Shady London outfit Gramme first appeared on Trevor Jackson's Output label in the late 90s. Despite having created a big splash, they then disappeared for over ten years, but now finally their debut album has arrived. It's been worth the wait with 12 tracks of sleazy and shambolic arty funk music. Highlights include the distorted weirdness of "Do You Really Want Some", the off-kilter kazoo-core of "Rough News Reprise", the Joy Division-isms of "Cabvolt 38" and the acidic electro-house of "Laugh Out Loud". Welcome back!
The cosmic partnership of Mat Anthony and Mark Jenkins has been a long and fruitful one. Last year's album As The Crow Flies still keeps on giving on every listen but that hasn't stopped them from serving up yet more exciting fresh material. "Fireflies" is the most upbeat of the set; twinkling with a Lindstrom style guitar arpeggio. "My Brother's Keeper" is much more languid in its nature, slouching on a silky smooth double bass line and majestic harp flutters. "Lune d'Afrique" is a mainline hit of harmonic heroism, conducted by an insistent kalimba. "Sympathy" closes the show on a wistful note; all pastoral guitars psychedelic moans. Beautiful.