This article originally appeared in the 24 April issue of NME

Mariachi El Bronx – Holy
Not really my kind of music. Ethnic music tends to involve chord progressions that are too familiar to be interesting to me personally. I’d rather listen to ‘When The Water Gets Cold And Freezes On The Lake’ by Herman Dune. David Herman Dune is the exception to the rule. He can really move me.

Holly Miranda – Waves
I can’t listen to music that’s as sad as this Holly Miranda track because, well, I’ll get sad. So I’m not digging it personally, although Miranda is a force. This reminds me of a sad day in the early ’90s. But I won’t go into that here.



Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Round And Round
It’s cool how his music sounds so surreal and so human and intimate at the same time. Plus I dig the ’70s flavour hard. I wish I had some hipsters to share this with. I loved his Paw Tracks debut, ‘The Doldrums’. I listened to that a lot.

Iyaz – Solo
I’ve come to the conclusion that Iyaz’s music is really not for me. I’d rather listen to ‘Again’, the original Janet Jackson song this borrows from. Gay house never sounded so awesome. Note to Iyaz from Deez: good songwriting comes from a place in the soul if you dare to explore.

Biffy Clyro – Bubbles
Spiffy. I like Biffy Clyro. I really do. I want them to keep making music just like they do. Wonder what I can do to make sure they do? In fact, I should dig through their older stuff sometime. I get the feeling I’ll probably like it.

The Neat – In Youth Is Pleasure
My first make-out was back when I was 16. I had an Afro and I met this creepy girl at a party. Well, I thought she was hot – she had a haircut like Spock. She was into this band called At The Drive-In, who were truly special. The awesomeness of their music extended into their Afros. This girl was really into that band – so much so that she took an interest in Afros as a result. Further down the chain of causality, we kissed. So, yeah, in youth is pleasure.