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Friday faves.

My favorite new releases from the week ending 18/12/2020

The Dead Freights – Fever and the Thunder
Youth Sector – Teeth
Attawalpa; Wolf Alice – Done Hanging On – Wolf Alice Remix
Juls; Tay Iwar; p-rallel – 1985
Katy Kirby – Traffic!
Cherry Glazerr – Rabbit Hole
YUNGBLUD; Machine Gun Kelly – acting like that (feat. Machine Gun Kelly)
Black Honey – Beaches (Japanese Version)
Ida Maria – Sick of You
Never Not Nothing – Upbeat Deadbeat

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Tuesday Tunes.

My favorite new releases from the week ending 22/11/2020

Tom Grennan – Something Better
Famous – Nice While It Lasted
Jason Derulo; Nuka – Love Not War (The Tampa Beat)
The Staves – Good Woman
Róisín Murphy – Something More
Bring Me The Horizon – Parasite Eve
Nothing But Thieves – Moral Panic
LANY – cowboy in LA
Bright Light Bright Light; Andy Bell; Tracy Young – Good at Goodbyes – Tracy Young Remix
Sharon Van Etten; Norah Jones – Seventeen – feat. Norah Jones

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Sunday Sounds.

My favorite releases from the week ending 15/11/2020

Holiday Sidewinder – Red Right Hand
Hot Chip, Jarvis Cocker – Straight To The Morning
Pale Waves – Change
Lauren Aquilina – Latest Ghost
Badge Époque Ensemble, Jennifer Castle – Just Space for Light
Woodkid – Goliath
Oscar Scheller – Half Eaten
Jhana Boy – My Girl
Teenage Fanclub – Home
Haiku Hands – Suck My Cherry

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What’s New Pussycat.

My favorite releases from the week ending 08/11/2020

Little Mix – Confetti
BENEE – Happen To Me
Miley Cyrus, Stevie Nicks – Edge of Midnight (Midnight Sky Remix)
Master Peace – Love Bites
Marco Faraone, Greeko – Armaghetton
Salmon Cat – Bathcat
ELIO – hurts 2 hate somebody
WENGIE, eill, David Amber – Talk Talk (Japanese)
Minnie-Oh – Oh, Gabriel

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Gotta feel the Sidewalks.


With shades of 80s alt-electro mixed with infallibly hooky melodies and torch-song vocals, Mark Fernyhough’s new single Sidewalks is something that feels current but not slavishly wedded to trends. Similarly the low-fi glamour of the night-lit streets of Berlin in the accompanying video has a timeless, edgy cool. 

Although his previous release Nouveau (a collaboration with guitarist Steven Horry) was a slightly more upbeat pop sound than many of his previous tracks, Sidewalks sees him moving further again into a new electronic, and dare I say it kind of funky direction. 

The B-side Favourite is spacey, spooky and dark with a Jan Hammer / John Carpenter edge. Unapologetically unusual it’s exactly the kind of gem you hope to find in a b-side, and although it’s a pretty striking departure from his usual sound it’s an entirely successful one I think.

ARTIST: Mark Fernyhough
TITLE: Sidewalks