Written by Sachin Turakhia
Since the turn of the year, some really incredible new music has been released and I thought I’d do a little round up for you lovely people. These are the tracks you need rattling around your skulls right now, and represent the artists whose futures look very bright in 2016.
The Big Moon "Cupid"
Right back at the beginning of the year, I tipped these four girls from London to take 2016 by storm. Their first release of the year (and first since signing with Fiction) sees the band getting all romantic. “Cupid” is a love song laced with sarcasm, that laments about a failed romance. “Sorry I’m not your guy / I’ve been waiting for a girl like you / But I’m not ready for the change” goes the chorus, it sounds bitter, but the gorgeous melody is near-perfect and will surely be ringing out across festivals this summer.
Taken from their debut EP Horses, this wonderful slice of indie-pop, is another purpose built festival anthem. Having got their break on Huw Stephens’ show on Radio One back in October 2014, before the band had even played a show together, the pressure has been on for a while?. Happily, the four piece have grown into one of Britain's best prospects, performing with the assurance of band who have been on the circuit for years.
Bellevue Days "Pepper Tea"
These four lads from Croydon are my current obsession. They write alternative rock that has the ability to channel hurt and pain into liberation. Their latest release “Pepper Tea” builds softly, as frontman Alan Smith shrugs off a failed relationship, before reaching a storming crescendo. It’s proper old-school rock and roll that builds emotions inside of you. The epic “Ripped Jeans” is another must-listen. They’re the only band who I’ve spun two tracks from in one radio show – they’re that good.
Bloody Knees "I Want It All"
Talking of old-school rock music, Cambridge’s Bloody Knees made a name for themselves with their face-melting brand of the stuff. 2013’s Bloody Knees EP and 2014’s Stitches EP were sludgy-skater rock at it’s purest form: songs about smashing your face up, that still make you want to find an adrenaline rush at all costs. Over a year since their last release, “I Want It All” sees the band maturing with a melodic rock ballad that Nirvana could well have written. Frontman Bradley Griffiths doing his very best Kurt Cobain impression on the track does nothing to quell this comparison either.
The Bay Rays "Four Walls"
It may be under two minutes long, but “Four Walls” has more energy than some bands can cram into an entire album. Kent’s The Bay Rays make rip-roaring thrash guitar that’s just bloody good fun. If you can listen to “Four Walls” without tapping your feet, your soul is dead. The band are about to go tour around the south of England, I implore you to get to one of those shows.
Yak "Victorious (National Anthem)"
London three-piece Yak have a massive future ahead of them. Currently signed to Jack White’s Third Man Records, the influences to the great man are clear, but be certain they are no White Stripes rip off. They’re bat-shit crazy, but should rock and roll ever be anything else? These two minutes of guitar madness are as exciting as anything you’ll hear this year. It was released along with single “Harbour The Feeling” and the announcement that their debut Alas Salvation is coming out on May 13th. Jump on the bandwagon with these guys – they’re the real deal.
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