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Sexy Singles In Our Area - December 2018

Thanks to all the musicians who submitted there work this month, we’re happy to present the tracks that brought 2018 to a close!

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Chance by ArcM

Hailing from Melbourne, Victoria, ArcM aim to provide “noises and sounds with vocal tapestries”

The music video for Chance is a charmingly simple animation accompanied by the track, itself consisting of retro drum samples, simple chord layers and lush vocal harmonies. A deceptively minimal backing for a track as deep as this.

Find ArcM on Twitter or SoundCloud


Robinson Crusoe by Billy Qvarnström


The heavier styles seem to enjoy staying underground, so it’s a treat for us to include Billy’s work here. Released late December, Sweedish multi-instrumentalist Billy Qvarnström displays his aggressive djent-come-mathcore instrumental ability and adept production skills with the title track from his Robinson Crusoe E.P.

Ideal for fans of Meshuggah, Gojira, Lamb of God, etc.

Listen to more on SoundCloud or find Billy on Twitter.


Oceans by Dusky Sunday

Dusky Sunday are a duo from Suffolk, UK, who provide gentle, up-beat contemporary folk à la Fleetwood Mac, Gabrielle Aplin, etc.

Oceans is the band’s debut single and comes along with this adorable single-take music video. The track is beautifully catchy, with solid just-interesting-enough backing. You will have this in you head for days after listening, be warned.

Find Dusky Sunday on Twitter or on their website


Razorblade by Blake Red

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Based in Chigaco, Illanois, Blake Red is an emerging alt-metal solo artist. Her brand of powerful, passionate rock is inspired by the Seattle grunge, (Alice In Chains in particular), movement but also contains compositional nods towards contemporary alternative artists.

Razorblade is taken from Blake Red’s debut E.P., created with Grammy award-winning producer & engineer, Darryl Swann. We hear sections of ambient, modulating guitar set between big riffs and well thought-through leads under her strong vocals.

Find more on Instagram or Twitter


Elevators by Wyldhaven

Imagine a gentle, unobtrusive Daft Punk. Imagine if dance music hadn’t been abducted by morons. That is the sound of multi-instrumentalist and producer Wyldhaven.

Released early in December, Elevators combines intriguing samples with lofi, almost acid-jazz chords and traditional dance rhythms. The result is that you end up dancing to something you wouldn’t expect to.

Follow the band on Twitter


Oops by Little Brother Eli

Oxford disco-rockers Little Brother Eli are an interesting concoction. A modern indie-rock ensemble, utilising abrasive synths and electronic production elements.

Oops showcases the band’s diverse influences sequentially: a pop-rock verse; pre-wubstep pre-chorus; a catchy, 1975-esque chorus; and electronic disco bridge that reminds us of Vulfpeck. A band to watch, for sure.

Follow the band on Twitter or Facebook


Vanilla by Owain Felstead

Young, evidently passionate Welsh singer-songwriter Owain Felstead combines contemporary boy-band influences in a way that’s much less vacuous than his contemporaries, (that’s a good thing)

In addition to being an able songwriter and vocalist, Owain displays his beat-making & production prowess in Vanilla. The track includes solid, dance-able rhythms with intriguing sample-mangling.

Follow Owain on Twitter or YouTube


Mystery Girl by The Rewind

An up-and-coming rock band, The Rewind promising an authentic rock-and-roll experiences. Although that conjures images of codpieces and 5-necked guitars, we hope they’re a tad more self-aware.

For fans of Cheap Trick, Tom Petty and Peter Frampton, Mystery Girl demonstrates vocalist Josh Decker’s respectable range on top of a respectably solid backing track.

Find more on the band’s website


Sexy Singles In Our Area - November 2018

Thanks to all the musicians who submitted there work this month, we’re happy to present our favourites to you now!

If you want to be considered for future editions of Sexy Singles In Our Area please send embedable audio and a brief bio or fact sheet to reviews@stabbedpanda.com

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Take A Hit by Carter Fox

Carter Fox is a producer and bassist based in Philadelphia. We’re pleased to present you with a track from his album Epoch, released in August.

Take A Hit is a chilled-out jam with emelents of jazz fusion and world music, very Ozric Tentacles and we 100% dig it. We can also hear elements of Victor Wooten in his bass playing, and Herbie Hancock in the composition.

Find Carter Fox on Twitter or visit their Website.


Rescue Ship by Matt Steele & The Corvette Sunset

A blend of classic pop & rock songwriting with a satisfyingly up-to-date twist. These chaps know how to write a hook that sounds familiar yet fresh.

Matt Steele himself reminds us of a young Elvis Costello, whilst this track’s quirky, lop-sided riffs lie somewhere between The Black Keys and Queens Of The Stone Age. One of the best things about this job is the amount of bands that we’ll be keeping an eye on for years to come - The Corvette Sunset is one such band.

