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  New Connection by Julez



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Robust

A rough and ready reinvention of rock’s history, “New Connection” demonstrates that Julez has studied the lessons of the past well and learned the art of making a song sufficiently robust to withstand even a Friday night.


Review date:  August 17, 2018
  www.julezofficial.com

  Is This Love? by Bugeye



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Clicktrack

Under the table punk pop revivalists Bugeye strike out at the club audience with their song “Is This Love?” whilst adding as much irony as their four-square influences allow them to. It’s trendy but not too trendy if you follow my meaning.


Review date:  August 17, 2018
  www.facebook.com/bugeyemusic

  Wisdom Pie by Karmic



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Snappy

Call it lumpy minimalism if you like but there is something downright appealing about Karmic’s post midnight breakdown “Wisdom Pie”. Those neato girlie vocals cleverly run at right angles to the dancefloor sequencing and make it all worthwhile.


Review date:  August 17, 2018
  www.thisiskarmic.com

  21st Century Kids by Penny Mob



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Cranking

A bad with much more brains than the indie rock average, Penny Mob turn their song “21st Century Kids” into, if not quite an anthem, a muscular homage to all that Brit Pop meant back in the days. Well worth turning that volume all the way up to 11.


Review date:  August 17, 2018
  www.facebook.com/pennymobband

  Berkeley’s On Fire by SWMRS



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Edgy

What would a protest song sound like in the user centric world we live in today? Crank up “Berkeley’s On Fire” by SWMRS and you will find the answer. A band with an edge is what we all need. SWMRS do not disappoint.


Review date:  August 17, 2018
  www.facebook.com/swmrs

  Tried by Skogebrandt



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Generic

You don’t doubt the intensity that powers “Tried” by Skogebrandt, yet he follows a path that many have walked before so, despite the obvious integrity, he sounds too much like those who have done the same thing before.


Review date:  August 17, 2018
  www.facebook.com/skogebrandtofficial

  More Than Friends by ASHS



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Smart

I tend to like songs that sound like other songs and “More Than Friends” by ASHS indeed sounds like a hybrid of urban and bedsit electric sounds yet she has a clear and present appreciation of the art of writing songs for our duplicitous times. Forgiven duly she is.


Review date:  August 17, 2018
  www.facebook.com/ASHSmusicofficial

  First Mother by Mike Bern



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Old school

Very much in the seventies rock style, Mike Bern throws in deeper meaning and the prerequisite guitar solo into his languorous song “First Mother”. Whilst this isn’t an approach that many take these days, the end result should please fans of such things.


Review date:  August 11, 2018
  www.facebook.com/mikebernmusic

  ur so pretty by ST.MARTiiNS



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Trendy

ST.MARTiiNS tick all the trendy indie tick boxes with their song “ur so pretty” but they still manage to mix in enough low key charm to complement those eighties style beats currently beloved of the cognoscenti. Success? Perhaps, perhaps, perhaps.


Review date:  August 11, 2018
  www.facebook.com/stmartiins

  Poison Angel Girl by Lightnin’ Luke



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Authentic

Digging up the past in the best Americana tradition, Lightnin’ Luke sounds like he has just jumped off the shellac singing his song “Poison Angel Girl”. Authenticity is the message here, but his playful approach might well get attention from roots festival bookers too.


Review date:  August 11, 2018
  www.lightninluke.com

  Seventeen by Haley Blais



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Real

Describing a song like “Seventeen” as rather likeable might seem like faint praise yet it is something of a rarity in these plastic days. My compliments therefore to Haley Blais for making music made for the soul rather than made for a marketing campaign.


Review date:  August 11, 2018
  www.haley-blais.com

  You Got Me by Lisa Crawley



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Wistful

Downbeat, down under and yet, despite the minor chord melancholy that powers “You Got Me”, Lisa Crawley always manages to suggest hope eternal with her songs. If you are going to be sensitive, this is the way to do it.


Review date:  July 29, 2018
  www.lisacrawley.com

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