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Clunky, bassy, and the occasional tambourine! OK, so that sounded patronising, but this is ac- tually pretty good. For fans of The White Stripes, Death From Above 1979, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club etc; fuzzy amps and leather jackets, proper street-strut material. Crank it the hell up. HM

IVAN MOULT **** The Miner’s Canary (Bubblewrap)

As well as doing a fine job for The School, Cardiffian songwriter Moult has busted out on his own. His folk stylings shock at first and to note that this is reminiscent

of Nick Drake is no dis: confidence exudes from him while cockiness is avoided despite the raw talent on show. JE


He self-financed this debut single, he’s on 40-foot billboards in India and is endorsed by David ‘Darth Vader’ Prowse. Not sure how more random Bridgend bloke Jayce

Lewis’s CV can get, but he’s enjoying popularity in Asia. Unfortunately, Icon is a fluffy mush of rock/dance unlikely to find a UK audience. RH

JAZZSTEPPA *** Investment Decision EP (Studio Rockers)

As it develops, many new shades of dubstep emerge; for example these offerings from live group Jazzsteppa. The merging of synth-heavy dub programming with swing jazz style trumpet stabs and effected vocal samples will no doubt sound pleasing to some; however, I found the two elements a little too dissonant to fully enjoy. GH

LUPEN CROOK ** World’s End (Fierce Panda)

The press release claims that this is a “reflective and powerful tale of regret for a life lived without regard to consequence”. Which roughly translates as “a mildly pleasing though barely memorable acoustic pluck through five minutes of something destined to soundtrack a montage for a forthcom- ing funeral scene in Hollyoaks.” PJ

MC VERSATILE & CRAZY COUSINZ * Searching For You (Defenders Ent)

R’n’b whine. Predictable rhythm. Repetitive lyrics. Even after listening to the three remixes included on the single (bargain!) I still fail to see the ‘versatility’. Worse than that Eric Prydz fool. Tells a charming story of a gal and boyo who’ve clearly lost each other down the club. Did they find each other? Who knows. HM

MIIKE SNOW ** The Rabbit (Columbia)

Animal-loving electropop three-piece Miike Snow are back with new single The Rabbit. The catchiness of previous offerings is missing, and sounding like an album filler from their first LP, these synthesizer Swedes don’t seem to have evolved their sound in time for their upcoming second release. RS

ÓLÖF ARNALDS *** Innundir Skinni (One Little Indian)

Anyone expecting epic lushness or wide-eyed kookiness from Arnalds, based on a Sigur Ros member being present, or, basically, her

Icelandic nationality, will be bitten on the bum fast here: Innundir Skinni is closer to medieval folk music, all barely plucked acoustic and high, pure vocals. An Arthur Russell cover yields a similar pleasant hit. WS


There’s a rich vein of the documentary laced amongst clever casting and subtle filmmaking in this piece of unsettling brilliance. This French language drama displays, amongst other things, a compelling portrait of the battling ill. By comparing the impressiveness of their ailments with their jealousy of the healing miracles Lourdes can per- form, this proves to be a very different cinematic experience. ****AB

PRINCESS NYAH *** Butterflies (My Ish)

An uncomplicated pop-garage love song which doesn’t quite up to UK funky gal Princess Nyah’s career highlight to date – Frontline, a bit- tersweet tune about being the longsuffering beau of a coke dealer – but does more to suggest that the singer might taste no-foolin’ chart success by the end of 2010. NG

THE TWILIGHT SAD ** The Wrong Car EP (FatCat)

Among the polished leftovers from recent album Forget The Night Ahead, showing the Sad still riding their dour and intense guitar squalls to slightly diminishing returns, two remixes to prick the ears. Mogwai make The Room poignant, quiet and tinny, while Errors’ keyboard bloops add little to Reflection…. Nobody’s finest hour, all told. WS



