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Step On: the week’s best new music tracks [Aug 14th]

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Photo by Andy Nicholson New Boots editor Phil Moore takes you through the best new tracks this week. Working Men’s Club ‘Valleys’The highlight of Independent Venue Week in Northampton earlier this year was surely this Yorkshire quartet. Taking cues from the synths’n’guitars ’80s pioneers, not to mention small town inertia, ‘Valleys’ smacks you around the head with a confusing euphoria. Socialist drum machines are your future, and you will succumb. The self-titled album arrives Oct 2nd. Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs ‘Hell’s Teeth’Third single and closing track from third album by the Newcastle sludgers, this is another obliterating...
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Step On: the week’s best new music tracks [Aug 7th]

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New Boots editor Phil Moore takes you through the best new tracks this week. Dylan Cartlidge ‘Cheerleader’Genre-blurring Dylan Cartlidge is my Great Hope for the music industry post-covid. He’s got style and panache from top to bottom. His songs are pretty simple constructions, yet all are life-affirming love letters to the power of a crisp beat and silky Hammond. Shake your ass to this, and forget trying to remember what day of the week it is. Then do it all over again. Cabbage ‘Get Outta My Brain’The Greater Manchester gonzo punks have refined their art to add some baggy-psych accoutrements...
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Step On: the week’s best new music tracks [Jul 31]

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New Boots editor Phil Moore takes you through the best new tracks this week. Taylor Swift feat. Bon Iver ‘Exile’Usually she goes big on marketing promo, but this album slipped out with a days notice. Morphing into a stateside Laura Marling, Swift goes toe to toe with perennially wounded animal Justin Vernon. Ryan Adams once covered 1989 in its entirety, and this is her glorious revenge. Marilyn Manson ‘We Are Chaos’‘We are chaos/We can’t be cured.’ The title track of forthcoming eleventh studio album, it is, despite the name, quite a slow-burner . Beginning with acoustic guitar classicism, it ends up...
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Step On: the week’s best new music tracks [Jul 24]

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New Boots editor Phil Moore takes you through the best new tracks this week. bdrmm ‘A Reason To Celebrate’Hull shoegazers have this month released their very well-received debut album, the self-titled [honestly] Bedroom. This single pulled from it has My Bloody Valentine-style hidden-depth pop hooks behind the wall of white-light guitars. Summer ’tis surely time to luxuriate in all their laid-back splendour. Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard ‘The Non-Stop EP‘The Cardiff rockers have put out a ten-track album, but called it an EP. Fuck the system, etc. The lead track/single is ‘Double Denim Hop’, a trashy glam love letter to a classic...
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Step On: the week’s best new music tracks [Jul 17]

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New Boots editor Phil Moore takes you through the best new tracks this week. Doves ‘Prisoners’Back with The Universal Want in September, their first album in eleven years. The Chester indie veterans keep it close to their usual widescreen yearning; this is a song about hoping for a better tomorrow. The Lathums ‘All My Life’The Wigan band have come from nowhere to dominate the conversation of who will break through next. A mix of The La’s and Arctic Monkeys, their devotion to romantic indie-rock melodic classicism [as shown here] means winning fans over won’t be hard. Voices From The Fuselage...
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Step On: the week’s best new music tracks [Jul 10]

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New Boots editor Phil Moore takes you through the best new tracks this week. This Is The Kit ‘This Is What You Did’Kate Stables and her merry band of collaborators [including New Boots favourite Rozi Plain] preview sixth album with this banjo-and-sax-led alt-pop ditty. Full of energised dread or [dready energy, perhaps] it’s full of multiple ideas and emotional turmoil, and is utterly essential. Kid Distance ‘Stay’With all the boundless energy only someone who is 17 years-old can muster, NNer Maisie E. Beckwith has put out NINE singles of 90s-style house bangers so far in 2020. From her bedroom and...
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Step On: the week’s best new music tracks [Jul 3]

