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Records I Like Mix February 2020

Well a bit later than usual but finally here is the mix for February 2020 featuring tracks released in the past month or so – some a bit longer. 60 minutes of listening pleasure!

Details and full tracklisting:

Golden Teardrops – I Won’t Be Fooled Again

Is that a bit of floor stompin’ northern soul I can hear creeping into to their brand of baroque/sunshine pop? I think it is you know!

The Lousy Pop Group – Days

It’s a gentle, wistful track that harks back to 1980s indiepop/twee and which fades away far too soon.

Wild Nothing – Blue Wings

Taken from the Laughing Gas EP which is out now on Captured Tracks.

Death Of Heather – In Me

In Me is, like their previous efforts, full of shimmering guitars and hushed vocals.

Letters To Annika – Namesake

Japan based Letters To Annika, which is the project of For Tracy Hyde/April Blue member Azusa Suga, released their debut single in the form of Namesake and it’s a very good track indeed

Mint Julep – Stray Fantasies

Title track taken from the latest album out now on Western Vinyl

The Just Joans – The Older I Get, the More I Don’t Know

The latest single taken from the current album The Private Memoirs and Confessions of The Just Joans which is out now on Fika Recordings.

Big Baby – Cherry Coke

Taken from the current EP Fizzy Cola.

Flying Fish Cove – Magic Wand

The new single, backed with a cover of Heavenly’s Shadow which is out now.

Dummy – Angel’s Gear

….it’s not a bad one to start with as it blends 1960’s psychedelia and pop. The vintage moog sound that runs throughout the song also gives it a Krautrock “feel” making not only one to nod your head too but also one for the dance-floor.

Pia Fraus – You’re Not In Love

Taken from the new album Empty Parks which is out now on the band’s own Seksound label.

Nah… – Perfect Game

Taking their cues from the Glasgow School Perfect Game, a song about love and darts, features jangling guitars in the style of postcard records whilst the vocals err on the side of Edwyn Collins.

Seablite – Skeleton Couch

Skeleton Couch has been released as a taster and is a fine mix of 1960s girl band and 1980’s c86/fuzzy indie pop.

Pop Crimes – Goes

Musically each of these songs, which are sometimes harsh or raw, always veer on the side of melody and contain more than enough catchy guitar riffs to keep the listener entertained.

Jeanines – Been In The Dark

It follows the pattern of last years self titled debut album and fuses post-punk (Dolly Mixture, Television Personalities) with indiepop from both sides of the pond (Shop Assistants, Black Tambourine, Talulah Gosh, Aislers Set etc).

Peaness – Kaizen

The new single from Chester’s Peaness features post-punk guitar hooks, dominant female vocals, a catchy chorus and lyrics to emphasise with.

Flowerbed – Blame

Whilst not as ethereal sounding as the aforementioned release the band temper the noise so that the hushed voice of Bailo Biggs can be heard as it threads it’s way through the guitars.

The Reds, Pinks & Purples – I’m Sorry About Your Life (ver 2)

Glenn Donaldson’s DIY kitchen pop project The Reds, Pinks & Purples had a prolific 2019 in which the demo releases of the past year or so were realised in the shape of Septembers Anxiety Art long player. That has not stopped them as December saw two more releases in the form of I Should Have Helped You and The Record Player & the Damage Done.

Your Friends Polymers – Like A Rainbow Glitch

Like A Rainbow Glitch is an shimmering, ethereal track that makes me imagine I am drifting on clouds and at risk of falling asleep to Alexandra Zagainova’s lovely voice.

Luby Sparks – Birthday

A brave (and not that bad) attempt at covering the Sugarcubes classic.

Tampopo – Sorry For The Elf

Despite coming from Denmark you would be forgiven thinking that the band come from, as the EP/first track titles and the artwork suggests, down under.

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