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Reverb Jukebox 17th September 2018

Track 1

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.

track 4

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.

track 5

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.

track 6

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

track 9

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.

track 10

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.

track 16

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.




Reverb Jukebox 20th August 2018

We’ve listened to the new releases for this week so you don’t need to and our pick of the week’s releases is now on the Reverb Jukebox.

Track 1 – Calvin Harris with Sam Smith – Promises

Anyone who is a fan of Calvin Harris’ consistent output will be sure to love this collaboration with Sam Smith. A summer modern classic, perfect as the soundtrack for a summer road trip with friends or your special someone.

Calvin Harris (left) and Sam Smith (right) collaborate for the first time.


A Daft Punk-esque vocoder effect adds to what is otherwise a familiar sound from The 1975.

Manchester’s The 1975

Track 3 – Marshmello with Bastille – Happier

Classic Bastille fodder here with a contemporary, urban inspired beat provided by American producer, Marshmello.

Producer and DJ Marshmello (left) and Dan Smith from Bastille (right)

Track 4 – Sam Fender – Dead Boys

A BBC Sound of 2018 alumni, Sam Fender is a singer-songwriter from Newcastle who sits perfectly in amongst the current crop of talented, young British artists and bands making up a vibrant contemporary music scene.

BBC Sound of 2018 nominee, Sam Fender

Track 5 – YONAKA – Teach Me To Fight

Tilt friendly anthem here from Brighton’s exuberant YONAKA. Known to be an experience live, YONAKA are worth looking up when next in town, but tickets are predicted to be increasingly difficult to come by.

YONAKA from Brighton are said to be a must-see live band

Track 6 – SG Lewis with AlunaGeorge – Hurting

Duo AlunaGeorge made their name with their 2013 Disclosure collaboration “White Noise” and fans of this track are sure to love this latest effort, this time partnered with the exceptionally talented SG Lewis. Both back catalogues are recommended.

Two of Britain’s brightest stars SG Lewis (left) and AlunaGeorge (right) collaborate on “Hurting”

Track 7 – James Hersey – Real For You

James Hersey may or may not appreciate vocal comparisons with former X Factor winner James Arthur, but this is intended as a compliment as his slightly lazy lyric-delivery style is supported by a powerful and subtly soulful voice.

Austrian-American, James Hersey

Track 8 – Paul McCartney – Fuh You

A real surprise from one of the world’s most famous artists here, “Fuh You” is a truly contemporary offering, echoing Bastille, Imagine Dragons and One Republic, the latter being no surprise as McCartney called in the help of Ryan Tedder to pen this tune.

“Fuh You” is a writing collaboration with Ryan Tedder of One Republic

Track 9 – Slaves – Magnolia

Those of you who long for the days of the 1970’s punk explosion look no further than Slaves, who defy their quaint Royal Tunbridge Wells origins with angular, angst-ridden post-punk, with a smattering of Hives and Strokes influence.

Post-Punk duo, Slaves

Track 10 – Death Cab For Cutie – Northern Lights

Most famous for their seminal “I Will Follow You Into The Dark”, this is the new offering from Bellingham, Washington’s Death Cab For Cutie. The familiar gentle pop-rock style is perfectly showcased here with a Coldplay-esq combination of guitar, piano and synth.

Death Cab For Cutie

Track 11 – LUCIA – Summertime

As we cling to the last days of British Summer 2018, which, let’s face it, has been better than the average by some distance, Glasgow’s LUCIA talks of summer flings and fun with your pals.

LUCIA from Glasgow

Track 12 – Ladytron – The Island

In their 19th year, Liverpool’s Ladytron echo both the past and the present of electronica in their newest offering “The Island”.


Track 13 – Pale Waves – Black

Possibly lesser known than some of their contemporaries, Pale Waves are simply one of the best proponents of Indie Pop around today. Their debut album “My Mind Makes Noises” is due to land next month. It deserves to propel them to the top table of young, contemporary British bands.

Pale Waves

Track 14 – Superorganism – Everybody Wants To Be Famous (Cedric Gervais Remix)

Best known for his Grammy award winning remix of Lana Del Ray’s “Summertime Sadness”, Cedric Gervais’ latest reimagining provides a familiarly upbeat tone. A perfect addition to any summer party playlist.

French DJ/Producer, Cedric Gervais

Track 15 – Bay Rays – The Chamber

The noise around Kent’s Bay Rays is certainly growing in 2018 following a headline slot on the BBC Introducing stage at Glastonbury last year. The Chamber perfectly demonstrates the band’s buoyant indie-pop sound.

The Bay Rays from Kent

Track 16 – Honey Lung – Sophomore

Distinctly off-beat 90’s grunge inspired, “Sophomore” evokes Silverchair and Smashing Pumpkins in the best way. Honey Lung will not be for everyone, but their sound is sure to inspire a devoted army of cult followers.

Alt-Grunge sounds from Honey Lung