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Fresher Sounds - 02/03/2015


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Over the last week the world's of music and fashion collided to cause a lot of furore over, well, not a lot really.

From the folk singer that caused a worldwide debate over the colour of a dress to Madonna's cape troubles at the BRIT awards, you'd have been led to believe something of note actually happened. 

Not sure where we're going with this, but nonetheless here's some of our picks of the best new music entering our ears last week.


The Prodigy - Wild Frontier

With their new album only weeks away, The Prode have unveiled a characteristically crazy track.  Dark, snarling and bursting with electronic effervescence, it is the sound of Essex boys snatching back their place at the top of electronic music.

Crocodiles - Crybaby Demon

There’s a distinct flavour to Crocodiles’ self-proclaimed ‘Salsa-Punk.’ Their new single ‘Crybaby Demon’ is a psychedelic, fuzzy slice of garage rock marinated with Latin percussion and complimented by an infectious bassline.

Skepta - Shutdown

With grime beginning to make a resurgence, 2015 may be Skepta’s biggest year yet. Ahead of his forthcoming album Konnichiwa comes new track ‘Shutdown.’ Spitting over a fierce, bass heavy backing track Skepta remains as infectious and unapologetic as ever.

Croox - Settle

Ahead of the release of their debut EP, enigmatic UK outfit Croox have unveiled ‘Settle.' It is a track that fuses modern R&B to its electronic core, with infectious, soulful vocals  amplified by a restrained synth melody.   

Black Honey - Madonna

Black Honey could not have picked a better week to release their new single. Sharing its name with the talk of the BRIT awards, this hook-heavy indie rock number is a step in the right direction. Gritty, snapping guitars and a vocal drawl give way to a huge, shimmering chorus.

Honeyblood - No Big Deal

Glasgow’s Honeyblood have certainly mellowed out with their latest single ‘No Big Deal.’ We’ve come to expect energetic, jangly fuzz-pop from the band, but the simplistic, reverbing guitars and apathetic lyrics show a different, unexpected side to the trio.

Death Cab For Cutie - No Room In Frame

Death Cab For Cuties new single continues the melancholia that has marked their return to music. ‘No Room in Frame’ tackles Ben Gibbard’s divorce from Zooey Deschanel, with Gibbard asking ‘Was I in your way when the cameras turned to face you?’ Instrumentally, it is a sparse, experimental track with a refrained guitar echoing throughout the track, accompanied by a distant electronic melody. 

Thomson - Collarbones

This brooding, minimalist single from Auckland newcomer Thomson is hauntingly beautiful. Taken from his sophomore EP Backbone, the ambient instrumentation allows the delicate, soulful vocals to come to the fore in a track that addresses a friend developing an eating disorder.  

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