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Fresher Sounds - The best new music - 07/08/2017

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Son LittleAfter a long weekend of athletic upsets, the start of the football season and yet ANOTHER, unfathomable, week with 'Despacito' topping the charts you'd be forgiven for thinking everything is a bit dull.

But, new music-wise, there's more to enjoy than a certain chart-conquering tun right now. It's only right we give you something to beat those Monday blues in the form of some fresh and fabulous new music. Here we go... 

Ash Shakur - Never Alone

Over a blend of synths and smooth, glitchy, percussion, Ash Shakur raps about how the subject of 'Never Alone' is... well, never being alone. Despite the experimental sound, Shakur's lyrics are reflective, as if he is singing directly to each individual listener. Also an art collective co-founder, it seems that Shakur is combining his two worlds to tackle true to life issues in his own unique and soulful way.

Diamond Thug - Cosmic Dreamer 

Beginning with haunting, restrained vocals, 'Cosmic Dreamer' becomes a colossal force. Building layer on layer, it draws the listener along to a huge crescendo. With production values that wouldn't go amiss on an LP by Foals or The xx combined with Florence and the Machine-style ethereality, this is a dreamy number perfect for a stormy day.

Go Primitive - I Want More

Following up from their second EP, 100 Ways released back in 2015, Go Primitive have returned. If you were to imagine a heavier, British version of All Time Low, these are your guys. Alt-rockers with old-school guitar riffs, 'I Want More' is full of classic alternative rock grooves, drums galore and an emphatic chorus that will no doubt be shouted back by crowds on their upcoming tour throughout August. 

FØNX - Can't Get Enough

FØNX's debut, Tommaso Colliva (Muse) produced, single 'Can't Get Enough' combines his eclectic range of tastes and inspirations, resulting in an electro-pop meets jazz tune that harks back to the days of Sam Sparro with added guitar licks. Throw in a catchy refrain of 'can't get enough / get enough, enough of it', and it's certainly one of the most memorable of this week's picks.

Son Little - Demon To The Dark

Despite its title, Son Little's latest track is perhaps the most profound and enlightening of the bunch this week. A soul ballad, it begins with a proclamation before Son Little ruminates contemplatively and confessionally over a scarce and gentle percussive melody, giving it just the right amount of soul and groove to be stuck on repeat after a long day.

 

Pace - Love Will Shine a Light

Produced and co-written by Suede's Bernard Butler, 'Love Will Shine a Light' is not to be mistaken for Katrina & The Waves's Eurovision tour de force. With lyrics essentially acting as advice to younger versions of the band as they contemplate how 'love is sweeter than you think' over a backing track that could easily have been taken from earlier Scouting for Girls or The Feeling albums. A bright, sunny piece of alt-pop for when you need a pick-me-up.

Factory Seconds - We Live On The Crest Of A Wave

Londoners Factory Seconds continue to harvest classic indie sounds with marvellous affect. Their latest is a grand slice of glistening, anthemic 80s indie rock in the vein of Echo and the Bunnymen and Simple Minds. With dark and light in the vocals this would not be out of place in a John Hughes teen movie.

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