Here’s the roundup of some of the albums that we’ve had on rotation this month.

on rotationThe Chills

Well, if Scatterbrain is anything to go by, they go big. And no, I don’t mean they turn into volume-cranking stadium rockers. I mean they take themes which are both suitably huge but similarly, like the band themselves, tied to thoughtfulness and at times cultish thought patterns. Magick and mysticism ooze from Scatterbrain’s every pore from the opening note. The Chills are very much still creating their finest works.


On Rotation: Our pick of May’s album releasesDelilah Bon
(Trash Queen Records)

Delilah Bon is the explosive new project from the mind of multi-instrumentalist, producer and prolific punk rock queen Lauren Tate, unleashing a whole new level of clever, sarcastic, empathetic and righteously angry lyrics. Offering help to those that need it and a firm middle finger to the rest. Tate has handcrafted everything for the project too, including all the videos. The living embodiment of the DIY attitude.


on rotationJohnny Mafia
(Howlin’ Banana)

Sentimental is an authentic rollercoaster of a record. It twists and turns, rises and drops you flailing into the next breakneck curve. Johnny Mafia are a band going from strength to strength, a pure joy to see and listen to. If the success they’re enjoying in France can spread, and they really deserve it to, they could hit some dizzying heights. On their new album, Sentimental, they’ve doubled down and ramped up the adrenalin to produce an album of great pop hooks buried within their sound


on rotationSons Of Kemet
Black To The Future

Ferocious and exhilarating, the new album from Sons Of Kemet is beyond jazz. The message is compelling, the music hypnotic and unforgettable. Black To The Future feels somehow bigger than any of Hutchings’ previous projects, whether with Sons Of Kemet, The Ancestors or The Comet Is Coming. It projects a sound from the speakers that engulfs the whole world and swallows it whole. Driven by that overarching narrative of anger and frustration, the words and music fuse potently, creating a portentous landscape. And yet, there is an incredible contradiction.


on rotationSquid
Bright Green Field

Their eccentric angular art-pop is the soundtrack to that now very alive, kicking over the statues (literally) city which has become an epicentre of much of the nu thinking, ideas and culture of the new generation – a Generation Y Not? who will have to rebuild the UK after the wreckage of the great plague and the ageing post-punk generation. This is the soundtrack to the new narrative and it flies the flag for an eccentric high IQ music that they have somehow turned into a perfect pop.


On Rotation: Our pick of May’s album releasesMatt Berry
The Blue Elephant
(Acid Jazz)

Possibly his best album to date, a big departure from the well-received Phantom Birds and a great journey into the psychedelic sixties recreated by a genuine polymath. This needs to be listened to as a whole. It’s a psych concept album full of ideas. A psychedelic masterpiece that takes you on a trip back to the sixties, clocking in his playing of 19 different instruments, accompanied by Craig Blundell’s amazing drumming.


On Rotation: Our pick of May’s album releasesBlue Orchids
Speed The Day
(Tiny Global)

Mad songs about what it’ll be like a hundred years from now. Songs about speeding your tits off. Surrealist tales and psychedelic philosophising with tunes that memorable and uplifting. From a celestial garage band who’ve been around for years…The Blue Orchids really do get better and better.

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Nathan has been writing for Louder Than War since 2012. Before that, he wrote for Now living in Spain, he also writes for the Spanish magazine Ruta 66.


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