Find Matt on Twitter


Little By Slowly by Foll

From Hartlepool in the UK, Foll create quirky, sample-heavy electronic music with nods towards Dosh, Bonobo, Four Tet and Tortoise.

Little By Slowly is a demonstration of how mangled samples can manage to feel ambient despite abrasive glitching. Much of the instrumentation here is sample-based, but it does include live instruments.

Follow Foll on Twitter or drop them a like on Facebook


Piece Of Me by Ryker Sear

Ryker’s vocal style is similar to Taylor Swift, (that’s a compliment, we like Tay-Tay), so it’s tricky not to draw comparisons to similar female-fronted pop-rock, (Carly Rae Jepsen, Leslie Carter, etc)

The truth ,however, is that this isn’t a simple pop track. There’s some cool glitchy hits and cinematic effects towards the start, (matching the retro visuals), a level of interest you just don’t get in contemporary pop.

More of this please.

Find more Ryker Sear on Twitter or YouTube.


Head In The Sand by Sea Legs

Imagine a track that combines influence from The Beatles and Wilco into an uplifting package that belies the idle, procrastinatory lyrics on top. Well, you don’t have to thanks to Head In The Sand as they’ve done just that.

This Leeds trio have managed to create a unique, indie sound without being tiresome or wanky. We truly believe that’s the sign of genius and are excited to hear more from this band in the near future. Good job lads.

Listen on SoundCloud or find the band on Facebook.


Trip My Play by Risky Motion

Hailing from Austin, TX, David Roseboom composes the material for Risky Motion as well as providing much of the instrumentation - as skilled an unique a vocalist as he is a keyboard player and solid guitarist.

Trip My Play combines chaotic synth patches and distorted instruments with dreamy textures. This would be equally at home at a psychedelic music festival or a jazz club.

Find more Risky Motion on Twitter or Facebook.


Lucid Control by HF5

Wrapping-up this months edition is HF5, with their brand of chaotic, distorted industrial electronica. This music clearly takes influence from Nine Inch Nails, The Crystal Method and Chemical Brothers but does so with a fresh perspective.

Lucid Control is an intriguing ear-worm, managing to take control of your inner-monologue whilst providing only the most vague of melodies - if you’re able to pick a melody out of the glitch-scape HF5 have created, that is.

Check out HF5 on Twitter or listen to more on SoundCloud.


Sexy Singles In Our Area - October 2018

How was your October? Satisfyingly spoopy? Did you get bored of people saying “spoopy”? Yeah, us too. Anyway, we’re happy to share some of the music that came to our attention during the month of October.

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ED-209 by Dark Smoke Signal

It’s hard to know if we’re supposed to be scared of robots, or embrace their tinny superiority. This eerie synthwave track is a fantastic, driving force for this post-Stranger Things, post-Vapourwave era.

Bristol-based multi-instrumentalist and producer Alex Pope, AKA Dark Smoke Signal, combines his 90’s nostalgia with a love of heavy metal, angular samples and straight but appropriately catchy melodic hooks.

Listen to more on SoundCloud or follow on Twitter.


Angels With Dirty Minds by Operation Neptune Spear ft. Nexus 2089 & SLaM

A crazy concoction of metal and darkwave: groovy riffs, angry vocals and synthetic textures. Don’t let the thumbnail fool you, this ain’t no chill-ass vapourwave.

Hailing from the “bowels of deepest, darkest South Yorkshire”, (that’s a quote, not a judgement), Operation Nepture Spear are a force to be reckoned with.

Listen to more on SoundCloud.


Procrasturbator by DARMA

And the award for best song name goes to…

A quirky video with Saved By The Bell-esque visuals and music reminiscent of a less-lethargic Kurt Cobain. DARMA also claim to be inspired by The Bee Gees and ABBA, although those influences aren’t as obvious. It’s a big, big sound for 3 Manchester/Sheffield dudes.

Watch more on YouTube


An Invisibe Man by David Guez

Shot in the ruins of Chateau de Montceaux, near Paris, this gorgeous video complements the David’s gorgeous music. He cites Burt Bacharach, Stevie Wonder and Kate Bush as influences - these all come through very clearly in this strong, well-written track.

If we were to criticise, we could say that the track feels out-of-time and reminiscent of 1990-early 2000’s hits. I’m sure many of us see that as a positive thi- DAMN KIDS AND THEIR INSTASTORIES… I’ll stop…

Check out this website for all manner of listen links.


Break My Heart All Over Again by Paul McKeever

When I see a silhouette of a cowboy hat on a track thumbnail I instantly say “boy, howdy, I’m gonna hate this” As it happens, Paul McKeever’s music is much less abrasive and irritating than popular country music. Yeah, I don’t love country music. No, I’m not sorry.

