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 rock wardrobe stable. It’s sweet unpretentious rock! It will have you air-guitaring like there’s no tomorrow! Buy buy buy!
Sugarcane ‘Clear Blue Sky’
And now for something completely different. Featuring actor Antonia Thomas, this is bossa nova London style, with her lilting vocal and the not-too-twee melodica riff that might just make you swoon back onto your bed. They bring the Carnival vibes in the year it doesn’t actually take place.
Bleach Lab ‘Sleep’
“We come home in the middle of the night/And I cry myself to sleep”. Ethereal Bucks-born dream-pop with a melancholy heart, this track offers subtle joys that hit home on repeated plays – mostly driven by singer Jenna Kyle’s intense, beautiful delivery over pillow-soft synths/guitar lines. What’s with that horrid, oxymoronic name, though?
The song-a-month cycle from the Northampton/London singer continues with this falling-in-love indie/R&B workout. The rhythm movements work beautifully as the track twists and turns, and the synths keep doing unexpected things. Jay Brown, a star as bright as they come.
Har-Q ‘Hot Sauce’
The title track of another album/mixtape from Jason Williams [seven in three years!], this one mixes up a sweet R&B vocal from Simmsings around his come-hither raw flow. As a team-up it stylishly works up a lyrical lather. Partner album Black Magic is also another strong demonstration of his skills.
Mr Milise ‘Quick Trip to a Guilt Trip’
A collaboration with Kinships synth-man/producer Dave Crawford, Quinton Green aka Champagne Bubblee has a new moniker for his spoken-word, poetic, electronica output. A story of excess in the capital and the lessons it can teach you, his intense delivery [and the sounds that work in tandem with it] means you won’t forget this in a rush.
Ashes Of Ariandel ‘Hollowing’
Doom time! Deathcore metal Northampton two-piece release ‘The Unholy Perversion Of Fire’ EP into an unsuspecting world. It’s guttural, possesses detuned squalling guitars to make you think of killing your first born, and has some top crazy-ass drumming moves on it. With lyrics based on some video game or other, its niche. But “hell-yeah” niche.
Kicking off with some smoky, jazz club, floating sax line, the vocal begins and the beats drops soon after, to create an intriguing whole. This Northampton artist is keeping it mysterious for now [Soundcloud bio: “Artist. Producer. Scumbag”], but he’s got the package to take it further. Follow-up single Wray’s Reunion is on YouTube, and brings some nice dancehall vibes to the table.
Francesca ‘Poison Boy’
Northampton/Oxford pop songstress channels Lana and Billie with style on her second single. It’s the complete package; terrific voice carrying the subtle melody, tasty beat drops, unexpected finger-clicks, and delicate synth patterns holding it all together. [furiously scribbles “could go far” in notes]