SINGLE REVIEW: Jenny Lee – He Fresh

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Jenny Lee? Ultra babe from Warpaint? Solo stuff? Uhhh, YES PLEASE!. Debut album Right On offers that funky, albeit sultry tone that Warpaint fans will love and enjoy, while honing in on the bassist’s individual creativity and concepts.

‘He Fresh’ steers more towards the sultry side. It’s a chilled-out number draped in light vocals, with a sensual ambiance that you just can’t help but be turned on by. This track is the perfect melodic interpretation of pining after another, someone “smooth like butter”, a description that also happens to fit the nature of the song itself.

The lyrics are mainly taken up by repeated lines of “he so fresh” that will stick in your head for days, but you try obsessing over someone, (or something for that matter) without going on and on about it. Kinda hard right?

Not only is this song pleasing for the ears, it just makes a whole lotta sense, and with Warpaint’s ‘Disco//Very’ being the first of many NotW entries by yours truly, it only seems fitting that I close with some Jenny Lee.

SINGLE REVIEW: Mystery Jets – Telomere

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They’re back, they’re ruddy back, and what better place for these indie sweethearts to do an intimate show than NME’s Best Small Venue, Ramsgate Music Hall? It wasn’t until I watched an interview of these guys prior to the show that I heard a glimmer of this track and I just couldn’t wait to hear more of it. ‘Telomere’ is bigger than anything Mystery Jets have ever done – sure ‘Two Doors Down’ will always bear that whimsical charm which can never be replaced, but this latest track is in another scope of the band’s talent. The distinctive vocals come with a well established sound that shows they are the same band (save for a few differences in the line-up) but they’re about to give so much more than before.

ALBUM REVIEW: Jamie xx – In Colour

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With a subdued personality comes a powerful album and this is one that’s all about the music; every little bit, whether it’s original or a blend of samples, matters. Opening with ‘Gosh’, this album hits you with a repetitive beat and you’re not sure where it’s taking you. It then develops in to a huge moment of ecstasy as it moves into a zone of ethereal tones, making you feel as though you’ve entered into another world. The feel good energy of ‘I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times)’, featuring Popcaan and Young Thug adds a fun loving flavour to the album that no one ever expected. Then again, did anyone really know what to expect from the first full length release from Jamie Smith, the quiet one from The xx? Tracks like ‘Girl’ and ‘Sleep Sound’ surely laid the foundations, nevertheless, In Colour went far and beyond these tracks, even mixing up ‘Sleep Sound’ a little so as to create a seamless transition in the track-listing.

This album has a club night vibe, from the highs to the lows, with ‘Loud Places’ (featuring Romy, The xx) sitting in the middle of moody and energetic. What Smith did when making this album was extremely clever – creating a sound to play with live, to amp the bass and mix it up with greater definition and feeling, so that when you go to listen to it again it means so much more. Highly anticipated with many teases in the run up to the release, the hype around this album was built up to no end, and thankfully, it was well worth the wait.

SINGLE REVIEW: Tame Impala – The Less I Know The Better

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For now, let’s forget about the video and talk about the song itself. It’s a perfect blend of slick grooves from the well defined guitar, and a psychedelic haze from the lead vocals of frontman Kevin Parker. Add to that the shimmering essence of 80s tones, and this track is rich in layers, albeit super easy to listen to. It’s catchy in a way you’d never thought it could be and even if it took the crazy gorilla sex fantasy video for you to take notice, ‘The Less I Know The Better’ is something the more played, the better. Plus since that first play, we haven’t stopped conjuring up ideas of what this Trevor dude is really like.

SINGLE REVIEW: Disclosure ft. Lorde – Magnets (Jon Hopkins remix)

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Having claimed that he likes to make music that takes the listener into another world, Jon Hopkins certainly doesn’t disappoint.

His recent remix of Disclosure’s ‘Magnets’ surges with an electronic melody that makes use of every element. Every little bit counts as the track lifts you off your feet, developing into an ethereal state – sticking true to his style, Hopkins transforms ‘Magnets’ into a journey that just keeps going.

The flow is so smooth that you could listen to this track on repeat seamlessly and barely notice how many times it has come back around. Of course, we can’t ignore the thick bassline; the raw grit makes you bite your lip while it gives the track a strength that you never even realised it was missing. It draws us in for the ride as Hopkins continues to make everything he touches turn to gold.

SINGLE REVIEW: Wolf Alice – Freazy

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Wolf Alice may not have nabbed that Mercury Prize but they’re sure as hell stil having fun. Latest single ‘Freazy’ has always been the fun, easy going part of My Love is Cool and now with the release of its colourful video there’s a kind of out of body feeling that comes along with it too. Hazy vocals float atop a steady beat while melodies brush past you like air, alluding to a feeling of flying in the clouds, as if they’ve taken you from the ground to explore a new world. There’s an element of fantasy, particularly towards the end as the cartoon-like melody moves further into the foreground, adding a touch of magic and wonder while the video leaves you smiling at the splendour of the band members’ distorted appearances.

ALBUM REVIEW: Fish Tank – Jane EP

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It’s time to talk about Jane, the new EP by Kent bred trio Fish Tank. Get ready to buy a new pair of shoes as these toe-tapping beats will burn a hole right through the ones you’re wearing currently.

Opening with the thrashy leanings  of ‘Barbarella’, Fish Tank set up a slight punky edge to their usual math-rock mash of melodies. It’s one that people will no doubt throw their bodies around to, nevertheless there’s still that soft touch of pop. Quite frankly, it’s hard to pigeonhole them into a specific genre, but that is all part of the Fish Tank charm.

‘Lily’ comes in a little softer with more of a poppy energy that fans of The Wombats would struggle to resist. A slower melodic pattern that still packs a punch; this track is easy to get along with, perhaps a little too easy, but it doesn’t make a you switch off, no – you want to hear more.

‘The Phantom’ is why you’ve stuck around thus far, it captures the natural essence of the band – there’s no sugar coating the rough elements: every little bit is raw, and the track explores a blend of different melodies that work together like a hot mess that you just can’t get enough of. Just as you think the song is over, there’s a little something extra. It almost seems like the guys are trying to fit lots of ideas into one song, and although you may wish they had explored these further in this EP, it certainly keeps  you keen to hear more in the future.

Jane closes on what seems to be a steady going number, however ‘The Wizard’ has a mystical air about it, building up to a haunting shimmer around the halfway mark, before continuing as normal…ish. Fish Tank leave you wondering what exactly it is you’ve just heard and that’s  the ruddy beauty of it. This is their best work yet, and all of it achieved without abandoning their original, kooky charisma – a splendid trio that bring something a little different to the table, leaving the listener with all kinds of good feelings.

SINGLE REVIEW: Grimes – Flesh Without Blood/Life in the Vivid Dream

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After keeping us in suspense for months since the cryptic release of ‘REALiti’, Claire Boucher, aka Grimes, has finally announced that her new album Art Angels will be released November 6th, along with a new video – ‘Flesh Without Blood/Life in the Vivid Dream’.

The pop princess energy might not be what we expect of the Grimes we’ve grown to love, but her sweet vocals alongside the upbeat, peppy energy aren’t by any means a turn off, and the point is, she’s experimenting (also, all her looks in that video are ON FIRE). Despite this different direction, the ‘Life in the Vivid Dream’ element of the song is more of a nod towards previous releases, exhibiting more fairy princess than pop. Judging by the Art Angels track-listing with both parts of the song featuring separately, there may very well be more to that chapter, leaving us in anticipation once more.