FRIDAY ROUNDUP: This Week’s Best New Music (23/09/16)

23 Sep 2016

feat. Black Honey, Sløtface, Little Cub, Abbatoir Blues and Pixx.


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...


An aural ode to sacking off the shackles and walking with purpose into the brave new dawn, 'Hello Today' is a ridulous earworm of sassy positivity - a feel-good mantra without any of the cheese normally associated with such things. If they keep rolling out tracks of this calibre, we would bet a worrying amount of money on Black Honey being a Genuinely Huge Concern by this time next year.


Probably not a reference to the fact that this merry band of Norwegians will be heading to London's bright lights and big city to play RFB's clubnight on October 28th, but still... we'll take it. The latest offering from the quartet cuts a slightly more introverted silhouette to their usual rambunctious noise, but Sløtface still manage to inject their melancholy with more than a splash of the anthemic. Catch 'em live next month.


Brighton's Abattoir Blues have been lurking on the peripheries of greatness for a while now - a Wolf Alice support show here, a Bloody Knees tour there, they've been building up their fan base steadily and surely through old fashioned grit'n'graft. Now, they've released debut single 'Sense' via Cannibal Hymns and it rings with the intent of a band finally able to let all that energy loose in the studio. It's a big, growling, emotive expulsion of feeling and it does 'em proud.


It's been a big week for Little Cub, who announced their signing to Domino with the release of 'Loveless' - a downbeat disco number full of wobbly beats and late night synth wooze. They'll be heading to Kamio next week in support of Boxed In, and it looks like they'll have plenty to celebrate.


Like if Bat For Lashes had been really fixated with Zero 7 and their ambient ilk, Londoner Pixx's experimental pop is lush yet chilled - at its most high octane, you could probably still have a nice back massage to it and come out feeling pretty fresh. That's not to say 'Grip' is dull though, far from it - taking in lyrics about the fleeting nature of life's experiences (and how to be OK with that), the singer's relaxed vocal only adds to the blissed out, contented vibe.



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