Fresher Sounds - The best new music - 26/02/18
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Stormzy's performance at the Brits this week, where he launched an attack at Theresa May and the Daily Mail, has brought back the age old argument: is there a place for politics in music? The answer is pretty simple... of course there is. How boring would our playlists be if all we listened to were songs about love? Politics has dominated popular music for decades, and any artist with some sort of platform should use it to its full potential. Reminding the Prime Minister we indeed haven't forgotten about Grenfell (...and threatening to burn her house down) is definitely worth shouting about on primetime television. If only more of the biggest acts in the UK right now would use their platform to scream about the stuff that matters. It's a good job this selection of musicians and bands do. From politics to mental health to the #MeToo movement and yes, that boring love thing, the best new tunes this week don't hold back... Black Milk - Laugh Now Cry Later Hip-hop artist Black Milk's 'Laugh Now Cry Later' explores the emotional and mental strains of being stuck inside the social media bubble, alongside a thought provoking music video that could sit somewhere in the Black Mirror anthology. Asking "do I see a soul or do I see a facade?" against one of the most interesting beats released recently; it feels tribal, it feels eastern and electric all at once, but still adheres to typical hop hop conventions with repetitive vocal samples and a monotonal vocal. Also making essential points about police brutality, cultural appropriation and sexism, Black Milk doesn't shy away from the issues that matter. The Nectars - I Want It 'I Want It' is an exciting slice of 90s garage alt-rock, with an explosive riff and middle finger rising message. Only a short track, vocalist Jessica Kenny sassily demands sex now because "a women demanding sex would be jarring to chauvinist ideals. With that in mind we needed to write a song encapsulating the feeling of being stoned, late at night, post show, covered in sweat, eager to fulfull our own physical desires." Bishat - Unholy Romance Delving into the deep, seemingly never ending hole of completely reckless infatuation, the kind where you can't eat, sleep and it physically hurts... Bishat's dark electro-pop masterpiece 'Unholy Romance' is almost robotic in its sound, mirroring the feelings that come with that kind of love and how it can affect the day to day. Sofia Härdig - Let Me Fall Another track about infatuation, 'Let Me Fall' is the product of an old battered synth found while Swedish Härdig was touring the UK. It's a euphoric, heavily textured amalgamation of synths, piano, cello and guitar drawing inspiration from new wave, house, New Order and Depeche Mode with a 90s dance edge.
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