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Monday’s Bonus List: 10 songs we’re still loving

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As an extension of the weekly A List – posted every Sunday – here is the Astral Penguins Bonus List, 10 songs that we’re still loving but just missed out on the Sunday list.

As with the A List, the Bonus List acts as a chart, with songs appearing in order of preference. Here it is for your listening pleasure, there’s some corkers in here:

11. HOMESHAKE – Every Single Thing (Up 1; 3rd Week)

A shimmering r’n’b track with a disconcerting lo-fi meets synths dynamic. The vocals are impressive in their range and delivery, and yet it’s the cold aesthetic of the track that makes me want to keep this on repeat.

12. Cold War Kids – Love Is Mystical (Up 1; 3rd Week)

Love Is Mystical is a cracking blues-inspired indie pop record that explodes with excitement. From it’s opening piano to it’s awesome chorus, everything is a little off-kilter and distorted.

13. Stormzy – Mr Skeng (New Entry)

Stormzy is – as George’s Word on the Street column laid out on Saturday – the centre of attention right now. With Mr Skeng it’s all about Stormzy; his voice, his lyrics and his moment. He’s not one to mess with.

14. The Attic Sleepers – Leopard (New Entry)

A beautiful piece of indie-pop from Danish duo The Attic Sleepers. Straying into the kind of upbeat sunshine sound – complete with brass – that Bombay Bicycle Club mastered, Leopard will leave you feeling both vulnerable and optimistic.

15. Blood Youth – Reasons to Stay (Down 5, 2nd week) 

Melodic hardcore trio Blood Youth have produced a real balls-to-the-wall track in Reasons to Stay. A tale of a relationship ending in a complicated way, this will be an absolute monster live.

16. Sub Focus – Lingua (New Entry) (down 9; 2nd week) 

Slower and more minimalist than a lot of his other works, Lingua sees Sub Focus straying closer to dancehall and hip hop than his usual drum and bass, but it’s a banger all the same.

17. Otzeki – All This Time (Down 7; 4th Week) 

From it’s opening hum and creeping bass, it has an eerie and agitating tone, which only increases as the organ noise and vocals kick in.

18. Bicep – The Game (Catz N’ Dogz Interpretation) (New Entry)

This sounds like the kind of track that would soundtrack a video game in your dreams, where you’re driving around all night without any sort of destination in sight. It strays into some 80’s sounds, but still feels pretty timeless.

19. Electric Guest – Back For Me (Down 4; 3rd week)

Back for Me skips along with a relentlessly upbeat tone, propelled by beating percussion and one of the funkiest bass parts around. Simple, catchy and really rather good fun.

20. Pumarosa – Dragonfly (Down 6; 2nd week) 

Creating etherial music with elements of pop, indie and dance, there’s a mystique to their work that few acts achieve.

 

The Monday Bonus List: 10 songs we’re still loving

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Every Sunday we post the Astral Penguins A List: our 10 favourite songs right now. It works like a chart and it’s always bloody hard to limit it t0 10 songs every week.

Which is where the bonus list comes in. These are the songs that we’re still loving, but have either dropped out of or fell slightly short of the A List.

Here are numbers 11 to 20 for your listening pleasure.

11. Otzeki – All This Time (Down 2; 3rd Week) 

From it’s opening hum and creeping bass, it has an eerie and agitating tone, which only increases as the organ noise and vocals kick in.

12. HOMESHAKE – Every Single Thing (Down 2; 2nd Week)

A shimmering r’n’b track with a disconcerting lo-fi meets synths dynamic. The vocals are impressive in their range and delivery, and yet it’s the cold aesthetic of the track that makes me want to keep this on repeat.

13. Cold War Kids – Love Is Mystical (Down 1; 2nd Week)

Love Is Mystical is a cracking blues-inspired indie pop record that explodes with excitement. From it’s opening piano to it’s awesome chorus, everything is a little off-kilter and distorted.

14. Pumarosa – Dragonfly (new entry) 

Creating etherial music with elements of pop, indie and dance, there’s a mystique to their work that few acts achieve.

15. Electric Guest – Back For Me (non-mover; 2nd week)

Back for Me skips along with a relentlessly upbeat tone, propelled by beating percussion and one of the funkiest bass parts around. Simple, catchy and really rather good fun.

