Fresher Sounds - 02/11/2015
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The temptation to make this week’s column full of Christmas songs was all too much. Though I resisted, instead letting the ads on the X Factor live shows act as my countdown. Come on Coca Cola advert, show your face. After spending Halloween dancing away from a guy in the club dressed up as Boris Johnson, I’m more than ready to forget all that and take on the diet of Buddy the Elf. If your head isn’t still pounding from excessive drinking while doing the Monster Mash on Saturday night, stick these in your ears. Acre Tarn – FLEX For UK electronic pop duo Acre Tarn, disjointed beats only highlight the perfection in the vocals. With an otherworldly range, the sleekness creates an enticing industrial soundscape to delve into. Futuristic and ghostly, the experimental pop is elegant and powerful. Marcus Joseph – Anything in Life Leicester’s Marcus Joseph is making us all talk, Real Talk, with his latest EP. Lead single Anything in Life is sleek and flourished with inspirational optimism. Classical jazz saxophone elegantly weaves between RnB dubbed beats. As Marcus’s lush spoken word flows with ease and passion ‘anything in life worth having is worth working for’. Let’s bare that in mind with the looming assignments. Grimes – SCREAM ft. Aristophanes If you’re still in the mood for a bit of weirdness and spookiness, look no further. Grimes’ latest offering from forthcoming album ‘Art Angels’ (Nov 6th) features native vocals from Taiwanese rapper Aristophanes. It screeches with electric guitar, pants with fury, and growls with pain. It even throws in some whistles scary enough to remind us of our primary school PE classes. It’s jarring, and not for the faint hearted. Ballerino – Wet Berlin born producer, and founding member of South London based artist collective ‘Squareglass’, Ballerino is all for pioneering approaches to production technique. Latest release, Wet, is just one half of double single with ‘Coward’. An art house inspired, silky sound with hypnotically smudged vocals. Synths bounce on a muffled, looping bassline, paying subtle homage to the origin of 80s house. Bring Me the Horizon – True Friends
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