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Step On: the week’s best new music tracks [Oct 16th]

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New Boots editor Phil Moore takes you through the best new tracks this week.

The Lathums ‘I See Your Ghost’
Taken from new EP ‘Ghosts’ [out Oct 30th], The Lathums are a Wigan quartet fit well into that Scouse lineage of The La’s/The Coral/Red Rum Club. Frothy rhythm section, slightly mad guitar solo, with great harmonies throughout, this one is a belter. Once social distancing is over The Lathums will rule this nation. And I for one welcome our new overlords.

J Kaz ‘If’
The Northampton/London dancehall/R&B singer is on the way up up up. His sexed-up lyrics are undeniable, as is his quality flow and great collaborations with some hot producers and fellow vocalists. This one features IQ and Prince Akeem, and has proved a YouTube smash already.

Scarlet ‘Bring Me Down’
Sometimes all you need is some angry pop-punk guitars and a sassy voice on the top line to make you feel alive during weird covid-19 times. The defiance is empowering [‘I’m not sorry for anything I did or could have done’], and it’s got energy to spare. The North-West will always stand tall.

Demonstrations ‘King Craig’
A Brighton trio now up to single five, this is post-punk with IDEAS. Synths everywhere to counterpoint the snotty angular guitar, the Byrne-esque vocals are a delight too. And with the disco beat its metaphorically 2005 again – Neils Children to the left of them, Bloc Party to the right – and that’s not any problem when you’re this excitingly explosive.

L30 Robinson ‘Youandi’
A Charlie Brigden production, this latest winner from Leo has got some Craig David vibes; a love rival tale over tasteful, relaxed club beats. The video is worth a look too, especially if you’re of the Northampton persuasion. Menace Media in the house!

Lucien Moon ‘Electric Love’
Teaming up with his regular collaborators Spooksville and Harlz, Jamie lets the music do a lot of the talking on this, with some nifty, smooth synth moves dominate a club-focused song that’s sadly over in a flash [press repeat, press repeat]. Lucien Moon interview here.

Evolution ‘Phases’
Think I was better off before you came in my life”. Josh wants the title for the hardest working man in showbiz, as the homegrown house-flavoured bangers keep piling up. This has an earworm lyrical repeat that will doa number on you and have you hooked. Check out the albums!

Thinking Silly ‘Mikolaj’
Props to any 15 year-old from Wellingborough who is organised enough to be putting out singles and even albums in the midst of a pandemic. This is a fun, hard club number with plenty of swears and shout outs and funny tales. Turn it up and we’ll have a little dance, right?

Smoak ‘Out Of Time’
New boy on the block, a nice slow-burning grime tune from the NN. Another youngster finding his feet and coming up in this post-slowthai burst of creativity.

RB Capone ‘Levels’
The best work to date from the Corby man, the bars are bursting at the seams and the backing is crisper than ever. Angsty rap from the street, with some comic relief at the end.

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