Song reviews


  Tea and Toast by Hooby and the Yabbit

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Suitably honest and direct, Hooby and the Yabbit tell it like it is with “Tea and Toast” resonating with the robustness that only beer, the blues and guitars can bring. Whilst not breaking new ground, it is nonetheless abundantly clear that this is a Saturday night soundtrack.

Review date:  December 7, 2018

  Smokestack Lightnin by ElectroBluesSociety

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The blues is always where it is at and ElectroBluesSociety have, once again, drafted in Boo Boo Davis to turn their respectful cover of “Smokestack Lightnin” into something organic and timeless. It is all done right and that’s a fact.

Review date:  December 7, 2018

  Lessons by Sinead Harnett

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I suppose that you could categorise “Lessons” by Sinead Harnett as almost old school in terms of the modern day urban genre, but she has a voice that is easily capable of adding what they used to call soul to the lyrics. She knows how to make it real.

Review date:  December 7, 2018

  Saturday Night by The Treble

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A nice slice from the indie rock cake, “Saturday Night” demonstrates that The Treble know what is expected of them and, with the addition of some crowd pleasing lyrics and a suitably big chorus, successfully set course for radio play.

Review date:  December 7, 2018

  Blue Satin by ANNA VR

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Whilst the dance floor roots of the song remain, the relaxed pacing allows “Blue Satin” to develop rather more atmospheric camouflage than such electronic creations usually do. ANNA VR clearly has more class and ambition than most of her contemporaries.

Review date:  December 7, 2018

  Spinning Jenny by Every Kid Knows

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Retro is the future and, duly, Every Kid Knows head all the way back to a long forgotten, flower powered time when “Spinning Jenny” would have been a radio anthem. Times may have changed but a good song will always be a good song.

Review date:  December 7, 2018

  Naked Blue by Kakkmaddafakka

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Norwegian indie rock seems to be rather more uplifting than the version that we get in this country with Kakkmaddafakka using their song “Naked Blue” to capture the spirit of warmer days and duly raise our spirits in these dull December days.

Review date:  December 2, 2018

  Broken by Solå

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There isn’t really very much to “Broken” but, in her own wistful electro pop way, Solå soon nuzzles her way into your affections and duly justifies her place on your daily playlist. She kind of reminded me of Virna Lindt so I reckon she must be super cool too.

Review date:  December 2, 2018

  Real Estate by Life Model

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Some fuzzy guitars and a large helping of reverb can make all the difference to a song and that’s what Glasgow’s Life Model have used to make “Real Estate” echo around the room. This is the best use of two minutes and thirty two seconds that I have heard this year.

Review date:  December 2, 2018

  They’re Cheap by Skating Polly

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You don’t get many songs that mix menace and angst as well as “They’re Cheap” but, then again, Skating Polly are a band so much better than our corporate times deserve. Hit me one more time with your power chords for I worship thee. Yes, I do.

Review date:  November 30, 2018

  Doom by Bony Macaroni

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Another adoration of the better days of American power punk, Bony Macaroni nearly overdose on retro irony but you can’t argue with the simple fact that “Doom” would be a suitable soundtrack to your ice cream powered dysfunctional mood.

Review date:  November 30, 2018

  Flex by Shookrah

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Whilst conventional in their approach, Shookrah successfully steal the vibe from nineties' British jazz funk and then rough it up a bit to suit the tastes of more modern days. Not one to nudge the charts perhaps but should find friends in the better bars and VIP rooms.

Review date:  November 30, 2018

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