Saturday 11 August 2018

BEST AND WORST NEW TRACKS OF THE WEEK 11/08/2018: Mikaela Davis, Hollowlove, Matthew & The Arrogant Sea and more...


‘Delivery’ – Mikaela Davis

John Lennon is back from the dead and he’s now a woman. That’s the vibe I’m getting from this epic slice of piano rock by New York harp-player-turned-singer-songwriter Mikaela Davis. It starts with just piano and then gradually builds with new instruments entering the mix. All the while, Mikaela’s bittersweet vocals remain gentle but commanding: ‘They say it’s all about delivery’.

‘Earthquake’ – Will McBride Group

North Carolina act The Will McBride Group use earthquake imagery to offer a social commentary on the times (no, it’s not a cover of the Labrinth song if the same name). Their mellow style draws influence from 70s rock acts like the Eagles and Steely Dan with a slight reggae flavouring to the guitars that gives it a unique feel. 

‘SL33P’ – Quiet Man

London electro soul artist Quiet Man just wants to sleep, which is a feeling I can relate to. His latest single sees him laying sleepy spoken word verses over spiky synths before delivering an instantly catchy soulful hook. Quiet Man has been quiet for the last couple years, not releasing any material since his last track ‘Amazon’, but now has a few different singles ready for release – I’m eager to hear more.   

‘Serpentine’ – Hollowlove

Canadian electropop duo Hollowlove were the last people I expected to drop an anti-Trump anthem, but I’m glad they did – this might well be one of the best anti-trump anthems I’ve heard so far (and trust me, I’ve heard a lot). The glitzy synths add to the sassiness of the lyrics. It’s one of the few protest songs that I could happily dance to.   

‘Swedish Death Metal Cassette’ – Matthew & The Arrogant Sea

This couldn’t be further from Swedish death metal, but I’m digging it nonetheless. Both the lyrics and music video are humorously weird in contrast to the sombre folk delivery. It’s both beautiful and bizarre and that’s just how I like my music and the world in general.


‘F.U.B.A.R’ – Suicidal Tendencies

Punk/thrash group Suicidal Tendencies have been slowly going down hill when it comes to musical quality, but you can excuse them for not being the band they once were – there are pretty much no original band members left at this point. This may well be their cleanest and most flaccid production yet. They really have become FUBAR at this point.