The Rotanas – Spinner

This new single, by Cardiff-based indie-rock band The Rotanas, is reminiscent of the infamous Manchester music scene of the late 80s and 90s. ‘Spinner’, released on 22nd January, gives the impression that the group might be fans of Oasis and The Stone Roses.

This comes as no surprise as the man who mixed the record, Nick Brine, has notable works with the likes of Oasis, The Stone Roses and The Verve.

The new tune brings a focus to manipulators in the music industry who use artists for only their own benefit. It seems like this is The Rotanas way of kicking off 2021 with a bang, showing everyone who they are and what they can do.

Narcissus feat Becki Fishwick – Cuttin’ thru red tape

A powerhouse single from Manchester electronica group Narcissus is due out on 12th February via 42’s records, and it certainly is an entertaining listen.

Driven by a hypnotising drum beat and an enticing bass line, the track features vocals from Becki Fishwick to create a tune that keeps you involved for all 3 minutes and 39 seconds. On top of this, the single comes with a bonus ‘duke n’ bass’ remix by ‘The Duke’.

This may seem like an odd way to describe this song, but I can definitely imagine it being played over the credits to an action film like Jason Bourne or something similar. Either way, this new single seems like an easy way to get your blood pumping and start your day.

Hello Cosmos – Renegade Love

Intensity, aggression, and shear force ring throughout this entire track. The new single from Manchester group Hello Cosmos, ‘Renegade Love’ is the final song to be released from their debut album ‘Dream Harder’, due out on 29th January.

The power-hungry guitar that runs across the song draws you in as the ferocity builds and builds. Following a very common theme in the music world today, the track is about ‘what we’ve lost control of to social media’ and ‘true love now being on the margins of our experiences’.

As the song travels and the ominous backing vocals become more present, it feels like you are waiting for a bigger explosion to elevate the tune further. Unfortunately, this explosion isn’t that obvious, but I still think this new single will sit well in the group’s upcoming record.

YNES – Better Job

I think Coventry artist YNES has summarised how a lot of us have been feeling over the government’s treatment of the arts, with her new track ‘Better Job’ set to be released on 12th February.

Ferocious and passionate, YNES is showing us exactly where she stands. This track is a punchy way of telling the government to shove it. In particular, the comments of Rishi Sunak late last year hit hard upon the creatives of the country.

Above all else, YNES has written a song that reminds us that we can stay strong and remain in solidarity. We must fight for the future of arts in the UK because it appears that some people in this country just don’t realise its true value. I do know that we won’t be seeing YNES ‘retrain’ anytime soon.

Jack Goodison – Grey Annotations

I think a lot of us could do with a break from the insanity of the world we are currently living in. Sometimes we need to switch off. Sheffield-based sound designer/composer Jack Goodison has a single that might just be the tune to relax to.

‘Grey Annotations’ is a single from his upcoming solo EP ‘Today Was Chill’. I think chill is exactly the right word for it. The song is an easy-going tune that flows by effortlessly. It brings a sense of tranquility to your day, however manic the world might be.

If you feel like relaxing with a cup of tea and listening to some music, then ‘Grey Annotations’ might be the song for you.