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Fresher Sounds - The best new music - 26/02/18

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Stormzy's performance at the Brits this week, where he launched an attack at Theresa May and the Daily Mail, has brought back the age old argument: is there a place for politics in music?

The answer is pretty simple... of course there is.

Kitty Lingmerth

How boring would our playlists be if all we listened to were songs about love? Politics has dominated popular music for decades, and any artist with some sort of platform should use it to its full potential. Reminding the Prime Minister we indeed haven't forgotten about Grenfell (...and threatening to burn her house down) is definitely worth shouting about on primetime television.

If only more of the biggest acts in the UK right now would use their platform to scream about the stuff that matters.

It's a good job this selection of musicians and bands do. From politics to mental health to the #MeToo movement and yes, that boring love thing, the best new tunes this week don't hold back...

Black Milk - Laugh Now Cry Later

Hip-hop artist Black Milk's 'Laugh Now Cry Later' explores the emotional and mental strains of being stuck inside the social media bubble, alongside a thought provoking music video that could sit somewhere in the Black Mirror anthology. Asking "do I see a soul or do I see a facade?" against one of the most interesting beats released recently; it feels tribal, it feels eastern and electric all at once, but still adheres to typical hop hop conventions with repetitive vocal samples and a monotonal vocal. Also making essential points about police brutality, cultural appropriation and sexism, Black Milk doesn't shy away from the issues that matter.

The Nectars - I Want It

'I Want It' is an exciting slice of 90s garage alt-rock, with an explosive riff and middle finger rising message. Only a short track, vocalist Jessica Kenny sassily demands sex now because "a women demanding sex would be jarring to chauvinist ideals. With that in mind we needed to write a song encapsulating the feeling of being stoned, late at night, post show, covered in sweat, eager to fulfull our own physical desires."

Bishat - Unholy Romance

Delving into the deep, seemingly never ending hole of completely reckless infatuation, the kind where you can't eat, sleep and it physically hurts... Bishat's dark electro-pop masterpiece 'Unholy Romance' is almost robotic in its sound, mirroring the feelings that come with that kind of love and how it can affect the day to day.

Sofia Härdig - Let Me Fall

Another track about infatuation, 'Let Me Fall' is the product of an old battered synth found while Swedish Härdig was touring the UK. It's a euphoric, heavily textured amalgamation of synths, piano, cello and guitar drawing inspiration from new wave, house, New Order and Depeche Mode with a 90s dance edge.

Gundelach - Control

Gundelach uses delicate falsetto and mellow tones to tell a story of his experience of deep depression, a theme that also runs throughout previous tracks such as 'Duck Hunting'. 'Control' is an intricate and soft exploration of the insecurity and fear he feels.

Goo Munday - Where Did You Go?

'Where Did You Go?' is Goo Munday's debut, who produces, mixes, edits and directs all of her own work. The track, described as witch-house, combines dark and gloomy, ethereal elements with the typical building blocks of pulsating, repetitive electronic music, creating something quite gothic, haunting and even hypnotising in its sound.

Bad Wolves - Zombie

Following the death of The Cranberries vocalist Dolores O'Riordan earlier this year, Bad Wolves have released their cover of 'Zombie' that the late singer was to set provide vocals to on the day of her passing. It's different in style from the original, with a slightly deeper and heavier approach to the track that was inspired by Ireland in the 90s. A couple of subtle lyric changes set the song to the tune of the current world, such as changing the year '1916' to '2018'. Though this may be released over 20 years after the IRA bombings that inspired Dolores' original penning of the song, this highlights we're still fighting similar battles today.

All proceeds from the track are to be donated to Dolores' children.

Editors - Hallelujah (So Low)

Editors' 'Hallelujah (So Low)' was inspired by Tom Smith's experience working at refugee camps in Greece, where he felt horrified and saddened to see first hand the conditions these people live in, depending constantly on the help of others to survive. The explosive guitar riff that features in the track as a sort of chorus to it is probably the most heavy, intense and 'rock' Editors have felt, pushing through their music how passionate they are.

Diamante - Had Enough

Made with the #MeToo movement in mind, Diamante's video (created by an all-woman team) pays tribute to the feminist road trip masterpiece that is Thelma and Louise. Covering Lower Than Atlantis and unapologetically screaming "you should keep your distance because I've had enough," Diamante, who is inspired by strong music icons such as Pet Benatar, Joan Jett and Debbie Harry, isn't afraid to tell people she's pissed off about the current social and political climate surrounding women. 

Schultz & Forever - Alone

'Alone' describes a state of existential meaninglessness, written from the perspective of someone who has completely lost sight of all morals, ethics and good deeds in the world. But, this solemn lyrical theme is juxtaposed against happier, upbeat drum hits and sunny guitar slicks  making for a truly infectious slice of alt-pop.

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