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Reverb Jukebox 17th September 2018

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Jungle – Beat 54 (All Good Now)

It is slightly concerning to me that it is 4 years since I heard and fell in love with Jungle and their earliest releases, most notably “Busy Earnin'” and as I enjoy typically funky and superbly produced new release “Beat 54”, I have to question where the time has gone and what I have done with it…. Without question in the same time frame, Jungle have continued to hone their craft following their Mercury Prize nominated debut. “Beat 54” is cool, slick and a pleasure to listen to. New album “For Ever” also comes recommended and is out now.

Tom McFarland (right) and Josh Lloyd-Watson (left) are back with their second album as the brilliant Jungle.

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APRE – Everybody Loves You

Commencing as little more than “a bit of fun on a laptop in a bedroom” APRE have gained much positive attention in not much time, including reviews for their live appearances. The London duo are multi-instrumentalists and take inspiration from the likes of Foals, Bombay Bicycle Club and Tears For Fears, which all make them more than OK by us.

Smart, multi-talented duo APRE are one of the most talked about new acts of 2018.

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Bloxx – Monday

I remember a time when the bands of the moment would wear Ramones, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones or AC/DC t-shirts, I also remember a time when these were complimented by Nirvana, Primal Scream and Metallica and even the introduction of Oasis or Blur; to see an image of Bloxx where front-woman and guitarist Ophelia wears a Catfish and the Bottlemen t-shirt has, in truth, made me feel rather old… Bloxx are completed by Taz, Paul and Moz producing contemporary indie pop with a familiar warmth to anyone who grew up in the 90’s. Unlike the day of it’s inspiration, “Monday” zips by and is gone before you know it, leaving you, like the very best artists, wanting more.

Young enough to make you feel old, familiar enough to make you forget that you are.

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David Guetta – She Knows How To Love Me (feat. Jess Glynne & Stefflon Don)

You know what you are going to get with David Guetta, chart friendly, dance beat driven fodder, oft complimented by a familiar and successful pop voice. With “She Knows How To Love Me” Guetta is playing his usual trick of playing to the populist crowd, adding to distinctly early 00’s R&B inspired fanfares a C&C inspired break and even a slightly jarring grime section. Fans will love it, those requiring converting will probably skip.

David Guetta, a DJ and producer playing to the crowd.

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Pale Waves – One More Time

Featured in our inaugural Jukebox blog, Pale Waves make their second appearance with an easy-listening, uptempo pop anthem in “One More Time”. Heather Baron-Gracie’s beautiful voice is occasionally broken up with digital vocal effects to give this track a more “produced” feel than previous works, but Pale Waves are a perfect pop band for 2018 who will please both lovers of a more alternative scene and those more used to the produce of commercial radio.

Pale Waves, perfect proper pop.

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Villagers – Again

The second former Mercury Prize nominee in today’s list, Villagers are now on their 5th studio album with the imminent release of “The Art of Pretending to Swim”, from which comes the gentle and comforting “Again”. Picked guitars and lazy piano accompany the soft voice of Conor O’Brien. If you’ve not heard Villagers before, they are perfect for fans of Ben Howard, Laura Marling or previously featured Jukebox artist, John Grant.

Villagers, beautiful, ethereal pop from Dublin.

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LANY – Thick and Thin

Hollister-store-friendly LANY really do evoke their LA home through their music which predominantly revolve around love and loss. Their debut self-titled album was only released last year yet second release “Malibu Nights” is due in early October. Judging by “Thick and Thin” the band aren’t deviating from a familiar trope and so if you like it, their recent back catalogue will be worth a look.

Los Angeles packaged up in musical form in LANY.

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All Tvvins – Hell of a Party

Most famous for their big 2015 hit “Darkest Ocean”, “Hell of a Party” shows that Conor Adams and Lar Kaye are a diverse writing duo with a name that belies it’s raucous-sounding title. A minimalistic style combining electric guitar with an electro beat that will fail to rouse the masses in the way of “Darkest Ocean”, but is well put together nonetheless.

