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Lust for YouthIn the week where David Bowie (R.I.P) owned nineteen of the top 100 albums, there were also video games, named constellations, charity singles, and a petition to get the idol printed on the next £20 note.

Oh, and Howard from Take That named his newly born son, Bowie, in tribute.

Tributes seemed to be a fitting theme, as Amy Winehouse was nominated for the Brit Awards, Best British Female category.

Despite her undeniable talent, is this a kick in the teeth for British female recording artists? Ellie Goulding, I've got you on my mind.

But last week wasn't just about dwelling on the past, it was another epic week for new tunes.

Electric Eye – Mercury Rise

As an introduction to their forthcoming sophomore album Different Sun, Norwegian psych-rockers Electric Eye deliver a stormy piece. With fickle energy, it teeters from quiet to brash with crackling guitars and moody vocals that meet in harmonious balance. To be fair, there was a hurricane outside the studio as the band recorded, so it’s bound to be a bit echoed and fuzzy.

The Last Shadow Puppets – Bad Habits

Indie Twitter, rejoice! The wait is over. After seven years, Alex Turner and Miles Kane have reunited. With screeching strings, strangely placed flamenco guitar and intense pace, it almost sounds like the guys are soundtracking a big bust up about a girl outside their local. Brashly shouting (supposedly romantic) demands, the power-group are back. Loud, demanding, and chaotic. Now, when’s that album out?

Lust for Youth – Stardom

You know those times when you’re just slightly tipsy in a club and you start to feel a bit emotional and overwhelmed by the love you have for your pals around you? If not then you should watch a coming of age movie based on a YA book and you’ll see the scene. That’s when you’ll want Lust for Youth’s latest single ‘Stardom’ to play. Having found their new high definition club sound ahead of forthcoming album Compassion (dropping 18th March), it’s a synth-driven, romantic track. 

Yuck – Hearts in Motion

“We're all just blasting through space on a huge rock, so what's the point in maintaining a relationship? Is it all just doomed to failure, or is it the one thing that we should be holding on to the most in this world? Who knows!", famous words from Yuck’s front-man Max Bloom. Delving into just one of life’s many questions on their latest single, the London based alt-rock revivalists are comfortable with distortion. Vocals sound like they’re spurting from splintered angels as they muddy over grunge guitars. Just a taste of what to expect from their third album, Stranger Things in February.

Tiga – Planet E

The Montreal recording artist collaborated with Hudson Mohawke, tossing ideas for the track outside an airport whilst waiting for a cab. As a modern pop professor; his tracks are playful and bright with electronic sounds of bubbles popping and twinkling triangle, meeting underground techno with pristine production. The track is featured on his conclusion to a trilogy of albums with No Fantasy Required.

Nina Nesbitt – Chewing Gum

The Scottish sweetheart is back with new material, and it’s lustier than ever. As the lead single on the Modern Love EP, Nina struts with empowerment on her lyrics ‘you can have my heart, but you’re not gonna leave with it’ she purrs. The airy breeze of seduction drapes like silk across the dark electronic production. She’s bold, she’s confident, and stronger than ever.

Ursa Major – Dusk

As the debut single from Toronto teen Ursa Major, he pens a mature ode to gritty romanticism after having his heart broken. Self-describing his music as psychedelic R&B, sliding riffs and skittering drums wash over a subtle groove, shadowed by synth on its minimalist production. Cool vocals are effortless, as the singer songwriter’s neo-soul tones wrap to an alluring but sultry atmosphere.

Tacocat – I Hate The Weekend

Not only do they have a cool name, but they are fucking cool. This band write fun songs about life; what they’re liking and what they’re not, with no qualms whether it matches up with others. Their latest single from new album Lost Time is a breezy pop-punk number with glorious harmonies and a sweet hook. Not to mention a gnarly riff that energises throughout.

Prince Rama – Now Is the Time of Emotion

It has been said that the Brooklyn duo’s forthcoming album Xtreme Now is their most extreme yet. So it has a fitting name. The Larson sisters were living on a black metal utopian commune on VÈ«rmsi, a remote island off the coast of Estonia during the summer of 2012. It’s said that there, Taraka had a near death experience inside an ancient Viking ruin which sparked a recurring sense of time-schizophrenia, or the physical sensation of existing in multiple time periods simultaneously. In this case, she experienced a joint-existence in both the medieval ages and the year 2067. Right. So the latest single is about time travel. It features futuristic electronics, robotic vocals and intergalactic instrumentals. Its catchy hook kind of makes me want to play laser tag.

Sauropod – Sunny Day

You’ll soon be hearing the Norwegian trio’s name everywhere, once their debut album Roaring at the Storm drops at the end of January. Their latest slice of distortion-fuelled grunge punk is an infectious ball of frenzied energy that you’ll want to catch like a cold. With 90s influences, their melodies allow them to be aggressively sweet.

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