Introducing: The Shh | Sweet effervescent pop songs

The summer months can always be enhanced by a suitable musical companion for basking in the glorious sunshine. 

Boy/girl duo The Shh, stake their claim for this year’s summer soundtrack with their debut EP, The Burning LoveAlison Galea & Ian Schranz have dreamt up some sweetly effervescent indie-pop songs, with the subtitles of gorgeous boy-girl vocal interplay at its sugary core. ‘So Over’ is as fuzzy as it gets, revolving around a grungy riff, it hints at The Kills meets Pulp’s ‘Something Changed’. We are then led into beautiful, melodic and inoffensive pop songs, ‘All Things With Love’, ‘Burning Love’ and ‘Summer’. 

Honestly it will be difficult to find something so effortlessly nice, relaxing and extremely listenable this summer. So, so good.

The Shh’s Burning Love EP is released on April 11th but you can stream it in full here.

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Download: The Shh – So Over

The Shh – Summer

Black Dice – ‘Pigs’

The chaotic sounds of Black Dice are quite a difficult experience to explain. To put it mildly this is experimental, manic and distorted electronic music with a punk twist.

‘Pigs’ is the first track from the forthcoming LP and there is a nightmarish quality to this churning noise-synth beast, complete with a squelchy bassline and driven by pounding, relentless drums. The video is no less unnerving, a collection of psychoactive audio-visual weirdness.

‘Pigs’ is the first track taken from their forthcoming album, Mr. Impossible, available digitally on 2nd April

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Download: Black Dice – Pigs

Maxïmo Park – ‘The National Health’ + Album News

Maxïmo Park are preparing to release their fourth studio album, The National Health, this summer.

It is the follow-up to 2009’s Quicken The Heart, which was no where near the mighty standards set by their previous two albums. The new record aims to redress the balance too as frontman Paul Smith explains “We’re in a global recession and everyone is being bombarded with bouncy, happy music,” adding “The nation is out of control and the record is about taking back control, and being a force for change in your own life.

The first taster from the album is first single, ‘The National Health’, a frantic and ferocious high energy track. It certainly sounds as though the brief hiatus has helped them recapture their groove. This is Maxïmo Park at their rousing best. 

The National Health is released June 11th and you can check out the album’s title track below.

 Maxïmo Park – ‘The National Health’

Introducing: Devin | Pure unadulterated rock & roll from NYC

Do you like your music to rock out hard and fast? Well then, New York’s Devin is just the man for you.

The Brooklyn musician dishes out pure unadulterated rock & roll that sounds passionate and genuine. It is a volatile cocktail of rhythm & blues, soul, punk and raw energy topped off with screechy punk-tinged vocals. 

His latest single ‘Masochist’ sums up what he’s all about, a lightning-quick dash of pounding drums, driving guitars and pop melodies merged with a brash, punk attitude. The same can be said for the energetic ‘Thing On My Mind’ while ‘Black and Blue’ is a slower, ballad-like song, showing there is scope for a softer less frantic side.  

The vintage vibe may hark back to the days of the likes of Iggy Pop and the New York Dolls but this is music that will get even the most stubborn up and moving, pure and simple!

Devin will release his debut album Romancing on April 30th via No Evil.

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Devin – Thing On My Mind

Devin – Black And Blue via Orchardmktg

Miles Kane – ‘First Of My Kind’

Miles Kane is quite the class act, something he proved with his debut record, Colour of the Trap, last year.

He is continuing his intrepid adventures through a spooky ’60s parallel universe with ‘First Of My Kind’, the lead song brand new EP (for Record Store Day on April 21). Kane’s characteristic charismatic charm, cheek and swagger is oozing from ‘First Of My Kind’ but it is the flamboyant, sumptuous brass that really excites.

A perfect three-minute pop song, check it below.

Miles Kane – First On My Mind