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Step On: the week’s best new music tracks [Oct 2nd]

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

Alfie Templeman ‘Forever Isn’t Long Enough’
The indie boy wonder, the bedroom pop maestro just keeps the hits coming. Part Tame Impala, part Prince, all Bedford-made funky joy.

ghostofblu ‘Switch’
More incredibly intense industrial digi-punk from the NN/Yorkshire man-of-noise-war. Produced in collaboration with Romanian beatmaker TXC, and with nifty artwork too, the ghostofblu aesthetic is something to behold. Also check out other new song, the explicit ‘Anticloud’.

PVA ‘Talks’
The first single off debut EP ‘Toner’ [Nov 20th], the London synth-art-rockers are just getting going and already showcasing a huge future. The song is all acid house beats, post-punk guitar, ice-cold vocals…a retro-future joy. FFO Squid, Working Men’s Club, Do Nothing.

MEMES ‘So What’
Scottish duo on Fierce Panda Records are a minimal, laptop-aided playful indie-punk duo with a clever line in clever lines. This is 103 seconds of dripping sarcasm and frustration at industry apathy, and I could not care for Sleaford Mods comparisons when songs are this much FUN.

Sarpa Salpa ‘Stick To What You Know’
Radio 1 firm favourites, 2020 sees them taking musical steps forward, embracing the pop firmly to their hearts and giving us another dancefloor banger…just at the time no one can dance. A cruel twist of fate, they’ll just have to keep those world domination plans on ice ’til 2021. In the meantime, let loose to this on your vinyl kitchen floor.

Phantom Isle ‘Whip’
Single #7, and the adventure is just getting going. Not as avant-garde as the previous ‘Mar V’, this one is the sound of Donna Summer and her musical minion robots heading from the Northants countryside into London’s clubland for a proper knees up. Abandon-Pop central in other words, with frontman Pete Marchent delivering his best 23rd Century vocal to date.

Li-Likeisaid ‘Dark’
The Northampton grime artist is backed up by more Harlz beats, and this one is a lively song of praise to local lightweight boxing champion Chantelle Cameron. Lyrical lefts and rights are all powerful blows, and you’ll be knocked out within three minutes.

Artefact ‘Lost’
The debut single by teenage rock quartet from ShoeTown. An anthemic and energised indie tune that speaks for itself, these lot have much potential, having already taken big steps forward this year. Hopefully they can hit the gig circuit in 2021 to show everyone exactly what they’ve made of.

Infinite Lore ‘Float’
“I manage my woes/I package my damage, I wrap it in bows”. The lyrics on this are consistently revealing, layered, begging for replays. The music is apocalyptic; talk of planetary and religious themes, personal travails, even time travel. It’s not your average rapper over here; this is something wilder.

Call Of The Ibis ‘Breathe’
Mike Lovett from Kettering [aka DJ Sonik] is the man behind this project, and this is the opening track on his album Like Wings To Air. This is EDM done the punk way, compressed and in your face – the vocals buried in the mix as the rhythms take centre stage. It deserves a wider audience, so have a spin on it.

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