1. MADCHESTER

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Artist: The Stone Roses
Title: All For One

Earlier this year, after reading articles about band members entering Paul Epworth’s north London recording studio and lemon posters around their hometown of Manchester, indie veterans The Stone Roses finally released the single ‘All For One’ after good 21 years. It has plenty of Roses touch, psychedelic vocals, a classy-Squire-solo and a lyrical theme of unity. Reni’s drums driving insanely and the chorus will be roared loudly in festival shows. It’s surprisingly rocking!

 

2. DREAM-POP-SHOEGAZE

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Artist: Cigarettes After Sex
Title: Nothing’s Gonna Hurt You 

A voice that’s clear and sharp but entirely smooth and wraps your ears all snug up, like in a warm, wolly blanket. It’s boomy, it drones, it dreams, it stares deep into your soul. It’s chill and you’ll want to have all of the sex to this. Dream-pop-shoegaze galore, this track is a dusky stroll and a brazen, idyllic look at an offish relationship that’s beautiful and bound, but is also cast in that faint, glooming light that a good shoegaze band can make glimmer and shine.

 

3. BLACK MOSES

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Artist: El Michels Affair
Title: Hung Up On My Baby 

El Michels Affair is one of the more spot-on soul/funk/groove bands to come along in the past few decades. Seriously, it isn’t easy to find a post-1970’s recording that sounds this authentic and warm in this particular genre. These guys always bring it, both musically and engineering-wise, but really, these guys know what they are doing behind the boards and mics. Covering Hung Up On My Baby by Isaac Hayes, on their tribute album to the Black Moses, their rendition is not even close to the original, traditional reggae one-drop feel, heavy thumping bassline, guitar and horns doing the melody sweet as scarlet strawberry under wet leaves hidden.

 

4. NYC AFROBEAT

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Artist: Kokolo Afrobeat Orchestra
Title: Mister Sinister

 Punk-infused blend of afrobeat, salsa, jazz and funk has taken them all over the world. Dazzled by the groove and rhythmic complexity from the New York City band led by Ray Lugo. Mister Sinister was 15 years ago, but their polyrhythmic music still rocks, rolls, snaps and makes you move till this era!

 

5. GINGA

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Artist: Emilio Santiago
Title: Bananeira 

Bananeira starts on a soulful note. Bananeira has a funky treatment. Relies on funk musicality though its harmonic modulations are distinctly Brazilian, which makes it Samba Funk. It unmasks a musician rooted in Bossa Nova and Jazz. Emílio Santiago is a good singer capable of rich shading. Elegantly arranged, although we’ve heard many other covers of it. As a whole, Emilio Santiago’s debut is a quality production that still pleases. Ginga Brasil.

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