Song reviews


  Shu! by Islandman

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You can’t go wrong with the Islandman groove and “Shu!” duly mixes the organic and traditional with the kind of locked to the loop hypnotic rhythms that only a computer can create. Close your eyes and see all the colours of the rainbow.

Review date:  September 17, 2019

  Those Who Stay Behind by The Hengles

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It almost seems an insult to describe a song as melodic in these computer controlled days but that is exactly what “Those Who Stay Behind” by The Hengles is. Those optimistic sixties influences are much to the fore and the song is none the worse for that.

Review date:  September 17, 2019

  I Will If You Will by Jason Kerrison

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Right on the money for a pop song of today, Jason Kerrison’s “I Will If You Will” demonstrates a complete understanding of what it takes to get some airplay these days and he even throws in a positive message to make the song complete.

Review date:  September 17, 2019

  Measured by Common Holly

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Minimalist lo-fi from Common Holly and, in her wistful folk flavoured way, Common Holly turns her song “Measured” into an angst ridden poem of delicacy and persuasive intent. It’s the kind of song that sneaks up on you.

Review date:  September 17, 2019

  Upside Down by Unohu

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“Upside Down” is infused with both woozy charm and a sense of purpose and those who like a bit of lyrical substance to accompany their alt-rock riffs will find this song by Indian band Unohu much to their liking. Worthy of a listen or three.

Review date:  September 15, 2019

  Infatuation by Sofia Härdig

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I like this one. Sofia Härdig casts her looped to the max hypnotic spell over her song “Infatuation” and makes it seem like those minimalist lyrics are actually incantations. It’s a plastic world that we live in and she knows it. Enjoy!

Review date:  September 13, 2019

  HEY! by Gabriela Eva

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Using technology to positive effect, Gabriel Eva loops her way through “HEY!” with sinuous style and smart lyrics that effectively make a simple point about the days we live in. So, while this is a happy song for unhappy people, it will make your day better.

Review date:  September 13, 2019

  On My Own by Chin Injeti

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There is no shortage of retro eighties funk influences to be found in this, no doubt Paisley Park, inspired song but Chin Injeti carries it all off with some style of his own thus making “On My Own” worthy of a listen or three.

Review date:  September 13, 2019

  Channel Zero by Kate Clover

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Power Up

If you like it old school, then you will like Kate Clover. She digs up all that post punk American style vibe and uses it to decorate her song “Channel Zero” with in your face vocals, riffs and nihilistic attitude. Play loud because that is how it should be.

Review date:  September 13, 2019

  You and Your Love by Alas The Sun

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Following the casual indie pop groove is the action plan for Alas The Sun and their song “You and Your Love” duly worms its way into your affections with laidback puppy dog charm and downbeat lyrics. Rather pleasing to the ear.

Review date:  September 13, 2019

  Totally Faking by Salt Ashes

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Whilst robotically perfect in the rhythm department, “Totally Faking” also shows that Salt Ashes has something organic to display in her shop window even throwing in a guitar solo to crank up your ear enthusiasm. It’s an approach that works rather well.

Review date:  September 7, 2019

  Cyborg by TRAPS

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This one sounds angry. Rectangular math rock tends to do just that and TRAPS duly kick the angst up and down an eight minute street littered with the corpses of overdriven guitar riffs and bang it until it hurts drums. Their song “Cyborg” is coming to get you.

Review date:  September 6, 2019

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