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Temposhark “Threads” Paper & Glue 3/5 “Threads” is Temposhark’s follow-up to 2008’s “The Invisible Line” and shows a distinct move away from some of their darker pop of songs (i.e. ‘Not That Big’). With the 70s glam electronic stomp of ‘Irresistible’ and the already hugely successful ‘The World Does Not Revolve Around You’ opening, Temposhark mastermind and lead singer, Robert Diament, clearly sets out his manifesto of giving the listener huge choruses and pop hooks by the bucketload. One new direction is the electro pop R&B fusion of ‘Bye Bye Baby’ and ‘Stuck’, which have already proved hugely popular with coverage on “Keeping Up With The Kardashians” and “Paris Hilton’s My New BFF”. The first time I played these two songs, I remember thinking they were as superficial and vacuous as the programmes they were soundtracking and yet after a few listens, the odd combination of Justin Timberlake meets Depeche Mode in these songs

somehow sticks in your head, as it transpires they are fantastic pop songs with huge hooks that just smack you in the face! The standout track on “Threads” though is the Morgan Page remix of the title track whose funky, insistent electro hooks lift the Fray-like original into a massive dance anthem, which I can already hear blasting out of clubs this summer. Piano ballad ‘The Last Time I Saw Matthew’ is one of the more delicate and personal moments displaying a level of humanity and sincerity, which is difficult to find elsewhere here and other than relatively weak songs such as ‘Green Lights’ and ‘Fireworks’, that would be my only criticism – sometimes, it all feels just a bit too slick. However, as evidenced on this album, with their huge talent for hooks, choruses and electro pop, it is just a question of time before Temposhark become phenomenally successful. Alex Borg

Funki Porcini “On” Ninja Tune 3/5 “On”, is the latest offering from the imagination of James Braddell a.k.a Funki Porcini. For those of you that don’t know, a porcini is a type of mushroom which (until very recently) was specific to the Northern hemisphere - Boletus Edulis formally. It’s not ‘that’ kind of mushroom by the way. Completely edible, a favourite of the gourmet chef, and this album has moments where it truly lives up to the porcini name. Braddell has kept his trademark down-tempo rhythms, mixed with breakbeat

and jazz. ‘This Ain’t The Way To Live’ has a stonkin’ great dirty beat, with a creeping melody over the top - you can’t help but think you are lost for a moment, blindly following that melody. ‘On An Inconsequential Afternoon’ is a sedate, peaceful build, leaving you imagining that it’s a warm sunny afternoon, with your feet up, enjoying a cold drink.

Petter & The Pix “Good As Gold” Gung-Ho! Recordings 4/5 When I was initially asked to review the latest offering from Petter and The Pix, “Good as Gold”, I have to hold my hands up and admit that my response was ‘who, what?’ However after a little research and a lot of listening, I began to feel slightly disappointed that I hadn’t previously discovered this little gem. It turns out that Petter and The Pix are a Swedish seven-piece band fronted by 30 year-old, musician/singer/songwriter Petter Winnberg. Their new album Good as Gold forms the follow-up to their acclaimed 2008 debut “Easily Tricked”.

state to be able to totally enjoy “Good as Gold”, and by the end of track two – ‘In The End Of The Day’, I was entranced. Petter’s haunting yet soothing vocals, along with the captivating guitar riffs and instrumentals, somehow manage to lure you into another world.

On the first listen, I thought to myself ‘Oh, I don’t think I like this,’ but you will not regret giving this album a chance, it is most definitely a grower. At first I imagined that I would need to be in some kind of mesmeric

Listening to “On” is like listening to a film soundtrack, and the story line is a dreamy inrigue. Definitely worth a listen, even if you don’t like your funky mushrooms. Constantinos Kypridemos

The one disappointing factor comes in the shape of ‘Stuck in Between’, a weak Afro/ Jamaican sounding effort, that doesn’t really seem to fit in with the other tracks. In contrast though, the album makes up for the one shortfall with numerous highlights including the upbeat opener ‘Never Never’ as well as the opposing final track, the enchanting and wonderful ‘The Last Time’. The press release says that the UK will get chance to get used to Petter & The Pix, I sincerely hope that the UK relishes in their talents for years to come, this reviewer for one, will certainly be championing their cause. Katherine Rippon


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