Matthias Scherer

Munk – The Bird and the Beat

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The Bird and the Beat is the record which should consolidate Mathias Modica’s position as one of the leading lights in the modern disco house scene, writes Matthias Scherer.

Beat Milk Jugs – 10 Years of Hangovers

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According to the CIA, Latvia’s most valuable exports are wood, machinery and equipment, metals, textiles and foodstuffs. The quartet Beat Milk Jugs are hoping to be added to that list soon, and offer up their debut album 10 Years of Hangovers as proof of merit.

The Americans – The White EP

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There’s nothing wrong with being a revisionist kind of band, but The Americans never really capture the rawness of their idols. Instead, their new EP offers pre-masticated, bloodless nostalgia pop. Matthias Scherer sharpens his butchers knife.

Minnaars – Ideal & Error EP

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Two very good songs, two slightly derivative and grating songs – on their new EP, Minnaars show promise but fail to prove they’ve got more to them than a talent for writing indie disco hits.

Tu Fawning – Hearts on Hold

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A group of experienced songwriters come together and hammer out a collection of visceral, baroque anti-pop songs. Not exactly catchy, but definitely rewarding. Matthias Scherer reviews.

Smallgang – Trespasses

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‘Trespasses’ is an enjoyable, if in places one-dimensional piece of guitar rock audibly influenced by the scattered, stuttering riffs of Pavement and Dinosaur Jr.

Simian Mobile Disco – Delicacies

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Subtle beats and bleeps instead of straight-up electro rock bangers – Simian Mobile Disco have got their mittens firmly on the pulse of electronic music, and it shows on their epic yet understated third album.

The Blue Angel Lounge – Narcotica

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A veteran scarred by the pitfalls of the rock ‘n’ roll industry takes a promising German band under his wing (or was it the other way around?) and helps them produce an impressive homage to gloomy pop music.