Bloc Party – Four (Frenchkiss Records)

This isn?t the album that we all hoped Bloc Party would be releasing when they eventually got back together.

Why? ? Sod in the Seed (City Slang)

Released just ahead of forthcoming full length Mumps, etc, Why??s Sod in the Seed EP is a welcome return from the Cincinnati based band after a three year absence.

The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends (Bella Union)

The music has become secondary but maybe it?s a good thing – at least it?s not all for the money.

Eugene McGuinness – The Invitation To The Voyage (Domino Records)

An all round well crafted album in terms of sound and lyrics, using a timeless style that can?t really be faulted but the style might override and under mind the music slightly.

Standon Calling 2012 @ Standon Lordship, Hertfordshire 2-4/8/2012

Even in silly amounts of rain, choice acts shone on this year’s varied and slightly unpredictable line-up.

Passion Pit ? Gossamer (Columbia)

It’s the lyrics that really drive this album from start to finish, the melodies and happy-go-lucky harmonies seem to have been pulled to the back seat so Angelakous can really vent.

Wild Nothing – Nocturne (Bella Union Records)

A slow-burning, steady and rippling journey of an album, this swathe of gossamer-like indie pop deserves late summer hit status.

Benicassim 2012 @ Benicassim, Spain 12-15/07/2012

More used to?attending?festivals in rain soaked fileds than ones next to sun?drenched?beaches, we?couldn’t?wait to set off for Spain

Purity Ring ? Shrines (4AD)

A dark and haunting force which you shouldn’t be too scared to embrace.

Dirty Projectors ? Swing Lo Magellan (Domino)

Swing Lo Magellan is surely Dirty Projectors most outstanding and focused record to date