Dublin’s All Tvvins

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Estrons – Body

With a personal fusion that may just be Cardiff Devils utopia, Estrons are fronted by Welsh-Canadian Tali Kallstrom. The band name is Welsh for ‘misfit’ and the band seem keen to avoid stereotyping, describing some journalistic claims they are a punk band as “lazy”, preferring “heavy pop”. From “Body” alone, it is clear that Estrons bring a myriad of influences and Kallstrom admits to enjoying both rap and opera along with much in-between. Keen to bring a level of female empowerment most commonly associated with the likes of Missy Elliot to the world of rock, Kallstroms lyrics have a deliberately sexual tone and combined with founding member Rhodri Daniel’s “logical and scientific” approach, her impulsive, emotive nature have found a complimentary writing match.

Fronted by Welsh-Canadian Tali Kallstrom, Estrons might be catnip to Devils fans.

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Fatherson – The Landscape

It may be tough to find a more impressive list of alternative music stalwarts than that of Fatherson in their short career thus far; Biffy Clyro, Panic! at the Disco, Feeder, Twin Atlantic, Enter Shikari, Idlewild and the tragically late Frightened Rabbit have all shared crowds with the band who, with new release “Sum Of All Your Parts” are now on their 3rd studio album. “The Landscape” is emotional and immersive fare comparable with the very best of their genre peers.

Kilmarnock’s Fatherson, adding to Biffy Clyro’s legacy of putting their town on the map in the best way.

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Django Django – Swimming at Night

One of the joys of putting together this weekly Jukebox is getting to listen to a spectrum of music that may otherwise not be heard. To use this opening to describe “Swimming at Night” and Django Django could be misconstrued and so to be clear, we think they are a very good band indeed, but more than that, they are actually vital to the evolution and progression of popular music. They sit off the beaten track, like Tool in metal and alternative, Kraftwerk in electro and dance, N.W.A. in hip-hop, or even the most transcendent and influential historic figures such as Bowie and The Beatles, music needs bands and artists that will do something different and in pop, Django Django do exactly that.

Django Django, essential, progressive pop.

trACK 12

The Ting Tings – Blacklight

The 4Music stage, V Festival Chelmsford 2009 and this writer has a diminutive stranger on his shoulders who is essentially raving on his unexpected pedestal to “Shut Up And Let Me Go”. The Ting Tings were at the height of her early powers and as my neck will attest to the next morning, so was my festival friend. From becoming one of the biggest British bands of the time, The Ting Tings disappeared into relative, continental obscurity. Now, full of renewed gusto, Katie and Jules are back with new music and a new album due in late October, for which “Blacklight” becomes the tease. All the energy and songwriting skill is still there and I hope that this album is the catalyst for a future festival and some new diminutive person ruining my neck.

Katie and Jules, back, much to the delight of my chiropractor.

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Paul Weller – Gravity

The reason “legend” and “genius” are considered overused phrases is because they are. Paul Weller is 26 albums into a stellar, uniquely influential career and in “True Meanings” he has surprised and delighted in equal measure, once again. From his forthright and institutionally challenging origins Weller now exists in exalted company which enables unchallenged creative freedom. “Gravity” is beautiful, surprisingly so and should be enjoyed both for what it is and for the wonderful representation of the evolution of a legend.

Paul Weller. Cool then. Cool now. Cool tomorrow.

Track 14

Airways – Alien

Peterborough and Birmingham are complimented by Chicago in this relatively new and increasingly followed band. Given a preemptive billing of future success comparable with Nothing But Thieves, Catfish and Circa Waves, Airways are already held in high esteem. Should they enjoy a future like any of their named peers, they will likely be delighted – “Alien” is your gateway to being able to “remember before they were famous”.

Trans-continental Airways, a band someone will tell you about, if you don’t already know.

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Cassia – Loosen Up

On tour next month across the UK, we implore you to book in to see Cassia. Fans of the likes of No Hot Ashes (see “Goose”), The Magic Gang (see “How Can I Compete”) will be well served here and as the autumn digs in it’s heels, the summery, festival friendly “Loosen Up” will have you pulling out your floral headband and printed t-shirt, even if those wellies may be required more than ever.

Summer, for the autumn generation, in Cassia.

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The Smashing Pumpkins – Silvery Sometimes (Ghosts)

Billy Corgan is now 51 years old and yet “Silvery Sometimes” sounds as relevant with the clarity of communication to angst as anything that has come before over The Smashing Pumpkins decorated career. 15 other tracks and their architects dream of the success and critical acclaim of Corgan’s unique Chicago outfit and few, if any will secure the level of fan devotion that his unique sound and melancholic voice can command.

