The Getintothis Jukebox is a potent collection of locally-sourced acts, artists touring the city in the month ahead, and a wider selection of the best new tracks released into the ether.
Former LIPA songstress Frances continues to play a flush hand of pop perfection with new single Borrowed Time. A notable departure from her customary chamber pop timbres and testament to the tracks producer: Disclosure’s Howard Lawrence.
John Joseph Brill reveals a tender ditty in the form of The Grape and the Grain; a charming representation of Brill’s gruff-folk-nous. A new EP from the adopted scouser is anticipated in the new year.
La Couleur Originelle by Whyte Horses is a defiant statement of optimism and liberté. Comprising of a couple of local Lauras (Kazimier founder Laura Brownhill and Baltic States bass player Laura Shea) the band have distilled the vintage of Nouvelle Vague with the lady balls of Sleater-Kinney.
Etches, who play The Magnet this Friday November 27, released their Wall of Sleep EP through Fierce Panda at the start of the month. While you may have heard lead single Do Nothing you may have missed B-side The Great Void, a sleeping giant of a track that rouses towards its climax – gently fingerpicked throughout until drums roll and cascade around its revival.
“Louis Romégoux is a hybrid in the best sense of the word. Half-French and half-English, he cut his teeth as a performer in Sheffield and recently relocated to Austria. His music is a wonderful blend of all those disparate influences, from the Chanteuse styles of Jaques Brel and Serge Gainsbourg to the English folk storytelling tradition, blended together with a continental sensibility. When taken in at the same time as his incredible voice and accomplished fingerpicking style, the whole package is rather formidable.
The Refugee looks at the current so-called ‘migrant crisis’. A large part of the media has tried to dehumanise and demonise these desperate people. With an unblinking focus Romégoux tells the tale of one of these poor souls, putting the listener into their shoes, and the result is heartbreaking. This song strips all of that negative tabloid bluster away in six minutes, showing a humanitarian crisis rather than a swarm of undesirables.
It is a quite incredible track, and one that deserves a much wider audience.”