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    Up In Smoke by The Hurt Project

    True to the past

    It may be old school but there is always something to savour in any faithful rendition of the blues style and The Hurt Project, with their song “Up In Smoke”, give us the heartfelt yet still poised vocals of Jasmin Lloyd. There may be twelve bars until dawn but she’ll stay with you all the way. Guaranteed.

    Review date: Aug 29 2014
    Website: www.thehurtproject.com
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    Fickle Heart by Ira Wolf

    Wholesome

    Blessed with an endearingly fragile voice, Ira Wolf takes the cultural purity of folk music and mixes it with Nashville cleanliness yet she still manages to infuse “Fickle Heart” with something deeper, almost as if a transitory sadness of her soul had been captured in words and music. An affecting song.

    Review date: Aug 29 2014
    Website: irawolfmusic.com
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    Cruel Hard World by Mudcat Blues Trio

    British bluesmen

    “Cruel Hard World” is, as you might imagine given the title, a redemption song in the classic twelve bar style with motive power provided by the kind of dirty guitar that gives the blues a good name. No surprises therefore but the spirit is undoubtedly strong in this band.

    Review date: Aug 29 2014
    Website: www.facebook.com/mudcats.bluestrio
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    Sussh by Luna Green

    Swedish style

    Almost irritatingly catchy in its simplicity, “Sussh” has Luna Green stripping it back to the basics and, with her cleverly underplayed vocals adding charm aplenty, the proof is provided that keeping it simple works. Or, rather, that it works for her.

    Review date: Aug 29 2014
    Website: www.facebook.com/lunagreenofficial
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    You Pathetic Bastards Are All Scum by Ninja Spice

    Dance floor mania

    You can’t get a better weapon than a bit of manic techno and Ninja Spice uses it to beat the dance floor to death with a psychotic mix of metronomic aggression and nihilistic vocals from somewhere beyond the grave. “You Pathetic Bastards Are All Scum” is the name of the song and I think she means it.

    Review date: Aug 22 2014
    Website: on.fb.me/YK9inw
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    Roaring Girlie by Animal Hands

    Grunge with a conscience

    Someone was talking to me about “chick led grunge” the other day and, as if the words themselves were some sort of devilish incantation, Animal Hands then delivered their single “Roaring Girlie” up to the altar for some worship with Danielle Whalebone infusing the lyrics with cigarette smoke and poetry whilst the rest of the band relive the guitar led glories of a misspent youth. The attitude, as you might imagine, is all present and correct.

    Review date: Aug 22 2014
    Website: www.animalhands.net
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