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Fresher Sounds- 30/03/2015


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We love a nice tenuous cultural reference related to music (sort of) to open this weekly column.

And you don't get much more tenuously related to 'music' than uber-boyband One Direction.

It was a week that saw Zayn Maylick leave One Direction, causing an outpouring of dismay by fans that was only matched by the rest of us when the band announced their intention to continue as a four-piece.

It was also the week Jeremy Clarkson finally managed to do something worthy of a sacking by punching a producer in the face.

While you grieve the loss of all these valued cultural icons, here are some hits that won’t lose you your job:

Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes- Fangs

After a year away from music following the collapse of Pure Love, former Gallows front-man Frank Carter has returned with this new musical endeavour. Showing the venom and ferocity that has come to typify Frank Carter’s work, ‘Fangs’ is a return to the abrasive punk of Orchestra of Wolves era Gallows.

Brandon Flowers – Can't Deny My Love

With his new album months away, The Killers’ Brandon Flowers has unveiled his latest track, ‘Can’t Deny My Love.’ It is an infectious synth-pop track, combing Flower’s iconic vocal hooks with 80’s tinged production.

 Earl Sweatshirt & Action Bronson - Warlord Leather

Earl Sweatshirt & Action Bronson have reminded us exactly why they are some of the hottest rappers of 2015. This swaggering track sees the pair showing off over an intermittent guitar riff and a boom bap beat

Japanese Wallpaper - Forces

Gab Strum is easily the most talked about 18-year-olds in pop. The latest track from his fast rising project Japanese Wallpaper is a masterpiece in dreamy, nostalgic pop, combining lush R&B vocals with elegantly infectious instrumentation. 

Astronauts, etc - I know

This shimmering soft-rock track is a chilled-out take on the early stages of love. Smooth falsetto vocals are buoyed by a subtle, ambient instrumentation in a downtempo yet infectious taken on electro R&B.

Skepta - Nasty

He may have an international audience, but Skepta’s latest track is meant for one man. Reigniting the feud between himself and Birmingham rapper Devilman, Skepta spits over a brooding, bass heavy backdrop.

Seasick Steve - Roy’s Gang

Few musicians play the blues with the same abandon as Seasick Steve. The opening track from his latest album is a fine example of the toe tapping blues rock that has come to define his sound, typified by dirty riffs and an unrelenting rhythm.  

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