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And another one. It’s that time. Tracks of the Week. Have a delve in below at some of the best tracks released over the last few weeks and make your Sunday a tiny bit better. Check it out:
Bruising – What it Feels Like
Leeds punks Bruising continue their run of hits with the woozy, fuzzy ‘What it Feels Like’. Not only will it’s lovelorn vocals nestle themselves in your heart, but also the single is part of a split release with Personal Best for Too Pure Singles Club. Everyone’s a winner!
Diet Cig – Tummy Ache
‘Tummy Ache’, the first single to emerge from energetic two-piece Diet Cig’s debut album, is a statement of intent, tackling the embedded sexism in punk head on. “My stomach hurts/ because it’s hard to be a punk while wearing a skirt” wearily sings Alex Luciano over chugging punk guitars. Songs like these are needed more than ever to shame and tackle the inequalities that threaten society more and more.
Slowdive – Star Roving
They’re back, and this time with a sweet synth funk sound! PSYCH! ‘Star Roving’ is a hypnotic, swirling shoegaze anthem that is, obviously not too different to the sound the band made their own 22 years ago.
The Big Moon – Hold This
Oh ‘Hold This’? Yeah only a b-side. A song this great, full of darkness, packed with harmonies and chaos, only a b-side. Admittedly it’s a b-side to the brilliant ‘Formidable’, but the fact it’s not top billing shows just why publication after publication have tipped The Big Moon for bigger things.
Spectres – Neck
Apparently the new album’s pop song, ‘Neck’, in a strange way, is the most pop Bristol’s Spectres have been on record (discounting their shimmering alternative Bond theme). It’s punchy and even has a refrain to latch onto. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves; this is still Spectres. The guitar’s are their usual distorted self, whilst the vocals sit threateningly behind them.
Goth Babe – Dazed
Goth Babe, aka Griffin Washburn from Nashville, charms again on the scuzzy ‘Dazed’, a lo-fi growler that it only feel right to play in the baking summer sun. I’ll have to just do with sticking on sunglasses and staring at a lamp for now, but with a song this delightful, I’ll definitely still have it on repeat come summer.
TEAR – Careless Again
A touch Warpaint, but with a darker, grungier edge, ‘Careless Again’ is the perfect song to introduce TEAR’s debut album. The band have been picked up by Tim Burgess for his O Genisis imprint, and from the first verse of ‘Careless Again’ it’s easy to see why. Perfectly balancing shimmering guitar with lead singer Camille impassioned, almost guttural, yelps, the song is a powerful grunge rock anthem.
Vinyl Staircase – German Wings
The first release from Dorking’s Vinyl Staircase since their debut EP two years ago is an enchanting offering. Hypnotic psyche along the lines of TOY, but with a tad more shimmer, ‘German Wings’ swooshes round your head before the chorus explodes into technicolor.
Cherry Glazerr – Nuclear Bomb
Helping to usher in the new album, ‘Nuclear Bomb’ is something very different from Cherry Glazerr. Not the lo-fi scuzz of her previous record, nor the bombastic defiance of last single ‘Told You I’d Be With the Guys’, Nuclear bomb is a slow burning and anthemic, reaching higher than Cherry Glazerr have before.
Dominic – Emotional Businessman
Not going to lie to you here, I initially listened to ‘Emotional Businessman’ after finding out the album it comes off was called Goodnight, Doggies. However I’m glad I did; it’s a fun, fast piece of gritty rock that tackles the “endless battle between art and commerce” in just under two minutes
Feature – Schedules Align
Contemplating missed opportunities is not something many of us like to do, but that’s exactly what Feature do on their latest track. Over a frantic post-punk thrash, their nearly monotonous delivery of a tale of lovers never quite finding each other is makes you darkly ruminate on what could have been.
Bearcubs – Underwaterfall
It hasn’t been that long since Bearcubs treated us to his ‘Chroma’ EP, an EP that had fans of slow, glitching electronic soul salivating. ‘Underwaterfall’ does exactly that again, sounding exactly like the perfect mix between Jamie XX and James Blake. His soft voice laments over dancing steel drum, while a simple bass drum and finger click rhythm underpins the floating synths.
Pinegrove – Aphasia (Live)
Yet another reason why Pinegrove are going to be headlining our fifth birthday party is their amazing new live album. Elsewhere features just eight of the band’s songs, but every single one expands on the beauty and passion that the recorded versions ooze. All proceeds from the album will be going to Southern Poverty Law Centre in the US, so make sure you get yourself a copy.
Young Thug – Wyclef Jean
I mentioned this song as my favourite off Jeffery when it came out, and now I think it might have my favourite video ever as an accompaniment. If you haven’t seen this video yet, I genuinely can’t fathom what you’ve been doing with your time and you need to go watch it now.
Tiki Man – Up in Dis Clurb (feat. Dank Totem and Mad-1)
When people in the future, like the distant future, look back on our times and dig out the biggest party anthems, they’ll hold up ‘Yeah!’ by Usher, ‘Ignition (Remix)’ by R Kelly and, of course, ‘Up in Dis Clurb’ by Tiki Man (feat. Dank Totem and Mad-1) as examples. Well maybe. Ok probably not, but this ridiculous piece of party hiphop created by several members of various Bristol bands at least deserves a listen to as it’s as brilliant as it is terrible.
Head back here next week for some more tracks