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5 Nottingham Albums to Listen to This August

13 August 19

The latest sounds from the Nottingham vault...

Witch of the East
Queen of Insecurity (Album)
Queen Of Insecurity is the ominously atmospheric album from Witch of the East. Led by Aeris Houlton, their debut LP takes an unflinching look at the sinister side of life via nasty blues riffs and the hardest edge of glam rock. From the savage assaults of Corridors and Chest Vomit, to the air of menace created by When You Fuck Me and Hexenhaus, it’s a gloriously bleak first record from these rising dark stars. Jimi Arundel

Terri Walker / Joe Buhdha
Breakout (EP)
With support from Gilles Peterson, the second collaboration between Terri Walker and Notts producer Joe Buhdha lusciously blends an array of genres, mixing reggae, funk and jazz rhythms with seventies soul. Walker’s vocals range from angelic and smooth to in-your-face. Four tracks have hip-hop remixes – we’d expect nothing less from our Joe – with MCs like Rodney P, DRS, and TY offering a contrast to Walker’s chords; a great release to welcome summer in. Matthew Williams

Live! (EP)
Recorded at her recent sell-out gig at Trinity Church, Live! comprises original material, cover songs and charismatic interludes that really bring her songs to life. A folk singer with talent and versatility beyond her years, Georgie’s voice is raspy and heartfelt, with lyrics reflecting meaningful moments from her life. It’s incredible how a sound so soft can manage to pack that much passion and feminine power. Rachael Halaburda

Benjamin Zeic & The Rarebreeds 
Fallen Leaves (EP)
Armed with an acoustic guitar and memorable growly vocals, Benjamin Zeic & The Rarebreeds have produced a folk EP to rival the best. The collection offers up a selection of sorrowful tracks, with melancholic vocals backed by slow instrumentals. Title track Fallen Leaves stands out with insightful lyrics and a pace perfectly designed for a rainy day. This band clearly understand what it takes to create a great low-key folk tune, making this a memorable debut EP. Alex Keene

Damn Craters
Ocean of Satellites (Album)
Damn Craters’ debut album is a right good lesson in what can be done with crushing riffs and a whole load of distortion. Rich guitars dominate the soundscape, doing everything from grandiose breakdowns in Bin Money and dashing to the finish line on Neer Do Well; all fronted by engaging vocals and healthy heaps of abstract lyricism. Numbers like Dinosaurs Have Feathers may drag a little, but there’s plenty here to annoy your neighbours with. Alex Mace 

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