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    Drive With Your Eyes Closed by A Band Called Quinn


    Cucumber cool

    Few bands do the soundtrack to life in the modern day city as well as A Band Called Quinn. “Drive With Your Eyes Closed” is, unsurprisingly, chilled to perfection and delivered with digital precision to the MP3 player in your high end automobile. This song is, to put it simply, a fine example of super cool electro pop.

    Review date: April 1, 2015
    Website: abandcalledquinn.com

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    Monaco by Dirty Money Handlers


    Confused

    Fusion cookery doesn’t do much for me and “Monaco” by Scottish band Dirty Money Handlers similarly suffers from having ingredients that seem to have been put together for the sole purpose of appearing to be different. The socially conscious rap in the middle indicates that the band has its collective heart in the right place but the song outstays its welcome by a good couple of minutes.

    Review date: April 1, 2015
    Website: www.facebook.com/dirtymoneyhandlers

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    Grin by Indigo Husk


    Young guns

    Although powered more by youthful enthusiasm than anything else, there is still a pleasing freshness to Indigo Husk’s song “Grin” with an energetic guitar providing support and counterpoint to the somewhat stylised male vocals. That works for me.

    Review date: March 31, 2015
    Website: www.facebook.com/indigohusk

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    Tyland by Hen-Jenny


    New talent

    A neat and intelligent pop song from what would appear to be a new band, “Tyland” shows that Hen-Jenny are girls with both guitars and an independent streak. They do it all in under three minutes too with Jessica Powell’s precise voice leading things with undisguised confidence.

    Review date: March 31, 2015
    Website: on.fb.me/1NFw4RI

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    Somebody Call A Doctor by Chick Quest


    Retro rolling

    Pleasingly primitive post punk from Austrian band Chick Quest with their rough and ready retro approach energising “Somebody Call A Doctor” whilst, in the background, a trumpet pulls out a spaghetti western motif. It’s a European thing indeed.

    Review date: March 30, 2015
    Website: www.chickquest.com

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    King of the World by Das Blankout


    Indie style

    Indie rock Canadian style from Montreal band Das Blankout with their song “King Of The World” being tilted more towards the retro style than we would get on this side of the big pond. Nonetheless, on the evidence of this song, Das Blankout are the kind of band that knows just when to take a step backwards.

    Review date: March 29, 2015
    Website: www.dasblankout.com

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    Sixfour by The Claramassa


    Synth shadows

    Whilst atmosphere is given precedence over melody in this downbeat example of Glasgow synth pop, “Sixfour” nonetheless demonstrates that The Claramassa have more musical maturity than most of their robotic competition. It’s the kind of song that grows on you.

    Review date: March 25, 2015
    Website: www.facebook.com/theclaramassa

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    Taliban Man by Krom


    Righteous indignation

    Just when you think that you’ll never hear another protest song, along comes “Taliban Man” from Cambodia’s Krom. A rough edged male voice preaches the righteous words on the killing of the innocent whilst making you wonder why so few musicians on this side of the planet bother to make comment on what is happening in the world. Maybe they just don’t have the right app on their iPhone?

    Review date: March 24, 2015
    Website: www.facebook.com/KromSong

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