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Reverb Jukebox 100918

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Silk City – Electricity (feat. Dua Lipa)

Perennial smash-hit producer Mark Ronson has teamed up with A-List producer and DJ, Diplo to create the Silk City project. Mrs Reverb 1 absolutely loves this first single from the pair with Dua Lipa and she challenges you to listen to this track without a shoulder starting to bounce, a toe tapping before you realise the “Electricity” has got you accidentally dancing.

Mark Ronson (left) and Diplo (right) have teamed up for new project Silk City

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Tom Walker – Angels

NBC’s Today programme, BBC Radio One, hundreds of millions of Spotify streams, support slots for George Ezra, Gallant, Jake Bugg and The Script, it’s fair to say that the two and half years since Walker’s debut single “Sun Goes Down” have been more successful than he could have possibly dreamed. Hearing him speak it’s easy to see why, he’s friendly, confident and relaxed with a genial every-man quality that makes him seem more a mate from the pub than international recording artist. Ultimately though, Tom Walker has been successful because his music and voice are outstanding. There will be plenty more to come from this talented young man.

Born in Glasgow, raised in Manchester. Is he Clan, or Storm?

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MK, Jonas Blue and Becky Hill – Back & Forth

American DJ and Producer, Marc Kinchen, better known as MK enjoyed his first chart success in the States 25 years ago. Since then he has hardly been prolific, but in “Back & Forth” he has a funky house dance floor filler. Former “The Voice” contestant Becky Hill has become one of the most reliable and recognisable dance vocal voices around and this tune could well add to her first number one single “Gecko (Overdrive)”.

Marc Kinchen, US DJ and producer.

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Nile Rodgers & CHIC – Sober (feat. Craig David & Stefflon Don)

One of the Reverb gaffers makes no apologies for a long-standing and sustained love-affair with the music of Craig David and with a penchant for a dance tune too, this collaboration between disco legends Nile Rodgers, CHIC, Craig David  and Stefflon Don is like catnip to him. In fairness to him, questionable record collection aside (Pentatonix, The Greatest Showman Soundtrack and Lionel Richie par example), “Sober” is a crowd-pleasing toe-tapper, lover of the Bo Selecta or not.

Stefflon Don, Nile Rodgers and Craig David (L-R) team up for “Sober”

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Jaded – Young

London based production trio, Jaded, have one of our favourite new tracks of this week’s Jukebox with “Young”. The newest release in the burgeoning career of Jaded is quirky and fun with accents of brass over a funky beat and defiant lyrics (“We can do whatever that we want coz we’re young”) make for a pleasing and relevant youth anthem.

Jaded. Young. Gorilla. Nuff said.

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Parcels – Lightenup

Australian born but with a heart and soul that perfectly suits their new home of Berlin, Parcels electro-pop-disco outfit who most commonly remind listeners of Daft Punk with whom they’ve collaborated, but their lightness of touch has also drawn comparisons from less likely sources such as The Beach Boys and listening to “Lightenup” and the rest of their developing back catalogue does evoke the 60’s pop-rock including The Mamas & The Papas, The Lovin’ Spoonful and The Hollies.

Born in Byron Bay, based in Berlin; bright, bouncy, beats.

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The Fratellis – Let’s Go!

Many an Ice Hockey celebration has been sound tracked by “Chelsea Dagger”. Surviving an indefinite hiatus which ultimately lasted 3 years, the Glaswegian trio are now on their 5th studio album. “Let’s Go!” ticks expected Fratellis boxes, such as a driving guitar riff and rousing vocals, but this new track has a huge slice of glam which suits them very well indeed.

The Fratellis, now with more glam.

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RØMANS – Crashing Waves

Signed to Jay-Z’s eponymous Roc Nation, Sam Roman has an impressive CV of writing credits to his name, including Mary J. Blige, Demi Lovato, Alicia Keys, John Legend, Elton John and Clean Bandit, amongst others. “Crashing Waves”, only RØMANS third single as main artist is soulful pop that wouldn’t sound out of place alongside the likes of Rag n Bone Man or Jack Garratt, but more closely resembles the likes of Seramic or SG Lewis.

