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5 Nottingham Albums to Listen to This Month

14 October 19

Stick these lot in yer ears...

Jinda Biant

Restless (Album)
Following a near sell-out album launch at The Bodega last month, big bluesy tunes are the name of the game with local singer-songwriter Jinda Biant, and they characterise his album Restless alongside heaps of stomp and soul. Album opener Sisters sets the bar high, drenched in an uplifting energy that stops you in yer tracks, and barely relents throughout the album’s duration. Believe and Rollin’ Train are super swaggering numbers that proper show off Biant’s musical mastery. Becky Timmins

Jimi Mack

Run To The Sun (EP)
Barely breaching ten minutes, Run To The Sun EP crystallises this Notts artist's rich and weathered folk storytelling. Charming cascades of fingerpicking and stark lyrical vignettes create a visceral, textured collage. As loose buzzing strings and laidback brushed drums recede to ardent strums, Mack effortlessly captures a sense of being stuck within, and of breaking free. At the close of haunting down-stepping ballad Milk and Honey, it doesn’t feel like an ending, but a beginning. Naomi Obeng

Hidden Lines (Album) 
Fresh from a mesmerising album launch at Rough Trade this summer, this is Notts label Running Circle’s debut release from a band that’s not from these parts, and it’s a cracker. From its first dreamy note you’re transported to smoky New York jazz bars; a time of opulence and glamour, reimagined with a fresh and bewitching contemporary flavour. Featuring lashings of seductive sax and ultra-cool synth, it's the perfect album for lazy Sunday afternoons. Addie Kenogbon 

Gritter (EP) 
Local lad Lee Eden is a serial PRO-ducer, chucking out so many tracks it’s hard to keep up with ‘em, but his newest EP under his Animist moniker caught our attention. Out on Vanilla ACE’s label, WyldCard Records, Gritter offers three driving tech house tracks with just enough vocal to keep things funky without any added cheese. If that sound is your style you’ll flippin’ love thisun, already proven with his Beatport Top 50 charting success. Eileen Pegg 

Various Artists
Roadman Joel presents Roadman Anthems: The Resurrection 
As the late night dancing season is just about to start, there’s no better time to draw attention to this ridiculous seventeen-track output from Tumble Audio, featuring forgotten dubs, label favourites and new releases too. The bios tell ya it’s packed full of leftfield-bass, garage and bassline. To you and me, that means infectious skank-ready anthems made by plenty of Notts talent, with highlights such as Major Oak’s dubby Beeston Bandit, alongside Majora’s hectic Boss Key. Definitely not for the behavers. Eileen Pegg

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