Fresher Sounds - 28/09/2015
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This week in the music world, Paloma Faith got slated for her Rugby World Cup theme song, and so did Sam Smith for his Bond one. If you're going to make a song to be attached to things people are fanatical about it's best not to make them annoying or mediocre - people don't like that! The ‘Happy Birthday to You’ song might be free from copyright now, Lana Del Rey answered phone calls from fans, and Kanye West compared himself to Buddy the elf. So, it was just casual really. But never mind about all that, here's some more out our picks of the best new music we've heard over the last week. Sundara Karma – Vivienne There’s a grungy bassline, and some strong vocals that bellow above an infectious pop hook. As an angst ridden love song, the band push limits with raw lyricism and are seemingly headed for arenas. Though, for now they’re hitting the road with The Wombats and Circa Waves, then rushing back to Reading to host their local club night. Which sounds pretty banging. Halsey – New Americana The more eager of you would have already heard the single from this badass internet sensation, Halsey, who appeared from thin air one day and is rightfully here to stay. Lifted from her concept debut album Badlands, satirical ‘New Americana’ brings out the killer warrior side with jubilant drums and chant worthy chorus. So join the New Americana, ‘raised on Biggie and Nirvana’. Rejjie Snow – Blakkst Skn (feat. Rae Morris) Bouncy production from Kaytranada only adds to Irish rapper Rejjie Snow’s hip hop roots. Then throw songstress Rae Morris into the mix, and you’ve got an unstoppable trio. The dance rhythm doesn’t distract from the bulletpoint political lyrics, instead they’re intensified by a powerful chorus from Rae. Described as more radio central than his past work, it still doesn’t lose its authenticity. Sofi de la Torre – Mess If your fans include Grimes and Hayley Williams, you’re probably pretty good, right? Right. Spanish alt popper Sofi de la Torre’s latest single is a head bobbing, hip swaying celebration of electronic glitches. Lifted from the forthcoming EP of the same name, absorbing, angelic vocals shoot from moody to carefree, dripping with sass ‘I’m never gonna change for the better’.
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