Trudy and the Romance – Wild | Track Review

WHEN: 20TH JUNE (BIT LATE) | B3SCI RECORDS | LOVE.LIKE.ALRIGHT: LIKE

You know, I always pride myself on keeping up to date with music. Keeping this site fresh with constant deliveries of the ripest fruit is something I strive to achieve each week, so you have no idea how pleased I am to bring something to you that was released over a month ago. I do apologise, but luckily this little fruit has remained as juicy and as ripe as the day it was born. Trudy and the Romance reside in Liverpool and this is their latest track Wild.

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Attic Empire – Got Me Feelin’ | Track Review

WHEN: JULY 3RD | LOVE.LIKE.ALRIGHT: LOVE

I love a bit of good old fashioned funk. There’s something about music that aims to attack the hips that sits so right with me, and this is one of those tunes. Attic Empire is a six piece indie funk band from LA and this is their new single Got Me Feelin’.

This track has everything you could want to satisfy a craving for some feel good vibes. A walking bassline struts its way through the wah-wah heavy guitar riffs, the strong beat of the drums and the vocals caps things off by flowing perfectly against all this swinging music. Attic Empire throws all sorts of horns on top too, allowing them to dominate the airwaves with a strong gusto that fills the atmosphere with even more summery goodness.

Got Me Feelin’ is a superb song. Attic Empire have produced something that is full of bright, vibrant colours and comes packed with so many different levels of engaging riffs and sections that it’s quite hard not to fall in love with it. It’s great, I love it.

White Lies – Take It Out On Me | Track Review

WHEN: ‘FRIENDS’ – 7TH OCTOBER | WHERE: BMG | LOVE.LIKE.ALRIGHT: LIKE

White Lies are back! As like many people here in the UK I fell in love with the band’s blend of gothic undertones and subtle disco hits which made albums like ‘To Lose My Life…’ and ‘Ritual’ so excellent. Their new track Take It Out On Me is a welcome return to that sound with hopes of another solid effort in the form of upcoming album ‘Friends’, out in October.

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M+A – Everything Will Be Alright | Track Review

WHEN: JUNE 16TH 2016 | WHERE: SUGAR MUSIC | LOVE.LIKE.ALRIGHT: LIKE

M+A are an Italian duo and this is their new single Everything Will Be Alright. I became a huge fan of these guys after hearing the wonderful Anyway Milkyway EP last year, which featured some of my favourite summery tracks in ‘Do the Shout’ and ‘Habes’. If you haven’t heard M+A’s material before I would highly recommend you check out that EP, it’s seriously good.

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Cool Cat by No Hot Ashes \ Track Review

No Hot Ashes - Cool Cat
Pretty cool looking cat.

WHEN: 29.04.2016
WHERE: Playing With Sound
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In my 22 years of existence I have owned five cats. Four of them were lovely, fluffy little angels but the fifth, Meg, was a little rascal. She would scratch and claw and bite her way through life and left a lot of people’s good books rather briskly. She was the complete opposite of a cool cat – screw you Meg. ANYWAY, Manchester’s No Hot Ashes have returned with a new single titled Cool Cat, and after blowing my mind with debut single Goose some time ago, I am very excited to hear this.

No Hot Ashes are responsible for delivering some of the punchiest funk rock of 2016 and once again they come at us with a track that’s full of hard hitting drums, fuzzy guitar riffs and a whole lot of reasons to get dancing. This time round they have brought a new element however – mighty horns fill the airwaves with an upbeat, swelling groove that meanders it’s way through gritty vocals and crashing cymbals to add yet another
dimension to this promising band’s sound.

This horn section comes as a surprise but the band manages to pull it off as if it’s something that’s to be expected. This level of variety definitely gets the excitement levels rising and the way it works so well alongside the reasonably heavy instrumental makes it even better. Cool Cat is full of hooks, great riffs and vocal harmonies that can make even a reference to Tesco Express sound good.

Cool Cat definitely keeps the hype train chugging away into satisfaction station. Once again No Hot Ashes have proved that their knack for combining two genres forms a sound that is absolutely one to get excited about. These guys have succeeded at delivering the goods on their second whip-round, and I cannot wait to hear more from them this year. Good stuff.

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Hot New Bands / #3 / Kassassin Street

Kassassin Street - Hand In My PocketWelcome to HOT NEW BANDS. This is a series where every Wednesday I talk about a band
that has been tickling my fancy lately. One of my favourite things about being a music reviewer is being able to listen to brand new bands and get excited about what they’re bringing to my eardrums, so this series is all about showcasing their talent and to help them get their sound out to a wider audience. I’ve featured two artists previously – No Hot Ashes and NARCS – and am excited to follow it up with the third addition to the series – Kassassin Street!

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The Sound of Victory by Native Kings | Track Review

WHEN: 26.02.2016Native Kings - Sound of Victory
WHERE: Playing With Sound
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Last week I reviewed the debut single by No Hot Ashes which was released by label Playing With Sound. It received a lot of love and attention and it made me really warm and fuzzy inside. The warmness mostly stemmed from PWS retweeting the review and throwing a lot of nice words towards me so today I’m reviewing the new single from another one of their bands Native Kings called The Sound of Victory. So basically, flattery gets you anywhere.

Native Kings are a trio from Liverpool and they’re known for delivering some catchy material thanks to their knack for performing the nicely titled “funky power punk”. This perfectly describes the sound of The Sound of Victory, as its punchy intro is full of bold melodies and a bassline that meanders right into your hips. This soon makes way for some impressive volumes as the band lay down a thick wall of distorted guitars which adds a real sense of grittiness to this groovy little number.

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