Friday, September 16, 2016
September 16 2016 - Hot Top Ten
TRACK OF THE WEEK
PURLING HISS - 3000 AD
The opening 30 seconds or so from this latest track by the Philly psych rockers is half a minute of shimmering guitar nectar, then just wait for the rest of the surging guitar riffs, frenetic rhythms and reverb-dripping vocals the full three-and-a-half minutes encompasses. Taken from their second album 'High Bias' out via Drag City on October 14.
JUICE - ANGEL OF THE AZURE
The Birmingham outfit we first featured back in 2014 with debut ‘Sugar’, follow-up last year’s ‘Acid Kids’ with this latest track that sounds as colourful as its title, with a sonic fuzz-laden guitar flavour. Catch live tomorrow (September 17) at The Hut in Corby, Northants.
THE NIGHT CAFÉ - MIXED SIGNALS
Pop-tinged jangle from the Liverpool teen quartet. The tale of a misguided kid that goes off the rails, it's punctuated by the band's energetic guitar riffs and sweet vocal melodies via Sean Martin. The track will feature on a new AA-side release coming this October. Catch on tour with Sundara Karma and The Hunna from tonight (September 16) when they play London's Heaven with the former.
AUGUST - ANIMAL
Released through Warner’s ‘W Songs’ imprint on September 26, London indie-pop artist Steve Hughes shows the first fruits of his intensive six-month recording stint with friend and production collaborator Ed Carlisle with this track about finding salvation in the beautiful but brutal city of London. Sparse atmospherics creep in before the song opens out into a pulsating house beat, fusing chopped up vocals with an overlay of synths.
KING NO-ONE - HALO
This York foursome impressed us back in March with single 'Stay Close', now back with this new track of killer beats, infectious rhythms and hypnotic vocals from Zach Lount. See them live tonight at Club NME at Koko, London.
MATT CROSS - SUNDAY MORNING
We included the 20-year-old Essex singer/songwriter here back in April with 'Dedicated Medicated Fool'. In advance of his upcoming debut EP, he offers this stripped back acoustic track, with shades of the Noel G's about it, we think. Just the thing to stick on on a lazy weekend.
SPOILERS - IMMINENT FUTURE
Fierce, raw and loud, the London four-piece come charging out of the starting-blocks with this punishing blast of post-punk sharpness. Coming from their debut album ‘Anti Vibe’ out in November, it’s a firm indication that this full-length might just possibly set them on an upward trajectory onto 2017 bands to watch lists.
NEWMOON - HELIUM
Belgium's dreampop five-piece share the emotively wrapped new track from their forthcoming debut LP, 'Space', out on October 14 via PIAS. With intricate melodies melting into shimmering reverb, frontman Bert Cannaerts reveals the song is all about "being trapped in a spiral of negativity and being unable to escape it. The feeling that, even though it might be obvious that things are not good for you as a person, it feels so much more comfortable existing in that safety net, rather than going out on a limb to find something better."
BEACH FATIGUE - ONLY YOU
Released this week on Kool Girl Records, the new single from the Welsh band previously known as Heavy Petting Zoo. A sub three-minutes of heartbeat-like rhythms and explosive drums, menacing bass and Amy Zachariah's inimitable vocals.
MARLON BRANDO ISLAND - DRUNK DRIVING
Featured here this week with 'Circle of Throats' from their forthcoming EP, another taste of the new East London trio who "try to write about difficult subject matter and make that subject matter accessible under the veil of a pop song".