Last week our moderators listened to over 170 tracks in our inbox and chose our favourite 25 for our Listening Post. Our readers then picked their own favourites from that shortlist over the weekend.
The most popular tracks overall are reviewed below by Fresh On The Net’s Christopher McBride – host of The Metaphorical Boat music blog. You can hear all these tracks in a single Soundcloud playlist here.
Whenever people say that “a stopped clock is right twice a day”, they say it as if it’s a bad thing. Well, what’s wrong with being a stopped clock? I’m pretty happy being a stopped clock.
Think about it. A large number of clocks in the world are either running too fast or too short, and therefore will never by correct. By comparison, the stopped clock will be right infinitely times more than such clocks.
The moral of the story – Be a stopped clock. Then you’ll be right at least some of the time.
And on a different note, here are the tracks that most found favour with the voters of the Listening Post this week. You might not agree with my thoughts and opinions about the songs in question, but hey, what do I know? I’m just a stopped clock.
BENBO – Nurvel Durd
This is one to file under “jolly different indeed”. Nurval Durd by London producer (and cartoonist) Benbo is built around a simple yet hypnotic guitar riff, which over the course of 1 minute and 53 seconds is pulled, prodded, bent, blistered and manipulated electronically in every conceivable direction until it’s barely recognisable. It’s the kind of glitchy folktronica that one imagines that Four Tet would have put out at one point.
CATTLE & CANE – Birdsong
The amount of support that the Teesside band Cattle & Cane have enjoyed to date is enough to make anyone jealous – they’ve played T In The Park, recorded a live session on Radio 2 with Dermot O’Leary and have their music featured in grey matter-sapping TV shows Made In Chelsea & The Only Way In Essex. It’s not hard to see why they’ve found so much favour with so many people, Birdsong is a song that seems to be created to be as palatable as possible to as many people as possible. It’s the kind of sinister emotional indie-folk that left so many people’s hearts a-fluttering over Hozier last year.
CHRISTA VI – Every Time
Sleek, polished electro-pop is the order of the day from German/Australian singer/songwriter Christa Vi. Every Time is written as a lament to being in a relationship that you feel is going nowhere, and although it’s become something of a cliché to describe is as such, it sounds like it would go down a treat if it was featured on the soundtrack for Drive.
HOT COPS – Passive Passive
Hot Cops are a band that I’ve enjoyed for many years, so I’m delighted to see that the epizeuxially titled Passive Passive has gone over so well with everyone on the Listening Post. The Belfast trio, who already have a performance at Radio 1’s Big Weekend under their belts, are well regarded for their slacker-rock sound, and Passive Passive is a great embodiment of that nonchalant alt-rock sound, which gives off some great Placebo vibes.
There’s a very funny story about how I first came to hear about Hot Cops, but unfortunately due to confidentiality reasons I am unable to divulge the details. What I can divulge however is that they’re pretty powerful live band, well worth seeing if possible.
KINDER THAN WOLVES – Hazel Days
It’s somewhat hard to believe that Hazel Days by Kinder Than Wolves is the Orlando trio’s first single, given that its confidence and scope seems to convey a band with a high level of maturity beyond their fledgling status. The song is a hypnotic indie-rock track that mixes heavy guitars with dreamy vocals, a bit like Wolf Alice at their more introspective.
LEFTERIS MOUMTZIS – Now Happiness
It’s not every week that a song from a Cypriot artist makes the Listening Post, so it’s nice to hear Now Happiness from duo Lefteris Moumtzis. The song is a breezy acoustic track with luscious harmony vocals that calls to mind recent Mercury nominee C Duncan.
MOON TOURISTS – Dream
You really can’t go wrong with a slice of well crafted, well produced synth-pop, which is exactly what you get from Moon Tourists. Dream is a little bit Goldfrapp, a little bit Sophie Ellis-Bextor, but also huge dollop of their own particular sound thrown in for good measure.
THE CLEAR – Yesterday Morning
The most popular track among voters of The Listening Post this week was this lovely track from Sheffield trio The Clear. Yesterday Morning is a track filled with hazy nostalgia, but at its heart has a timeless songwriting. It is a slice of sultry sixties pop in the mode of Burt Bacharach (I’m a real sucker for those floaty strings), whilst also calling to mind the sound of fellow Steel City inhabitant Richard Hawley.
PS from TR: if you’d like your tunes considered for the BBC Introducing Mixtape on BBC Radio 6 Music, don’t forget to upload them to BBC Introducing in the first place, via this link. Among the 150-200 tunes that arrive our inbox each week, we hear at least half a dozen great tunes by UK artists that haven”t been uploaded there, and like it says in our guidelines: NO UPLOAD = NO AIRPLAY
If we do feature you in the Fresh Faves or BBC Introducing Mixtape please do us a favour and wait three months before sending another track, so we can help other deserving artists in the meantime… More info here.