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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Delphina Kings – Holding Me Up | Track Review

JUNE 24TH | PLAYING WITH SOUND | LOVE.LIKE.ALRIGHT: LIKE

Upbeat music is great all year round, but it becomes extra special when the atmosphere around it matches. Right now it’s hotter than the sun and I am sweating just a little bit (hi ladies) and it’s great, all because I am listening to Holding Me Up, the debut single by Delphina Kings.

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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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Everywhere – Some Other Dude \ Track Review

WHEN: 29.07.2016 | LOVE.LIKE.ALRIGHT: LOVE

I’m not sure about the rest of you but I’ve always been one to let opportunities slip away, it’s one of the perks of suffering from anxiety every now and then. Whether it’s about a new job opportunity or the perfect moment to speak out to let yourself come across as a complete badass, the mind overthinks and suddenly the moment’s gone, never to return again. London band Everywhere have experienced something similar and have detailed it through the medium of their new single ‘Some Other Dude’, an excellent little pop number that’s funky as it is a little resentful.

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Single Review / Tosin Kuti – Double Deez / Hot New Bands #8

WHEN: 16.05.2016Tosin Kuti - Double Deez
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Last year EHS hosted the #MovementMovement, a week long dedication to local acts from around Essex and London. A new act was bigged up on the website each day, and it was pretty awesome – easily one of my favourite things I’ve ever done as a music writer. One of the artists talked about was Bara Blaque, a London rapper who was part of The Koup, which is also the home of today’s artist: Tosin Kuti. Last July I reviewed his track ‘The Non Conscious Theory’ and was pleasantly surprised, and am equally pleased by the new single ‘Double Deez’.

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Hot New Bands / #6 / Hidden Charms / Cannonball Review

WHEN: 17.06.2016Hidden Charms - Cannonball
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Groove is a wonderful thing. Since branching out a music taste that primarily stuck solely to the constraints of desert rock, I’ve had some kind of awakening that hey, it’s okay to dance. After suffering a traumatic experience at a family wedding in which I witnessed a relative point and laugh at me for my dancemoves (which to this day I contest were sweet) I decided that I would never try to dance again. A couple years passed and soon I found myself with no choice but to dance as I had suddenly picked up a music taste that featured a lot of basslines, riffs and beats that hit me right into the hips and the toes, and today I can announce proudly that I am back dancing again. Continue reading “Hot New Bands / #6 / Hidden Charms / Cannonball Review”

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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