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singles/eps - may 2014


The Sunshine Underground – Don’t Stop

What a great track and video to announce the new album out in a couple of weeks. Unbelievably infectious synth riffs and choruses has got me singing along in a somewhat uncontrollable manner, shaking my head around and generally rocking out. There’s even a brief but brilliant skronky guitar outro. I’m not sure I can describe how much I like this track. 9/10


The Kut – Make Up (Criminal Records)

Including the excellent ‘No Trace’ (already reviewed on Tasty), the ‘Make Up’ EP is released on 2nd June. While being a decent enough filler, the title track does not really stand up next to the superior ‘No Trace’ – you are left waiting for something extra to happen and the vocals get a little nasally in places. But the other tracks instantly bounce back to form – ‘Mario’ has guitar hook similar to Trey Spruance era Faith No More and an awesome ending. ‘Closure’ and ‘DMA’are equally noteworthy and the whole EP is impressively polished. Bravo The Kut. 7/10


Turbowolf – Solid Gold

Much, much awesome riffery and generally deranged guitarring here from mentallist rock n rollers Turbowolf. Packing in more riffs in 5 minutes than Oasis managed in 5 years, Solid Gold is equal parts heavy rock and posturing cheese rock. And that’s why you’ll love it so much. 9/10


Karhide – Colossus (Field Records)

A welcome return from Field’s Karhide here and after the opening blunderbuss salvo of Tim Waterfield’s guitar and Alex Rainbow’s ear shattering drums in the title track, you’ll be left in no doubt that Karhide are back with a bang. Instantly recognisable as being far more upbeat than some of Karhide’s previous, more cinematic releases, ‘Colossus’ nicely evaporates into a tinkly electronic miasma. Although the vibe is slightly proggy, the pace continues through ’Turing’ and the heavily overdubbed ‘If Not Else’ (what is that weird sound effect in the background here? Sounds like someone playing table tennis in a cardboard box or something).

In conclusion, this EP is a bit of a tour de force from Karhide. Waterfield’s programming and ear for a riff are as strong as ever but the introduction of the staggeringly good live drums and subtle mood changes has given ‘Colossus’ a massive, vibrant sound that can sometimes get lost in the machinations of a drum machine and sequencer. Colossus by name, colossal in nature. 9/10


Suren Unka – 130

Celebrating the 130th song he has written, New Zealander Suren Unka makes a positive impression on Tasty’s ears for the first time. The dense layering of electronic sounds give it a cerebral complexity yet the loops maintain a more human foot-tapping catchiness. Difficult to pigeon hole but easy to like. 8/10