Fresher Sounds - 23/06/2015
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So it turns out there are a number of advantages to being one of the world’s best selling artists.
This week saw Taylor Swift use her powers of fame for good as she blasted Apple for their decision to not pay artist royalties during the free trial period of their new streaming service, ‘Apple Music.’
To their credit, Apple quickly reverted their policy and announced that artists would receive streaming royalties from the moment Apple Music goes live.
While their empathy towards Taylor Swift’s position may be feigned, their quick response helps put a positive spin on some bad PR, ensuring Apple Music doesn't suffer the same fate as Tidal Music.
Away from the business side of music, this weeks round-up sees some great new tracks from heavyweights and newcomers alike:
Refused - Dawkins Christ
The latest single from Refused sees the band as ferocious and confrontational as ever. In ‘Dawkins Christ’ the band attack the cult-like nature of aggressive atheist groups. According to drummer David Sandstörm the track draws from ‘film scores of Hans Zimmer and Ennio Morricone as well as pre-Reign In Blood Slayer.’Seven Davis Jr - Good Vibes This funky effort from Seven Davis Jr takes a page from the Daft Punk school of infectious electronic tunes. The hook-heavy track is built around a chopped-up, disco-loop and vibrant beats. With his debut album set to drop next month, Seven Davis is one of the newcomers to watch this year. Lianne La Havas - What You Don’t Do Lianne La Havas is in a particularly good mood on her latest track. ‘What You Don’t Do,’ the second single from her forthcoming album, sees La Havas return to the doo wop style that she toyed with in her debut album, Is Your Love Big Enough. Jittery rhythms playfully intertwine with her vibrant vocals in a soulful, optimistic take on pop. Ratatat - Abrasive As Ratatat’s comeback rumbles on, the New York duo have unveiled the latest single off their forthcoming album Magnifique. ‘Abrasive’ is a lot easier on the ears than its title suggests - it is a subtly complex, dance-inducing gem that seamlessly harmonises a number of separate guitar lines.
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Wray - I’m a Loner
There’s little known about British newcomer Wray, but her music more than speaks for itself. ‘I’m a Loner’ is a beautifully bleak track, with dark, brooding instrumentals providing a creepy backdrop for her sublime, powerful vocals.
The Chemical Brothers - Neon Lights (ft. St Vincent)For their latest track, electronic heavyweights The Chemical Brothers have joined forces with art-rock songstress St. Vincent.The result is a psychedelic, yet infectious track that brings out the best in Annie Clark’s vocals. With squiggly synths combined with multiple layers of vocals, ‘Neon Lights’ is a trippy, unrelenting dance floor filler.