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    A Little Of What You Fancy by Lola Lamour


    Glamour gal

    Immaculately presented, as we have come to expect of Miss Lola Lamour, “A Little Of What You Fancy” takes us so far back in time that any gentleman would feel obliged to remove his hat in deference to this spirited three minute revival of fifties glamour. The lady is a star.

    Review date: May 22, 2015
    Website: www.lolalamour.net

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    Equinox by Girobabies


    Smarties

    One of the few bands in Glasgow to look forwards rather than backwards, the Girobabies hit another one into the back of the net with “Equinox” and, when you think about it, you can’t really go wrong when you have lyrics that are sharp and intelligent, jagged guitars and a manic beat that just calls out to your feet. In fact that fact is so obvious that you have to wonder why more bands don’t follow the same path. Most bands aren’t the Girobabies though.

    Review date: May 22, 2015
    Website: www.facebook.com/Girobabies

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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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