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<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Best new single you've uncovered in the last week?</p>&mdash; Rough Trade (@RoughTrade) <a href=”https://twitter.com/RoughTrade/status/1130156163272728576?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>May 19, 2019</a></blockquote>

It’s that time of the week again and so here’s the latest Music Question (on a Sunday). This week’s question is (what is the) best new single you’ve uncovered in the last week? This was tough one as there have been a few singles that have got me excited this week so it’s a three way tie between ‘Mm mmm’ by Hackney Colliery Band featuring Anglique Kodjo and Roundhouse Choir and great combination of a fantastic modern Hip-Hop influenced Brass band, powerful Malian singer Kodjo and backing vocals from the choir bonus points for the title. Next it would have to be ‘Zero Fux’ by Kool Keith featuring B-Real (Cypress Hill) a great lead single from the upcoming Kool Keith album “Keith” it doesn’t reinvent the boom bap/90’s underground Hip-Hop wheel but hearing two distinctly voiced MCs on the top of their game is great. Finally I would say ‘Favourites’ by The S.L.P. featuring Little Simz, The S.L..P. is Serge from Kasabian’s side project and this is a great debut single featuring Serge’s signature guitar riffs and the confident flow of Little Simz. 

Let me know your best single of this week below in the Comments.


<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>I wasn't keen on ____________ until I saw them live.</p>&mdash; Rough Trade (@RoughTrade) <a href=”https://twitter.com/RoughTrade/status/1127574151588392960?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>May 12, 2019</a></blockquote>

Ok, so this week’s Music Question courtesy of Rough Trade is “I wasn’t keen on ____________ until I saw them live.” My answer to this question is Fever Ray. My now ex-girlfriend was a huge fan of The Knife (Karin Dreijer’s first band/music project) and while liked some of their songs I found lot of it difficult to listen to, couldn’t put my finger on why but I did. But I really struggled Fever Ray’s self titled debut album (2009) to point of almost hating it. However, during this early stage of our relationship we had an arrangement where one partner could pick something to do that maybe the other didn’t want to do the rule being they had to pay for it. So we ended going to see Fever Ray in Manchester at the Academy 2 in July 2009. I was blown away both by the incredible show show and costumes and the power of the music as to enveloped me. I was converted to a fan then and there and while I still don’t own a copy of that album (one of few that for some reason I never get round to buying but can’t explain why) I’m a huge fan of it and dove deep into it after going to that gig.

Let me know what your answer to the question is down in the Comments.

Music Question (on a Sunday)

So welcome to a new regular feature Music Question (on a Sunday) I really enjoy these Tweets from Rough Trade Shops. This week’s is Record Store Day themed Best Thing that Happened on Record Store Day 2019? I didn’t go to any Record Stores as I’m currently skint so it wasn’t directly related to RSD 2019. However, it was related to RSD 2018 as I got into a discussion with some people on Twitter (see the Tweet and thread below) concerning this year’s releases on Now Again Records and one of the people had commented about the quality of Now Again’s pressings, I hadn’t had a problem with the David Axelrod reissues that Now Again put on out last year (the first ‘Song of Innocence being released last Record Store Day and the 3rd ‘Earthrot’ being released on RSD Black Friday 2018). Anyway my Tweet got like Egon the head of Now Again Records and a guy who really knows his music and I was pretty happy about that. Check out the thread below and let me know what was the best thing that happened to you on RSD 2019 in the Comments.


So welcome to a new regular feature Music Question (on a Sunday) I really enjoy these Tweets from Rough Trade Shops. Now they haven’t posted a good one for me this week as so far I’ve only been to one gig this year. It was Beak> at Gorilla in Manchester. The support band was a one man act called Use or as Billy Fuller (bassist in Beak>) would describe him later “the maddest bastard in France” which he was. Let me know your best Support Band/Act of the Year in the Comments.



Liam’s Recommendations

A$AP Rocky – “Long.Live.A$AP” 14th January (Polo Grounds/RCA)

“Long.Live.A$AP” is the highly anticipated and much delayed début album by the MC who showed so much potential on the “LiveLoveA$AP” (2011) mixtape. Production comes from Clams Casino, Hit Boy, A$AP Ty Beats, Soufein3000, Joey Fat Beats and Rocky himself.

Mountains – “Centralia” 21st January (Thrill Jockey)

The America drone duo return with their seventh album and the follow up to 2011’s “Air Museum”.

Toro Y Moi “Anything In Return” 21st January (Carpark)

Sonic Fiction favourite Toro Y Moi returns with his third album in January. The first single from the album ‘So Many Details’ sees Chaz Bundick exploring similar territory to his last album “Underneath The Pine”.

Kirsty’s Recommendations

Pantha Du Prince & The Bell Laboratory – Elements of Lights 11th January (Rough Trade)

Sonic Fiction favourite Hendrik Weber (Pantha Du Prince) has teamed up with Norwegian musicians The Bell Laboratory for a new collaborative album, “Elements of Lights”. The video previews below, display the German techno producer and The Bell Laboratory creating an ambitious symphony of electronics, percussion and a special bell carillon, a three-tonne instrument consisting of fifty bronze bells.

Pantha du Prince & the Bell Laboratory – Trailer 1 from Sandra Trostel on Vimeo.

Pantha du Prince & the Bell Laboratory – Trailer 2 from Sandra Trostel on Vimeo.

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