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Fresher Sounds - 16/02/2015

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Joanna Gruesome This last week the world of music was dominated with comebacks and departures. 

The long awaited returns of Florence & The Machine and Drake were offset by the announcement that Radio One DJ Zane Lowe would be leaving the BBC to work for Apple. 

Thankfully good new music remains a constant, alongside our knack for dubious introductions.

Here are some of our picks of the week:

 

Laura Welsh - Hardest Part

On her newest track, ‘Hardest Part,’ singer-songwriter Laura Welsh teams up with R&B icon John Legend. Taken from her debut album, Soft Control, the song focuses on the pairs lush vocal exchanges while a stripped back, synth-led melody pulses in the background.   

Joanna Gruesome - Last Year

In many ways, Joanna Gruesome’s ‘Last Year’ sounds like two songs fused together. For their latest single, the noise-pop outfit sharply transition from gritty post punk into dreamy pop, with a chugging guitar riff remaining the only constant.  

Kendrick Lamar - The Blacker the Berry

Kendrick Lamar has set the bar for rappers in 2015. The Compton MC channels Malcolm X with this black nationalist anthem.  Kendrick’s aggressive, abrasive vocals dominate the track, and its message is amplified by the sharp beats and dark instrumentation.  

Late Night Alumni - The This This

The latest tune from US electronic outfit Late Night Alumi is house music at its most chilled. Delicate, soothing vocals are buoyed by a lounge melody, and the down-tempo beat adds to the track’s relaxed aesthetic.

Young Wonder - Intergalactic

Electro-pop duo Young Wonder’s latest track sounds quite literally out of this world. On the ambient track the meandering melody reverberates through the piece, haunted by Rachel Koeman’s ethereal vocals.

Space Age - No Pressure

Youthful hip hop collective Space Age have revealed new track ‘No Pressure.’ Fronted by the highly touted Little Simz, the four rappers dexterously flow over a hazy, dreamlike melody.

Nai Harvest - Sick on My heart

Punk duo Nai Harvest have continued to turn heads with their new single ‘Sick on My Heart.’ Taken from their forthcoming album, Hairball, the song is a fast paced, hook-filled slab of garage punk packed with gritty riffs and snarling vocals.

Drake - 10 Bands

In a move many are describing as ‘pulling a Beyonce,’ the Toronto rapper surprised everyone with the release of his new mixtape, If You’re Reading This Its Too Late. On new track ’10 Bands,’ a moody Drake spits over synth chimes and a trap beat, allowing his infectious flow to dominate.

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