By Various Artists
The Nyquist Theory is a compilation of tracks that emerged from the talent that lay around the offices of Hampshire's Hackpen Records. It features a beautiful range of epic, eclectic and emotion stirring tracks from bands all over the country. Every track is worth a mention and I'll make sure to point out the Yorkshire bands featured.
York's Khopek open the CD with 'My Soul', an eerie trip-hop groove with distant, ghostly vocals pleading for mercy. Up next are The Sways with 'Clockwork Farm' sounding like The Pumpkins going acoustic and playing screwed up country music.
Third on are 96 Tears with 'Keep A Clean Nose', a flanged beat fest drawing comparisons with the best work of Massive Attack and fusing them with the solo work of Ian Brown. OOM then take the chilled out feel to the next level with the dark and beautiful 'Black Heart'.
Rusty Sheriff crank the beats up a notch or ten with the bombastic 'Otter' - no lyrics, no need with funk that makes your brain dance like this. Then it's the amazing Daughters Courageous and 'The Saddest Ever' featuring James Dean Bradfield-esque vocals, grinding power chords, trembling bass and even a pounding pop chorus.
Eleven Mile Creek go with beautiful Celtic pop-country music on 'The Bridge' before the sexy Myth Of The Elite Brigade hit us with the political lo-fi synth punk of 'Amerika 4 Ever'. Anon continue the anti-America/Iraq War theme with the album's only slightly disappointing track 'Nothing Left To Say' which amusingly samples everyone's favourite gun-toting President.
Detwiije's 'Six Is Better Than Eight' is a must for all fans of Mogwai with a melancholic, expansive soundscape of broody, elegant post-rock. The Cliffhanger then 'Hit The Horizontal' with a gorgeous cacophony of drums and semi-dub bass lines.
We end with two Yorkshire bands as Sheffield's Ormondroyd hit us with the moving and exquisite 'The Storm' which mesmerises the innocent listener before Leeds' own Deerpark drive me to tears with 'Burning Photos' - a slow, aching, beautiful, yes really beautiful (have I said beautiful enough in this review?) acoustic masterpiece.
This is great. Scrap great, I meant amazing. There just aren't enough words to describe how much I enjoyed this CD. Get drunk, get stoned, listen and chill out to this stunning compilation. Oh and I should point out it's set to raise a lot of money for Amnesty International. Buy it. Now!