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Fresher Sounds - 18/10/2016

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Au/RaAs an autumnal shadow falls over us all, the music filtering our new music funnel is taking a icy, more downbeat, ethereal air. 

Not that we're complaining it fits the changing mood perfectly. 

These opening salvos get more and more tenuous all the time don't they! But attaching some link to current events is just to depressing...so this is as good as it is getting this week! 

Never mind, listen to this lot..... 

Jay Daniel – Paradise Valley 

25-year-old Jay Daniel is the latest maverick to come from Detroit's rich electronic music heritage. 'Paradise Valley' a precursor to debut album Broken Knowz out next month is leftfield house packed with emotion and built on jittery beats and Daniel's signature keyboard runs. 

 

Vanishing Life – The Realist 

As punk supergroup's go, you're not going to get more exciting than Vanishing Life which boasts members of Gorilla Biscuits, Bad Religion, Rise Against, Quicksand plus …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead! New single 'The Realist' takes the spirit and energy of their punk and hardcore histories and condenses it all into a urgent sound that plays off the members individual talents. Album Surveillance (out 11th November) looks set to be a contender for end of year album lists everywhere. 

Romare – Je T'aime 

Aural collage master Romare is the gift that keeps on giving! 'Je Taime' is the disco-flecked second cut from forthcoming second album Love Songs: Part Two. The track subtly packs in funk, disco, house, and even, rag time to form a hypnotic whole. 

 

Au/Ra – Concrete Jungle 

Ibiza-born, Antigua-raised singer Au/Ra has unleashed debut single 'Concrete Jungle', a bass-heavy, dark-pop ode to modern living. An enthralling piece of surrealist songwriting this is an introduction to a pop artist to watch. 

 

Illum Sphere – Thousand Yard Stare 

Back with a second album Ryan Hunn aka Illum Sphere has dropped 'Thousand Yard Stare' marking a further change in direction. With fans in Thom Yorke, Mary Ann Hobbs and Ben UFO he already has the ear of those in the know about cerebral techno, and this new material shows why. 

 

Pavel Dovgal – VHS 

Russian electronica artist Pavel Dovgal has forged new album The Aura from the inspiration from extensive trips around Asia, hip-hop, jazz music of the 70’s, indie pop, ethnic African sounds and all kinds of electronic music. 'VHS' displays this skittish approach to influences beautifully. 

 

Husky Loops – Fight Myself 

New London-based trio Husky Loops has a dark, unconventional take of rock music harking back to the days of early 80s post-punk experimentalism. 'Fight Myself' is a jittering mess of a tune that somehow holds together with brilliant results. 

 

Fujiya & Miyagi – Extended Dance Mix 

We never know quite what to expect from Fujiya & Miyagi, who have been confounding expectations for over a decade. This latest cute from the new EP2 pins a honest, often amusing spoken word narrative over their kraut-rock flecked hypnotic tuneage. 

 

Wildhart – Shake Off 

Gothenburg alt-pop trip Wildhart have been gaining plaudits left, right and centre for their deep, exploratory pop. They have that 'next big thing' erm...thing...written all over them. 'Shake Off' is packed with dark echoed synth and an array of nods to other genres. 

 

Ho99o9 – Double Barrel 

You thought you didn't need a horror-driven mash-up of hip-hop and hardcore punk in your life? You were wrong! Ho9909 make an ungodly noise that could be the ultimate Trump-supported repellent. 'Double Barrel' is the sound of everything middle England wants to hide from and it's great. 

 

Pale Honey – Real Thing 

Swedish duo Pale Honey have the spirit of alt-rock running through their veins, with hints of early PJ Harvey and Sleater Kinney. 'Real Thing' is a sparse, direct and distortion heavy wonder, tinged with hints of percussion and electronic experimentation. 

 

Mirror Signal – Try 

Alt soul singer-songwriter Mirror Signal has just dropped new EP 'Is It Only Me. 'Try' is a deep nu-soul cut backed with groove-based vibes, reverb drenched vocals and introspective wordplay. With a performance at the Montreal Jazz Festival back in July and extensive radio play by 2017 he could be your new favourite singer. 

 

Trills – Mud and Gold 

You might have heard 'Mud and Gold' on the trailer for Disney's Pete's Dragon earlier this year - it's now getting a release on 11th November as part of the Trills new EP Lacuna. The haunting track combines their wrought songwriting and instantly memorable memories perfectly. 

 

The Vryll Society – A Perfect Rhythm 

Liverpool band The Vryll Society have everything in place to be the next psyche-rock darlings. They played Glastonbury’s BBC Introducing stage this summer along with Reading & Leeds Festival, plus supported Blossoms on their UK tour. Their tunes are being released by resurrected label Deltasonic (The Coral, The Zutons, The Dead 60s) - and that's no bad thing. 'A Perfect Rhythm' is a grand slice of modern psyche-pop. 

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