Beija Flo – Heads or Tails

‘Heads or Tails’ is a 1 minute 35 second new wave tornado that packs in social commentary and performer Beija Flo’s dismay at the fate of her hometown, Harlow in Essex. A speedy, vivacious, experimental jam backed with samples of Beija’s mates chatting and kicking off. You actually feel like you’re spending a night inContinue reading “Beija Flo – Heads or Tails”

Mollie Coddled – Lonely Bitch

‘Lonely Bitch’ is a dream-pop lullaby of self-preservation to the point of sweet, sugary self-sabotage. Layered with drum machine, synthesiser and 20 year old Mollie Coddled’s summery voice, the singer lets us in on befuddling, anxiety-inducing events with a prospective partner that left her preferring to stay at home with “no fucking friends to call”.Continue reading “Mollie Coddled – Lonely Bitch”

Proletariat – Don’t Turn Out The Lights

Right off the starting block ‘Don’t Turn Out The Lights’ launches into a riff out of The Stooges toolbox and when James Cummins vocals kick in like a Lee Mavers for the 2020s you know you’re in for a bloody big treat. Nestled in the heart of the track is a brilliantly overwhelming sense ofContinue reading “Proletariat – Don’t Turn Out The Lights”

Gang Of Youths – The Man Himself

Gang of Youths have this knack, where their songs sound a bit like Bruce Springsteen, but they get you right in the heart in a way The Boss won’t do. ‘The Man Himself’ follows in the same finely crafted tradition. Still present are the Australian five piece’s trademark violins, piano and stadium guitar over aContinue reading “Gang Of Youths – The Man Himself”

April – Piece of Me

Ireland’s April Lawlor has put out two fantastically sultry electro-indie EPs to date, namely 2020s New Conditions and Luna. Piece of Me is release number three, produced by Low Spirits/Spector’s Fred Macpherson, co-written with Sea Girls’ Frank Colluci, and with it the stakes get raised yet again. Firmly aimed at the mainstream, the record isContinue reading “April – Piece of Me”

Vona Vella – Driving to L.A.

Driving to L.A. is a sunny, optimistic soul song with jazz. A wistful, escapist soundtrack, like a road trip to a far off place, “a thousand miles away” on a crisp autumn day with the windows down and the radio on. Izzy Davis and Dan Cunningham share entwined vocal duties as a duo, Izzy’s sweet,Continue reading “Vona Vella – Driving to L.A.”

Jaws The Shark – Cold Feet

Jaws The Shark is London (via North Devon) songwriter and one man band Olly Bailey. Cold Feet is the latest blues-punk riff-laden beast of a record from his new solo project. Drawing on The White Stripes and The Kills early 2000s garage rock revival, the song is packed with melodic hooks and turns the rawnessContinue reading “Jaws The Shark – Cold Feet”

The Mysterines – Hung Up

I wonder if The Mysterines were sat on their sofa in Liverpool one evening when The Supremes ‘You Keep Me Hanging On’ came on the radio and as a group they decided “let’s take the sentiment of this sugary Motown classic and turn it into a full throttle heavy fucking grunge rock assault”. Even ifContinue reading “The Mysterines – Hung Up”

Barking Orders In German – Free At Last

Cancelled flights, uncertain times and boredom do not sound like the obvious recipe for a punchy, glam punk stomp of a record, but those are allegedly the ingredients that helped new Munich five-piece Barking Orders In German start a band and come up with their brand new full-throttle single. They describe their output as “fuzz-riddledContinue reading “Barking Orders In German – Free At Last”