The Smashing Pumpkins, 30 years doesn’t stop them being front and centre of the alternative music scene.




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Twenty One Pilots – My Blood

Columbus, Ohio duo, Twenty One Pilots have enjoyed global success ever since their 2015 breakthrough album “Blurryface” and their Grammy award for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance should tell you all you need to know about how high up your gig bucket list this pair should be.

Ohio duo Tyler Joseph (right) and Josh Dun (left) are back with their new single “My Blood”

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The Wombats – Bee Sting

The fusion of Merseyside and Scandinavia, The Wombats had a huge breakthrough with the brilliant “Let’s Dance To Joy Division” in 2007 making them an instant indie-disco hit and in truth have in some ways been trying to sustain the incredibly high standards set a decade ago. New single “Bee Sting” hits The Wombats sweet spot but a slightly more considered tempo with the catchy riff and vocal harmonies in play, but with a more mature sound. This is a great single speaking to the disenfranchised masses of 2018.

Tord Overland Knudsen, Matthew Murphy and Dan Haggis (L-R) over a decade into their journey.

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Nothing But Thieves – Forever & Ever More

Comparisons to Muse, reinforced by 3 different periods of support of the stadium rock behemoths, is as huge a compliment as it sounds. In just 3 short years, NBT have built a significant and devoted fan base and I can attest from multiple personal experiences that they are a live force to behold, both from the devastating rock orchestral noise they are capable of producing, but also arguably the best live singing voice I’ve ever heard from mercurial front-man, Conor Mason. If you already love NBT, “Forever & Ever More” is a banker.

Southend’s Nothing But Thieves

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Rothwell – Stop Calling

Bristol’s emerging talent, Rothwell, plans to make 2018 a big year for her career and if she keeps writing contemporary pop tunes as good as “Stop Calling”, good luck stopping her. You could be forgiven for believing this single had been penned by any of the biggest artists in the world right now and Rothwell intends to be sharing a stage with them sooner rather than later.

Rothwell, an emerging talent to watch in 2018 and beyond.

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Crooked Man – Take It All Away

Richard Barratt aka Parrot aka Crooked Man is a Sheffield based producer and new track “Take It All Away” shows that whatever he wants to call himself, he’s one talented human. Clear disco influences (Nile Rodgers could be jamming the guitar on this one) fuse with contemporary dance beats on this fantastic toe-tapper which should have the fans dancing in the aisles from Dundee to Guildford.

Sheffield DJ, Crooked Man has produced a beauty in “Take It All Away”.

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Hamzaa – You

With a soulfulness that defies her 19 years, Hamzaa intends to be a force to be reckoned with in the music business and if “You” is anything to go by, the world is her oyster. A vocal style that suits this smooth modern R&B track perfectly, you could as easily hear Hamzaa singing on almost any style of track. The biggest compliment I can pay her is the echoes I hear of Amy Winehouse and hope for all of the success with far less of the personal battles for this exciting new talent.

Hamzaa creating positive echoes of the late Amy Winehouse.

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Muse – The Dark Side

If Nothing But Thieves are the apprentices, Muse are undoubtedly the established masters of symphonic rock music almost literally designed to be played loud in the largest of spaces. Matt Bellamy’s vocals are arguably the most recognisable in rock today and the effect-laden combination of his and iconic bassist Chris Wolstenholme’s guitars driven on by Dominic Howard’s intelligent, yet relentless drum beats give Muse a sound that is truly all their own and a noise that few, if any other 3 piece bands come close to.

Muse. Majestic. Massive. Super Massive.

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The Struts – Body Talks (feat. Ke$ha)

In total honesty The Struts have passed me until “Body Talks”, which, looking at their resume says way more about me than it does them. They have opened for The Rolling Stones, Guns N’ Roses, The Who and Foo Fighters whilst enjoying success both sides of the Atlantic. Not bad for a band formed in humble Derby. This collaboration with Ke$ha suits their glam-influenced style perfectly and having heard this, I will now be setting about acquainting myself with a back catalogue whilst slapping my own wrists for missing it first time round.

