King Of Woolworths : Kentish Town/Bakerloo

He may be bald, but good work nonetheless.

It’s Mancunian Jon Brooks who’s claimed the title of King Of Woolworths, but it’s a moniker of scabby indieness that does scant justice to this record’s epic ambience. Nothing much happens over these two tracks – apart from a splurge of noise that surprisingly attacks the end of ‘Kentish Town’ – but it all happens with a great degree of relaxing elegance. He takes his lead from Boards Of Canada’s tribute to ’70s wildlife programme soundtracks, but he tugs it in a new direction by making it as lo-fi as possible. Namechecks The Fall and Coldcut in his biog, which suggests he may be bald, but good work nonetheless.

Ted Kessler