While we recover from a weekend at By The Meadow Festival, we’ll be listening to this week’s hottest tracks from artists all over the world, including the UK and The USA, and in true TWL spirit, where would we be if we weren’t willing to share? This week we deliver tracks with a 90’s influences, dark and dirty beats, 60’s instrumentals and an emotive performance to pull at our tender little heart-strings.
Prime Cut: Cecil
Cut From: London, UK
Reminds Us Of: Bat For Lashes, Blondie
Brought to our attention from the epic and dance floor filling ‘Priestess’, Pumarosa were tipped by BBC Radio 6 as a band to watch. With huge dollops of early 90’s groove, could that epic track be topped? Well, second single, ‘Cecile’, is another rip-roaring seductive, psychedelic groove out with shuffling drums, swirling guitars and the unmistakable voice of Isabel Munoz-Newsome.
Artist: Holy Fuck
Prime Cut: Xed Eyes
Cut From: Toronto, USA
Reminds Us Of: Primal Scream, Caribou, Foals
It’s been 6 years since Toronto’s Holy Fuck have released new music. This is the second taster of what is to come on their new album, Congrats, set for delivery on the 27th May. Venturing into darker pulsing beats, they never fail to groove out. With ‘Xed Eyes’ just yearning to be played in a disused warehouse. This will win them a bigger following. We wonder what will happen when commercial radio picks up on them, name change? We hope not.
Artist: Royal Blood
Prime Cut: Where Are You Now?
Cut From: Brighton, UK
Reminds Us Of: Muse, The Black Keys
When Royal Blood released their self-titled debut album in 2013, the music industry quivered at the knees. NME Awards couldn’t be handed out fast enough, Kerrang loved them, and Q Awards gave them Live band of the year in 2015. Just two young lads from Brighton, who, between them, create a wall of devastatingly great sound.
Artist: Isaac Gracie
Prime Cut: Terrified
Reminds Us Of: Radiohead, Oasis, Jeff Buckley
Cut From: London, UK
Despite many arguing that SXSW has lost its way with “selling out”, without such events we wouldn’t have found Isaac Gracie. When you hear ‘Terrified’ you will know why this just has to be a Prime Cut. Painfully heart-breaking, raw and gifted. Gracie, strums a guitar and sheds lyrics right to the heart.
Artist: Twin Peaks
Prime Cut: Butterfly
Cut From: Chicago, USA
Reminds Us Of: Spookyland, Eagulls, The Vaccines
With the exciting news that these crazy dudes (their twitter account is twinpeaksdudes) are heading to Australia for the first time, what better time to deliver this neat and gritty little track? Cadien Lake James, grunts out an unmistakable slacker vocal, while 60’s infused guitars strum around with effortless joy. This is the sort of music where the band enjoy it just as much as we do.