Having heard ‘Songs About People I Know’, famous cheese-monger-come-bass-rack Alex James tracked down Stricken City and invited them onto his farm for a demo session. As powerful as Blur are though, time travel is still beyond them so this debut mini album is of course James free. No matter: Britpop endorsements are all well and good but merely serve as Groucho Club icing when a band are already making angular/intricate indie like this. A mixture of a cappella bus recordings (the opening ‘Gifted’), 80s-tinged art pop (the cowbell-bouncing ‘Pull Down The House’) and beautiful piano balladry (‘Terrible Things’), it’s clear what got James so excited – Rebekah Raa’s delicate voice (no longer comparable only to Bjork’s) and her guitar band’s ability to never sound predictable.

8/10