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New Boots editor Phil Moore takes you through the best new tracks this week. Alfie Templeman ‘Obvious Guy’Another top drawer funk-pop number from the Bedford teenager. It’s sickening how he makes it all sound so effortless. He’ll be headlining Brixton Academy before 2021 is out. Look Mum No Computer ‘Stand And Deliver’“It’s getting hot in here/So take off your career”. Something of anti-industry banger from Sam Battle. The London/Peterborough mad/genius innovator with the banks of modular synths and the BIG YouTube following keeps knocking out these witty, pithy vignettes that go big on basslines and warbling synths. The videos are...
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Step On: the week’s best new music tracks [Jun 26]

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New Boots editor Phil Moore takes you through the best new tracks this week. TTRRUUCES ‘I’m Alive’The London psychedelic pop duo to start us off this week, and considering the weather this week the “little drive up to the beach” lyrics seems appropriate [and, given the worry over covid-19, a tiny bit illicit]. Sad Girl a nd Lost Boy follow their translucent dreams via all manner of kitchen-sink Beach Boys/MGMT carefree sonic moves. Red Rum Club ‘Eleanor’First 2020 release from the Liverpool sextet, and it’s another anthem for the indie disco dancefloor. This one has a nice programmed drum pattern...
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Step On: the week’s best new music tracks [Jun 12]

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New Boots editor Phil Moore takes you through the best new music tracks this week. Niko B ‘Who’s That What’s That’The story of Tom Austin is so good it sounds made up. The 19-year-old put his first single ‘Mary Berry’ out last year, whoring the likes of TikTok to boost its appeal, and everyone unexpectedly went crazy for it. His music name is thieved from Grand Theft Auto. He’s from Newport. Fucking. Pagnell. This is not the done thing; it’s almost an episode of Dave. But his new one has enough of his faux-naive charm and small town slowthai/Mike Skinner...
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Step On: the week’s best new music tracks [Jun 19]

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New Boots editor Phil Moore takes you through the best new tracks this week. Celeste ‘I Can See The Change’Hotly-tipped, Brighton-raised singer with the jazz-soul voice to die for. Her ninth single now, and her most timeless. Believe the hype. Fur ‘Grow Up’Another Brighton act, their first single of the year is this smooth indie slow-burner [a la Arctic Monkeys or The Magic Gang]. The croon from William Murray on this one will get you every time. A radio-friendly unit shifter, but there’s more of an Weezer-esque edge to them on the earlier tracks. Izzie Gibbs ‘Dogs’ “I don’t care...
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Step On: the week’s best new music tracks [Jun 5]

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New Boots editor Phil Moore takes you through the best new music tracks this week. SLANG ‘Sunshine’Dan Dare mixes up his music like you make fruit smoothies. This is Jamie T karaoke singing a Paul Simon song circa Graceland with a phat clubland chassis keeping the whole thing ticking along. Sounds horrible, but it will undoubtedly make you grin from ear to ear throughout these grim times. More infectious it could not be; it’s a bit of a shame its over so quickly in 140 seconds. The man’s a talent in every field of music, as his recent collaborations prove....
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Step On: the week’s best new music tracks [May 29]

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New Boots editor Phil Moore takes you through the best new music tracks this week. Billy Lockett ‘One World’Northampton lynchpin Lockett is your perfect isolation artist: much of his recordings feature just him and his trusty grand piano, so musical life hasn’t changed that drastically for him. But this is something of a left-turn – an instrumental ‘classical’ piece. Before you panic, its actually excellent: his dexterous fingers taking the listener on a moving journey into the recesses of the mind. Or, if you will, the soundtrack to exploring a deserted house filled with half-remembered memories. An album of this...
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Step On: the week’s best new music tracks [May 22]

