Glass Shark – Model

Glass Shark. Very soon they will need no introduction. Dirty basslines and disco beats conspire with a punky guitar and anthemic choruses to make Glass Shark’s music groin-thrustingly danceable. If you can look up from your headbanging and arm flinging for a moment and listen to the lyrics, you’ll also notice frontman (and drummer) Tam Johnstone’s wicked sense of humour and thoroughly filthy mind. I can’t recommend them highly enough. Buy their album, get out and see them live, join the sweating, grinning ranks of their fans and get a good spot in the queue to worship at the throbbing pink vinyl altar of the mighty Shark. Vote for them on the Orange Unsigned show on T4!

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Fat Phace – Fundamentals of Failure

Fast paced, drum heavy, thrashy punk with a 90’s America feel, with a driving beat a clear vocal, and a splash of synth thrown in for good measure. I am a big fan of early Dookie era Green Day, and it’s pretty high praise to say this reminds me of it. If you’ve ever tried to ollie a skateboard there’s a good chance you’ll like this.

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Electrosynthesis – Core

Dense, dark electronica, reminiscent of Apollo 440 in their dancier days, but also with a more modern, chiptunesque vibe running through the album. Their single (not from the album) ‘The New Majority’ features quotes from President Elect Obama’s campaign trail speeches, cut up to the same grungey, trancey beats as you’ll find on this record. I wouldn’t be surprised to hear this in a Berlin basement club. But I might be surprised to find myself there…

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Hollie Rogers – Let Me Be The Shadow Of Your Dog

This album is like a chocolate cake. Heavy, dark, rich and possibly too sweet for it’s own good: undertones from viola and double bass provide a landscape over which finger-picked guitar rambles and eddies. These are all secondary considerations, because Hollie’s voice, when it breaks into the drifting feel of tracks like ‘The Swallow’ is clear, pure toned, powerful, and the major feature of this album. Her songwriting shows a remarkable depth of emotion and expressiveness for a 19 year old’s debut, and the sophomoric rack of lust, angst and betrayal is treated with punishingly frank introspection. Despite the subjectivity of the songs and the familiarity of the themes, there is a lyricism and a power of allusion that distinguishes these songs from the run of the mill. Recommended to fans of Laura Marling or Damien Rice.

The title of the album is from this song. Clicky.

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Adam Clarke vs. Starshine – Be With You

A club tune in the classic mode, this track features heavily sampled beats and housey vocals. There’s a marked difference in feel between the two versions available, the club mix featuring (as you might expect) a much heavier beat and less focus on the vocals. If you’ve ever been to an Ibiza beach party you might like this…

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