Sanguine Hum: cute name, rightly suggestive of prog, and a vast improvement on previous moniker, The Joff Winks Band. The Oxford, UK-quartet’s first effort did the rounds before in a low key way last year but Cherry Red’s new frontline label dedicated to all things musically progressive upped the anti with this repackage of ‘Diving Bell’ with tip-top bonuses.
It’s actually one of the label’s best to date: self-assured, audacious even in parts, its meaty compositions converge both density and complexity with strong melody lines and lightness of touch. Sweet vocals too: as if The Delays touched down with Gentle Giant and they all invited Radiohead round. Opener “No More Than We Deserve” and “The Trial” set the Hum’s stall out nicely while “Tonic For The Snoring” is one of three bracing extras of a quality not usually found in bonus material. Hope they re-surface soon.
Peter Muir ****
In his show broadcast on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio on 10 May David Randall played a further selection of artists and albums included in the new Features series, “2020 Vision”.
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Featured Albums w/c 25 May (Mon-Fri)
09:00-12:00 FM Synchronized (Frontiers)
12:00-13:00 THE ROCKET DOLLS The Art Of Disconnect (indie)
14:00-16:00 BEN KUNDER Searching For The Stranger (indie)
Power Plays w/c 11 May (Mon-Fri)
THE MERCY KILLS Alone (Golden Robot Records)
DEAD REYNOLDS By Your Side (indie)
THE JAILBIRDS Watery Grave (Golden Robot Records)
ALI MASS & MICKY MOODY These Times (Last Man Music)
MASSIVE WAGONS Bangin In Your Stereo (Earache)
UDO We Are One (AFM Records)
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