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Moonstrips - We Love You, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah

Moonstrips - We Love You, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah

Packaged in superb album art evoking the oddball designs of Storm Thorgerson, Moonstrips’ new record We Love You, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah brings a very live, rough and tough sound probably best appreciated on vinyl …

Review by Jay Plent.

BansheeVa - BansheeVa

BansheeVa - BansheeVa

Cambridge’s music scene has always had a surprising hardcore undercurrent to it. What other city can produce names like Pink Floyd and Mallory Knox, bands so utterly on the opposite end of the rock music spectrum? …

Review by Jay Plent.

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 - August 2018

A selection of music, new releases and old, which landed in our inbox or otherwise arrive at our ear holes during August 2018 from around the globe.

He Arrived By Helicopter - Cold Damn Truth

A new single from the latest project by Christian Gibbs, formerly of Morning GloriesFoetus and Modern EnglishHe Arrived By Helicopter is a project leaning more towards the improvisational sound textures of guitar processing and loops with occasional synthesizers and samples. Sometimes Gibbs performs solo with a few amps or sometimes with a band, often instrumental. Cold Damn Truth is the exciting first single from debut album The Shiny Hostel.

Listen to more on SoundCloud

Michael DeLara - I Wish (I Could Have Known You Better)

A simply-arranged by very characterful track accompanied by an equally charming lyric video. This track is from the one man show Living Between The Lines, written by and performed by Californian Michael DeLara. Warning, this chorus is a real ear worm.

Listen on Spotify  or visit Michael's website

Ninja Sex Party - First Date

NSFW Warning - Ninja Sex Party are not for prudish. Imagine a blend of the biggest comedy and parody bands from Steel Panther to Flight of the Conchords, presented with charming animations and larger-than-life characters. First Date is taken from NSP's new album, Cool Patrol, in which they recruit TWRP as their funky, synthwave backing band. Having been active for nearly a decade, the band have hit the big time comparitatively recenty. As we've followed them since the very early days, we're excited to see where this takes them.

You can watch more, (like, lots more), on NSP's YouTube Channel or grab a copy of Cool Patrol over here.

HANNIE - Cheap Talk (Remix)

HANNIE deliver their high-tempo pop-funk vibe on their remix of LENN's Cheap TalkHANNIE is made up of pianist Hannah Koppenburg and guitarist Annie Wagstaff. They have a combined Instagram following of over 200k and have used their success on the platform as a launchpad for their own project. HANNIE have released three singles to date with coverage from Wonderland and KickKickSnare, as well as features on Spotify’s New Pop Revolution and NMF playlists.

Check out HANNIE's website or Facebook Page

Brian Owens - Ring Of Fire

The critically acclaimed album Soul of Cash features tasteful arrangements of Johnny Cash's classic tracks and is now available on vinyl. Owen's rendition of Ring of Fire caught our ear immediately - it's easy to go over-the-top when arranging classic tracks, but this rendition is pure and splendid. Co-produced by former Jack White drummer Daru Jones and featuring the skills of Robert Randolph & The Family Band, this album aims to show you where soul and country meet.

Visit Brian's website or purchase this disk from SoulStepRecords.com

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Jong SL - Driving Away

Toronto-based Jong SL tells us that "DrivingAwayis about wanting to run away from the reality of losing someone". The single was released this month and his musical influences are clear: Mac Demarco, Allen Stone, Coldplay. The artist's first E.P., Ice Cream, was bright and uplifting in stark contrast to his new release.

We strongly encourage you to listen to Driving Away and Jong SL's back-catalogue.

Visit JongSL.com or listen on Spotify

All In Orchestra - Fast&Smooth

The All In Orchestra are an interesting lot: live electronic music combining classical and contemporary instruments. This track, Fast&Smooth is from their upcoming live album performed New Stage of Alexandrinsky Theatre in St. Petesburg. All In Orchestra describe themselves as "multi-timbral Contemporary Instrumental Music from the Northern Capital of Russia."

Listen to more on SoundCloud or watch a full live set right here.

Julius LeVallon - Thinking In Curves

Don't let the simple video fool you - this gentle, ambience evolves into a complex and layered track. LeVallon's album Moraleda is out now on digital platforms, following the quick depletion of all physical pressings. The album was recorded last winter on the outskirts of a village in Spain, surrounded by howling dogs and endless olive groves.

