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Fresher Sounds - 07/08/2015

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It’s not often that news of a wardrobe malfunction dominates the music world. 

Unless you spend your time reading the Mail Online, a celebrity nip slip passes pretty much unnoticed.

Yet a combination of a slow news week and Lenny Kravitz’ decision to go commando led to his graphic wardrobe malfunction grabbing the week’s headlines. 

Naturally, the internet jumped on Kravitz’ moment of misfortune, and the ‘Rock out with your cock out’ jokes found a new lease of life. 

Moving on from #Penisgate, we have an eclectic mix of great new tunes from newcomers and fan favorites alike. 

James Fauntleroy - Magic

This quirky piece of soul  is described by Grammy winner James Fauntleroy as ‘one for the cold summer.’ Tropical rhythms and catchy synth lines provide a peculiar backdrop for some vivid, sultry vocals.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ft Ed Sheeran - Growing Up (Sloane's Song)

There’s been numerous highs and lows for Macklemore following the success of his debut album The Heist. The past two years have seen the rapper relapse into drug use before going into recovery following the birth of his daughter. ‘Growing Up’ focuses on his new role as father, written as an open letter to his daughter, with tender instrumentation and emotive lyrics evoking a similar feeling to ‘Same Love’

Girl Band - Paul

This intense, chaotic track sees Irish four piece Girl Band at their manic best. Beginning with a pulsating beat and shouted vocals, the track slowly ramps up to a ferocious, distorted crescendo.


Hinds - Chili Town

Madrid four-piece Hinds have returned with this breezy alt-rock song. Jangly guitar riffs and dreamy vocal harmonies drive this feel good track. Simple, yet avoiding cliché, ‘Chili Town’ is perfect for a laid back summer’s day.  

Kwabs - Forgiven

With his debut album only a month away, hotly tipped Londoner Kwabs has given us all a reminder of why he’s been this year's artist to watch. Once again, his soulful, passionate vocals are the focal point of the track, but ‘Forgiven’ is his most powerful effort to date with is captivating, defiant chorus.

Hazel English - It's not Real

Here’s some dreamy lo-fi indie-pop courtesy of Californian Aussie Hazel English. Simple, soothing and sun soaked, English explains the track as a warning to herself, addressing 'the pursuit of perfection and how easy it is to lose yourself in the process.'

Lewis Del Mar - Memories

This track from Brooklyn duo Lewis Del Mar is experimental, yet effortlessly cool. Driven by jolting percussion, the track floats on top of soulful falsettos. Naturally, their quirky, off-colour sound will draw comparisons to the like of Alt-J and Everything Everything, but the one quality the pair show with their predecessors is the penchant for unpredictability.




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