Signed to ‘Clue records’, Forever Cult are a three piece hailing from Leeds known for creating a grungy racket. Their sound could be likened to the sludgy tendencies of Eagulls, they share the same thumping basslines and crunching guitar riffs so if you are a fan of their fellow Leeds mates then you will love these lads.
‘See Thru’ follows the release of single ‘Tunnel Vision’, which has a quirky music video where the band make a corner, of what looks like a living room, into a makeshift tropical beach. You can see what I mean down below. The fuzzy/tonal guitar riffs reminded me of the band Nai Harvest, who have unfortunately called it a day, so if you liked the Sheffield duo you should be checking out Forever Cult.
Tearing their way through tours and festivals, the outfit’s new song will go down a treat at future gigs and cause even more mayhem than their shows have been recently. Lead singer Kieran screeches ‘It’s not my problem’ in a thunderous chorus; heavy in trembling drums and their signature guitar tone. ‘See Thru’ will only be available on cassette so if you like the song, and want a hard copy, you will be lucky to grab one but give the tune a listen below. It’s well worth it.
A feature list as rich in talent as Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul and Earl Sweatshirt is enough to make any hip hop head go insane; the fact that it’s a Danny Brown track is quite frankly the icing on the cake. This tune is 5 minutes of the catchiest hooks I have heard in a while; Danny Brown really is killing the American, and more specifically Detroit, rap scene this year and Previous releases only emphasise this. Both ‘When It Rain’ and ‘Pneumonia’ are songs that touch up on people’s greed, his infatuation with drugs and just generally how bloody good he is of a rapper.
All the featured artists really kill this beat, I especially like Ab-Soul’s verse that deviates between Heaven and Hell through the metaphor of a goat. Kendrick really works well on the main hook too, his explosive lyrics compliment the sinister and eery chime influenced rhythms; produced by Black Milk. Brown has a real idiosyncratic flow but it’s one you have to love, it’s versatility is immense and could be played over any beat without fail. In all honesty the peculiar nature of Danny Brown’s lyrical prowess is so entrancing that it is better than the likes of Lamar, Earl and Ab-Soul on this song.
Hailed for his uniqueness, Brown has not disappointed on this new single. The beats are deadly, unbelievably evil and mischievous; in all three of the rapper’s releases. It’s almost as if Danny Brown’s new songs are in fact a drug, their addictive nature is making me extremely excited for ‘Atrocity Exhibition’, the MC’s fourth album. It’s going to be a gooden, and comes out on the 30th of September.
Ben Coyle-Larner’s latest release, if you are going by his real name, is an infectious tribute to classic hip hop and features fellow British MC/Producer Rebel Kleff. Distorted guitar hooks, classic hip hop beats and the London based rapper’s distinctive flow are the elements of the track that make this song so undeniably catchy; you can imagine this tune being laid down at any festival and the crowd going absolutely nuts.
Hip hop is on the rise in the UK again and Carner and Kleff show, on this track, that they are rightfully one of our biggest hopes for a mainstream revival of the genre. Mentioning artists such as Jay Z and Roots Manuva, the lyrics are hugely relatable for any record collector; hiding a CD behind a shelf and preying nobody buys it before you have the money is just one scenario that the artist touches upon.
There is a pretty damn good music video too. Directed by Alessandra Kurr, the video is shot in one take and really suits the creative impulses of Carner and Kleff. This song is an undisputed summer banger and one that needs to be heard by everyone.
Loyle Carner plays Leeds festival on the 28th of August and you can catch him on his UK tour this Autumn.
He also recently set up a cooking school/workshop for teenagers with ADHD, for the South London rapper it was music and cooking that helped him to relax and he believes it will work for others in a similar situation to him. Click here for more information.
The Wytches have been lurking around the British grunge scene for sometime now and ‘Home Recordings’ is their second EP release since their debut album ‘Annabel Dream Reader’. Preferring to record all their music in analogue, their is no band that sounds quite like the Wytches at the moment, their raw energy and unique mix of guitar enthused melodies and thumping bass is enough for any musical hipster to puff out their cheeks.
The record starts off with the leading track ‘Who Rides’, an undeniably dark and distasteful tune but one that is unbelievably infectious, Kristian Bell’s versatile vocals merge brilliantly with the slightly psychedelic guitar rhythms that seem so recognisable now from the band. This is definitely my favourite song on the EP and will surely go down well at the Wytches’ upcoming shows, including a gig in Manchester with King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, an Australian psychedelic outfit; it’s worth going to see them for their name, let alone how amazing their music is.
‘Cough/Cool’ maintains the ferocity of the record but ‘Canât Show How’ converts the mood to one of a more sinister nature. The subtle lead breaks in the song distinguishes it from many of the others and separates the track in a way that many of the singles on ‘Annabel Dream Reader’ did, like ‘Fragile Male’ and ‘Wide at Midnight’.
The tone at the end of the EP seems different to previous releases from The Wytches, especially in the track ‘The Gaging Eye’. With a piano being favoured to the usual guitar rhythms, you feel as if you’ve just come out of a scene from the Mighty Boosh but, as stupid as that sounds, it is in fact a compliment; it’s a change from the Brighton/Peterborough based band and one to be admired rather than dismissed.
If you have a spare 20 minutes to mourn over the horrible English weather, which i’m sure you do, on what is meant to be the official ‘first day of summer’ then go and check out this record, it’s one of the best released so far this year.