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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.