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Ones We Missed in 2012

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It's hard being a music site, trying to keep abreast with every crazy new trend the internet burps out of its Tumblrs and farts out from its YouTubes and Tweeters. I mean, seapunk - what the fuck is that? Are we supposed to take that seriously? If we do, will we look like early-adopter kings or clown-knob princes a month down the road? Who can tell? Not us, and it's kind of meant to be our job.

Anyway, all that guff above is basically a passive-aggressive way of excusing ourselves for missing some bloody great music released last year. Even though it was Soundblab's busiest year yet, there was still just too much good stuff out there. And that's the way it should be. Here's hoping the deluge of great music is even greater in 2013. Meantime, here's what we missed.

Hookworms/Kogumaza - 'Form & Function'/'Ursids'

Leeds based, psych-rock drone worshippers Hookworms follow up their much praised debut EP with a rather fantastic slice of 7in vinyl. In the old DIY tradition, it's a split single so Hookworms' 'Form & Function' is backed up by a hypnotic slice of Krautrock by Kogumaza. All made possible by one of the country's finest indie labels, Gringo Records.

'Form & Function' turns down the fuzz levels a little and reveals the ideal Hookworms single; a strutting, shimmering psych-rock gem. The track goes some way to capturing the energy and noise of their live shows, which is no mean feat. The track was recorded by the band's frontman-come-producer MJ and stands as a tantalising glimpse into Hookworms future. We should get a full album this year, and I for one can't wait.

Kogumaza finish off this split release nicely with the repetitive kraut-rock thrills of 'Ursids'. These are two bands that work perfectly together and consequently make this split single an absolute necessity.

Cold Pumas - 'Sherry Island'

Last year Cold Pumas released their debut album, Persistent Malaise. Before this, 'Sherry Island' provided the first tantalising glimpse through the band's technicolour curtains. The group had already released a selection of split singles and 7in records but 'Sherry Island' helped to turn a few more heads. The single certainly ticks all the right boxes for me; a love of Krautrock, psychedelia and early Joy Division forming the core of the band's sound.

'Sherry Island' is both immediate and intriguingly cryptic, harnessing the mystery and danger inherent in all great rock music. If that seems like hyperbole, you should give 'Sherry Island' a listen; its heady mix of repetition and subtlety is an addictive combination. Along with bands like Hookworms and Nope, Cold Pumas are making some of the most thrillingly vital music you could hope to hear in 2013.

Like damn fools, we also missed the following:

Actress - RIP

Ceremony - Zoo

Oberhofer - Time Capsules II

Young Magic - Melt

Holograms - Holograms

Divorce - Divorce

Goat - World Music

All great albums and worth seeking out. But what have we left out? Let us know if there's anything else we should have covered.

Text: Richard Morris, Andy Brown, Bob Coyne

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Here's a couple of others I've been introduced to........... for intense, epic krautrock riffage there's Aluk Todolo album 'Occult Rock' and for some seventies rock via Black Sabbath fun there's Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats 'Blood...

Here's a couple of others I've been introduced to........... for intense, epic krautrock riffage there's Aluk Todolo album 'Occult Rock' and for some seventies rock via Black Sabbath fun there's Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats 'Blood Lust'......both great albums!

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Sound very interesting, Andy. I'll have to make a note to check them out.

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Foxygen - Take the Kids off Broadway. No idea how we missed this one but it is sooo good. It's what the second MGMT album should have sounded like, or the best album the Stones never made. Only came out on vinyl but it's on Spotify.

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