Also released round-up: Gold Panda, Mount Kimbie and CocoRosie reviewed

Releases from Attic Lights, Scott Walker, Woodenbox, Gastric Band and Three Blind Wolves also rated

Gold Panda - Half Of Where You Live

(NOTOWN/Ghostly International) ●●●●
The Berlin-based Essex boy (pictured) returns with the follow-up to 2010 critical smash Lucky Shiner. Still well in touch with his muse, he punches all the right buttons of distressed, dreamy electronica, albeit without the shock of the new quite in his favour this time. (Malcolm Jack)

Mount Kimbie - Cold Spring Fault Less Youth

(Warp) ●●●
More 2010 critical darlings, London duo Mount Kimbie are another group trying to figure out where to take dubstep next. They sound less assured here than on their impressive debut Crooks & Lovers; the warmer, mellower bits remain hypnotising, but two tracks with the sneering vocals of King Krule somewhat break the spell. (MJ)

Attic Lights - Super De Luxe

(Elefant) ●●●
Dropped by Island after their well-reviewed 2008 debut Friday Night Lights failed to meet sales expectations, these radiant Glaswegian harmonic rockers haven’t given up, now finally resurfacing with a follow-up. It's a noisy/melodic number with the type of fuzzily simplistic appeal that never goes out of fashion. (MJ)

CocoRosie - Tales Of A Grasswidow

(Republic of Music) ●
Imagine Ellie Goulding rolling about gurgling like a baby to neo-folkie hip hop beats, while being goaded on histrionically by Antony ‘and the Johnsons’ Hegarty, and it's only fractionally as repellent as French-American sisterly duo CocoRosie’s latest brain fart. Consistently, pretentiously shite than this pair exists, you’ll find me rolling about gurgling like a baby. (MJ)

Gastric Band - Party Feel

(Armellodie) ●●●●
Not only do they possess a top name, this instrumental Edinburgh quintet have one of the most intriguing, proggy sounds reverberating through the Scottish scene. Like the moniker, these fretboard-demons are incredibly tight, and this debut is ripe listening for those with an appetite for a scuzz/melody dichotomy.
(Chris Cope)

Scott Walker - The Collection 1967-1970

(Universal) ●●●
This multi-album treasure chest is a good bet for collectors and newbies alike, with hours of audio procured from the original tapes of Walker's first five solo records from the late 60s. It’s a smorgasbord of covers and bellowing original tunes that exemplify why the legendary crooner is so revered, leading nicely into his experimental era of the mid-80s and beyond. (CC)

Woodenbox - End Game

(Olive Grove) ●●●●
The band formerly knowen as Woodenbox with a Fistful of Fivers wander down the mariachi-folk path with this second album: ‘King’s Liar’ is a jamboree of brass work that quite literally(ish) gives the horn. Be warned, however, of Woodenbox’s ability to snakecharm feet into hypnotic tapping, such is the level of jaunty groove on show. (CC)

Three Blind Wolves - Sing Hallelujah for the Old Machine

(Instinctive Racoon) ●●●
Blues-rock? Americana? Folk-indie-country-stuff? Whatever genre Three Blind Wolves may be, they’ve made a pretty good fist at it: their first full album is warm and rootsy like a logfire in the middle of winter, with opener ‘In Here Somewhere’ smoothed out and languidly harmonious. (CC)

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