A soulful voice backed by tasteful chords and simple rhythm, I can see this track being a real hit in the middle of a live set. There’s a couple great chord choices in here as well - nothing shocking, but enough to make it clear that this Scottish songwriter knows what he’s doing.

Follow Paul on Twitter or find more on Spotify


Too Late by Kev M

Reminiscent of early Dylan, this is a gentle, sway-along acoustic track. I can tell that our readers will either love or hate Kev’s unique vocal style, but you will at very least find it endearing.

Follow Kev M on Twitter or check out his official website.

Sexy Single In Our Area - September 2018

A selection of music, new and old, that grabbed our attention during September 2018 from around the globe.

Omar Addis - Roll of the Dice

Our first single, and one of the sexiest, is taken from Omar Addis’ new E.P.: Double Digits. Released on Sept 19th, these tracks blend contemporary pop vocals with electronic rhythms and weaving, psychedelic guitar lines.

Listeners may hear references to Coldplay and recent Radiohead, but in a refreshingly well-produced and musically intriguing package.

Listen to more on Omar’s SoundCloud page, or keep up-to-date via Facebook.

KdotMelody - Windows

Here we have a brand new single from rapper KdotMelody, produced by Semantic ONE. Windows comes from their up-coming single SPECTRUM, releasing in October to all major platforms. This new music video, dir. Hattie Hughes, shows the duo enjoying the rare London sun.

KdotMelody has a smooth but clear flow, which is complemented by Semantic ONE’s track - contemporary flourishes with a satisfyingly 90’s feeling vibe.

You can follow KdotMelody over most socials: @KdotMelody.

Penny Mob - 21st Century Kids

In a similar vein to a Bad Religion track from 1994, 21st Century Kids is Penny Mob’s reflection on the millennial generation’s attachment to the internet, technology and all the associated superficiality, (crikey, that’s a good word).

Penny Mob believe themselves to be more than a band: “It’s the coming together of people, of anyone who dreams to be a part of something, and who carry the same feelings inside that we do and all human beings do.”

Get more info from the band’s Facebook page, or listen to more on SoundCloud.

ag. - All Falls Down

An artful collaboration between Ross Quinn and Andrew Goddard fresh off the back of successful DJ and production careers. Remeniscent of Bonobo, Maribou State, Burial and Four Tet, the duo’s latest track All Falls Down is an emotive and ethereal one.

Their debut single, Warped Minds, was very well recieved and recieved great support from BBC Introducing.

Listen to more on Soundcloud or stay up-to-date on Facebook.


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Sexy Singles In Our Area - July 2018

New and old music which we've discovered, or otherwise had thrust into our ears during the month of July 2018.

The Micronauts - Acid Party

The lead single from the new album by Christophe Monier’s left-field techno and acid house project, The Micronauts. Inspired by dark sci-fi series like Real Humans and Black Mirror, this acid house track tells the story of a female android who violently frees herself from her patriarchal imprisonment.

Listen to more on SoundCloud or visit the official website

Ryan Kinder - Stay

Ryan Kinder's new single Stay confirms his command as a triple-threat writer, powerhouse performer and guitar wizard. This hard-hitting ballad delivers a compelling emotional message. Kinder captures the intensity of the lyric and melody with a virtuosic vocal and high-impact guitar solo, all of which heralds his place in the spotlight as a newly unfettered and independent artist.

Listen on Spotify, or find more info on RyanKinder.com

Blue Alatar - Eesabigguntho

A boystrous, crunchy rock track layered with glitch FX and an eastern-sounding melody. The 2nd single from Blue Alatar's up-coming debut album, Irradiated Hamster Alert. Along with this single, we're treated to an abstract audio visualisation video that matches the intriguing audio.

Download the track for free from BandCamp, SoundCloud, Newgrounds

The Human Project - That One Percent

Promoting their new album, politically-charged tech-punks The Human Project revealed their new single That One Percent. The Human Project can be counted among the cream of the crop when it comes to European skate-punk and technical punk rock scene. Recently touring with the likes of A Wilhelm Scream and sharing stages with Less Than Jake, Mad Caddies, and Agent Orange, the band have attracted fans internationally from their touring efforts.

The album, Clarion Call is available on BigCartel now.

Powderhead - Mad Phil

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Powderhead represent one of the hardest working, most consistently gigging bands from our neck of the woods. Their debut album,Don't Let Them Win, is now available to the world, along with it the music video for Mad PhilPowderhead combine modern and classic rock influences to create a wall of sound you can smash your face into.

Get more info and watch the new video on Facebook or download the album via BandCamp

Sailor Beast - My Favourite Ex

An oddly hypnotic track from multi-genre producer Sailor Beast, heralding the release of her debut album this month - expect elements of reggae, trip hop, hip hop and funk. Sailor Beast represents the quirky, passionate, 100% independent music that we love to promote.]

More info on Facebook, or listen on SoundCloud.


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