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    Dance With Anyone by I Am Harlequin


    Dancing shoes

    Nicely retro in outlook, as any good dance song seems to be these days, London’s I Am Harlequin puts her electro heart into “Dance With Anyone” just like Whitney Houston would have done back in the day and, if I had a handbag, my feet would be shuffling round it right now. Whatever happened to Stacey Q anyway?

    Review date: May 18, 2015
    Website: facebook.com/iamharlequin

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    Somehow by Smokey Joe & The Kid


    French hip hoppers

    They would have to be French. What other explanation could there be for successfully adding vintage style to hip hop without actually appearing contrived? “Somehow” shows that Smokey Joe and The Kid know that being lyrically street wise doesn’t necessarily stop you from being high on life.

    Review date: May 18, 2015
    Website: www.facebook.com/smokeyjoeandthekid

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    Simply Depressed by The Ladywell Lout


    Laptop melancholy

    If your dose of Prozac for the day has kicked in then “Simply Depressed” will be just another example of Scottish bedsit electronica but, if your needle is still clean, then this transfusion of a Tina Turner song into the veins of The Ladywell Lout will likely overwhelm you with its downbeat, near Wagnerian, introspection. It’s a West Lothian thing, without a doubt.

    Review date: May 15, 2015
    Website: www.facebook.com/theLadywellLout

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    Let It Be Love by Jessica Sutta


    Urban princess

    “Let It Be Love” is a convincing example of a song in the urban pop style by former Pussycat Doll Jessica Sutta and, while the generic production attempts to sink the song into the mud of mediocrity, Ms. Sutta instead throws her heart into her performance and manages to save the day.

    Review date: May 9, 2015
    Website: www.facebook.com/jessicasutta

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    Justice by Misun


    Getting down

    Convincingly doing the white boy funk thing, Misun put their song “Justice” on the retro groove train and take it to the end of the line. Robust female vocals and a guitarist with a loop fixation keep the song right on track.

    Review date: May 8, 2015
    Website: www.facebook.com/MisunBand

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    Mud by The Wife


    Making their mark

    Although categorised as a Swedish Americana band, “Mud” makes The Wife seem more of an alt-rock band with a fondness for Ry Cooder style musical reinvention and Natalie Johansson’s world weary voice makes a compelling case for giving them closer examination.

    Review date: May 8, 2015
    Website: www.thewife.se

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    Virgin Suicide by Virgin Suicide


    Pop revisionists

    Although they would appear to be too young to understand irony, Virgin Suicide play that very card as they revisit the sound of Suede with such thorough reverence that “Virgin Suicide” (the song) becomes no less than perfect pop revisionism.

    Review date: May 5, 2015
    Website: www.facebook.com/virginsuicde

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    Phonecalls in the Bath by Deadline Shakes


    Class act

    You can hear the hard work that has gone into “Phonecalls in the Bath” with none of that one tempo and three chords approach that curses so many Glasgow bands. Instead, we get a restrained start, a spirited middle and an elegant coda to close this glorious song off. May we be blessed with more music from this connoisseur’s choice of a band.

    Review date: May 2, 2015
    Website: www.thedeadlineshakes.com

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