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Fresher Sounds - 31/05/2016


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This week, Radiohead have been testing the waters of A Moon Shaped Pool, featuring a three night stop off at the Roundhouse.

Whilst the entirety of their Amsterdam show can be watched on Youtube, one unlucky fan took to twitter to be granted entry to the gig at the Roundhouse.

Having bought his ticket off a fellow fan who could no longer attend, Callum House was denied his ticket at the box office, sparking the #getcallumhouseinroundhouse twitter trend.

It didn't work - he still missed the Saturday night gig.

The decision came in accordance with the band’s ongoing battle against touts after the comeback gigs sold out in minutes before reappearing for extortionate amounts on resale websites.

In this case, it seems the touts have beaten devout fans once again.

Cheer up, though - at least the touts can’t steal the pleasure of hearing these new tracks…

Unknown Mortal Orchestra – First World Problem

If there’s one thing we know about Unknown Mortal Orchestra, it’s that they work very hard. This psychedelic disco number is the follow up to their acclaimed ‘Multi-Love’ album and it’s safe to say they’ve returned with all horns blazing. The track creeps in with illustrious horns, advancing into funky synths and a glittery hook showcasing the range of Ruban’s voice.

Spring King – Detroit

Detroit focused, US sounding but in reality - the freshest band of the moment hail from Manchester. The latest single from their impressively giving upcoming debut, ‘Tell me if You Like To’, is their most clean-cut single to date. Detroit is fast paced, littered with crowd-pleasing riffs and repetitive lyrics that will stick in your head for days.

Pale Dian – Evan Evan

Pale Dian progress from their former project, Blackstone Rngrs, onto a smudgier shoegazey sound. The second track taken from their upcoming debut LP ‘Narrow Birth’ features Ruth’s captivating vocal, whilst synths, aided by a relaxing drum machine led beat, dominate its’ uplifting chorus.

Jenny Hval – Female Vampire

The first word drawn from the Norwegian’s lips, “Transient”, perfectly sets the tone for this easy listening electronic track. Her soft celestial vocals and unbounded lyrical capability create a pathway for the smooth arrangement of a slow rising drum beat and tight glistening synths. Her latest offering is fittingly named to suit the concept running through her newly announced album ‘Blood Bitch’, which is due late September.

Swedish Death Candy – Living Your Life Away

The lead single from Swedish Death Candy’s upcoming EP Liquorice is a guaranteed toe tapper from the outset. If the accelerating melodies produced by the marching drum, grizzly bass and killer hooks don’t excite you enough, lose your head right about the two and a half minute mark when the track breaks out into a jungle of psychedelic guitars.


Puro Instinct – Tell Me

The Hollywood native sisters promise a trip back in time on their first release ahead of their upcoming Autodrama LP. With vocals that recall the era defining sound of Madonna, this slice of dreamy 80’s synth pop will give you the break from reality you never thought you needed.

Dead! – You’re So Cheap

Based in Soho, hailing from the Isle of Wight, like the band themselves Dead!’s debut single is a track designed to travel distances. With its pop punk edge, You’re so Cheap is an angsty riff loaded anthem, which the band have described as an “ode to the anxiety and discomfort of social situations”.

Gregory Alan Isakov with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra - Liars

The dark reflective tone in Gregory’s voice is taken to greater depths by the accompanying symphony orchestra that join him on the studio recording of what has been described as one of the singer-songwriters most haunting live songs. Taken from his forthcoming album, recorded alongside the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, the track retains a spine-tingling intimacy that withstands being swept away by an array of string instruments.


Sir Spyro – Side by Side (YGG Remix)

On “Visionary” selector Amy Becker’s latest compilation project ‘RMX’, she has sought out rising grime artists YGG (PK, Saint and Lyrical Strally) and established Sir Spyro to revamp Spyro’s Side by Side for 2016. Young Guns YGG attach their trademark fiery bars to the top of this well known grime instrumental, re-positioning themselves as the London grime crew to watch this year.



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