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Fresher Sounds - 12/10/2015


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Last week there were rumours that the Backstreet Boys were going to tour with the Spice Girls, and that’s about all that you needed to know in the music world - apparently.

Mainly because if we typed out The 1975’s forthcoming album’s name, we’d quite simply run out of space for text.

Fortunately, aside from this music 'news' there are some sounds worth caring about.

Stuff your faces with selection boxes as they enter cheaply into Wilko’s, and stuff these new tunes in your ears whilst you’re at it.

Mabel – Know Me Better

Spain, London, Stockholm, this girl has travelled and lived. Well, her parents are Neneh Cherry and Massive Attack producer, Cameron McVey. Aged just 19, her debut single is one bright with personality, tender with familiarity and dominating with pure talent. Soulful vocals surge with confidence and radiate the bold, beat-heavy backing. You’ll want to know her better, and more.

 Junior – If I Had the Time, I’d Tell You I’m Not Sorry

Punching in at just 1:46, the title might take longer to spit than the track runs itself. Lifted from the Cardiff trio’s forthcoming mini album Juniorlands landing 16th October, it is unapologetic pop punk. With more to it than eating the last piece of pizza. Energetic, catchy craft from a band comprised of a professional wrestler, a children’s book author and the head of a non-profit organisation.

Beans on Toast – The Great American Novel

In his latest love letter to America, we’re still in love with Beans on Toast and his cheeky attitude. Backed with his band, Beans spins tales of his journey around the states with humour, wit and heart-warming story-telling. Banjos and double bass perk the cocky, casually husky vocal tones that allow us to peek into many bars, and meet new friends with a good old British attitude. Catch Beans on Toast on tour ahead of the seventh studio album set for release 1st December.

ACES – What Do You Think They’ll Say About Me?

Well, they’re likely to say that you have the voice of an angel, Alexandra Stewart, stunningly silky. And you, Russ Flynn? You have patience and elegance with production. The New York based duo’s single is part one of three with corresponding videos, just as rose tinted and euphoric as the rhythm.


This 20-year-old has had her voice heard before in numerous ways, be it as the Italian voiceover of Cindy Lou in The Grinch, or over Drew Barrymore in the re-release of E.T. Or even the Italian speaking Lilo in Lilo and Stitch. Now, her glossy vocals are seductively draping over chilling electro pop beats. With a subtle dance rhythm, 4U is hypnotically lush. Cinematically captivating, in its own rights.

In Dynamics – We Are Liars

Think back to four/five years ago, you probably wore a You Me at Six t-shirt and screamed 'Underdog'. The only time you’d do that now is drunk. Now, you can do adult things and still get alight the thrill of your early teenage years. This Brighton alt-rock trio cut to the core with their song writing. Hooks cling with power, and melodies reach new heights with an epic pre-chorus build.

Delamere – Heart

Midland’s formed Delamere peddle a fine line in epic, 80s tinged indie-rock . Emotive, roughed vocal delivery rips through, lyrically cathartic.  It’s moody and brash, though the chorus knits it all together. Belt it out on tour with the guys later this month.

Mr Hudson – Dancing Thru It

On his two year break from the microphone, Ben did some writing with Duran Duran, performed with Kanye West at The Hollywood Bowl, and collaborated with West, Jay Z and Future. So he just chilled, really. Now he’s back with his soaring, melancholic vocal slinking its way to the heart. Dark, gothic undertones only add to its sex appeal. We’re dancing thru it, ‘cus you can’t resist the rhythm.

Du Blonde - Raw Honey

Pulling off a reinvention is no mean feat! 'Raw Honey' the latest cut from debut album Welcome Back To The Milk shows that Beth Jean Houghton's transformation into Du Blonde as been nothing short of spectacular. It's a concise and sexy garage-rock tinged track that needs to be in your collection.

CHON - Splash

If you put rock and jazz in a blender, you’d probably expect a massive disaster.Though this works, it’s like when your mate pulls that disgusted look when you dip McDonald’s fries into the McFlurry. Then tries it and grins. An unexpected delight.This has always been the appeal of the math-rock genre and this Californian instrumental quartet are no exception. They play riffs so fast they flutter past, and are melodious and dynamic. Their debut album Grow is out now.

FRONTEERS – It’s Up To Me Now

Hailing from Hull, the lads are attracting attention with their gritty, truthful songwriting about a lack of money (I feel that), and classic indie formula. Uplifted with delightful melodies, there’s an upbeat rhythm and a feeling that you’ve met the guys before. If you’re up North, catch them live.

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