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their ‘questionable’ third and fourth albums, the title track and lead single is a fast-paced anthem, reminding us that they’re not going anywhere. LH

SONS OF KEMET **** Lest We Forget What We Came Here To Do (Naim Jazz) The first time I heard Melt Yourself Down caused my brain to acquiesce to that command immediately, so the thought of MYD's band members combining with Seb 'Hair' Rochford of Polar Bear resulted in a similar meltdown of excitement. Sons Of Kemet tone down the skronk a smidge and instead trade in a rhythmic jazz audibly influenced by North African Sufi tradition and Sun Ra-gazing. Nine-minute ritualistic workouts and drums, endless drums, make this a niche but engaging listen. AJ

SQUEEZE ***** Cradle To The Grave (Virgin) Back are perfect pop tunesmiths Difford and Tilbrook, with a 14th studio album of growing up, looking back, married and facing empty nest syndrome. From footie, family dinners, spots, summer seaside hols, skipping school, daydreaming, dirty mags, first party and shag, job and flat, this mix with a bit of country and soul is a delightful treat. Sunny has Eleanor Rigby strings, discovering Hendrix and dropping out. Featured in the new Danny Baker TV comedy and cosy as a mug of tea and sausage roll. RLR

WITH THE DEAD *** With The Dead (Rise Above) Several cumulative decades of doom metal experience sluices through the veins of With The Dead’s three members: Tim Bagshaw and Mark Greening, former members of Electric Wizard who (in Greening's case) now converse with the band via lawyers, and Lee Dorrian, whose label Rise Above also took Electric Wizard to court recently. This not at all passive-aggressive linkup has resulted in six slimy slabs of sludged-out doom, as British as they are brutish and a convenient midpoint between EW and Dorrian’s recently disbanded group Cathedral. NG

singles DEAD HEAVENS *** Adderall Highway (Velvet Elk) Walter Schreifels’ musical career has taken him from rough-as-arses mid-80s NYC hardcore to polished alt-rock to acoustic plaintiveness to Dead Heavens, whose second 7” this is. Also featuring fellow NYHC escapee Drew Thomas (Youth Of Today, Bold) and someone allegedly in White Zombie, this brace of songs boogie in QOTSA-ish manner. NG

KIMBERLY ANNE *** Bury It There (Polydor) Building indie-pop on the foundations of arguably disparate African rhythms might crease a few faces, but with this London songwriter it sounds organic and effortless. Her melodies are catchy, if a little weak and unadventurous in places. Regardless, she has still managed to conceive something highly original and inspiring. CPI

MADDIE JONES **** Colour Me In (self-released) Gruff and grungy with plenty of gall and grit, this three-track EP is but a grain of Jones’ fierce musicality and fortitude as an artist. Each song is tastefully constructed with enduring melodies and

a firm vocal presence, mirrored of course by the colossal sound of her band. More please… CPI




Incitation EP (One Little Indian) Turns out that Olga Bell is the same Bell that released the superb, glitchy Magic Tape 7” and Bell EP an aeon (six years) ago. It also turns out that she’s released another belter here. Comparisons to Chairlift and Dirty Projectors are inevitable but this is on another, higher level. BG

THE ORIELLES *** Joey Says We Got It (Weiner) This surf-pop trio – siblings Sid and Esme and friend Henry – met at a party, started a band and then learned to play their instruments. Joey... is a harmony-filled breezy tune that floats easily in one ear and out the other. Cute but a little bit too vanilla, and feels like should have been released during the summer. DC

SPACE **** Strange World (Ocean Waves Productions) Space always delivered catchy pop tunes with a sinister edge, and Strange World is no different. Whilst not as instantly recognisable or witty as Female Of The Species or Neighbourhood, this is an eerie wedge of David Lynch-esque cinematic vibes mixed with guitar akin to Echo & The Bunnymen’s People Are Strange. NC

demos INTO THE ARK www.facebook.com/intothearkmusic Into The Ark's demo songs were sent to me by a fairly large music PR company, and are currently hosted on a private Soundcloud link, meaning the great unwashed can't listen to them (as was typically the case with demos, pre-Web 2.0). Plans appear afoot to turn these two young men from near Blackwood into stars, and this kind of sanded-edges soul-tinged folk-pop is tailored for mass appeal, but mercy me, this stuff is dreary and anodyne in a way that I can't envisage a full production job disguising. NG

