FRIDAY ROUNDUP: This Week’s Best New Music (22/04/16)

22 Apr 2016

featuring Big Deal, Let's Eat Grandma, Less Win, Formation and Bo Rocha 


It's Friday! Rejoice! And what better way to welcome in the weekend than with five tasty morsels of delicious new music? Here are five of this week's best new tracks from five new acts who are delighting us in equal but entirely different ways. Dig in...'


When they first started, way back when in the fledgling years of this decade, Big Deal were a pared down duo of acoustic/ electric guitar, singing doe eyed songs about growing up and a faltering will they/ won't they romance. More fool the person who still regards them on those terms. Big Deal 2.0 are a) fleshed out to a four-piece, b) fully plugged-in and roaring with a Wolf Alice-esque grungey fire and c) really, really bloody good. Avalanche is exactly the sonic tumult its title suggests. Hallelujah.



On paper, a track built around a glockenspiel motif featuring two teenagers from Norwich rapping mystical analogies about social expectations should be an absolute disaster. Of course, in the hands of baffling wunderkind duo Let's Eat Grandma, it is far from it. Devoid of almost any obvious peer reference points or comparisons, it's an utterly original and unique track that showcases two brains wired in a different, more brilliant way to us mere mortals. LEG are a very rare and special thing.



It's no great secret that Denmark does a good line in Angry Young Men. From Iceage to Yung to Lower, there's been a surge in brittle punk from the region over the last few years and now, stepping up to bat, are Less Win. From the nihilistic, no hope band name to the needling, Joy Division-esque guitar line that runs through 'Bury The Heart', there's little to no light to be found among the blackness with this one, but that's not to say there's no joy to be gained from it. Oh no. Stiffen up your collar, raise a ten pound pint (this is Denmark, after all) and roar along: Less Win are the new soundtrack for the disenchanted.



It's a wonder Formation are even allowed to release 'Pleasure' as recent single 'The Rest Is Noise' was such a blatant, note for note rip-off of LCD Soundsystem's 'Dance Yrself Clean' that the duo should really be in musical purgatory for the forseeable future. We'll just about allow them that slip, however, as it would be a damn shame for dancefloors throughout the land to be denied the evidently very good strains of their newest. Harking back to the glory days of The Rapture, LCD and the rest of the DFA stable, it's a big ol' banger that'd get even the biggest grump busting a move. More cowbell!



Smart and sparse, Bo Rocha's blend of sultry, r'n'b-tinged minimalist electronic pop is guaranteed to sit well with the FKA Twigs school of classy restraint, while the Londoner also has strong enough pipes to carry her relatively easily onto the radio waves. 'Hold My Gaze' is more of a slow burn that a dramatic flourish, but just like its title suggests, the longer you connect, the more it lures you in.




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