London-based duo Padded Cell brings to mind the post-punk heyday of early ’80s New York in an uncanny way. Listening to “Faces Of The Forest,” you might think you’re hearing James Chance playing sax or the Bush Tetras holding down the tight rhythm section. The two blokes making these tunes, Richard Sen and Neil Higgins, are two decades and an ocean away from Houston Street in ’78, though that hasn’t stopped them from cutting some records that fit right into that scene. No-wave godfather Dennis Young (of Liquid Liquid fame), has granted his approval by playing on their latest LP, Night Must Fall, and even planning to play live with the group. Wyatt Williams

Padded Cell – Faces Of The Forest