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Fresher Sounds - 16/11/15


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If you're reading this, then congratulations.

You didn't get blown away by the winds, Mary Poppins style.

So between dodging flying umbrellas and crying over the amount of calories that have been revealed to be inside your favourite super-salted-caramel-gingerbread-spice-cream-sprinkle lattemochachino, stick these in your ears.

October Drift - Robots

'Robots', the third single from Sheffield four piece October Drift,  is catching like a cold across the web. It is sugar-coated power indie rock with more than a hint of the 80s. Sweating with melancholy, the ferocious riffs and brooding drums are enough to give you whiplash. Energy pounces from every corner with an immediate sense of urgency.

Heart Dancer – Under

Anybody who regularly reads this column will know that I’m a sucker for dream pop. So here’s a new lil piece of it. Hailing from Stockholm, Sweden, the young duo have crafted an emotive but laid back track. Wispy vocals hum to an aching sadness, though joyous melodies add whispers of wisdom. Drenched in tropical beats, there’s something inviting about it.

Millie Manders – Teddy

This ballsy South Londoner is a riot grrl, and it’s time to join her parade. Slick, carnival-esque instrumentals gloss the track with a ska, garage party vibe. Kick starting a frenzy of punk vocals of biting lyrics ‘I’m not crazy, silly baby’ spat with an over dramatic edge. The scruffy production edges soulful rhythm as Millie proves she’s an eclectic force to be reckoned with. Get her EP ‘Obsession Transgression’ from 20th November.

Lauren Ray - Come To Me

If you're looking for your new power ballad then look no further. Lauren Ray is your new best friend, and you're lucky to have her. Based in London, Lauren spent a month across the pond in Nashville to record debut EP Praying For Love along with a full album, set for release next year. All on her own label, TAMLAN Records. The country tinge illuminates smoky, sultry vocals fired by passion. Rhythmic strings path an uplifting road to a powerful chorus. Grab a cappucino and catch her on her Caffe Nero tour.


Molotov Jukebox - Hi Life Crisis

Need a party track to remind you of the good life before December deadlines? Hello, Molotov Jukebox. The feel-good, five-piece have dropped their latest single 'Hi Life Crisis', to drag you away from the grim student crisis. Celebratory trumpets set the fiesta mood, as bright beats lather like sun tan lotion on that dream holiday. Vibrant vocals flow from Natalia Tena, alongside glorious accordion and upbeat drums. Go and dance on their tour.

Tindersticks - Hey Lucinda

Throughout their two-decade career, Tindersticks have shown sophistication, soul and immediacy across their tunes. Now, every track from their latest album The Waiting Room will be accompanied by a short film. Second release 'Hey Lucinda' is lathered in richness, with vocals from the late Lhasa De Sela. The strong male/female dynamics are intimate, and magical in its story telling. Even more beautiful with the seaside visuals.

Sonia Stein – Baggage

Born in Berlin and brought up in Warsaw, New York and Boston, Sonia Stein is pretty cultured. Taking her signature authentic ethos to song-writing, latest single talks about the struggles of dating somebody who’s got a whole load of emotional baggage. Right, girl! Her RnB tinge is effortless listening, with smooth textures and a shiny bass exterior. Honeyed vocals melt into piano-based melodies.

Maxi Curnow - If We Make It

Firefighter by day, powerful solo musician by night, Maxi Curnow uses his music to portray a harrowing message. Latest single from the upcoming album Transition (6th December) hits you right in the guts. Telling the story of a deadly car crash, it's emotional and graphic in video. His progressive rock style is accompanied by jazz tinged ballad, and striking strings. Not forgotten easily.

Sudakistan - You and Your Way

Taken from their debut album Caballo Negro, this track is described as a respite. Dripping in heavy fuzz, the Swedish garage psyche band create intoxicating riffs building to a white noise standard. Wavering bass pulses under crooning vocals verging on wild. Grab the album 20th November.

Hayley Ross – Fierce Love

We’ll keep this one short and sweet, just like the song itself. The title track from her debut EP, Hayley Ross demonstrates soothing vocals with a bittersweet edge and a Kate Nash attitude. Layered with simplistic acoustic chords, the intimate single has been picked to feature on MTV’s ‘Awkward’.

Youthless – Attention

'Attention' is a track that perfectly offers a glimpse at Youthless’ rebirth. Finally united with music after lead vocalist Alex suffered a back injury, that consequently required surgery and rehabilitation – Youthless are back. Made up of barbed bass-lines and scuzzy layers, vocals are distorted and angular. Though glorious melodies and an infectious hook strive for life. The obtuse pop will go down a treat at their London show with Sticky Fingers.

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