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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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    State of Low by Cajsa Siik


    As the river flows

    “State of Low” is another eloquent slice of modern pop music from Sweden’s Cajsa Siik. Her rather wistful outlook on life shines through the song and makes you think of summer love and other such sentimental things. A nicely understated song.

    Review date: March 24, 2015
    Website: www.cajsasiik.com

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    Temples by Panic Island


    Lively

    “Temples” shows that London band Panic Island can generate more than enough energy to charge up the average venue with indie rock energy. The committed vocals are plugged into the mains and thus help the song transcend the limited production values.

    Review date: March 21, 2015
    Website: www.facebook.com/PanicIsland

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    Broken Wings by Roberta Howett


    Sentimental ballad

    Downright downbeat, Irish singer songwriter Roberta Howett injects heartfelt sentiments into “Broken Wings” to pump up all that piano powered emotion. If Girls Aloud were still in the charts, this would be their ballad of choice but, in the here and now, Ms. Howett still has a song likely to trouble the top 40.

    Review date: March 20, 2015
    Website: www.robertahowett.com

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    Floating Forever by Taxi Taxi


    Deeper and darker

    Kind of ethereal in their outlook, Taxi Taxi take “Floating Forever” out on the town for a metaphysical drink or two. This might well be yet more Swedish electro pop but, this time, the sound of the shadows is there for all to hear.

    Review date: March 20, 2015
    Website: itstaxitaxi.com

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    Strong by Paper Shades


    Running smooth

    Subtle and sensitive, the supportive balance between the male and female vocals that make up The Paper Shades drift “Strong” out into the pond of folk and Americana influences. Not so much blown by the wind of change as under the control of a gentle breeze, this song is nicely executed conventionality.

    Review date: March 19, 2015
    Website: www.thepapershades.co.uk

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    Mm mm mm ah by Modern Family Unit


    Synth style

    Once more into those retro synth grooves as Modern Family Unit entice us to do the resurrection shuffle to their curiously hypnotic exercise in finger snapping to the click of the robotic beat. “Mm mm mm ah” might well be made of plastic but it’s dirty plastic and that makes it special.

    Review date: March 17, 2015
    Website: www.modernfamilyunit.co.uk

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