Occupying a twisted sensibility and raw power that would leave any Iggy and the Stooges fan salivating, Clever Thing are establishing their mark as one of Brighton’s favourite new bands.
By My Side is another indicator that with their thoughtful, thoughtful lyrics and effective production, they are ready to take their music to the next level.
The only complaint you could hurl at it is that it’s over far too quickly, but then there’s always the ‘replay’ button…
On 'Bet She Looks Like You' Nick sets the stage for a strong debut album.
All the hallmarks of a classic sound are there: motown harmonies, killer hooks, perfect pop architecture…
For all its futurist production values and natty arrangements, the message on this one is pretty simple: cut the crap ‘bad’ boys.
“Show You The Way” proves that aside from his otherworldly musicianship, Thundercat charms with his ever-present unpredictability.
Any dissent, and there’s a lot of it about, is to be embraced. It helps when delivered to a champion tune, of course.
On this track the French enigma crafts something that's similar in feeling to Bonobo’s Black Sands but with shades of Debussy shining through.
Seriously, if he can get an album as beautiful and meandering as this song then we’re all good. It’s all gonna be ok.
If MGMT are the formalist pop guys then Dessert are the post-structuralists and avant-gardists, dialling down the immediacy of their hooks and rolling up the feeling.
A bouncing bass and some TLC style vocals make ‘Fresh Air’ a very spellbinding trance to fall into.
Be Charlotte take so many free-spirited risks in this song that it makes you wonder why so many older groups are towing the line in the UK right now.
The sampled strings give it an air of mischievous deviancy like some eccentric contemporary British crime thriller.
In terms of lyrical flow, it heavily recalls Top Dawg Entertainment roster stars like Kendrick Lamar and in particular Isaiah Rashad.
The stumbling beat, Wagnerian electronic backbone and liberating piano meanderings of ‘Earache’ form a stimulating instrumental.
With urban music being rapidly commercialised, cloned, diluted and disseminated ad nauseam, RVWR's sound might be deemed 'unsanitary'.