By Tom Fake
January 15, 2014
The Hot Five – My views on five tracks that have attracted my interest throughout the week. There’s usually an older or more obscure track thrown in the mix for something a bit different too. Tracks usually concentrate on guitar-based music, but really focus on anything and everything that comes to my attention.
Track of the week: D.A. – ‘Glowing’
D.A. Wallach is a songwriter who was discovered by Kanye West and Pharrell Williams whilst studying at Harvard College. ‘Glowing’ is a track with a fantastic vocal line reminiscent of Let It Be-era Paul McCartney and vocal harmonies that The Beach Boys would be proud of. As well as his huge musical talents, Wallach was selected by Forbes as one of their 30 Under 30. Rapper and producer Tyler, The Creator has directed the accompanying video for the song, which can be seen below:
Public Access T.V. – ‘Monaco’
It’s hard to believe that a band that has nearly 10,000 play on SoundCloud and a sound this refined hasn’t played a live show. That milestone for this New York band comes at the end of the month, playing at New York’s The Niagara. With an evidently huge Strokes influence, while also implementing their own style too, the signs are promising. Sure it’s a little rough around the edges, but this is the sound of a band trying to find their feet. Give them a few years and who knows…
Menace Beach – ‘Where I Come From’
Leeds-based Menace Beach, lead by Ryan Needham and Liza Webster, released their debut EP on Monday. Titled Lowtalker, it is the follow up to some impressive singles, and will be their first release on Memphis Records. Lowtalker was “recorded, produced and mixed by Hookworms’ MJ at his Suburban Home studios in Leeds over four pizza, coffee and falafel fuelled days.” Menace Beach played in London for Huw Stephens last night, and are playing the NME Awards show in London on February 6.
MIXALYDIA – ‘Pick It Up’
MIXALYDIA have taken the sound that made South Wales famous for punk rock and modernised it. Their fresh alt-rock sound is supported by strong vocals, subtle arranging and great production. The reverb guitar sound in ‘Pick Ip Up’ is spot on, encouraged by heavier underlying bass and guitar parts. The band haven’t gone unnoticed either; they have been featured on BBC Radio Wales and performed at Huw Stephens’ “London Welsh Sessions” last year.
Hidden track of the week: Mutemath – ‘In No Time’ [Pierce Fulton Remix]
‘In No Time’ is an ambient track that centres around an uplifting melody. 21 year-old American producers Pierce Fulton adds to the sound of the original Mutemath track with some electronic sounds that complement the reverberated vocal of Paul Meany. This combination of band and producer has created a song with subtle changes in texture, creating an atmospheric listening experience. This remix is also available as a free download via SoundCloud.
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