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Fresher Sounds - 13/04/2015


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By now we should be used to irrelevant music ‘news’ dominating the headlines.

With Coachella kicking off this weekend you’d be forgiven for expecting coverage of the festival to mention the music. But a woman (Madonna) kissing a man (Drake) got the column inches, because, you know, people don't kiss at music festivals!

Don’t get me wrong, few of us would want to be in Drake’s position, but this non-story overshadows some of the real festival highlights, including a near perfect FKA Twiggs show and a Run The Jewels set featuring Travis Barker and Rage Against The Machine’s Zach De La Rocha.

Away from the headlines, we have our usual array of great new music.

Here’s our picks of the week:

Florence & The Machine - Ship to Wreck

Following in the dramatic footsteps of her previous two singles, ‘Ship to Wreck’ addresses the self destructive side of Florence Welch’s personality. In contrast to the dark introspection of the lyrics, the track employs a bouncy, upbeat chorus in which Welch’s emphatic vocals take centre stage.

Ratatat - Cream on Chrome

It may have taken them five years, but the new Ratatat song is worth the wait. Funky guitar riffs and minimalistic synths melt together on this effortlessly cool comeback.

 Black Honey - Spinning Wheel

This cinematic track from Brighton’s Black Honey is a high-octane slice of garage rock. After a dramatic opening in which Izzy Bee Phillips channels her inner Nancy Sinantra, the track explodes into life with infectious surf guitar chimes and an unrelenting backbeat.

Tyler The Creator - Deathcamp

The Odd Future front-man has taken a page out of N.E.R.D’s book for this furious single. Harsh, distorted guitars dominate as Tyler spits over a chime and clap beat, epitomising his approach to music as he raps ‘I don’t like to follow the rules, and that’s just who I am.’

Honne - Didn’t I

The London duo continue to refine their unique brand of R&B with this cover of Darondo’s ‘Didn’t I. Taken from their forthcoming EP, Coastal Love, this downbeat tune is buoyed by gentle synths and the duo’s characteristically smooth harmonies.  

Four Year Strong - We All Float Down Here

New England pop-punks Four Year Strong have unveiled the first track from their forthcoming album. ‘We All Float Down Here’ is a furious yet anthemic track that shows the bands rough around the edges take on the genre.  

Towkio - Heaven Only knows

Save Money rapper Towkio teams up with Chance the Rapper for the latest glimpse from his forthcoming album. Continuing the Save Money tradition of eccentric electro hip-hop, ‘Heaven Only Knows’ Towkio raps over a jazz beat and shimmering dance synths.

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