Listen to more on BandCamp


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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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Blue Alatar - Irradiated Hamster Alert

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British Cinematic-Rock studio band, Blue Alatar, have revealed their debut instrumental album: Irradiated Hamster Alert. The 10-track album combines elements of heavy, modern rock with crunchy, psychedelic synths and cinematic sound design. Exciting tracks keep listeners on their toes with epic orchestras, groovy riffs and soaring guitar solos. The album has received praise from steampunk MC Professor Elemental, amongst others.

The bands cite a variety of influences: riffs and solos are influenced by classic and modern rock bands from Whitesnake to Black Stone Cherry; whilst Ozric Tentacles are responsible for inspiring the various synth textures and arpeggio patches. The big percussion, orchestral elements and sound designs are inspired by film composers Hans Zimmer and Bear McCreary. Of the new release, guitarist and project-leader Liam Taylor says: “Irradiated Hamster Alert has been an on-and-off project for several years. It tells the story of a radioactive hamster, Gilbert, overthrowing a tyrannical robot panda. Storytelling through instrumental music isn’t easy, but I found it a uniquely engaging challenge. Music isn’t meant to be taken seriously - I hope that comes across.” The music of Blue Alatar, whilst largely written by Liam, features long-time collaborator Si Pettit, (Subterranean Popular), on bass, 12-string guitar and as co-writer.

Based on Rise of Pandapoppolis, we are excited to hear the album in full. It promises to be an exhillirating blend of genres with creative sound design and flashy guitar-work.

Irradiated Hamster Alert will be available to the public on September 8th 2018, over Spotify, most streaming services including Blue Alatar’s BandCamp.

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Gad Zukes - Anyone Out There?

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Review by Liam Taylor. Today I'm listening to the new 5 track +1 bonus track E.P. from Gad ZukesFight The Silence. Opening with a satisfyingly crunchy guitar-driven stacatto, Take Another Shot is an upliftingly combative rocker. The combined female and male vocals put me in mind of Fletwood Mac and Steeleye Span, (if that's not a complement then I'm afraid we can't be friends), but with modern-feeling production, riffs and vocal harmony.

The reggae-infused Make It Happen has a Police-esque rhythm section and catchy vocals. Of particular note are the Stewart Copeland style drums. There's a slightly jarring electro 2nd verse which I imagine would work really well for live performances. It's not so effective on the record, (IMO), but it does serve to add dynamic variety to the piece. The chorus is charminly uplifting: "look towards the future; make it happen, make it happen."

Track 3 is the softer, low-tempo How Can I. There's some interesting chord choices which make this much more than a standard, formulaic ballad. The track features some gentle, tasteful guitar playing along with a steady rhythm section.

Electric Vibe opens with a vocal hook which quickly sets the tone for this memorable stomper. Some expert ukulele playing thickens out the rock ensemble to a degree you wouldn't expect of a ukulele, and also adds a unique sonority which helps the track stand out. Some deft drum fills and walking bass lines remeniscent of early Status Quo will get this track stuck in your head.

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Track 5 starts small - oddly, something in the lead vocals remind me of Jemaine Clements. Perhaps the aquatic theme is putting me in mind of the Moana Soundtrack. As the track progresses, it developes into the kind of massive anthem in which we'd usually expect cheap Millenial Whoops, but GadZukes manage to avoid such cliché.

We're graced by a light and summery bonus track, which keeps the aquatic vibe - in keeping with Loz's fantastic albm art. The Good Stuff features a charming acoustic guitar melody, country bass, simple rhythm and airy vocal harmonies. There's a bit too much too this track to call it "twee", and the cheeky lyrics keep it from feeling too dainty. I agree, we should all "make love... -ly cakes"

Altogether, Anyone Out There? is a solid disk. Fans of Fleetwood Mac, GooGoo Dolls and similar pop-rock acts will find plenty to enjoy here, especially given the diversity between the tracks. If you're lucky enough to get the opportunity to see Gad Zukes live, I highly recommend you take it.

If you like, you can read Mickey Nicholas' review of Gad Zukes' Fight The Silence.

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