First released in the US last spring, 936 is the UK debut by Peaking Lights – a romantic and musical partnership in which tattoos and long hair feature prominently. None of this really prepares you for their sheer uncategorisability. You could call this a dub record, but it's not reggae – more a pulsating fusion of burbling analogue synthesisers and ancient psychedelia occasionally topped off by the echoey vocals of Indra Dunis, a kind of lost, mellow American member of the Slits. Dunis's flat tones can let the side down, but otherwise, the swoon is in the details, like the faux-harp wobble on "Synthy" that recalls Alice Coltrane.
Kitty Empire is the Observer's pop critic. She has written for NME and occasionally crops up on Radio 4, 5Live, BBC 6Music, and has appeared on BBC2's The Culture Show and Newsnight Review. @kittyempire666