Seeed are excellent. They’ve got the joyous touch and carefree hip-hop sound of N.E.R.D, the rawness of someone like Dizzee Rascal and some of the most innovative reggae touches I’ve heard in a while. A total mish-mash of influences that totally gels. Read more

Nova International

Nova International’s second album opens with the type of falsetto chorus that usually has me running a mile but stay a while and the singer pulls it off – it’s quite a joy. Nova’s overall tone on this CD is pretty melancholy and I hear quite a departure from their first album but ‘Bored’ and ‘Let’s Get Romantic’ show how Nova can switch into Stooges-style blocky, fuzz at the drop of a hat; you can almost smell the barre-chords. There are Gang of Four overtones too. Read more

One Two Three Four

One Two Three Four are yet more offspring of the superfecund Hamburg scene. Their fans like to compare them to the Libertines which is reasonably accurate but I’d say this bunch are mired a bit further in the past than them — the Kinks is a more accurate comparison.

It’s hard to get excited about this band. They sound like they’ve just plugged the guitars straight into a stack of 12 Marshalls with no gimmicks in between. This is no bad thing of course, check out the early Aerosmith sound, but One Two Three Four, for all their unencumbered sound and greasy organs lack the swagger of fellow rockers Boozed.

1234 - whos . . .2 starsWho’s goin’ down

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60’s style Garage rock but lacking the lightness of touch. Standout tracks: ‘You’re Ugly’, ‘Your Money’

Song themes concern escaping bad love, falling foul of the law. Singer Jan Ueber’s vocals are pretty well suited to this kind of gritty storytelling, he’s got the style of the Kinks’ Ray Davies but I think the falsetto on ‘Mary’s Crying’ is a mistake.