Maddox Jones by Tom Stilgoe
New Boots editor Phil Moore takes you through the best new tracks this week.
Maddox Jones ‘Can’t Wait For The Summer [Bombs Away remix]
The wait is over in a few days! We might not get “freedom day” come June 21st, but we do get the start of the summer that the former Departure/Born Stranger singer Maddox Jones has been thinking about since this very testing Winter we just endured. He’s once again hooked up with the platinum-selling Australian EDM production duo to give the song a club makeover, which it achieves with no little finesse.
JTS x Corinna Jane ‘Stop’
Aussie happy hardcore DJ James Stanhope enlists the help of one of Northants crown jewels to add the super uplifting voice to one of those sort of Marmite-style EDM tunes that is probably already filling dancefloors Down Under. Jane sounds incredible as always; raise those hands now!
Lucien Moon ‘Fool For You’
A second single for 2021, Jamie gaining a lot of new fans off the back of some traction on the streaming sites for the last one, ‘Shadows’. He’s definitely got a winning formula with this mature soulful pop path he’s on. The falsetto bits he does are pure spine-tinglers; the chorus widescreen like his smile. Nothing here will frighten the horses – instead they will enjoy a lovely caressing stroke of their mane.
Sharmaine ‘Stop [Hold Me Back]’
Northampton’s impressive newcomer singer and songwriter has promised to release a single a month in 2021, and she’s keeping her end of the deal up so far. This is pure DISCO POP FUN that should get all ages up and swinging before the first chorus has arrived. It’s another fine song, dammit. She’s got a great team around her, the playing and production is first-rate, she’s got personality and a strong image. Radio 1 should be hers to own by Christmas, right?
The Streets-style British hip-hop/garage flavours from Ashton, who gets a bit deeper on this cut. His stoned vocal works perfectly in this mould, whilst the beats cut through with just the right mood.
As first mentioned back in April, this is the artist name for Al Humphries [Deep Sea Mountains] and his space rock / chillwave solo project. 3am cosmic atmospherics are hard to measure just so, but he does it brilliantly here [with judicious use of reverb and multi-layered guitars], and indeed on all the tracks dropped so far.
Dxnte ‘Run It’
Our hero on this one is ably assisted by some block rockin’ beats courtesy of Trooh Hippi. The song literally bumps and grinds, as Dxnte tells the tale of trying to do the same with someone whose caught his eye. It’s perhaps his best track to date, though he hasn’t yet put a put wrong to be fair. Check the NN-shot Witness-directed video out too!
ESS ‘Dexter’s Lab’
Brand new to the scene is Ess, a bass-loving rapper from Northampton who on here is cooking up something spicy. Nothing much else to say really, just enjoy!
Duncan Bisatt ‘September Skies’
Adam Gammage and Jon Martin join Bisatt on this more fully-formed pop-rock number from everyone’s favourite Abington singer-songwriter. Quite a luscious feel here; with warm Hammond, bluesy lead guitar and ba-ba-ba backing vocals accompanying his tale of romantic woe. Needs to check his calendar though.