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Fresher Sounds - 09/06/2015


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BeirutThis week saw another major player enter the music streaming market. 

The unveiling of Apple Music should come as no suprise given apple’s position in the world of music. But their late arrival should rightly raise many eyebrows.

After initially resisting the change in people’s music habits, there’s a real possibility that Apple may have left it too late to grab a real share of the market. 

While Apple may have a household brand to help their venture, the company are doing little to attract listeners away from Spotify, and the absence of a free version of Apple Music will surely leave Spotify in firm control of music streaming. 

Away from the business side of music, this week’s roundup features cult heroes and chart toppers alike as many genre’s heavy hitters make their triumphant returns.

Here’s our pick of the bunch: 

Refused - Françafrique

‘Just another word for genoicide’ cries Dennis Lyxén, railing against 'Francafrique' as he attacks France’s neocolonial relationship with its former colonies. It should come as no surprise that Refused have something to say about the state of the world, but political criticism rarely sounds this good. Combining a garage rock riff with warlike chanting, the track slowly develops into a funk infused rock gem.

Beirut - No No No 

We’ve really been spoilt with the amount of comebacks this year. The latest comes courtesy of cult heroes Beirut, returning with their eccentric brand of folk pop. ‘No No No’ is an upbeat, jovial track that excels in its use of simple, yet anthemic vocal melodies, fitting them perfectly within the band’s idiosyncratic instrumentation.

Disclosure - Holding On

This week saw Disclosure make a welcome return to our ears. For this soulful house track the brothers employ the services of award-winning jazz vocalist Gregory Porter. Sticking to their established formula, the band combine R&B vocals with undulating basslines and jumbled beats.

Skepta - Shutdown (Idris Elba Remix)

Now this is a collaboration we didn’t see coming. After reaching out to Skepta on twitter, Idris Elba has appeared on the remix of his hit track ‘Shutdown’. The result is much more than a celebrity vanity project as Elba comfortably holds his own with a verse citing the actor’s illustrious career. 

Roosevelt - Hold On

This week’s obligatory summer dance anthem comes courtesy of Cologne producer Roosevelt. ‘Hold On’ is an infectious, tropical tune that entwines soft, dreamy vocals with a seriously funky guitar riff that dares you to dance.

Formation - Hangin

While we’re on the topic of funk, this track sees London duo Formation channel their inner LCD soundsystem. Infectious, groovy and with the perfect amount of cowbell, ‘Hangin’ will be jumping to the top of our party playlists.

Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment - Slip Slide

'It aint so easy, but it’s not so hard to stand up’ sings a distinctly positive Chance the Rapper. Enlisting the services of B.O.B and Busta rhymes, Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment  use triumphant marching band instrumentation to declare their desire for independence in the music industry, and to be free to make whatever music they choose.

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