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Fresher Sounds - 16/03/2015


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GrimesIts been a strange week. 

Following a landmark ruling declaring that 'Blurred Lines' plagiarised Marvin Gaye's 'Got to Give it Up' I found myself in the awkward position of having to defend Robin Thicke.

While we can criticise his sexist lyrics and sleazy attitude we must defend his right to unoriginality.

The prosecution of Thicke and Pharell Williams for simply writing a song that sounds similar to another sets a worrying precedent for the music industry. 

While we wait for the estate of James Brown to begin proceedings against Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars why not distract yourself with the best new music of the week?  

Muse - Psycho

Devon three-piece Muse have taken a page from Marilyn Manson’s book for their comeback single ‘Psycho.’ Taken from their upcoming album Drones, the track centres around a beefy, blues-rock riff and an unrelenting rhythm.

Sufjan Stevens - Should Have Known Better

This single from Detroit’s Sufjan Stevens sees a return to the delicate folk sound that defined his early work. Taken from his elegiac new album, Carrie and Lowell, the track centres on a childhood incident in which Stevens’ mother left him in a video shop. Delicate, hushed vocals and beautifully understated instrumentation mirror the vulnerable yet hopeful nature of this intimate glimpse into the singer-songwriter’s past.

Young Fathers - Shame

Despite its title this new track from Edinburgh’s Young Fathers is an effervescent, groovy affair. ‘Shame’ is a characteristic amalgamation of styles, combining joyous hooks, soulful vocals and pulsating percussion.

Freddie Gibbs - White Range

After releasing one of the standout hip-hop albums of 2014, Indiana rapper Freddie Gibbs has returned with ‘White Range.’ Taken from his new EP Pronto, the track floats on a soulful, noire saxophone as Gibbs reminisces on his past.  

Grimes & Bleachers – Entropy

‘Entropy’ is Grimes’ take on a pop song. Debuting on the HBO series Girls, Claire Boucher’ teams up with Fun’s Jack Antonoff for this dreamy pop track. While Antoff’s sparkling production shapes the song, the ethereal, reverberating vocals ensure this is very much a Grimes’ track.

Mumford & Sons - Believe

Mumford & Sons have done the unthinkable - they’ve released a track without their trademark banjo. A Mumford & Sons without a banjo is like a Michael Bay movie without explosions. ‘Believe’ is an emotional, earnest stadium rock track, marking a significant departure for one of Britain’s biggest exports.   

Kendrick Lamar - King Kunta

The latest offering from Kendrick Lamar’s hotly anticipated album is a funk infused gem. ‘King Kunta’ addresses the paradoxical position of wealthy black men in society - oppressed like a slave yet dominant like a king.

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