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Icy Demons
Miami Ice (Leaf)

Icy DemonsTake one child of Cuban/Irish and African American parentage, mix in teenage stints in punk, jazz, hip hop bands and the city youth orchestra, stir in a fondness for Krautrock, electronica funk and early Brit-prog and what do you get? Hard to explain really but it’s as likely to have a Latin rhythm as a squelchy synth stab or a spastik lurch as a motorik beat. One minute this sounds like The Strokes filtered through the Tom Tom Club the next it lurches into The Mothers meets Animal Collective territory, basically the rule book’s been ripped up, shredded and then lobbed out of the window of a low flying aircraft.
Ruby Palmer

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Iron Maiden
Death On The Road (EMI)

Iron MaidenFresh from their spat with the self proclaimed queen of all things metal (and increasingly sad self-publicist) Sharon Osbourne, Iron Maiden weigh in with yet another live album – which to be fair tends to be where they’re at their best. Never the hippest, most influential or indeed sonically inventive of the legendary metal bands to spew forth from the UK they have nonetheless become something of a legend amongst their, frankly bloody enormous, fan-base due to the thunderous, non-nonsense, heads down, pile-driving, metal racket which powers their live sets. Can’t imagine this will convert the unconverted, but then that ain’t who this is aimed at

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Idlewild
Warnings/Promises (Parlophone)

IdlewildLong term fans who first checked in around the Captain era (a mini-album of fearsome hardcore noise), may find this latest incarnation of Idlewild almost unrecognisable, but as with the band they are compared to most nowadays (REM), Idlewild see little point in recycling the same ideas as this natural progression from 100 Broken Windows finds Roddy Woomble and Co. turning the big racket down another notch, and the catchy melody up another notch. Hopefully this will be the album that finally sees the band moving out of the indie also-ran margins and into the big boys and girls league.


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In The Country
This Was The Place Of My Heartbeat (Rune Grammafon)

In The CountryJaga Jazzist continue to ‘poot forth’ (as Frank Zappa was prone to say) interesting and experimental players, the latest being pianist Morten Qvenild, an ivory stroker rather than an ivory basher Qvenild deals as much with the space around the notes as he does the notes themselves (although he’s not particularly averse to hammering buggery out of his instrument on occasion). Zappa also once opined ‘jazz is not dead it just smells funny’ but, loathe as we are to gainsay the great man, on this evidence it is in fact alive and well, albeit in very uneasy listening form, and it’s highly unlikely to convert any Kenny Ball fans


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