Unknown Pleasures #134 ft. Bad Kid, School Of X, Fang Night

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Bad Kid

Bad Kid

Back at the helm of Unknown Pleasures this week, Getintothis’ Jake Marley unearths three more glorious under the radar gems.

Bad Kid’s debut single Youth (Wabi-Sabi) is a soundtrack for summer, a soundtrack for youth, a soundtrack for free-spirited minds. An outright banger.

Roughly translated from Japanese Wabi-Sabi means to accept imperfect or incomplete as a thing of beauty. That’s exactly what’s shouted from the rooftops here, it’s an anthem for the bold. Live wild and free.

It’s an extremely infectious dose of slick pop led by impassioned vocals carrying home the tracks positive message wonderfully amongst lush summery rhythms.

Dane Rasmus Littauer hits the drums for chart-assaulting fellow Danish national  on tour, but now he’s breaking out on his own as School of X with belting new release Words. There’s something quite magical about a drummer singing the words “I need rhythm for my soul” – it just works.

Lying behind those drums all along has been a tender and quite wonderful voice waiting to come out. Now it has and when laid next to a sturdy pop beat it’s serious hit making potential, as showcased here.

Talking of hit making, that brings me onto Fang Night gloriously. London-based electro-pop duo Ben Walker and Ewa Lefmann recently churned out the stunning, infectious grooves of Steady Cruising – a fresh-faced hit expertly produced by another great artist, Oli Bayston (Boxed In).

It’s their first work since their Artificial EP and sees the duo develop their sound slightly whilst allowing their stunning dual vocal work to stand tall over catchy guitar licks and flowy electonica. Pristine pop perfection. Truly glorious.

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