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Boomkat Product Review:
Manchester’s Akoustik Anarkhy has finally given birth to this debut album of diverse, often gritty material from those staples of the city’s live circuit, Autokat. It’s hard to pin down exactly where the essence of this band’s sound lies: ‘Dish Out’ is a revisitation of pre-Britpop UK indie, then there’s the reverberating Mogwai-like guitar trills of ‘Bowling’. There’s a genuine sense of variety to the way this album’s been assembled – not just in terms of its writing but in its production. This is probably largely accounted for by the fact that the band have quite admirably undertaken responsibility not only for the recording and mixing of Late Night Shopping but even its mastering, which is a rare thing indeed. Consequently there’s a disparity between the sound of tracks like ‘Innocence’ and ‘Uber Patriot’: where the former is a distinctly lo-fi dose of jagged new-wave pop, the latter is an altogether more cinematic sounding foray into instrumental post-rock. It’s always nice to hear an indie rock record born on the streets of Manchester that isn’t a slave to the ghosts of the city’s recent past.