Album: Mavrika, Mavrika (Psolista)

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This London-based band have taken the traditional Greek underground form, rembetika, and subtly overlaid contemporary blues and rock influences.

The end result is a solid, confident debut which manages to both feel respectful of its 1920s roots while also bringing to mind the likes of the Cure, Public Image Ltd and – on the dark but sprightly "Gypsy Girl" – the seductive wall of drone that is the Velvet's "Venus in Furs". Fusion at its sincerest.