The Getintothis Jukebox is an eclectic selection of the best new tracks released into the ether from around the globe, lovingly compiled by Getintothis’ Jake Marley.
In a month that’s seen Blossoms and Sleaford Mods go head to head, Azealia Banks lose the right to a Twitter account (currently the least of her worries) and Bill Ryder Jones crowned GIT Award king…believe it or not, there’s been some new music released too. Said new music is pretty darn good too. Therefore this months Getintothis Jukebox is bloody bulging, so without further ado let’s get straight to it.
Kicking things off with some magic on Merseyside then. North-West quartet VYNCE recently released bubbles of warm, hook-filled groove-pop in the form of Taste, taken from their new EP Lust. Fresh from touring the UK, taking in dates alongside DIY championed ESTRONS among others, the band are priming themselves for bigger things and why not, this sound can take them there.
Under the wing of growing local label The Label Recordings, fledgling Mersey band Youth Hostel are primed for big things. Already announced to play Liverpool Sound City Festival at the end of the month and with more dates on the horizon they’re just getting started. New release Out Of My Mouth oozes summer vibes with a smooth undertone of The Housemartins ilk.
Glossy styled, off-kilter Liverpool indie-rockers Spares have been busy forging a path of destruction on the Mersey scene for some months now. Explosive slice of thrashing guitar fizz Grim City is their clearest stamp of intent yet and it’s a statement of dizzying anthemic pop proportions.
Trudy and The Romance are Merseyside’s little gem, yet to hatch but already threatening to fly the nest. Channeling deep influences in jazz, soundtracks and 50s & 60s cultures, the trio create indie-pop and lo-fi gems capable of turning even the most pessimistic muso into a fan in no time. Latest number He Sings is a chirpy mid 20th century inspired jangly indie doo-wop giant primed for the repeat button.
Raucous scouse rock ‘n’ rollers Little Triggers will look to truly stamp their authority at Liverpool Sound City Festival May 28 after another impressive live outing at FestEVOL a few weeks back. Latest release Rob You Blind is just a taster of their frantic live main course, if you can catch their Sound City set, do it.
Finally Liverpool foursome Colour, all set to release their new EP June 28th and there’s a taster already. New track Fiction is a glossy installment of accessible and extremely catchy art-pop which is sure to be the winning formula for the upcoming EP too.
As regular readers will know, every Getintothis Jukebox tees up a couple of colossal gig gems from the gig guide archives with a track from each artist for your perusal. This month at Getintothis Jukebox HQ we’ve picked out Scottish troubadour Emma Pollock’s visit Arts Club, Sundara Karma’s now *SOLD OUT* gig at the same venue and Icelandic dance group Samaris’ jaunt to intimate Bold Street setting LEAF.
Now for a taste of something new from all corners. You can expect a bit of everything from pretty much everywhere, expect the unexpected and enjoy an off-kilter selection of new releases from the polished to the frankly wacked-out. London to Holland, Beirut to Oslo. The most universal Jukebox around.
We begin with London based artist NAO and her new track Fool To Love. Originally premiered on Radio 1 by Annie Mac, this soulfully tinged blade is an outing that only cements the hype surrounding her debut album expected later this year.
Now to the U.S and Puzzle. Puzzle is the off beat side-project of Fletcher Sears, one half of Orange county based duo The Garden Twins. Beginning in a fuzzy synth-filled bubble, I Saw An Angel soon drops to soft beats and dreamy vocals, quite a change of tonic from The Garden Twins but welcome non-the-less.
Now for a bit of Double Dutch. Heavenly Recordings’ Amber Arcades and experimentally wacked-out Fuzz Club Records innovators Radar Men From The Moon both hail from The Netherlands but are quite frankly at different ends of the musical spectrum. That’s not a negative to either by the way but if you listen to the two tracks one after the other, you’ll get the point. Amber Arcades is the moniker of musician Annelotte De Graff who recently put out Fading Lines, the second single and title track from her debut album, full of kraut-inspired drums and fuzzed-out organs, what’s not to like.
As mentioned earlier, Radar Men From The Moon are a bit harder to navigate and their track Masked Disobedience is a fucking mind-bender. You wouldn’t know it from the opening 15 seconds but the 6 minutes to follow are going to mess with you mind, just a bit. Truly stretching the definitions of noise, space and time on a epic collision course of psych, acid house and everything in between, it’s as experimental as they come and bloody relentless too, you kind of just love it, don’t you…
At the time of writing Glaswegian indie-rockers BABY STRANGE are off on tour, taking anthemic belter and juicy ear-worm Pure Evil with them. It’s got all the ooh’s and all the ah’s, get stuck in.
New Pharaohs are almost definitely the first band with ties to Beirut, to appear on an edition of Getintothis Jukebox. Their new track Nothing Without You is that good, it’s frankly a crime they’ve not been on sooner, sorry, enjoy this beat, heart and synth wonder though.
Kate Jackson’s new album alongside former Suede guitarist Bernard Butler, expected later this week is sure to be wonderful. Both tracks released in advance of the full record confirm it. The latest of which is synth-pop beauty The End Of Reason; infectious groovy rhythm, subtle jangly guitars and a sprinkle of attitude for good measure. Absolutely majestic. Here’s a tip, buy the album. British Road Movies, out May 20.
Moody and dreamlike haze are not often used in the same sentence, however when addressing experimental dream-trip-pop artist LUKA’s latest solo cut No Sync, they’re well…in the same sentence. Opening with a moody undertone of bass and fuzzy beats and tailing off with dreamy guitars, quite the trip.
London singer-producer Bo Rocha flew into our ears with sparkling electro-pop gem Tangerine Flake last year and has since released four-track EP Even Green. Now she’s back with vivid hook-filled electro-pop swathe Hold My Gaze. Spiraling lines of ever controlled vocal honey upon bass-drenched production that neither over-sells nor leaves you underwhelmed, her name should be everywhere by now, surely it’s only a matter of time.
Southampton born, London based singer, guitarist and producer Laurel seems to effortlessly drift, release to release developing an even bigger sound each time. Her last track Life Worth Living premiered on The Line Of Best Fit is a totally different animal to raspy sensation San Francisco seen here. Gritty, bluesy and extremely potent, yet again you just want more and more. Lovely, lovely stuff.
This month’s guest Jukebox selection comes from fully-fledged Scottish popstar, Nina Nesbitt. Staggeringly still only 21, Nina’s been wowing us with a plethora of tunes for years now, stretching right back to her The Apple Tree EP in April 2012. She’s since played T in The Park to her home ground and sold out our now sadly departed Kazimier for her Christmas acoustic tour in 2014.
Now with the acoustic guitar taking more of a backseat and grooves filling the airspace more than ever before on recent anthem Chewing Gum, we thought it’d be a good shout to see what new music Nina has been enjoying.
Nina picked out electro-pop banger Hurts So Good from Oslo’s Astrids S: “I really love the production on this track, it’s a catchy little number.”