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Heart and Soul

The Moons

Heart and Soul

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HOT TUNE - Music Diet week 25 (Track 2/5)

The Moons - Heart And Soul: Want to introduce some fresh Bowie/Bolan-inspired rock ‘n roll into your life? This Northampton-based four piece might just fit the bill. 

Son Of A Gun

Jungle

Jungle

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HOT TUNE - Music Diet week 25 (Track 1/5)

Jungle - Son Of A Gun: One of the few songs we haven’t yet heard as a single the past two years. Honestly, the entire album is a gem, great stuff for summer evenings. 

ALBUM OF THE WEEK - Music Diet week 25

Stephen Steinbrink - Arranged Waves

I realize this is cheating, as Steinbrink’s album came out a week ago, but I feel there’s already plenty said about Slow Club and Jungle, and besides, this album just simply stood out. Quality goes above anything, at all times. 

Enough of that. This album contains such a crisp beauty that it’s hard to capture it in any other words. From the very first note, ‘Arranged Waves’ is set on pulling you into its ‘sea’ of intricate, meandering melodies. The first three songs succeed in doing just that, only to throw you for a loop with the slow-moving, wobbly, synth-heavy ‘A Simple Armature Of Your Ideal World’. 

With the next track, ‘Synesthetic Ephemera’, I couldn’t help but be reminded of The Shins. Still, there’s something about the airy guitar riff that I can’t quite imagine James Mercer pulling off. Again, there’s synths interspersing, but never on any of the tracks does it interrupt. It’s entirely and effortlessly integrated into the fibres of these songs.

'It's So Pretty (What You Did For Me)' will, for a split second, make you believe you're listening to another 'L'Amour', the production is so believably scruffy and authentic. 'It Takes A Lot To Change A Mind' and 'Sand Mandalas' are both, in their own way, delicate slices of Americana. Possibly Steinbrink main accomplishment is how this album carefully explores quite a few different musical ideas without wandering off too much. Lyrically there's little chance to get emotionally invested; observations and ponderings aplenty, but it's ultimately the music that sweeps you away. 

Gimme Something Good

Ryan Adams

Gimme Something Good

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HOT TUNE - Music Diet week 24 (Track 4/5)

Ryan Adams - Gimme Something Good: The long-anticipated return of mr. Adams is upon us. This first track is not mind-blowingly original, but it’s rock ‘n roll. Minus the chorus.

Elastic Heart

Sia

1000 Forms Of Fear

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HOT TUNE - Music Diet week 24 (Track 1/5)

Sia - Elastic Heart: Do you have just as big a weak spot for this chick as I do? She certainly makes my eyes water like nobody’s business. Her latest effort is a rather unexpected one. Unexpected as she’s sworn not to return as a solo artist, and unexpected as from a sonic point of view it seems to stick very close to the high profile pop collabs she’s landed in the past few years. Case in point: ‘Chandelier’ is easily mistaken for a Rihanna song.
 The entire LP is immaculately produced, be it pretty unimaginative. Every song contains enormous choruses and pulls at all the pop-loving heartstrings like the Beyoncés of our days do (hello, ‘Fire Meets Gasoline’!).
Of course this won’t be to everyone’s taste, you can grab her old albums and cry your eyes out to ‘Breathe Me’ anytime. But before you do, try ‘Elastic Heart’, a track originally released last year as part of the Hunger Games franchise.
Beneath the overwhelming production and thick, stupidly catchy beats and samples hides a voice unmistakably Sia’s. In fact, she’s never sounded better. Something tells me this album will make her invincible to a much larger crowd.

ALBUM OF THE WEEK - Music Diet week 24

Cloud Boat - Model Of You

Both halves of London duo Cloud Boat used to play in metal bands. Listening to their eponymous album it’s a fact that’s hard to fathom, but all the more intriguing. Ever since their metal days they’ve dabbled and experimented, and ended up working with producer Andy Savours, creating an airy, melodic soundscape that is tricky to put a name to at first listen. There’s a little dubstep, but more as in an advanced state, worn through time, or as it’s being coined: post-dubstep. Singer Tom Clarke’s voice resembles - there he is again - James Blake’s, but he sounds quite a bit clearer and emotive, which is one of the reasons why this album stands out. Have a gander and figure out what the other reasons are.

Absisto

Cold Specks

Absisto

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HOT TUNE - Music Diet week 23 (Track 1/5)

Cold Specks - Absisto: Cold Specks is back, sounding as confident and impressive as ever.

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