Los Cripis show up in Glasgow way more frequently than you would expect for a group from Argentina. Their latest show with Current Affairs, Still House Plants and (Brighton's) Mortgage in the roasting basement of the Transmission gallery was another pleasing kick to the shins. They still do slightly stern art pop better than most and their latest 7", "Restaurant" (Glad Fact), has already elbowed its way to the front of the recent purchases pile on a fair few occasions.
Somehow I completely lost touch with what Hozac Records was up to. It was only when The Jeanies 7" landed in Monorail Music recently that I was reminded of their existence and went poking around on their Soundcloud page where I found faithful adherents of the early 80s Paisley Underground sound, Soft Candy. Without doubt they have a fondness for The Rain Parade and who can blame them? "Bixarre Luv Pyramids" won't earn itself any column inches in The Wire but you can bet your Chelsea boots that, should they hear it, Shindig! will flip their Brian Jones wigs over it.
Foolishly, my copy of Lady Wray's debut lp is still in the to-be-listened-to pile, its shrinkwrap intact . On the evidence of the "Do It Again" 7" (Big Crown), however, it will be bursting with production detail, melodies to get you through the day and a voice that goes through the gears as easily as a vintage Jag.
I've pestered the good folks at Rubadub three times this week to no avail for a copy of the latest Omar S 12", "Sky Train" (FXHE), which boasts an unexpectedly soulful vocal by Nite Jewel. If there's a more uplifting, soul cleansing track around just now, it's yet to reach these ears.
Omar S feat. Nite Jewel "Sky Train" (1min 18sec sample)