As someone who loves music, but isn’t a musician, I often wonder what inspires musicians to make music, and what they aim to achieve from making it. Errors always seem ambitious, yet understated, making music that sounds vast and sprawling, but with meticulous attention to detail.

As a dance music fan, I love the range of sounds within the genre and I am drawn towards tracks that could, as horrid as it sounds, be described as ‘spicy’ – although this conjures up images of a gurning cockney in the middle of a dancefloor with his collars turned up, finger dancing and telling you how spicy a tune is. It also makes me think of direct, engaging, fun music that gets your heart racing and makes you want to well….dance! Errors, while falling within the dance music bracket, are described as post-electronic and more likely to make you look like Kate Bush dancing to Wuthering Heights, than a committed gurner. But that, of course, is no bad thing.

Which brings me neatly, sort of, to New Relics, Errors third album, a mini album in size, but big in sound. The third single ‘Relics’, is a charming case in point, featuring atmospheric female vocals but with synths giving it the aforementioned ‘spice’ and structure. Hailed as one of the ‘most interesting bands in the UK’ by NME, Errors are always a beguiling listen as there are unexpected twists and turns within songs that leave you with ‘A-ha, I see what they were trying to do there’ moments. This is particularly true in ‘Hemlock’ with heavy synths pulling things back from ambient overdrive and producing a song that is unexpectedly cohesive.

All the songs on New Relics have a strange other worldly feel to them, with ‘Grangehaven’, sounding like it was made for the Japanese tourist board, its steady drum beat underlying an Asian influence. On ‘White Infinity’, vocals make a welcome return, albeit cautiously, to enhance the sound rather than tell a story. Despite the faraway feel to the vocals it is still possible to detect the Scottish lilt in same way as you can with Glasvegas or The Proclaimers, although that is where the similarities with those bands end. ‘White Infinity’ is a stand out track for me, because of its assertive nature, while ‘Pegasus’, the last track on the album, sounds a lot like the Cocteau Twins, but with the addition of Devo-esque synths, which leaves it plonked back somewhere on the dance music spectrum, and stops the song being entirely dreamy. At the end of the album I felt like I’d woken up from a pleasant deep sleep, laden with cheese dreams that made me eager to sleep again. Recommended.

Release Date 01/10/2012 (Rock Action)

When people ask me what music I am in to, I find it very hard to give a definitive answer because, throughout my life I have been in to all kinds of different music from House to Heavy Metal depending on how old I was, what I was doing at the time and the kind of people I was hanging out with. So I can safely say I am open to most things as long as it’s good but obviously that is entirely subjective and open to interpretation, which I guess is what Silent Radio is all about. However, I would say that overall my alliances lie with Electronic Music because it covers so many genres and is constantly developing and changing. Having just returned from Sonar I felt a warm glow being surrounded by so many people who appreciate Electronic Music but there were times when I became a little jaded and questioned its integrity especially after seeing Katy B perform for the 3RD TIME! Will Katy B still be remembered in six years? I doubt it. But I guess that is the nature of Pop Music in particular; some stand the test of time, some don't. I think having grown up and lived in Manchester my musical tastes have been influenced by the club scene post- hacienda and the music at nights like Electric Chair which encompasses the sounds of House, Detroit Techno, Disco, Soul, Funk and Hip Hop. Basically anything with a groove, I like. But this is not confined to Dance Music I particularly like bands that are melodic and have a hook such as Wild Beasts, music that captures an emotion and has a heart. While at University I was also listening to music that didn’t really have much of a heart but more of a pacemaker in terms of the emotion it conveyed and that was Electro-Clash, a completely non- sensical and at times ridiculous genre that borrowed elements from House, Italio Disco and Techno and re- formed them in to one fun, but ridiculous package. While at University, I had my own radio Show where I tried to convey some of my musical tastes acquired from up north and had guest DJ's from a night in New Cross called Zombie Disco, with Jamie from Zombie Disco now working with Lindstrom. We also borrowed the services of Rina from Ladytron who had a guest DJ slot. Anyhow, I think it is safe to say I like a wide range of music apart from Katy B, sorry Katy.