Review and video: Eight unmissable music releases this July

Photo of Manic Street Preachers. Picture credit: PA Photo/Alex Lake. Photo of Manic Street Preachers. Picture credit: PA Photo/Alex Lake.

Alex Flood
Sunday, July 6, 2014
9:31 PM

Music fanatic Alex Flood looks at the biggest new music releases coming up in July 2014.

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Music fan Alex Flood gives his pick of the best musical releases in July.

• Manic Street Preachers – Futurology – July 7

The mercurial Welsh rockers release their twelfth studio album from a twenty-one year recording career on July 7, and it promises to be one of their most adventurous yet. Early singles ‘Walk Me to the Bridge’ and ‘Europa Geht Durch Mich’ combine the Manics’ trademark fiery guitar riffs and political lyrics with new krautrock elements and electronic additions. Billed as the companion record to 2013’s more laid back, acoustic affair, Rewind the Film, Futurology is an intriguing prospect and looks set to be Bradfield and Co.’s most important album in a decade.

• La Roux – Trouble in Paradise – July 8

English synth-pop act, La Roux, emerged from a three year hiatus at the end of 2013 with several low key shows in Brighton, Coventry and Bristol, but we have had to wait until this summer for their long-awaited sophomore record to hit the market. Led by the charismatic Elly Jackson, who now writes, records and produces all of La Roux’s material herself following Ben Langmaid’s exit from the band during the writing process for Trouble in Paradise, La Roux are hopeful of a follow-up record that echoes the kind of universal adoration that its predecessor, 2009’s La Roux, gained upon its release.

• Slow Club – Complete Surrender – July 14

July 14 will mark the end of Slow Club fans’ three year wait for the Sheffield band’s third record, Complete Surrender. Purveyors of melancholic, indie pop-rock mixed with light folk sensibilities, Charles Watson and Rebecca Taylor burst onto the scene in 2009 with their critically acclaimed debut, Yeah So. The darlings of the music press, Slow Club look to continue their run of good fortune with a new album this summer and a host of festival appearances to boot.

• JUNGLE – Jungle – July 14

Built creatively around a duo of lifelong friends known only as J and T, JUNGLE produce a bombastic sound of neo-soul and kaleidoscopic dance textures that’s taken the dance scene by storm, evidenced by huge singles ‘Busy Earnin’’ and ‘The Heat’. July 14 sees the release of the disco collective’s eponymous debut, expect to hear it blaring in clubs up and down the country for some time after this summer.

• Morrissey – World Peace is None of Your Business – July 14

Retirement doesn’t seem to be an option for Manchester’s most eccentric wordsmith, and this month will see the release of the former Smiths’ frontman’s tenth solo record in 26 years. Provocatively titled as is his way, World Peace is None of Your Business seems to be more of the same philosophically charged, alternative indie rock that have characterised the man from Kings Road’s entire career. Whatever the future holds, we can be sure that David Morrissey’s latest musical offering will be beautifully crafted, and a delight for all his fans.

• The Acid – Liminal – July 15

Experimental, electronic-folk trio, The Acid, release their debut album, Liminal, through Infectious Recordings on July 15. Combining minimalist rhythmic rattlings and inspiring synth-waves to create enthralling, progressive indie-house, the trio comprises LA-based singer songwriter Ry X, Grammy-nominated British dance DJ Adam Freeland and well-known electronic artist Steve Nalepa. If their debut EP, entitled The Acid, is anything to go by then we can expect more intriguing, building soundscapes of sparse, rhythmical magic akin to tracks ‘Creeper’ and ‘Basic Instinct’.

• Amazing Snakeheads – Amphetamine Ball – July 21

Glasgow trio, Amazing Snakeheads, make brutal rock ‘n’ roll which roars its way through venues like a spitting, clawing feline, every riff snapping bones and crunching skulls; it’s rather a surprise then that the band have been so lethargic in their efforts to release a debut record. Amazing Snakeheads have been knocking about on the UK live circuit for a few years now, as well as being NME favourites for some time, yet Amphetamine Ball is to be released on July 21, via the Arctic Monkeys label, Domino. Early reviews are overwhelmingly positive however, and this could just be the launchpad the band needs to push on to bigger and better things.

• The Black Angels – Clear Lake Forest – July 22

Psychedelic rock band, The Black Angels, hail from Austin Texas, and have spent the last decade since their inception showing flashes of brilliance that keep their hordes of fans coming back for more, yet never really living up to the potential they obviously possess. Four records in however and it seems as if their next effort, Clear Lake Forest, shows signs of igniting the fuse. Latest single, ‘Don’t Play With Guns’ is the bands best track to date, perfectly fusing collective psychedelic rock ‘n’ roll elements into three minutes of woozy, bluesy bliss a la Cake. Set for a July 22 release date, the band, who take their name from a Velvet Underground song from 1967, look set to arrive with a bang in 2014.

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