Singles of the Week
Take a break from the intense British heat and have a look at The Music Fix Singles of the Week!
Those with an ear for such things (contemporary Americana) already know Alela Diane. With a strong voice and a strong line in songwriting, 'About Farewell' bodes well for her new album of the same name - due later this month.
A funky tune combined with luscious vocals and a catchy melody, it’s quite a surprise that this song hasn’t broken through to the likes of Radio 1 considering it’s perfect for our recent hot weather. The addition of a brass section just makes this feel good tune the sound of the summer.
Bit of an odd one; Feeney has an unusual voice (we're talking Anthony Johnson territory) but it's got her to album number three (Clocks, out next month) and the top of the charts in Ireland. 'Dear John' is quirky, 21st century pop-folk with a theatrical wash. I don't like it, but it's different.
To be honest, the Shame poster homage at the start of Laura Welsh's latest track 'Cold Front' sold us. At a glance, Welsh is TMF approved and it's pleasing that the track proves just that. Excellent vocals marry perfectly with offbeat percussion to craft an effort that's as beguiling and mesmerising as the video that accompanies it.
A bona fide mix of folk and indie influences combined to create this new single from Lewis Fieldhouse. ‘Don’t Be A Stranger’ is a relaxing summer tune best suited to sitting in the garden in the warm weather with a cold drink in hand.
A down and dirty rockabilly tune, this debut single from Miraculous Mule is as straightforward as it comes. A British band that sound like they've been playing American bars forever. You want to like them but there's nothing particularly original here and 'Satisfied' becomes repetitive very quickly.
A mid-tempo number with vocals reminiscent of Siouxsie Sioux, the new single from Nadine Shah manages to make a statement while caressing the ears and making you feel oddly tingly inside. Man up and have a listen.
Taylor Swift's first misfire (singles-wise) in some time, 'Everything Has Changed' is a dull, maudlin ballad that's polished but lacks any real emotional punch. Ed Sheeran pops along for one verse and low-key choral backing but makes no memorable impact.
The Sea & I
Instantly-intriguing chamber pop with electro undercurrents, The Sea & I's ever-developing line-up and desire to take their music out from the club and rock dive circuit sets them apart from many contemporaries. It's been a while since we heard a debut quite so ready. Ocean size.
V V Brown
One time savior of British soul V V Brown continues her return with 'Samson', a kind of darker Marina and the Diamonds style track. Brown's serious vocals accompany a throbbing, bass heavy, beat. A different, almost industrial, direction then. And quite interesting.
A straight forward slice of slightly fuzzy indie pop that is a pleasant enough listen but one that doesn't linger long in the memory.
Single of the Week
It takes a lot to surprise and excite grizzled old gits like me but these Missouri teenagers have managed to do just that. From the opening bars of the title track to closer ‘N.I.G.G.A. (Not Okay)’, Radkey fuse post- punk, metal, psychobilly and straight ahead punk to head poundingly, toe tappingly and downright thrilling effect. This is the best rock debut to pass this way in a very long time so go get it, NOW.