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New Boots editor Phil Moore takes you through the best new music tracks this week. Arlo Parks ‘Black Dog’“It’s so cruel/What your mind can do for no reason”. A timely sentiment, as its Mental Health Awareness Week. The young west Londoner continues to make incredible, tender songs in the short time she’s been releasing music. This wise-beyond-her-years trippy, cinematic indie-folk will appeal to fans of Laura Marling, Beth Gibbons, and Bon Iver. She is tipped for big things, and its not hard to understand why. IDLES ‘Mr. Motivator’One for the moshers, the first single from the upcoming third album by...
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Step On: the week’s best new music tracks [May 15]

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New Boots editor Phil Moore takes you through the best new music tracks this week. slowthai ‘ENEMY’“Have ups and downs like an elevator”. After a rather public down last February there were plenty of people writing off the Northampton rapper. And to some degree he addresses that on this track, as the simple title pun on NME makes clear. After threatening to kill kids [ironically, calm down] he gives his real message – “I need the revenge, so I made a plan/To kill you with kindness”. It’s not exactly a response song, but there’s enough intrigue there, and it shows...
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Step On: the week’s best new music tracks [May 8]

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New Boots editor Phil Moore takes you through the best new music tracks this week. Fontaines D.C. ‘A Hero’s Death’“Life ain’t always empty”. They’re back so quick we’ve had little time to miss them, with the title track from the Dublin fivesome’s second album [due July 31]. Musically it’s a continuation of the themes of before. Vaguely threatening, scratchy, arty rock – with an intense guitars-battle-with-swoony-“bab-ba-ba”s crescendo come the denouement. Grian Chatten gives it some proper sermonising too. Elemental magic. The Blinders ‘Lunatic [With A Loaded Gun]’Another guitar band previewing their sophomore LP, the Manchester trio continue their socio-political cause...
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Step On: the week’s best new music tracks [May 1]

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New Boots editor Phil Moore takes you through the best new music tracks this week. The Rolling Stones ‘Living In A Ghost Town’Their first original music in eight years, so this is something of an ‘event’. “Life was so beautiful/Then we all got locked down” – you can see why they released it now. Some people don’t like it when the Stones throw their reggae bit into their songs, but you know: it’s fine. This song is presumably a knowing sonic/lyrical nod to the Specials. It’s not them at their freewheeling best [what is?], but it does lock into a...
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Step On: the week’s best new music tracks [Apr 17]

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New Boots editor Phil Moore takes you through ten of the best new music tracks this week. Izzie Gibbs ‘Snakey’If UK grime has one rapper a hairs’ breath away from blowing up right now, it’s probably ShoeTown’s Izzie, who stands loud and proud on new single ‘Snakey’. He had a 2019 full of bangers, but not the press/live presence to truly capitalise on the tunes [understandable, considering his near-death experience of late 2018]. This feisty tirade against the conspirators surrounding him [“Why you so snakey?”] is wildly good, his assassins delivery perfectly matched to K1’s heavy beats. “I’m still in...
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Step On: the week’s best new music tracks [Apr 24]

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New Boots editor Phil Moore takes you weekly through ten of the best new music tracks. Alfie Templeman ‘Happiness In Liquid Form’From rural Bedfordshire comes the 17 year-old bedroom-pop sensation. He clearly lives in a technicolour bubble; at least that’s the impression this song gives you. And right now that sounds like the best place to be. This puts those “lo-fi indie” tags to bed, as this widescreen, play-on-daytime radio wonky guitar-funk workout is going to produce some serious body-popping across the nation. Your at-home festival has itself a breakout star. Happyness ‘Ouch [yup]’The London duo are on the comeback...
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Step On: the week’s best new tracks [Apr 10]

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New regular feature! Editor Phil Moore takes you through ten new releases worthy of your time. There’s a Spotify playlist below too; enjoy it and don’t forget to ‘follow’ it! Jarvis Cocker ‘House Music All Night Long’ The return of Jarvis [or should that be ‘Jarv Is…’, his new moniker], this is the second single to be taken from his new, long-awaited album, Beyond the Pale [Sept 4]. It’s actually great; it still has all the breathy and nocturnal vibes of vintage Jarvis, but injected with a new nervous energy which his hot-shot band bring to the table. Led by...
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