Album: The Soundcarriers, Harmonium, (Melodic)

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It doesn't sound like a recipe for musical magic: a bunch of jobbing musicians from Nottingham enlist the help of a local girl singer with a plan to re-create David Axelrod's psyched-out jazzy grooves.

What do I know? Not only does Harmonium have all the charm of such 1960s wig-outs, but it adds a 21st-century dash of mellifluous Zero 7-like funkiness to the mix. Leonore Wheatley's breathy vocals are utterly beguiling and this has everything it needs to be the word-of-mouth hit of the summer.