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Fresher Sounds- 05/05/2015


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heyroccoMay is a month many of us dread, a month of exams, elections and worst of all, Eurovision.

Britain has a strange relationship with Eurovision, embracing its banal mediocrity yet we are embittered by its constant rejection of even our most celebrated pop acts.

This year our sense of injustice will be even stronger than usual, with our colonial frenemies Australia invited to participate in the competition.

But that’s a disappointment to be experienced later this month. In the meantime you can dispel my cynicism with some great new music. Here’s our picks of the week:   

Leisure - Got it bad

New Zealand is quickly becoming a hub of new music, with many great artists emerging this year. The latest of which is Auckland’s Leisure with their funky new song ‘Got it Bad.’ This psychedelic, soulful track floats along, buoyed by the distant, reverberating vocals and subtle funk rhythms.

 Alessia Cara - Here

This track from Toronto’s Alessia Cara is an introvert’s anthem. ‘Here’ the first song from the 18-year-old since she signed for Def Jam Records, describes the feeling of being at a party when you would rather be at home by yourself. Cara’s smooth vocals are well suited the dramatic production, showing exactly why Def Jam snapped her up.

Laura Dogget - Into the Glass (Royce Wood Junior Remix)

This remix of Laura Dogget’s ‘Into the glass’ has transformed the song into a quirky funk masterpiece. London producer Royce Wood Junior has added uplifting backing vocals, Motown piano and squelched synths, leaving Dogget's vocals largely unchanged as they uncannily suit the new production.

 Oh Wonder - Livewire

Oh Wonder continue to give us a reason to look forward to the start of each month with another stunning release. This month’s offering is a downtempo piece of synth pop, combing delicate piano melodies with lush vocal harmonies.

Lonely the Brave - River River

Brit rockers Lonely The Brave continue to go from strength to strength.  Taken from the deluxe edition of the band’s debut, The Days War, ‘River River’ continues the band’s penchant for emotive yet energetic rock, with David Jakes powerful vocals as emphatic as ever.

Heyrocco - Alison

This angst ridden song from US rockers Heyrocco draws heavily in the 90’s grunge aesthetic. But make no mistake, the band are much more than a 90s tribute act, as the band carve out their own niche, with ‘Alison’ combining the sludgy grunge riffs with polished vocal hooks.

Mick Jenkins - Alchemy

This track from Chicago’s Mick Jenkins shows a new side to the rapper. Usually known for his cerebral lyrics, ‘Alchemy’ shows the Jenkin’s impressive flow as he raps over a trap beat and ominous synths.  


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