THE PHANTOM BAND Checkmate Savage **** Chemikal Underground CHEM107CD, £10.76
A vibrant collage of Kraftwerk-synthesised squelches, west coast guitar twangs and gorgeous contorted rhythms, let's hope this and not endless Mary Chain retreads is the true sound of Young(ish) Scotland. 'Folk Song Oblivion' is a thrilling throwback to early Floyd yet sounds like some mad Celtic Americana, while 'Crocodile' evolves into an instrumental monster embracing all manner of electro rock.
'Halfhound' bounds along like an ancient Lowland anthem, gliding over higher ground with the gently pulsing 'Left Hand Wave'. Fantastic.
Download this: Burial Sounds, Crocodile