Genius – ‘2226’

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Based out of the port city of Busan, South Korea, GENIUS is Steve C, Lee Chung Mok, and Kim Il Du.

Since forming in 2009, they independently released two studio albums Yangatchi (2009) and Birth, Choice, Death (2010), before releasing their third album, Beaches (2014) through Helicopter Records. The rock and roll foursome released their new and fourth album Starsea back in August and ‘2226’ is the latest single lifted from the record. ‘2226’ is a fuzzed-up, scuzzy and meandering rock and roll jam. Imbued with a punk spirit, the drawled vocals and buzzy punk guitars wade through a haze of fuzz and feedback with a loose, free-flowing vibe. As incessant the buzz and fuzz is, ‘226’ is strongly melancholic, dreamy and somewhat catchy – in short; it’s a top tune!

Starsea is out now & you can stream it here. For now, listen to ‘2226’ below now:

The Skullers – ‘Can We Do That Again’

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The Skullers are a rock & roll trio from New Jersey, whose sound is comprised by blues-rock, indie, mod-revivalist punk and post-punk.

While the trio’s bread-and-butter is a blues-soaked brand of modern rock and roll with a down-to-the-bone rockabilly soul, The Skullers’ latest single ‘Can We Do That Again’ takes a different tact, a testament to their versatility. The Black Keys-esque stomp is replaced by the Mod-revivalist swagger of The Jam or The Rifles. Upbeat and up-tempo, a whirlwind of punchy vocals, guitar swaying twangyness and sing-a-long choruses combine and weave in and out of rumbling post-punk basslines. A raw, rumbling and addictive track delivered with a suave slickness.

Do yourself a favour, listen to ‘Can We Do That Again’ below now. The entire debut EP is here, for your perusal.

Mercyfox – ‘Dead White Doves’

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Mercyfox is an electro-indie duo – Christoffer Hein and Dragut Lugalzagos – from Copenhagen, Denmark.

The pair began working together in the summer of 2016, concocting uptempo “dance-punk and pop-trash” and thus Mercyfox was born. Their latest single is ‘Dead White Doves’, and it’s oozing with danceable rhythms, direct-synths, twisted guitars and topped off exquisitely by relentless soaring vocals. ‘Dead White Doves’ is a tune and one that grabs a hold of you and doesn’t let go, with it’s irresistible groove and dancey rhythms. A formidable introduction to a pairing that should have fans of The Jesus and Mary Chain, Primal Scream & LCD Soundsystem salivating at the prospect of yet more to come.

Get acquainted with ‘Dead White Doves’ below.

Penguin – ‘Fiction’

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Penguin are protopunk-influenced alt-rock newcomers from Newcastle-upon-Tyne, who made their musical introduction with debit single ‘Not A Problem’ back in May.

On that occasion the Geordie outfit delivered a cut of anthemic, indie-rock brilliance; and they are at it again with latest single. ‘Fiction’ is an irresistible three-minutes of relentless, fast-paced alt-pop fizzing with a lively electricity. Propelled onward by clattering percussion, driven guitars, meaty riffs and playful rhythms, ‘Fiction’ is as infectiously sing-a-long as Futureheads at their very best. And if that comparision where not enough, the wonderfully exuberant breakdown finale brings to mind the late, great Beta Band. An utterly marvellous fun and riff-filled adventure to a place of sheer joy! If this doesn’t warm your heart and plaster a delirious grin across your face, nothing will.

‘Fiction’ is out now, listen to it below.

Introducing: Stoat

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With an extensive back-catalogue, an indie/post-punk sound similar to HMHB meets Sultans of Ping FC and Irish to boot, it is a mystery how Stoat existence remained unknown (to me at least) until very recently.

After taking a breather for a few years, so far in 2017 Stoat have been revealing new material with a view to releasing an LP called Try Not To Think About It later in the year. The latest single lifted from the forthcoming record is the title track, providing a welcome introduction to both band and LP. Spearheaded by militaristic drums, jerky and somewhat jagged punky-reggae guitars and wry, sardonic lyrical quips. Delivered with hawkish precision, they tap along in perfect time regaling tales of the downside of fatherhood, domesticity, and steady employment. Striking a balance between bashing out a memorable jam and being light-hearted is a tough ask, many have tried and many have failed. But thankfully – like the aforementioned HMHB & Sultans – Stoat deliver the goods. Hopefully there’s more to come from Stoat in 2017, an excellent – if somewhat belated – discovery.

Check out ‘Try Not To Think About It’ & other recent single, ‘Talk Radio Makes Me Feel Alone’ below.