Singles of the Week
Which of this week's crop have made their mothers proud and which ones need to buy an extra special bouquet? Read on to find out...
A unique reworking of Nat King Cole's 'Straighten Up And Fly Right', Aaron Delahunty's second single sees him build on the promise of his debut 'Never Happen Again'. Played fairly straight until a left-field dubstep turn in the final third, 'Straighten Up' is likely to anger Cole fans with its audaciousness in reinventing a classic, but that just makes us like it that bit more.
The opening salvo from quintet Echotape is really quite impressive. Four-track EP Sky Above Quarley Hill is filled to the brim with soaring rock anthems, but with enough variation to sate anyone's interests as 'Riding For A Fall' introduces a touch of dark mystery, while opener 'Unstable' is all about the stadium hooks. A Youth remix of 'Spinning' rounds off proceedings where, if we were being greedy, we'd prefer 'Came Into My Blood' which drew us into Echotape's world in the first place. Luckily that's available as a free download on Echotape's website, so what are you waiting for?
The final taster of Kindness' debut album before its release on Monday, 'Gee Up' is a ridiculously entertaining 112 seconds of funk. Brief, brilliant and bodacious, 'Gee Up' suggests that World, You Need A Change Of Mind could be something special indeed.
I’m not normally taken by this type of angst ridden emo rocker but Summerlin have a raucous hardcore/metal edge that is a cut above the norm. I bet these boys are a blast live.
Summerlin - You Can't Burn Out If You're Not On Fire by RUDE RECORDS
A motley collection of some 15 members, The Destroyers are back with some more rabble-rousing gypsy folk fun with ‘Hole In The Universe’, from the upcoming album of the same name. There are no surprises here, just a bombastic, enjoyable tune with all too much brass and a tongue placed firmly in cheek that will get the students wearing garish clothes and doing funny dances.
For three songs this debut EP delivers formulaic singer songwriter ditties with a pleasant voice, nice arrangements but nothing that you haven’t heard a thousand times before. The downbeat bluesy closer, ‘These Boots’, is a different matter altogether and wipes the floor with everything that has come before. More like this please Tomos.
Single of the Week
Blood Red Shoes
If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it seems to be Blood Red Shoes motto as this return to the fray exemplifies. A bout of frenetic drumming kicks things off perfectly and Laura-Mary Carter’s typically strident, hard edged yet strangely entrancing vocals remind you of how good this Brighton duo really are. No change of direction, no futile attempt to hit the flooded dubstep market, just a great big slab of hard hitting garage rock. It’s good to have them back.