Perturbator – New Model

France’s Perturbator is a tricky customer. In a world that now seems dominated by night-driving, synthwave soundtracks, it’s refreshing when that genre is altered somewhat. Like smearing perfectly applied make-up – it turns from something pristine and elegant to a distorted and chaotic smear. Oh, it can still look good, but the alteration will leave a lasting impression.

Holy Fuck – Congrats

What drives Holy Fuck? Pure rhythm, hammered out at chest-caving speed. There are moments on Congrats where Holy Fuck do sound as if they’re dragging music from the same realm Adebisi Shank acquired their inspiration and zealous, technicolour radiation of future-space-rock.

Ultra Panda – The New Bear EP

Still remaining in relative obscurity; France’s Ultra Panda still haven’t broken out of the underground. In fact, I’m betting they’re even too obscure for the underground; they’re hidden in the Upside Down. This group, comprising of three dudes, combine drums + bass + keys + voice to create their dizzy and turbulent sound.

The Black Queen – Fever Daydream

The Black Queen occupies a different space altogether compared to the guitar-smashing, flame-throwing extremism of a certain New Jersey mob of mathcore merchants. Puciato is joined by former Nine Inch Nails/Puscifer sound man, Joshua Eustis and former DEP (and Kesha) collaborator Steven Alexander to create the eclectic and electric rush that is Fever Daydream.

Anakin – Celestial Frequency Shifter

You could be forgiven for becoming lost within this – Anakin (a four piece from San Diego, who have an obvious love of all things lightsaber and Millennium Falcon) create a world with their sound that will envelop you, should you stumble your way into its enigmatic universe.

This is a Review of the Third Album of a Band Called Adebisi Shank

The evolution of Adebisi Shank’s sound is a remarkable one. Starting off as a cross between OXES and Don Caballero, they’ve burst through the template of instrumental rock, morphing, re-shaping and transforming Their unique, eclectic style is not of this earth – space rock dementia; a star collapsing, 1,000 spaceships powering up at the same time.

Girl Band – De Bom Bom 7″

The opening guitar-scrape on De Bom Bom is a crackling, guttural distort and feels more in common with the industrial pound and stuttering electronica of Black Dice or the bonkers psychosis of The Assdroids.

Big Ups/Live It Out/Le Galaxie – Singles round up

Three bands you need to get informed on right away – Big Ups and their punk rock styles, Live It Out and their basement-wrecking good times and Le Galaxie basically recreating all the music from Hobo With A Shotgun vs The Rocky IV soundtrack. Yes.