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Fresher Sounds – The best new music – 18/06/19


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Unlike the UK’s recent weather and politics, this week’s new releases have been rather more consistent. From electric Afro-Futurism to Hollywood strings and vocals, Fresher Sounds has the best pick of new sounds to kickstart your week.

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BABii has unveiled new single ‘POiiSON’ alongside a remix of the track by Monkeytown Records signed artist, CATNAPP. Her electro-tinged pop has a unique flare, placing her in a similar calibre to Billie Eilish’s industrial, haunting beats. BABii sings about being in a toxic relationship, the dark lyrics contrasting with her sweet vocals.


Decay - Lullaby

‘Lullaby’ is the latest single from Liverpool emo newcomers, DECAY. As the closing track to the upcoming debut EP, Modern Conversation, ‘Lullaby’ succinctly draws a line under the main themes of alcoholism and family rifts, as vocalist Danny Reposar  explains, “This song mainly tells the story of when I gave up trying to help my dad overcome his alcoholism and moved on with my own life”.


Honey Moon – Magic

London jangle-pop group Honey Moon have revealed new single ‘Magic’ and it sounds as if it's been pulled straight from the classic songbook, replete with saturated Hollywood strings and swooning vocals. ‘Magic’ is true to its title and is cinematically expansive, calling out for dreamy late-night moments.


Joviale - Ride Away

'Ride Away' is the second single from JOVIALE, channelling a charming coyness and sincerity. Twin realities of pleasure and pain permeate her vocal aesthetic as she explains that "an escape into the unknown will always be dangerous but also really exciting". Her soundscape treasures a variety of cultures, informed by a love of 60s icons.


Empara Mi – Blood in The Water (Orchestral Version)

Reworking the original track with an expressive musicality, ‘Blood in The Water’ by Empara Mi has been scored orchestrally to coincide with the release of the single’s video. The latest re-imagining is a post-pop specimen as a foreboding atmosphere places emphasis on striking vocals amid an emotionally poignant soundscape.


Africa Express – City In Lights, ft. Georgia, The Mahotella Queens, Otim Alpha, Nick Zinner

With a cohort of featuring artists, Africa Express’s latest single is an electronic journey through danceable sonic energies. The group travelled to South Africa in January 2018 to complete an electronic album in just seven days - a week of discovery, collaboration and music-making. The result is EGOLI, on which ‘City In Lights’ is featured, capturing the fresh, kaleidoscopic, joyous sounds of Afro-Futurism right from its roots.


Black Grapefruit – 0122

New York pair Black Grapefruit have unveiled their latest work, ‘0122’. Despite feeling intimate and sparse, the track is expansive in the anthemic chorus which feels occasioned to late night driving with the windows down. The hazy soundscape is familiar yet refreshing, making Black Grapefruit definite players in anti-pop experimentation.


Thandii - Tides

Margate-based duo Thandii has gained support for their signature blend of sultry female vocals and upbeat pulsating synths. 'Tides' continues this wavelength whilst implementing a growing cluster of percussive sounds and shuffles against an ever-present bassline. Inspired by Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Tame Impala and Phantogram, Thandii have combined elements of psychedelia, alternative rock and lo-fi bedroom pop to form their ethereal electronic sound. 


Gazel – Rain Is Coming

Taken from the upcoming debut album, Gazel’s Book of Souls, ‘Rain is Coming’ blends flowing synths with traditional instrumentation. “’Rain Is Coming’ is about the double-bind of being required to grow spontaneously from childhood into acceptable adulthood," she explains.


Cultdreams – We Never Rest

Lofi-punk/shoegaze duo Cultdreams (formerly known as Kamikaze Girls) have released the riotous new single, ‘We Never Rest’. The track examines the pressure of pressure to conform to an exhausting society as vocalist/guitarist Lucinda Livingstone explains, “People are expected to work a stable job, to earn as much money as possible, to live what is said to be a ‘traditional’ heteronormative lifestyle”.

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