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Single Review: Bo Ningen – Slider

By on Tuesday, 15th July 2014 at 12:00 pm

‘Slider’ is the first single to be taken from Bo Ningen’s third album, the appropriately entitled ‘III’. The video is directed by London-based fashion film director Marie Schuller, who swathes the band within her obsessive monochrome geometry. The stylish, stylised video combines vintage techniques like video feedback with digital manipulation – a combination which echoes the band’s blend of 60s garage psychedelia and contemporary avant-garde rock. Guitars squall and squeal as if in protest of being distorted into shards of tremoloed treble.

In its four-to-the-floor groove and conventional vocal melody, ‘Slider’ is one of the more accessible tracks on ‘III’, lacking the atonal primal screams found on the rest of the album; one suspects a strong Yoko Ono influence. But as if to prove me wrong, with a rarity akin to the blooming of Amorphophallus titanum, the band drop briefly into 5/4 time halfway through the track to create a memorably audacious middle eight. Bo Ningen have been going for a while now, but if this video is anything to go by, their live performance will be crackling with garage-y, psychedelic energy. They play Sheffield’s Tramlines festival on 27th July, before returning to the UK in November to support Band of Skulls.

Bo Ningen’s single ‘Slider’ appears on their third album ‘III’ out now on Stolen Recordings.



In The Post #45: Twin Atlantic – Lightspeed

By on Tuesday, 26th January 2010 at 12:00 pm

Glaswegian alt-rockers Twin Atlantic have had quite a meteoric rise since forming in 2007, having in the space of just a few years gone from practicing in drummer Craig Kneale’s dining room to supporting bands like Biffy Clyro, the Subways and the Smashing Pumpkins. Their fans are so dedicated, they’ve even been known to get tattoos of the band’s lyrics and logo. When you listen to their new single, ‘Lightspeed,’ their continued success and their fans’ adoration seems completely natural.

The song throbs with energy and there’s so much passion behind singer Sam McTrusty’s vocals that it gives the song a defiant edge. What really strikes me about this song is how authentic it feels, due in large part to the “vocals dripping with gorgeous Scottish vowels.” McTrusty says on their website that the song is about “a kind of togetherness, and us being determined not to give up.”  The way each of the parts, from the drums to the vocals to the guitar, is so powerful while at the same time perfectly in balance really adds to this sense of togetherness. It almost feels like a rallying cry for the band. If they were a football club, this is the song they’d blast before heading out onto the pitch. “Together [they] might just move as fast as light,” so consider yourself lucky that you heard of them before they became massive.

Check out the video for ‘Lightspeed’ below:


‘Vivarium,’ the mini-album from which ‘Lightspeed’ is taken, is available now. The ‘Lightspeed’ single will be released on 1st March 2010. Twin Atlantic will be playing a series of dates in the UK (see their website) before embarking on a North American tour in March and April 2010.


Single Review: Sugababes – No Can Do

By on Thursday, 1st January 2009 at 12:36 pm

612151400_lI’ve been growing up with the latest Sugababes tracks since I was a little lad but a lot has changed since then with only one original member remaining (Keisha Buchanan).  Now not everyone is going to agree with me but I think the newest member, Amelle Berrabah, is the weak link in the current trio and previous singles have seen her flop a little.

However, the new track sounds a bit more like a classic Suugababes song and Amelle starts the track off in outstanding fashion displaying her great voice which has remianed hidden up until now.

The single is accompanied by a video that is purely an excuse to show lots of man flesh for the ladies but not even I can understand the bit where the men go around with lampshades on their heads!

The track has been widley linked with Jackson 5 due to its similarity in sound but “No Can Do” seems a bit bland. It is nothing compared to “Denial” and “About You Now” however it is a different style of track.

It would go well on an early album but it does not seem to have the passion that recent releases from the group have had.  It is not the best Sugababe track but it is not a flop and it is very welcome after the annoying cover of “Girls”.


Single Review: Paramore – Decode

By on Tuesday, 23rd December 2008 at 2:55 pm

ParamoreI’ve been meaning to review this track for a wile now becasue it is simply awesome and to be honest that seems to come as standard from Paramore. Decode is the featured soundtrack for the film Twilight which has been grabbing plenty of attention and the song has an epic atmosphere worthy of the cinematic world.

Twilight’s publishers have said  that “The movie is about the intense connection between an immortal vampire and a teenage human girl, and this bold, romantic song deals with the confusion in that relationship”. Erm what? It is certantly a heavy way of describing the song but yet it is quite ironic seeing as the tune seems to take Paramore in a heavier direction in sound – almost metal.

Frontwoman Hayley Williams is capable of the most epic, heart-wrenching vocals and she definitely doesn’t hold anything back on this track. The singing blends so well with the crunching guitar tones which drive the track along and make for a really engaging listen.

Now emo music seems to get a lot of stick and there is no denying that Decode has hints of gothic emo ingredients but it is easily one of the best tracks to listen to if you want to hear a band give there all. It is yet another astonishing performance from the band and their third album is just around the corner. If the tracks are all going to be this good then we may just have one of the best albums of 2009 heading our way.


Single Review: Karima Francis – Chasing the Morning Light

By on Friday, 19th December 2008 at 12:58 pm

l_e44d935c139b48aca0ef83a6d824c15dIf you have been lucky enough to hear Karima Francis then you are probably dead excited about her potential especially after her debut single “Chasing the Morning Light” which came out earlier this month. If you haven’t heard of her then you are in for a great little treat.   Her album “The Author ” is yet to be released so until then we can only really get excited about her fantastic new single.

As soon as you hear Karima’s voice start on the track you know you are in the wake of a superstar in the making. Her vocals are full of feeling and emotion while the style has strong similarities to Adele.  The range of busted octaves and nailed notes that Karima seems to shrug off with ease is hard to believe but as well as that she is not bad with the guitar.

If I am honest, I would admit that the guitar work could have a bit more flare and style but the chords are full of emotion by themselves and the playing lays a brilliant foundation for her voice.  The song is not the catchiest song ever but it sounds professional, mature and grows with every listen.  The drums give the track a bit of beef and the tune just sounds well smoothened off with gentle bass lines. The chorus has a great climax and epic atmosphere and as long as Karima keeps tracks like this coming, she is destined for instant success.


Single Review: Oasis – I’m Outta Time

By on Monday, 1st December 2008 at 6:45 am

Tomorrow (Dec 1st) sees the release of Oasis‘ latest single from current album, ‘Dig Out Your Soul’. Considering it took Liam Gallagher 9 years to complete, one would hope that ‘I’m Outta Time’ is a track worth waiting for. Judging by the fact that many critics have labelled it the best tune to appear on the current album, it would appear it might just be.

Written as a tribute to an Oasis hero, John Lennon, ‘I’m Outta Time’ even includes a muffled voice clip of the legend towards the end of the song. Even though the track is a blatant rip-off (well, it is Oasis we’re talking about here!) of Lennon’s ‘Jealous Guy’, ‘I’m Outta Time’ fails to possess the genuine, heart wrenching emotion of the famous 70s ballad.

Still, everyone knows the Gallagher brothers are not ones to mince their words – so ‘I’m Outta Time’ proves that even Liam has a softer, more sensitive side to show through his music. The tinkling piano and haunting vocals make it the perfect tune to follow up previous rocking single, ‘The Shock of the Lightning’. While ‘I’m Outta Time’ may be a little unmemorable – it’s catchy and it’s cute and will undoubtedly do well this week in the charts following it’s release on Monday.

Pre-order the CD from Amazon.



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