Sam Roman, successful song-writer turned performer in his own right.

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Friction – Commotion (feat. Jem Cooke)

Brighton’s Drum & Bass legend, Friction is back with the radio-friendly “Commotion”, twenty years after his debut single “Critical Mass”. 2 years on from passing his globally celebrated BBC Radio 1 Drum & Bass show to Canadian Rene LaVice, Friction has been enjoying himself on a serious of one-off appearances at the biggest and best festivals and parties across the continent. “Commotion” will be sure to put him firmly back into the psyche of not just the it crowd of the festival scene, but all Drum & Bass and dance music fans.

Over 20 years in the game for Friction.

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We Cut Corners – Laughing Maniacally

Dublin-based duo of guitar and drums, We Cut Corners are such close mates they are said to finish each other’s sentences and their jaunty riffs and marching drums synchronise in a way that echoes this closeness. Fans of mid-2000’s Brit Rock such as The Kooks, The Libertines, Arctic Monkeys and The View will be well served here.

We Cut Corners, Dublin based Indie duo.

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RÜFÜS DU SOL – Lost in My Mind

The least conventional selection on this week’s Jukebox is an indie-alt-dance exploration from Sydney’s Rüfüs Du Sol, who are a household name thanks to commercial success of their first two albums (released under the name RÜFÜS). Zane Lowe is a fan of the band and has promoted them on his Apple Beats 1 show and they may well appeal to a broad church of fans, potentially pleasing a fan of Nine Inch Nails as much as they would those of house music. They visit the UK in late November and early December and this writer for one, will be there.

Sydney’s Rufus Du Sol.

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The Score – Stronger

Strangely, supermarket Asda is credited with breaking The Score when, in 2015, it selected the band’s track “Oh My Love” for an advertising campaign. Originating from New York City, The Score are less “The Strokes” and more “One Republic” and in “Stronger” they have a hockey montage friendly future hit which is rousing and melodic. We like this one.

New York City’s former accidental Asda soundtrack writers, The Score.

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Weiss – Feel My Needs (Turn Around)

Weiss is one of UK house music’s most celebrated practitioners, largely because of his authenticity and connection to his genre. “Feel My Needs” is no exception and those old enough to remember will be able to shut their eyes and find themselves transported back to a sweaty dancefloor in 1993. If house music is your thing, you’ll love Feel My Needs and it’s sure to be all over commercial radio in the coming weeks.

Weiss would like his needs to be felt.

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Stand Atlantic – Lavender Bones

In something of an Australian takeover of this week’s Jukebox, Kerrang! literate music fans will be more than aware of Stand Atlantic, one of the magazine’s “Hottest bands of 2018”. You Me At Six, Blink 182, The 1975 and Yellowcard fans are all well served here with an a-typical pop-punk track for Vans wearing, pierced and tattooed, baggy shorts and cap wearers everywhere.

Stand Atlantic, A grade pop-punk.

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Toni Etherson of Glasgow and Mia Fitz of Dublin are SIIGHTS, a relentlessly positive and uplifting pop-dance duo who met in LA while Mia was touring with Hozier and Toni was writing for other people. From WALK THE MOON to S Club 7, “DANCE” is pure pop on the edge of cheese, designed to put a smile on your face and a spring in your step.

Mia Fitz (right) and Toni Etherson (left) are SIIGHTS.

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The Ninth Wave – A Wave Goodbye to the People Who Said I’d Win

1980’s new wave, synth and post-punk are all encapsulated in The Ninth Wave and a subtle resemblance to Soft Cell’s Marc Almond in front man Haydn Park-Patterson only visualises the aural clues. In terms of sound, I mostly find Depeche Mode conjured and being one of the best and most successful electronic bands of all time, this is as fine a compliment as I can pay this new, young, Glaswegian band. Their live show comes recommended as many who saw their national headline tour through May have reported.

The Ninth Wave, 80’s synth for 2018 and beyond.






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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.

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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”

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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

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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”

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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

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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.