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5 Nottingham Music Albums to Listen to This February

17 February 19 words: LeftLion

Featuring Sleaford Mods, Primal, BossMagnet, My Pet Fauxes, and Sundaze...

Sleaford Mods
Eton Alive (Album)

Anyone thinking that Sleaford Mods might have mellowed following their gig at the Royal Concert Hall last year needn't have worried, they are just as angry as ever about the state of the country on their new album Eton Alive. They've continued to evolve their sound over the last couple of years so, while it's still minimalist, it isn't as minimalist as it used to be. It's not a complete revolution, but there are even a couple of songs, When You Come Up To Me and Firewall, where Jason moves away from his trademark sing-speak angry ranting to almost full-blown singing. There's no change to his Mark E. Smith turn of phrase though, like on Policy Cream: "I got two brown bins, should I only have one?" and "Graham Coxon looks like a left-wing Boris Johnson" from Flipside. There are still choruses here that fans will love to shout back at the band when they're next on tour. Sleaford Mods bemoan "music magazines lying to us just to stay in print." But we're not lying when we say that this album is just what you need to get through the current (Eton) mess we're in. Gav Squires

Heart & Soul (EP

When it comes to rock music, three really is the magic number; the history of music is garlanded by magnificent three-piece acts: The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Cream, The Jam, Green Day, Nirvana, Muse, Take That. Well, perhaps not that last one. As everyone knows, Take That were always better when they had Orange and Williams on-board in the classic lineup. Anyway. Where was I? Ah yes, trios. To be honest, although Primal are a technically a trio, they’re really a power duo with a singer, with Rory joining Dan’s guitar and Greg’s drums. As such, the key musical reference points here are duos like the Black Keys and Royal Blood. Still, let’s not split hairs here; the important thing is that Primal tick the most important box of them all: they rock. You want foot-stomping, swaggering blues-rock? Well, Primal have got that in spades. Stick it on loud and feel the music take hold. Tim Sorrell

BossMagnet (Album)

This album is packed to the brim with glitz, glamour and a bit of abrasion. The self-titled LP dips and dives in various genre pools, finding their sound in something they call “power punk”. Listen to the opener Stagnant Dyke and it’s not hard to work out why. They’ll hit you with their infectious, groovin’ bass and drum combos before adding the crunch of a meaty guitar riff, while the soulful, sexy vocals dance around funk-filled trumpet and sax. While Hot Sauce is a dash to the finish line, Maybe puts on the brakes to show off a desperate and compassionate side to vocalist Dany Arna’s delivery. This is not, however, a matter of throwing stuff at the wall to see what sticks, this is a beautifully well-constructed soundscape that any lover of ska, funk or even hard rock will find peace with. Alex Mace

My Pet Fauxes
A Beautiful Mess (EP)

This EP is nicely summed up in its three-word title. Each song hasn’t necessarily been put together in the simplest form, but the result is beautiful. The quality of music is world class in every way: from the magically composed rhythmic melodies, to the charming vocals and catchy lyrics. Both vocally and instrumentally, this band has a great sense of individuality, combined with a whole lot of talent. It’s an undoubtable recipe for success. In particular Twist It and Yesterday have an incredibly wholesome, riffy feel without overpowering the song, balancing all elements to leave you with a smooth and satisfying listen. If you’re looking for a new indie-pop, in-car favourite, or a house-party go-to, My Pet Fauxes have got your back. Rachael Halaburda

Live at Rainy Daze (EP)

Renowned for recent energetic shows at The Angel and The Chameleon, Nottingham-based Sundaze have released Live at Rainy Daze, a live EP recorded to tape by Kristian Bell of The Wytches down at Rainy Daze Recordings, a DIY-minded studio established by Crosa Rosa’s Joe Fisher. Clocking in at one minute and 54 seconds, effervescent opener The Beginning is an instrumental crescendo, and will have fans of King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard hooked. Mr Goo and T Party both reveal more complexity with pace and vocals: the latter serving up lashings of juicy distortion. The EP comes to a pulsating and jazzy conclusion on Electric Queen, with guitar riffs and basslines infectiously flirting their way through to the end. Live at Rainy Daze is delightfully hazy in its buoyant, guitar-led pop, with a psych sound that’s self-assured and exciting. Becky Timmins

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