This Cardiffian folkist used to trade as Huwie Floyd Price but now doesn’t. Why? Because “Buzz mag printed my name in its live music section as ‘Huwiw Floyd Price’.” Er, it was a typo but OK. Price’s strain of folk is not radical but certainly agreeable, and in the vein of the late-60s/early 70s types who edged the genre away from traditionalism and fused it with jazz and blues – Messrs Drake and Martyn most obvi- ously, maybe Steve Tilston too. NG


This dude lives in the leafy Cardiff suburb of Penylan and plays the blues, which has not prompted me to make some lame crack because I actually think this is awesome. The CD itself has a big foldout poster and a sleeve featuring a drawing of a tiger and a weasel, watching Jack dance across his Resonator guitar in, it transpires, hypnotically fluid and unconventionally tuned style. This was recorded straight into a tape recorder so sounds raw as bejeezus, which suits it very well.NG


Guess what? This demo was recorded straight to tape, too, and sounds like it. An even more council tape recorder and a far, far muddier and less intelligible sound. This is because Pus – a one-man project from a bro named Rob, fleshed out with extra members now – is an outlet for outpourings of noxious sludge metal. I mean, it’s near-impossible to figure out what’s being played when, so absurdly lo-fidelity is this, but the dedication to total annihilation of the senses is to be applauded. NG

MORRIS: A LIFE WITH BELLS ON 12 (Safe Cracker Pictures) The thought of Morris dancing rarely excites, but this mockumentary has brought the bells back to the Morris. It follows Derecq (pro- nounced D’rek), one of the country’s leading dancers and his love for improvisation, which falls foul in the Morris world. Think Pineapple Dance Studios meets This Is Spinal Tap in this cult classic. ****AB

MULAN 15 (Cine Asia) Following the same story of its Disney namesake, this slow-starting live action adventure is an enjoyable adult version of the cartoon. Strong lead performances are overshadowed by ridiculous casting and useless attempts at comedy, but stunning visual backdrops lend gravitas to an enriching story of the complexities of love. ***AB

SHELTER 15 (Icon)

A film that morphs uncomfortably midway through, Shelter starts as a psychological thriller but descends into a supernatural mess. Julianne Moore stars as a doctor who doesn’t believe in multiple per- sonality disorder. Setting out to prove it’s a myth, she follows mental patient Adam as he acts out his alter-egos. From there the plot gets worse and worse, ending in an incomprehensible muddle. ** TP

SHANK 15 (Revolver Entertainment)

Based in dystopian London, this post-apocalyptic thriller explores a gang called The Paper Chaserz and their struggle to survive within the merciless city. Their resilience is pushed to the limit when one of their members is violently murdered by a rival gang, forcing The Pa- per Chaserz to seek revenge. An excellent and gritty drama. ****AF

THE DINNER PARTY 15 (Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment) This controversial Australian thriller originally had its funding withdrawn due to the film’s topic. Angela is planning a dinner party which will ultimately see the joint suicide of her new lover Joel and herself, but as the series of macabre events unfold it becomes in- creasingly obvious that Joel and the other guests weren’t aware that this was more come die with me than Come Dine With Me. ***AB

THE INFIDEL 15 (Revolver Entertainment) Omid Djalili stars as Mahmud Nasir, a respectable Muslim business- man who, after the chance discovery of his birth certificate, realises he’s adopted… and Jewish. As Mahmud spirals headfirst into a full-scale identity crisis, he must rely on a drunken Jewish taxi driver for lessons in ‘Jewishness’. An excellent comedy with fantastic performances, co-starring Richard Schiff and Matt Lucas. ****AF

THE LAST STATION 15 (Optimum) James McAvoy and Helen Mirren star in this ambitious biopic of the novelist Tolstoy. Christopher Plummer isn’t quite on the mark as Tolstoy, but Helen Mirren’s performance as his wife more than makes up for his failings. Immersive and moving, this is a touching portrayal of Tolstoy’s final days. ****CP


A pacey thriller with a startling performance from Noomi Rapace, this is every bit as thrilling as the phenomenally popular Stieg Lars- son novel on which it is based. A hacker and a disgraced journalist investigate the mysterious disappearance of a Harriet Vanger from an island. Rapacious and thrilling. *****TF



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