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Fresher Sounds – the best new music – 28/05/18


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With last week seeing temperatures of 28 degrees as well as some impressive thunder and lightning displays, Bank Holiday Monday has us all guessing whether to pull out the barbecue or grab the largest golfing umbrella.

Also, Sam Smith, Florence + The Machine, and Liam Gallagher were just some of the acts who performed at BBC’s Biggest Weekend festival, taking place in four nations/locations across the UK last weekend. So, with music in mind, here are some perfect new tunes to ease you into the week.

Two Legs – Replace You

Reasonably new electronic producer Two Legs released second single ‘Replace You’ to SoundCloud on May 25th. Blurring the lines between lyrical emotiveness and melodic dance music, Two Legs continues to redefine the electronic genre in this rhythmic track. ‘Replace You’ audially represents a notion of impatience, with the melancholy beats causing uncertainty of whether to feel happy or sad. With having a distinctive difference between his first single ‘Don’t Tell’, a proudly haunting track, the growth of the young London based producer is definitely exciting.

Dead Ceremony – All This Noise

Following the announcement of the Tunbridge Wells quartet’s new EP Heartache, new single ‘All This Noise’ showcases their expertise in blending fragile vocals with synth beats. Dead Ceremony’s digitisation of organic sounds creates a song about the revelation of falling out of love, landing in the broad scope of the indie-electronic-synth-pop genre. Already having a steady run of acclaimed singles to their name, the band have acclaimed support of BBC Introducing, BBC Radio 1, with also playing to a full tent at T in the Park and supporting the likes of indie-rockers Wolf Alice.

No Rome – Do It Again

Co-produced by Matty Healy and George Daniel of The 1975, No Rome has shared new song ‘Do It Again’. The single stands as No Rome’s (aka Rome Gomez’s) first release for label Dirty Hit, the same label known for raising the likes of Wolf Alice, Pale Waves, The Japanese House, and indeed, the 1975 themselves. The track shimmers with Healy and Daniel’s influence, but it is not a dominating force – allowing No Rome’s alt pop sounds to be heard in the dreamy, harmonious track.

Frenship – MI Amore

‘MI Amore’ is the latest single from acclaimed Los Angeles duo FRENSHIP. The track expresses the group’s livelihood in a track extremely fitting for playlists as a summer pop anthem. Accompanying the song is a newly released video which captures their momentum on the road with live performance and backstage footage, tracking their movements through their massive American tour.

Aston Merrygold – Get Stupid

For the song made popular by the latest Samsung Galaxy S9 television advert, Aston Merrygold encourages fans to ‘Get Stupid’ in his new debuted video for the single. The video, filmed at the former JLS member’s dance studios BASE in Vauxhall, London, gives the track (released in 2015) a new lease of life. The track is pure mainstream pop grounded by a touch of R&B, which recently becomes the most Shazamed advert in the UK. In conjunction with mysnapp, Aston’s technological ventures continue as the mobile app can be used to shop the fashion worn in the video.

Tropics – Keep Me Turning Back

Woozy and sombre ‘Keep Me Turning Back’ sets the tone for British vocalist, songwriter and producer Tropic’s forthcoming third album. As a collaboration with BADBADNOTGOOD, the track explores being drawn to a negative energy, a type of addiction that we know is unhealthy. Tropics is the creative output of London-based Chris Ward, with his releases spanning multiple styles influenced by electronica, shoe-gaze and post-punk.

Pharrell Williams x Camila Cabello – Sangria Wine

Both being no strangers to the charts, Pharrell Williams and Camila Cabello have teamed up for new Latino fuelled track ‘Sangria Wine’. Seamlessly blending English and Spanish lyrics, the single has hints of reggae as the sultry anthem brings itself forward as a song for the summer. The track plays on an enjoyable back-and-forth between the pair, who also previously worked on Cabello’s single ‘Havana’.

James New – When We Were Young

‘When We Were Young’ is an emotively honest single from singer songwriter James New. Having previously writing pop songs for artists Dua Lipa and Raye, his own debut combines his talent for writing songs with a melodic, acoustic vulnerability. New’s lyricism somersaults between reminiscence of youth with a somewhat optimism, achieving heightened emotions in the 3-and-a-half-minute track.

AyOwA – Alt Det Du Ku

With modular synths and Danish lyrics, the duo from Denmark have released new single ‘Alt Det Du Ku’ which precedes the forthcoming EP Goodbye. The echoing words channel a dark, electronic atmosphere, sounding largely universal in tone when considering the limitations of the Danish language in the modern world. ‘Alt De Du Ku’ is a song about the dismay of a break-up and the breakthrough of a new beginning, blurring the lines between the themes as well as the electro-acoustic elements.

Crystal Fighters – Boomin’ In Your Jeep

Having recently signed to Warner Bros. Records, the joyous band return with new single ‘Boomin’ In Your Jeep’ as a first taster of the trio’s new material. Sticking to their upbeat, summery instrumentation, keyboarder Gilbert Vierich stated, “it’s a new journey with a new sound and a new approach that’s still true to our core values”. ‘Boomin’ In Your Jeep’ captures the bands well known positive spirit, this time powered by a newfound energy.

Abra Cadabra – Sherry Coco

20-year-old Abra Cadabra has previously been described as “Giggs meets Drake”, which is largely prevalent in the fusion of afrobeat in new single ‘Sherry Coco’. Being lifted from the forthcoming Feature Boy EP released on June 1st, the new single is a blast of summer with beats that have a tropical sound, but remain true to his Tottenham, London ends. Abra Cadabra has accumulated over 300,000 Spotify plays following the previous release of lead single ‘Hood Politics’, with also having a Mobo Award to his name.

Sonny – Ain’t Too Proud To Beg

With powerhouse vocals and emotive lyrics, ‘Ain’t Too Proud To Beg’ is Sonny’s latest earnest track. As stated by himself, the single “is about looking back regretfully on a relationship. Realising you made mistakes and being desperate to put them right again”. With this, the accompanying video reaffirms themes of love and despair as the couple experiences both highs and lows.

GRAVVES – This Is Bliss

‘This Is Bliss’ sees noisey-alternative-punks GRAVVES as a fusion of witty and alt-rock enormity. Accompanied by a video which sees the trio each try and fail to break three world records – most t-shirts put on in one minute, most straws in mouth in one minute, and most party poppers popped in one minute – the intended meaningless of the video aids GRAVVES mission to stand out.

NUUXS – No Good For Me

French-born singer NUUXS recently shared the neon backlight fuelled video for latest single ‘No Good For Me’. Directed by British photographer Chris Floyd, the 3 minute 40 seconds video explores themes of power and manipulation to set forward a track that is “empathetic to not just self-care but almost to never reciprocate someone’s negativity”. With this, NUUXS’ ballsy attitude is conveyed in her focus throughout the video, with aesthetics comparable to a synth wave cinematography.

Dance Gavin Dance – Care

American rock quintet released the video of new single ‘Care’ through YouTube on May 24th. The track uses equal parts of intensity and melody to create a widely delicate ‘post-hardcore’ track. According to the band, “where most bands erroneously claim wholly distinct identities, Dance Gavin Dance truly defies categorisation”.  ‘Care’ only furthers this, in the run up to the forthcoming studio album titled Artificial Selection.

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