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    Tory Scum by Not Right


    Ranters

    I’m sure they would really like to teach the world to sing in perfect harmony but perhaps not today as Not Right have taken to stage instead with a, lyrically economical, post punk political rant called “Tory Scum”. You can, no doubt, guess their musical direction but at least they have stood up and been counted.

    Review date: April 18, 2015
    Website: notrightpunk.com

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    Get Higher by Palaye Royale


    Flash jacks

    No idea why this song took so long to cross the pond but the verdict is the same now as it would have been then. Palaye Royale rough it up like young guys with a Rolling Stones fixation should and turn “Get Higher” into brown sugar so, and you know what’s coming next, let yourself go.

    Review date: April 18, 2015
    Website: palayeroyale.com

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    Milk & Honey by Kerchief


    Integrity Bound

    Clearly possessed of lyrical integrity, Kerchief takes emotional confusion and reflections on life asset acquisition as the fuel for her song “Milk & Honey”. Her musical influences are more urban than, say, Ani DiFranco but she has the same strength of character. One to watch, perhaps.

    Review date: April 16, 2015
    Website: www.kerchiefmusic.com

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    Every Cloud by Aubrey Whitfield


    Identikit

    Suitably intense and sincere, Aubrey Whitfield does what singer songwriters do when they get a band behind them and “Every Cloud” is therefore stamped with confidence and calculated mainstream appeal. The song, however, fails to match the effort that has gone into making it acceptable to the masses.

    Review date: April 16, 2015
    Website: www.aubreywhitfield.com

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    Oh Josephine by Vienna Ditto


    Electro smart

    Pleasingly skewed towards the house of art, Vienna Ditto show that there is more to electro pop than just locking it to the beat with singer Hatty Taylor sparking the match that sets “Oh Josephine” on fire and sends it off to burn the nightclub down to the ground.

    Review date: April 12, 2015
    Website: www.viennaditto.com

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    Cry Baby by Phone Joan


    Norwegian good

    Surprisingly robust and driven inexorably forward by a sleazy combination of keyboards and guitar, “Cry Baby” is the kind of song that would likely make a band’s name. The band’s name - and you should be interested in them - is Phone Joan, they are from Norway and Carina Moen’s powerhouse voice is clearly capable of leading a good man astray. A big thumbs up to this one.

    Review date: April 10, 2015
    Website: phonejoan.no

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    Riot Canal by Axis/Orbit


    That's entertainment

    Determinedly time travelling, Axis/Orbit right click on the past and send their song “Riot Canal” meandering off on a journey through the land of the psychedelic instrumental with only a short visit to krautrock city diverting them from guitar solo nirvana. Alternatively, they could just get their collective hair cut and join the army.

    Review date: April 10, 2015
    Website: www.facebook.com/axisorbitmusic

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    Carry On by Couer De Pirate


    Commercial

    Rather more modern in style than her previous releases, “Carry On” neatly illustrates that Coeur De Pirate knows what success in the American market demands. She even sings in English to make this very commercial, if somewhat anodyne, electro pop song enticing to the download capable masses.

    Review date: April 6, 2015
    Website: www.coeurdepirate.com

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