Luke Spiller of The Struts with global pop star, Ke$ha.

track 9

Ghetts & Kojey Radical – Black Rose (explicit)

Sometimes music just feels important and as a white male sitting here writing this to the fanbase of a vast majority white sport I am cautious of being sanctimonious or patronising. Simply put, this beautiful love song from Ghetts to his young daughter speaks to a most critical issue many minority groups face in a climate of mobilised and excused bigotry and prejudice based on falsehoods on both sides of the Atlantic. The day a song like this isn’t necessary will be a day to celebrate.

Ghetts (pictured) teams with Kojey Radical on the beautiful, but depressingly necessary “Black Rose”

track 10

IDLES – Never Fight A Man With A Perm (explicit)

Given the necessity of Ghetts “Black Rose”, it is little wonder than the anarchic and anti-establishment sensibilities of punk are so alive and well in 2018. The second Bristolian entry in this week’s jukebox, but very much unlike Rothwell, “Never Fight A Man With A Perm” is an unapologetically in-your-face, punk rant designed to unsettle as much as it is to inspire. If you miss Sex Pistols, Buzzcocks, Ramones, New York Dolls et al, then you will love this track from IDLES.

“Never Fight A Man With A Perm”, unashamedly exhuming the corpses of 70’s punk.

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Spring King – Let’s Drink

A second appearance in as many weeks for Spring King, but how could we argue with a sentiment like “Let’s Drink”. A grunge-esque riff opens the track in a strangely familiar style and from there, whilst there’s nothing remarkable or significantly new, this will please rock fans across different style preferences.

Spring King – 2 Jukebox appearances in 2 weeks

track 12

Michael Brun – Spice (feat. Kah-Lo)

If one track is going to divide opinion in this week’s Jukebox, it’s this unrelenting BPM Friday/Saturday night dance floor filler, “Spice”. Some will love it, I imagine more will hate it, but I’m afraid it captured our inner crap-bar-cheap-drink-chav and we’re not sorry for that.

Michael Brun is responsible for “Spice” and we’ll thank him for you.

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The Kooks – Kids

There was an explosion of British bands in the mid-2000’s and the scope of ongoing success has varied hugely. From the stadium filling exploits of the likes of Arctic Monkeys, Kasabian and Muse to the relative label-less struggles of Kaiser Chiefs and the disbanding of Keane, The Kooks have fallen somewhere in the middle. 2005’s Inside In/Inside Out was an instant pop-rock classic with tunes that became quickly iconic and remain so today, but they struggled to maintain their mass-appeal thereafter. Time can be a healer both for music fans and bands and with “Kids” it would be hugely prejudice to describe it as anything other than a success in the pop-rock arena with some nods to the 60’s bands that broke the genre.

The Kooks, on form with “Kids”

track 14

John Grant – He’s Got His Mother’s Hips

Occasionally a song grabs you for little more than intrigue. This is certainly true of John Grant’s (formerly of The Czars) latest effort. Raised in Parker, Colorado, Grant formed The Czars after a stint living in Germany. Now writing and performing under his own name, “He’s Got His Mother’s Hips” is a jaunty, desperately 80’s inspired pop tune with no small amount of Right Said Fred influence. Give it a try, you might just like it.

John Grant, breathing new life into 80’s electro-pop

track 15

Sloes – Drown Them Out

Based in London, Sloes were born out of the song-writing exploits of Jerome Clark and Jo Milnes whilst travelling through Columbia. The additions of Paul Hand and Luke Coare were complimented by the element that helps Sloes stand out versus other similar bands in violinist Katie Milnes. Gentle, easy and really rather nice “Drown Them Out” is easy listening perfect for any relaxed playlist.

Sloes adding violin to their gentle-rock sound.

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WSTR – Crisis

The most Ice Hockey obvious track on our Jukebox closes us out nicely this week in a fast-paced 3:16 of perfect-for-a-highlights-package punk-rock. In-spite of the distinctively North-American sound, WSTR are from Liverpool and have grown in presence since 2015. For the Kerrang/Blink 182 fanbase, WSTR are perfect and more like “Crisis” will only maintain their ascent in their genre.

WSTR – from Liverpool with all the best sounds of North American contemporary punk-rock.