TMF September Playlist

In terms of volume, September 2009 has been The Music Fix's busiest. We've reviewed over 60 new albums this month, including some highly-rated releases by the likes of Liam Frost, Alberta Cross and Invasion. We weren't so impressed by the latest missives from Muse or Bananarama so instead direct you to worthy entries from The Cribs, Florence Rawlings and HEALTH - all of which you can check out

If that isn't enough to keep you from fiddling with the cat, here's what's been piqueing our interest over the last 30 days or so:

Cosmo Jarvis: Jessica Alba's Number - One of a multitude of highlights from the forthcoming debut double album from this prodigous talent who will have you laughing in seconds and then kick you right in the nuts. Kinda like the Streets but good - this boy is the real deal. (SB)

Owen Tromans: Coast - Not the theme tune to the neverending BBC show but a standout track on his latest album Fall of Acre. This track brings to mind images of Robert Pollard fronting the Clash which just can't be a bad thing. (SB)

The Beatles: Bad Boy - I remember hearing this on the Rock n Roll album back when I was probably 7 or 8 years old and it sounded like it should have come hidden in a brown paper bag; Lennon's slurred snarl awakening something primal inside of me. It still sounds as vital and essential today as it ever did. In mono, obviously. (SB)

Darren Hayman: Amy & Rachel - Taken from Pram Town, genuinely lovely bloke Darren tells the story of his favourite band to come out of Harlow. It's an uplifting and charming tale of friendship, R&B and death metal. A quintessentially English song that takes a simple subject and inflates it with heart and soul like a modern day Ray Davies. (AM)

Mumford & Sons: Little Lion Man - Dizzy adrenaline filled bliss, with a ferocious drive and a rollercoaster tempo that climbs and climbs until three and-a-half minutes where it plummets into goosebumpiny-great territory. Like the Jim’ll Fix It scouts you’ll brush the milkshake out of your hair, put the needle back on the record and strap yourself in for just one more go. (AM)

The Duloks: Not My Scissors / Not My Sock - 1:25 of Castlevania keyboards and crazy chronicles from those zany young ladies. When I had the chance to interview the girls earlier this months I got Mira to explain what it was all about, go and see their amazing live show and maybe they’ll unveil it’s inner secrets to you as well. (AM)

Jamie T: Kings and Queens - Album of the year? Might be. With a heart as big as London town, there's something Jimmy Pursey about Jamie's latest adventures among the capital's waifs and strays. Ever the optimist, he has an Oyster card that gets you to places not listed on the Tube map of life. (DB)

The Streets: Blinded By The Lights (Nero Remix) - In truth, Nero don't do much more than draw out the hook from The Streets' 2004 track, yet it sounds so damn right and club-friendly you wonder why no-one thought of it sooner. (JD)

The Flaming Lips: U.F.O.s At The Zoo DVD - If you have tickets to see the Lips live this autumn, you'll want to get your hands on this DVD documenting the major gig played in Oklahoma City around the time of At War With The Mystics. It'll not so much whet your appetite as have you dribbling on the floor. (JD)

Rob Da Bank: Saturdays 5 - 7am (from Sept 26th), BBC Radio 1 - Rob Da Bank is back in his old Blue Room slot, so let's hope he brings back some of the old Blue Room vibe. If so, you can expect everything from dub to folk to ambient electronica, perfect to wake up to or chill-out to (if you're just home from a hard night's clubbing). You can repeat any show over the next week via BBC iPlayer. (JD)

Brendan Benson: Don't Wanna Talk - The out-and-out power pop moment on Raconteur Brendan's latest solo effort, a grower of an album produced by Gil Norton. (LM)

Jay-Z feat. Alicia Keys: New York - The highlight from Big Jay's new record, with astute rhymes built around a euphoric chorus provided by the soulful Keys. So much better than the single. (LM)

InMe: Herald Moth - Essex brings the noise with the release of InMe's fourth album, a collection of rockers powered as much by riffs as by Dave McPherson's unique voice. (LM)

Imogen Heap: Ellipse - There may not be anything as startling as Hide and Seek here but this is definitely a progression from 2005's Speak for Yourself, blending atmospheric electronics with curious lyrics and Heap's distinctive voice. A belter. (LM)

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