OPENING NEEDLE PROGRESS www.facebook.com/openingneedleprogress Dylan, the Blackwood-based individual behind Opening Needle Progress, emailed me a link to his music using the subject line “Putrid noise submission”. Not to get into an extremer-than-thou pissing contest, but I have known putrid noise, and this, sir, is not it. What 'it' is, however, is murky, lo-fi tangles of acoustic guitar, tape manipulation and haunted, vaguely animalistic vocals. Likely to remain inscrutable to everyone bar its creator, but pleasingly evocative of mid-90s cassette culture indie weirdness. NG

SECULAR GHOST www.facebook.com/secularghost This is a freshly minted solo project by Ryan James of gauzy electro-indie Cardiffian duo Man Without Country, a band who have quietly built up a profile allowing them to tour Europe and the US, without appearing terribly bothered about local popularity. The two tracks James has put online have an agreeable ethereality about them which MWC fans may enjoy, but are more beat-based, loosely recalling Boards Of Canada or debut albumera James Blake, and favour introspection over crescendos. NG

AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON 12A (Marvel Studios) An exhausting superhero overload with the whole Avengers team tackling the deadly Ultron, a terrifying AI programme bent on destroying mankind. Over-the-top CGI fun, with all the heroes battling their own demons and ultimately saving the human race again. Crack open the wine and the popcorn and enjoy. ****EC

SPARROWS CAN’T SING PG (Studiocanal) The brilliant Cockney comedy drama has been re-released on digitally restored Blu-ray and DVD. With Barbara Windsor taking the lead role, you can see why she received a BAFTA nomination. This film follows the tale of hero/villain sailor Charlie, who arrives back from sea to find his house and wife gone – but Charlie is not one to grin and bear it. This film is well-worth seeing just to get a glimpse of the old East End London, and witness what it was like to be part of a community without any secrets. ****CB

RED SUN 15 (Studiocanal) Rated by some as one of the best spaghetti Westerns ever made, Red Sun boasts a cast including Hollywood hardman Charles Bronson and Japanese screen legend Toshiro Mifune. A lot of Western fans may be thinking this is too good to be true; however, with an interesting plot and a bit of humour, this film is an enjoyable, easy watch that doesn’t cease to entertain. ***CB

BLOOD MOON 15 (Studiocanal) With a twist on the usual Western, Blood Moon pits cowboys against the wolfman. As the travellers enter a new town, it becomes apparent that a bloodthirsty menace lurks amongst the shadows. Based on the legend of the Native American skinwalker, this film embodies the true terror of the camp fire stories. With limited use of CGI effects, the film is reminiscent of the classic horrors when focusing on the beast. This is a well-done werewolf flick with a touch of Western flavour. ***CB

LA ENTIDAD 15 (Solo Media) As director Eduardo Schuldt’s horror debut, La Entidad (The Entity) is a surprisingly creepy step in the right direction for the Peruvian horror industry, which has gained traction in recent years. With a rather unoriginal backstory, this handheld camera film follows four students’ research of a creepy viral reaction video on the ‘deep web’. The monster remains largely out of sight, and the film cleverly exploits atmosphere and suspense, but as many modern-day horrors do, it gets a bit silly at times. While the acting is mostly on form, the translation is bordering on hilarious at times, which can undo a lot of the actors’ and writers’ hard work. Overall this is a good sign for the industry, but there’s still a way to go. **LB

TURKEY SHOOT 18 (Potential Films) This loose remake of a 1982 Ozploitation bomb is exactly what you’d expect. Filled with hammy acting, inconsistency, and laughable lines, this Australian film tells the story of disgraced SEAL Commander Rick Tyler (played by Prison Break’s Dominic Purcell) in a dystopian near future where he assassinates Libya’s leader and starts World War Africa. Seriously. Accused of a crime he didn’t commit, Tyler is ordered to take part in a TV gameshow, once again ripping off Battle Royale, where he is hunted by martial artists, soldiers, former colleagues, and the entire bloody world. One thing they did get right is the title: the director shot a turkey. *LB

TOMORROWLAND PG (Walt Disney Pictures) This is a strange present/future paths crossing film with George Clooney as a genius inventor catapulted into the future as a boy. He then goes back to the present day and his path crosses with Britt Robertson, who also transports to Tomorrowland a future utopian society. In a convoluted story, the premise is ultimately about the planet and how humans treat it, and what and if we are going to do anything to save it. ***EC


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