Man, this takes me back. Back to working in a really real record shop in Birmingham, in fact. Fuck, we were hip. Everything I loved back then, nobody had ever heard of. Sigur Ros pre BBC idents. Matmos before Bjork found them. Boards Of Canada! Ugh. Obscure to many (then at least), loved by the few of us cool enough to dig deep. When you’re 19 and surrounded by records, well, that’s a lot of fun.

This was one of my favourite discoveries back then, taken from Stapleton’s Chez Chef EP. I’ve long since lost my real copy; imagine my surprise when I saw it on BC?

If you were around for the early years of Idlewild (way before they became darlings of MTV2) then this should hit a familiar, comforting button. Why wasn’t this bigger? It’s up there with American English, ferr serious…