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27 January 2017

Top Tracks: January

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We have put together a list of songs that have stood out this month for a plethora of reasons. Please take the time to invest and immerse in them:

 

Wichswut: ‘Sinner

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Many will immediately recall the likes of CAN when listening to this. It’s hypnotic backbeat and driving guitars are enslaving. This is kaleidoscopic ear candy.

True Moon: ‘Sugar

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This track is full of surprises, pulling in all manner of esoteric post-punk enthusiasts that is further fuelled by a twisted rock underbelly and fizzing vocal delivery.

Shunya: ‘A Next Of Glorious Sound’ 

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The 3rd release taken from Shunya’s latest release, Mountain Gazer. An accomplished jaunt through trip hop, RnB and jazz, the production here is exquisite and there’s an understanding of textures that shows a production and artist well beyond their years.

Courtney Marie Andrews: ‘Rookie Dreaming’ 

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A seductive and transcendent sound. This feels deeply personal in its delivery and production. She has the gift to make her songs sound both intimate and epic at the same time but telling her own vivid story at the same time.

Livingmore: ‘Really Mean It’ 

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This is a sleazy pop masterpiece and illustrates a band that are confident in delivery, but also solid in their musicianship. There’s a real old heart in this song and the country vibes mixed with the rock undertones make this all the more fascinating and diverse.

Ainsley Farrell: ‘Lady Long Hair’

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Touching and strangely beautiful, Farrell’s vocal manifests a fully-grown, deeply engaging sound that demands love and attention.

CocoRosie feat. ANOHNI: ‘Smoke ‘em Out’ 

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Released for the incredible Women’s March, executed with subtlety and finesse, this has some ridiculously clever nuances that make it under the skin stuff. This is at the foothills of greatness.

Ten Fé: ‘Twist Your Arm (Roman Flügel Remix)’

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Quite frankly one of the best remixes I have heard in some time. Don’t be fooled by its simplicity, this really hits hard and if once listened to, you just find yourself returning back again for more. This has admirable gravitas.

CAT: ‘You Belong To Me’ 

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Cat Pierce’s vocal is absolutely ridiculous and by that I mean it is breathtaking. Jason Lader and Leggy Langdon have brought their exquisite production skills to the table here and this is next level in terms of depth of sound. This is compelling and what artists like Lana Del Rey really hope to sound like.

Family Friends: ‘I’m Like You’ 

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A scattershot ride of honeyed vocals, fuzz kill guitars, melodic trinkets and dreamy soundscapes. This reeks of 90s grunge and alternative rock, but it puts its own stamp on it and by God, it is glorious.

Faded Paper Figures: ‘Figured It Out’

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There’s an ecstasy to this that is almost otherworldly. It feels life-affirming in ways, the production and chord progressions sync with your heart at times and you just lose yourself in complete euphoria. This is one the best songs I have heard in some time.

 Faodail: ‘Patchwork

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The Glasgow-based produced has come from nowhere and is a breed of new talent that is simply astonishing. The balance in production, the delicateness in its delivery and the imagery this creates is stunning. I hope big things happen for this artist.

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