Fresher Sounds- 05/05/2015
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May 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.
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