At DIG VINYL’s Bold Street basement haunt they have the joy of discovering new artists every day and delving into some of the less illuminated corners of modern music. With such bounty at their disposal, we give you the Dig Vinyl guide to those releases that may well have slid under the radar this year but deserve at least 3 minutes of your time, as chosen by the emporium’s staff. So, sit back, pour a large one and enjoy Dig Vinyl’s UNDER THE RADAR RECORDS 2016.
WORKING FOR A NUCLEAR FREE CITY – What Do People Do All Day?
The first release in six years from WFANC seems to have passed without much fanfare, and no live shows to promote it, which is a shame as it’s a fine thing indeed. Check out Bottlerocket, the standout track, which wooes listeners with a propulsive bit of nervous tension riding on a bubbling bassline and Pop Group-style scratchy guitars.
THE DOWLING POOLE – One Hyde Park
Featuring ex-Cardiacs man Jon Poole and full of seemingly improbably chord-changes and time signatures that should delight Cardiacs fan. There’s also a massive big dollop of good honest, sunshiney pop – not a million miles away from XTC or Apples in Stereo.
AKALA – 10 Years Of Akala (available in Dig)
The newly released compilation of intellectual British rapper Akala is treat for hip hop and rap fans that like their lyrics conscious and their beats melodic. Check out Absolute Power (2016 Mix).
FLAVOR CRYSTALS – von Trier Flakes (available in Dig)
11 minutes of shoegaze-inspired space rock from Liverpool Psych Fest 2016 alumni – find this dreamy tune from the Minneapolis band on their split EP with long-time psych rock favourites The Telescopes.
YVES TUMOR – Serpent Music
Have you always wondered what the end of night tune at an 80s boogie-disco sounds like through mogadon? Here is the answer, and it’s as beautiful and hazy as it is disturbed.
DAVE DOUGLAS – High Risk
Fragile avant jazz swathed in skittering subtle electronica, an absolute delight and far removed from the oft heard jazztronica beats that have tended to constrict contemporary jazz. If you like this then also check out Manchester’s Go Go Penguin.
SLOMATICS – Future Echo Returns (Available in Dig)
Slomatics continue to surprise fans by upping their potential with each release. This third LP oozes down tuned, space driven, cosmic doom. The three piece has massive tone and amazing lyrical content, while drummer Marty Harvey (also undertaking vocals) never fails to impress. Check out Electric Breath and be sure to admire the amazing gatefold sleeve art by Tony Roberts.
MARTRÖÐ – Transmutation of Wounds
Pure black metal from this new “supergroup” that raised its ugly head earlier this year. Featuring members of Krieg and the one man black-metal powerhouse Wrest (Leviathan). If you have a finely tuned ear for “nightmarish black metal with layers upon layers of audio terror” then definitely check out this two track EP.
HINDS – Leave Me Alone
We were waiting eagerly for this debut album from the Spanish indie garage-pop quartet, and we weren’t disappointed. It’s catchy, punky and most of all, so much fun you can’t help but want to hang out with these girls, or at least be in the audience at one of their many festival appearances.