Keeping it simple sometimes works. Rory K takes that approach with “Heat Thru Your Body” using repetition, loops and street talk to fill its sub three minute timeslot. Fortunately, he has also added enough sunshine to make you smile.
Can a song be brutal yet endearing? It can if Lil White Bitch are behind it. Looped into an old school electro groove, “Rock Music” has more attitude and sheer angularity than a song of these antiseptic times should have. Put the needle in the - cough - groove!
Rigidly insistent, “Frei” shows that the power of the synthesiser should not be underestimated especially when combined with the dressed in black Schwarzschild floor stomping attitude. This song will assimilate you into their ways.
“Throwaway” concentrates all the Lazy Queen energy into three and a bit minutes of raucous musical intent. Subtle it isn’t, so best played loud. In fact, best played very loud indeed. It’s that kind of song.
I've got ears everywhere so I hear everything including this version of "Pocketful of Rainbows" by Jailhouse Jock. Balancing laconic minimalism with the Elvis forever in glitter vibe gives the song a quirky charm.
Some songs just sound big and this was indeed true of “Aros Am Byth” by YNYS with insistent synthesisers and impassioned vocals sweeping the song along on a journey through retro land on the way to nirvana. Vast!
I almost wrote off “It Could Be Like This” as another ska flavoured song for the upcoming summer season but Bobo & The Demeraras instead demonstrate unexpectedly sordid intent in this cautionary tale of late night misadventures.
White boy – or girl – soul is a popular musical style these days and Soë Blue steps onfidently on to the telling it like it is stage with her song "Karma". Her voice easily hits the mark and the arrangement is big enough to encourage commercial success.
Kind of intriguing this one. “There’s Nothing In It” is looped to the max yet still manages to generate enough in the way of motivational power to make you hit the repeat button. An unassuming song perhaps but Lazerine make it work.
Super cool female vocals and hard edged guitars are merged into a supersonic musical confection by Double Françoise. “Les Bijoux” is the kind of song that could only be the product of France and, indeed, Double Françoise are French. Très bon!
Right from the synth rumbling start, you just know that “If A Tree Falls in the Forest” is going to be a song of meaning with Ellen Siberian Tiger adding in some rock riffs, diffident female vocals and a poetic sense of purpose to make it all work.
Synth pop did always attract those with style and, if you are one of those people, “I Am Art” will certainly attract you to Mïrändä. Looped to the beat and yet still finding enough space to swoop, she is a brand to follow.
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