to deliver one of the hardest releases of the decade. And who produces the majority of it? The Neptunes. Hard-edged gangster rap is not Pharells forte but he pulls it off perfectly on this.

Maximo Park - A Certain Trigger
Their latest release is a poor imitation. The original and the best. Angsty lyrics, adrenalin-fuelled guitar based brit pop. Going through a break up? The boys have you well sorted for break up tunes.

Razorlight - Up All Night
Debut and the best offering from another British band. Accused of stealing their sound from the wonderful explosion of British music in the late 1990s. If this is the case they took their time to extract the best out of the best and inject it in to this album. Brilliant.

Cold War Kids - Robbers and Cowards
Features one of my all time favourite songs: Hospital Beds. A christian outfit but this is not a christian band apparently. It's not preachy and it soaks up all the blood and muck of everyday life and sponges it liberally on to tracks backed by aggressive guitars and country saloon pianos. Definitely worth a listen

My Latest Novel - Wolves
Excellent Scottish outfit from round near Glasgow, find delicately arranged songs that can explode in to epicness at the drop of a hat, and loveable accented singers playfully describing life and love with a mix of real life and unforced natural imagery.

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