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Fresher Sounds - 22/11/16

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It seems like it's only been a few years since we first imported Black Friday as another US import we could probably do with out, but somehow it's more popular than ever.

People love a bargain! Given the madness of previous year's and 2016's penchant for insanity this year will probably involve an organised armed militia trying to get that last cheap telly before anyone else.

Still if you do get consumed by consumption let this batch of new tunes soundtrack those moments when you realise you've spent all your cash on stuff you didn't need or want, and the shops couldn't sell to anyone the first time round.

Did I hear someone say something about the best things in life being free?

Skream – You Know Right

Though his releases these days are sporadic, Oliver Jones certainly knows how to make them count. Rarely allowing himself to be constrained by genres these days, Skream combines influences breakbeat, techno and garage on his latest EP, that delivers one of the most sought-after tracks on the DJ circuit in recent months.

Pulled Apart By Horses – The Big What If

The first offering from the Leeds alt rockers since 2014 wastes no time in setting an agenda; their incendiary guitars riffs will have you hooked from the get go. This high octane record is a shameless head-banger and as our first taste of the four piece’s upcoming fourth album, we can safely say that we like what we’re hearing.

Sinkane – U’Huh

An afro-futurist, signed to DFA records, Sinkane delivers a touch of glamour on his new single 'U’Huh'. The blend of influences is effortlessly cool, and Sinkane describes the song as a much needed dose of optimism.

Natives – Passion

The latest single from Natives is a tropical adventure that sees the New Forrest four-piece continue to evolve their sound with greater experimentation than their previous releases. The chorus is a rousing climax of tribal rhythms, that gives 'Passion' a unique edge that underpin the pop-sensibilities of front-man Jim Thomas’ vocals.

Arrow – The Maze

Arrow are certainly ones to watch, the debut single from this Danish duo is a captivating slice of Nordic noir. This slow burner begins with an ambient intro of dreamy synths and orchestral pads, before giving way to the stunning vocals of Arrow’s mysterious lead singer.

Ki:Theory – Enjoy The Silence

Accompanying the debut trailer for the Hollywood remake of Mamoru Oshii’s seminal anime, Ghost In The Shell, comes this angsty rework of Depeche Mode’s classic 'Enjoy The Silence'. Yeah it’s got all the hallmarks of a beefed up movie trailer cover, but Ki: Theory’s update is a haunting take on the track complete with blistering synth lines that make it a perfect fit for the cyperpunk world of the upcoming film.

Laura Nox – Save A Little Love for Me

The debut single from Swedish solo artist Laura Nox, 'Save A Little Love for Me' has a brooding narrative that gives way to a bold pop chorus. Nox’s political lyrics are given an added dimension by the video that accompanies it.

Leon Else – Dance

The funky off-kilter rhythms on this number will have you itching to take to the dance floor. A born performer, the soulful Leon Else shows off his own passion for the dance floor in the music video, so if you’re in need of any inspiration for your own moves, look no further.

Childish Gambino - Redbone

The multi-talented Donald Glover (soon to play Lando Calrissian in the upcoming young Han Solo, Star Wars spin-off), turns in another addictive listen under his musical alias Childish Gambino. It’s got a flavoursome rhythm going, and stunning vocals that just make it get better with every play.

Justice – Love S.O.S.

This weekend Gaspard Augé and Xavier de Rosnay’s unveiled their long awaited third album, Woman. It’s a smooth disco odyssey from start to finish, and the penultimate track, Love S.O.S. is just one of many standout moment from another masterful album from the French electro duo.

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