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Fresher Sounds – The best new music – 13/08/18


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Mid-way through August is where you start to panic – not only is the festival season coming to a close but that means University is starting in only five weeks…

Don’t panic! There is a light amongst the darkness, we’re entering the new season of autumn releases, tours and cosy nights in.

This week’s Fresher Sounds shows you an assorted mix of grime, indie, R&B and dance. There’s something for every mood to motivate you to make the most of these remaining weeks of freedom. 

Emotional Oranges – Personal

LA Duo, Emotional Oranges’ newest single is a seductive, sultry track, with almost slurred lyrics backed by funky beats, it’s definitely the kind of song that’d distract you as you’re getting ready for a night out.

Like their debut single, ‘Motion’, ‘Personal’ is accompanied by a lyric video consisting of classic film clips, most of which are bathroom and shower scenes; from Harry Potter’s troll debarkle to 8 Mile’s Eminem bathroom rap scene. 

Gorgon City – Hear That feat. D Double E

This song is identifiably Gorgon City, it possesses the same contagious beat that automatically makes every song a banger. Accompanied by D Double E’s rapping over the top, it definitely shows a different style, straddling the line between grime and house music.

RAY BLK – Run Run

Vowing to remain to her roots, RAY BLK releases her latest single following a major deal signing with Island Records. 'Run Run' projects a message. Her soulful voice is juxtaposed on top of a dramatic, almost like a film score, background beat along with sound effects of gun shots.

This single represents the hidden streets of London filled with violence.

Nina Nesbitt – Loyal To Me

Made up of almost-acoustic guitar twangs and perfect vocal arrangements, Nina Nesbitt admittedly channels the independent women of 90’s pop that we all love.

With catchy repetitive lyrics and themes around love, this single is essentially a guide of what to look out for in a “fuck boy”.

Nicki Minaj – Coco Chanel feat. Foxy Brown

Taken from her brand-new album, Queen, ‘Coco Chanel’ channels dancehall, bringing Nicki and Foxy to an equilibrium where they can bounce off of each other’s strengths in the female rap game.

The track is carried by a repetitive drum beat where Nicki and Foxy’s unique rapping complements it perfectly, making it a stand out as a controversial track from Queen.

Maggie Rogers – Give A Little

Rogers’ latest single, ‘Give A Little,’ swaps the self-reflective, personal lyrics for something much more political. This pop song is about empathy and unity.

Her chorus chimes “give a little, give a little, give a little,” hold a Haim-esque quality that makes for a much more uplifting catchy track than what we’re used to from Rogers.

Luna Bay – Silence

Luna Bay release a classic indie anthem with ‘Silence’, from their forthcoming debut EP. This track is full of big hooks and choruses that draw you in, ticking all the boxes of a perfect indie melody.

Seafret – Monsters

Taken from their same-titled upcoming EP, ‘Monsters’ is the second to be tasted since their return after 2 years with ‘Can’t Look Away’. This single is bigger and bolder, showing us more of what is to be expected from the EP.

Suited to the title, ‘Monsters’ takes on a much darker ambience with intricate guitars that build up throughout the song.

Summer Heart – Subside feat. K¥LO

‘Subside’ is the 7th instalment of Summer Heart’s #12SongsOfSummer project, the Swedish solo pop act took a step back from the vocals and teamed up with Torontonian K¥LO who offered a different tone.

Reflecting a similar vibe to Emotional Oranges, Summer Heart’s recent release, ‘Subside’ owns a seductive style to the track but with a much more dream-pop twist.

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