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Another year, another pointless Eurovision song contest for the United Kingdom.

This weekend marked the 61st edition of the "legendary" competition, which saw Ukraine come out on top with the politically charged ‘1944’ and of course the UK’s attempt came in at 24th.

It may be little more than a political spectacle nowadays, but at least it makes for a good excuse for a party.

Thankfully, here's an array of tunes to wash Eurovision's music from your ears …

Less Win – Rituals

Hailing from Copenhagen, trio Less Win are about to drop their debut UK album TRUST. The band’s transgressive take on post-punk is packed to the nines with angular riffs and jolting bass on the opening track ‘Rituals’. The influence of the lack of harmony amongst Soviet composer Shostakovich's string quartet’s works well to convey the band’s fear of monotony and inescapable truths.

 Metronomy –  Old Skool

'Old Skool' by name and nature, Metronomy stick to their eclectic pop roots on their first track in two years. Featuring an abundance of cowbells, Joseph Mount’s signature vocals, heavy grooving synths and DJ legend Mixmaster Mike on the decks, the single gives a good inclination of how the newly announced album Summer 08 will sound.

The Duke Spirit – Wounded Wing

The Duke Spirit re-affirm their status with new album KIN and it’s first cut, the majestic ‘Wounded Wing’. It’s four and a half minutes of deep hitting intimacy, Liela Moss' celestial vocals movingly harmonise with Mark Lanegan’s baritone depths over the delicately progressing chords of Simon Raymonde on piano.

Channel D – Panic

Channel D, the project of the multi-talented artist Nick de Grunwald, track 'Panic' is dark and harrowing from the outset, with an equally haunting video to match. Co-produced by Tim Willis (Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, The Cure), de Grunwald aids vocals swamped in turmoil to an enticingly atmospheric percussion filled backdrop intended to reflect the increasing state of anxiety the world is plagued with today.

Alek Fin & Galun – Ionosphere

They may never have met, but the sound that results from L.A based artist Alek Fin and Moscow-based producer Galun's collaboration will make you believe otherwise. Fin’s stellar vocals are inflated with slow-burning rythms, serene synths and a bulging bassline. This is not the pairs first time working together and it definitely won’t be the last as their collaborative EP Strannik is soon to be released.

Grieving - Ownership

Cambridge’s Grieving forge their own version of punk for the well spoken. Their second track ahead of upcoming Demonstrations EP, 'Ownership' is addled with dark snarly vocals, thrusting guitar and an overriding nineties feel.

Moddi – Punk Prayer

Norwegian artist Moddi pays an intimate homage to Pussy Riot, performing and translating, for the first time into English, the infamous satirical hymn that led to the feminist outfit’s imprisonment in 2012. Touching upon themes of corruption, Moddi’s translation comes as a part of his upcoming album UnSongs, a compilation of songs that have at one point in time been censored.

Jordan Rakei – Talk to Me

Having already bagged a collaboration with Disclosure, Jordan Rakei has already set the bar high and this single taken from his debut album Cloak continues the trend. The jazz-infused number features a steady afro-drum beat, propped up by Jordan’s soulful vocals, leaving the listener dreaming of pina coladas on the beach.

Solids – Wait it Out

They’ve spent the past year on a seemingly never-ending tour, yet still have the capacity to create a record that oozes of progression. Without a bass in sight, the band create a gritty nineties edged grunge sound with an experimental melody that flows easily into the other tracks on the Else EP.


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