July 2012 - A Quick Guide

The best albums, singles and mixes...
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So that was July.

Record rainfall, yet more financial turmoil... oh, and the greatest sporting ceremony on Earth came to London. While all this was going on, the Clash team were busy sifting through the latest releases for the very best in new music.

Here's our handy guide to July.

Album of the Week

July 2nd
Liars - WIXIW



"Peel back the layers, and it reveals itself as a beautiful, evocative song on a set that’s initially guarded, but which reveals more secrets with every listen. Liars are one of the most consistently inventive bands on the planet right now. This is their most mysterious and rewarding album yet." - Will Salmon (FULL REVIEW)

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July 9th
Lianne La Havas - Is Your Love Big Enough?



"By releasing a debut with such honesty at its core Lianne will find a nation falling in love with her." - Simon Butcher (FULL REVIEW)

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July 16th
Meursault - Something For The Weakened



"There are moments on this album when the sound soars so grandly it's hard to remember the sombre, delicate song it has mutated from within." - Gareth James (FULL REVIEW)

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July 23rd
Konx Om Pax - Regional Surrealism



"Tones and drones swell and exhale, thoughts pass, Mogwai’s Stuart Braithwaite murmurs hazily, the digital realm crackles and melodies are stripped bare. ‘Regional Surrealism’ is an antidote to a busy life, and the arresting portal into a strange man’s mind." - Matthew Bennett (FULL REVIEW)

July 30th
V/A - Bass Culture



"...a simply essential series which acts as an introduction to the wonders of the soundsystem without retreading old ground. Containing rarities galore, the series skips across the decades, building up a superb cross-section of musical exploration." - Robin Murray (FULL REVIEW)

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Single Of The Week

ClashMusic continued their rampage through the latest 45s with plaudits going to Major Lazer, Gaz Coombes and a split release between Weird Dreams and Girls Names.

On July 9th, we even handed over the reins to Summer Camp vocalist Elizabeth Sankey. Tackling The Temper Trap's 'Trembling Hands' the singer had the following to say: "How do these guys do it? They just write tracks perfect for adverts over and over and over again. And you might think I'm dissing them, but in these difficult times (sob, poor us, waaa, no one understands how hard it is) that's a bloomin' gift." (FULL REVIEW)

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ClashMusic Mix Series

July opened with a very special 'Summertime mix' from Justin Martin. The producer refused to supply fans with a tracklisting, leading to an intriguing debate in the comments section about the identity of certain beats...

Buraka Som Sistema then raised the temperature with some all out Tribal funk, while Lostlojic then supplied us with a deft mix of fractured garage and knackered 2-Step. Finally, Berlin's much loved electronic institution Phon.o drafted together an expert techno cross section.

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