If the summer of 2005 was your ‘mellowest’ to date, the Magic Numbers probably had something to do with it. Two parts Beach Boys, one part Mamas and Papas, a dash of McCartney and a pinch of Leonard Cohen – all slow-baked under the mellow Trinidad sun – the Magic Numbers are undeniably the happiest band in music, their self-titled debut album was nominated for the 2005 Mercury Music Prize.

Right now, we’re grateful for every ray of sonic sunshine we can get. Take this newie from The Magic Numbers, which, far from being their typical swoosh of sweet but…

This world is not a perfect place. As we write this review, a brandy-glugging North Korean dictator in platform shoes is on the brink of sending Southeast Asia into a…