Something for the Weekend: New Music Playlist #26

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A regular slot on blog, a relatively short weekly Spotify playlist featuring some of the finest new music to prick my ears over the course of past seven days.

Clocking in at just over an hour, it’s an easily digestible slice of new music, just in time for the weekend. There’s a nice mix of genres and styles too, allowing me to share even more crackin’ tunes. Well, without further ado, here’s #26 – Something for the Weekend: New Music Playlist. Get stuck into the tunes & enjoy the weekend! You can follow me on Spotify here.

Jumanji – ‘Higher’

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Jumanji are a six-piece indie pop band based the south coast seaside town of Brighton.

What they do, and they do it rather bloody well too, is craft bright, breezy and highly melodic indie-pop with dreamy riffs and really infectious feel – and are sure to be stuck in your head for days. Following in from the release of their previous single ‘Shindig’, Jumanji have ushered new one ‘Higher’ into the world – and it is simply exquisite. Aside from the bright and upbeat energy, dreamy riffs and catchy-as-hell melodic aura, what connects with the listener is Neneh Atkins’ soft melodious voice, bringing their delightful indie-pop sound to life. Jumanji manage to craft a sound that combines and intertwines catchy indie pop with a mature, rockin’ and perfectly formed sound; providing addictive, easy listening packed with plenty of punch.

Listen to ‘Higher’ below, you won’t regret it and that’s a guarantee.

Introducing: Holy ’57

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Holy ’57 is the moniker of London-based artist Alex Mankoo, who is gearing up to release his forthcoming mini-album L.

Holy ’57’s forte appears to be that of warm, inviting and feel-good vibes, adorned with good old-fashioned, hearts-on-sleeves songwriting. Providing substance to this assertion, Mankoo has afforded us with two gems lifted from the forthcoming mini-album. Latest single ‘Canary’ swoons with sinuous melodies as it slinks along its oh so merry way, above some seductive beats. Previous single ‘Water // Chrome’ is no less joyous and entrancing as bobs along punchy drums and low bass, and like ‘Canary’, you’ll find yourself succumbing to its allure. Another consistent charm across both sublime single is the vocals, which have a soft and inviting quality to them that brings to mind something approaching Vampire Weekend or Tim Burgess, on his own solo work. A wonderful and truly refreshing listen, which you will be all the better for letting into your life.

Check out ‘Canary’ and ‘Water // Chrome’ below.

Introducing: Plain Zebra

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Plain Zebra are Derry six-piece – Vadim Zeberg (Vocals, Harmonica & Accordion), Graham Baldrick (Guitars & Vocals), Mick McCafferty (Bass & Vocals), Caolán McLaughlin (Keys & Vocals), Jason Feenan (Drums) & Aaron Mc Callion (Percussion) – who deal in brilliant bluesy/folky rock ‘n roll flavours.

‘In The Town’ sets out their stall, revolving around some stomping bluesy beats, licks a la The Black Keys with some sweet, sweet backing harmonies and some ‘Superstition-esque’ bass notes. Let’s get this clear; after the opening 10-15 seconds, these guys mean business. ‘Brickland’ continues with the bluesy-rock vibe, with an added element of mildly dubby tones, we’re left with another sublime piece of work. If you dig licks, riffs and stomping grooves, well then Derry six-piece Plain Zebra don’t disappoint. Top stuff indeed.

You can check out ‘In The Town’ & ‘Brickland’ below, and if that’s too your liking, there’s more where that came from here.

Freedom Fry – ‘Strange Attraction’

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For a long time now, we’ve been bestowing lavish and much warranted praise upon Freedom Fry – and why not?

Over the past few years, the LA based indie pop duo have become serial offenders when it comes to catchy, bright and lovable cuts of indie-pop. And in keeping with this very welcome tradition, Freedom Fry have repeated the trick with their latest single ‘Strange Attraction’. Unbelievably addictive, it sparkles with a buoyant disco vibe and shimmers with a sugary sweet goodness. The summery sheen, catchy hooks and  gorgeous and nimble  gorgeous boy/girl vocal interplay make it impossible to resist its allure and will, no doubt, plaster a smile on your face. A wonderful and utterly divine piece of guitar-pop which sits nicely alongside their previous singles.

Listen to ‘Strange Attraction’ below and if that is to your liking, and it will be, their new EP, Strange Attraction, is out now.