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GENN – Feel

This track is the complete opposite of what I was expecting, having listened to GENN’s roaring punk driven back catalogue; but nothing is more punk than tearing the curtain away from expectations. This is a softer track for the group, an ode to the sweet sounds of the 60s, from The Doors to Lou Reed.

The track’s instrumental intelligence and hypnotising vocal patterns will have you falling in love with this Bristol 4 piece. “Feel” takes you through a psychedelic journey of the relationship between drug use and escapism, even without the potent lyrics the staggering change in dynamic makes you feel a certain hallucinatory phonic euphoria. 

Over-complication can often be the downfall of a track but GENN have managed to walk the line between intelligent songwriting and “overdoing it” with complete confidence and it shows. A particular highlight of the track is the versatility and dynamics of the percussion, it really ties the whole track together. This, amongst the rest of the band’s catalogue shows how capable they are of creating not only great music, but interesting music as well and will make a great addition to the list of bands you love to love.

Deva St. John – Reckless

London’s Deva St. John is the lineage of 90s America, her powerful vocals very much suit the rawness of her latest track “Reckless”. You may have thought that grunge had become antiquated, and if this were any other track I’d agree but the nostalgia that comes with the driving power of “Reckless” immediately places it in the minds eye as the soundtrack to every American cult film of the 90s. 

St John’s lyrics paint a story of trying to break out of a cycle for the pursuit of one’s own aspirations, relatable and yet still personal to the writer. If you want a track that throws you down memory lane to simpler times, before rock music was listened to so flippantly on mobile phones, then “Reckless” is most definitely the track for you.

Blue Fish Diamond – Sunshine In My Brain

“Sunshine In My Brain” is the latest release from Dublin indie folk group Blue Fish Diamond. This track is absolutely stunning, a melancholic anthem with some of the most impressive instrumentation I’ve heard from any unsigned act. The song is a complete journey, building the listener up and dragging you back down in an instant.

Lyrically, the track couldn’t have come at a better time; a poetic and astute commentary on mental health that would make Brendan Behan proud. With the current state of the world, loneliness is commonplace but Murphy’s soft vocals paired with the positive and relatable lyrical content you’re taken away from any issues of the world even if just for a short amount of time. The band’s instruments and backing vocals cut through like a knife in warm butter and blend so perfectly it’s as if they’ve been playing together for decades.

The only issue I could have with this track is the over-production of the drums, but once the track kicks in it’s the last thing that you’ll be thinking about. I would highly recommend anyone with a pair of ears to listen to this track and keep it playing on repeat. 

Ade – Something Good

Sometimes the best things in life are the simplest, the beauty of Ade’s “Something Good” is just that. This is the complete definition of easy listening, warm vocals paired with stripped back happy instrumentation that screams Tracy Chapman. Ade wears his influences with style but still has his own unique sound, which can clearly be heard in this track.

The song was written in reflection of The UK’s first lockdown. Through all the bad news Ade’s lyrics, particularly the hook voices how I’m sure we all felt and still feel… hopeful. The really special thing about this song is that it really does evoke a positive feeling whilst you listen which is something we all need right now. For a meditative audio experience I really would recommend “Something Good” at the top of your playlist, I can’t fault it and it leaves me wanting more and more from Ade.

The Donaghys – “Don’t Mind Me”

“Don’t Mind Me” is the title track from Manchester’s The Donaghys latest EP, and is a delightful trip down memory lane. Whenever you see that a band is from Manchester, you expect an indie band with mod cuts and rolled up jeans playing watered down tracks you’ve heard a thousand times; this is not The Donaghys. The track is more reminiscent of noughties American rock-giants than to the influences you’d expect a Manchester band to have, which is quite refreshing

You wouldn’t be able to tell that this song was crafted by a three-piece, with catchy guitar hooks and swift dynamic changes in the track, it keeps you on tenterhooks constantly taking you on a new listening experience. You can tell that this is a band who live in each other’s pockets and were meant to play together, each element of the song blends perfectly with the next, a particular highlight is the call and response of the guitar and bass during the middle eight. For simple, old school rock music with a modern twist “Don’t Mind Me” is a must hear.