16. Vnusamr – Runnin (new entry) 

A debut single rooted in modern r’n’b, but brave enough to incorporate touches of rock and pop. The sensual vocals are great, it’s superbly produced with teasing melodies throughout.

17. Incubus – Nimble Bastard (new entry) 

Nimble Bastard sees Incubus on strong ground; driving riffs and very little pissing around.

18. King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard – Sleep Drifter (up 2; 3rd week)

Sleep Drifter is the musical equivalent of being awake for 48 hours; everything is there but you’re not sure you can piece it all together.

19. Rudie Edwards – Lover Like You (down 3; 2nd week)

 

Lover Like You is an infectiously catchy disco pop track that immediately grabs you with its gripping bass and 80’s style production.

20. High Contrast – Shotgun Mouthwash (down 2; 2nd week)

Shotgun Mouthwash is a corking piece of electro punk. It’s full on from the get-go and is stacked full of attitude.

This Week Extended…

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Blogging has been frustratingly light this week (from me at least, George and Antonia delivered awesome columns) but work somewhat overtook my life and I never got the chance to post the four tracks that were intended to be our Tracks of the Day. This is particularly annoying as they’re pretty damn good this week.

By way of apology, please find them here:

Pumarosa – Dragonfly 

Pumarosa have generated a wave of hype in the past twelve months and – to be honest – it’s not hard to work out why. Creating etherial music with elements of pop, indie and dance, there’s a mystique to their work that few acts achieve. Dragonfly was released on the same day the band announced their debut album – The Witch – will be out in May. I’ve seen them live a few times now and highly recommend you catch them now; these guys – and gals – are unlikely to be playing smaller shows for much longer.

Code Walk, Smerz – Guess What 

This track is a collaboration between two Scandinavian duos, Norwegian pair Code Walk  and Copenhagen couple Smerz. Its a track that revolves around shimmering techno beats and top line percussion. Everything about this track is ice cold. Simple and yet highly effective.

Brutus – Drive 3/4s 

Belgiun post-hardcore trio Brutus started life as a Refused tribute act, before starting to write their own material. They’re led by Stefanie Mannaerts, who acts as both vocalist and drummer. Drive 3/4s is a stunningly good rock track; its impressive in its ambition alone, but the delivery of intricate melodies, shifts in style and epic chorus makes this track an absolute monster. Easily my favourite track of the week.

Vnusamr – Runnin 

A debut single from Miami-based Vnusamr, and she’s immediately grasped my attention with a track rooted in modern r’n’b, but brave enough to incorporate touches of rock and pop. The sensual vocals are great, it’s superbly produced and I love her teasing melodies throughout. More like this please.

 

 

Ramblings On: RTJ, Gigs, Trash, Films and the A List

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Run The Jewels have announced a European tour and are heading to London in April. I managed to get tickets (thanks to Songkick for a pre-sale link). I saw RTJ at Lovebox (a London festival) last year but to say the sound was rubbish would be unfair to other garbage. I was about four rows back in the middle of the stage, but the only hint of vocals we could hear was from the onstage monitors. So I’m looking forward to actually seeing – and hearing – them do their thing properly.

2017 is already shaping up to be pretty good on the gigs front. Pumarosa  – one of the most exciting bands coming through right now – have announced another London gig, there’s Field Day, Eric Clapton, Al Stewart and lots of smaller bands already in the diary. I’ll be sharing some thoughts on those closer to the time.

One of the best things I read this week was a Guardian article on the Trash club night that used to run in London. Although I never attended the night, those that were involved in the running of the night (Erol Alkan, 2 Many DJs) and the musical artists that found fame through the night played a huge part in my musical education. But perhaps most importantly – to this site – is the music policy; they were willing to play anything. I still remain nervous about writing a blog which promotes all sorts of music, but I’ve never understood the desire to only like or listen to one genre or style of music. To my mind, good music comes in all shapes and sizes, and it was great to read that a club night that was successful found success through doing the same.

I mentioned in my last ramblings that we’ve got new columnists joining me on the blog; two of whom will start this week. Antonia is going to write regular film reviews – and also hopefully a less regular but equally exciting column on trends in film – and George is going to take on album reviews and write a less regular column on… (we haven’t quite agreed on the terminology, so forgive me here) urban music. Garage, grime, techno, hip hop… he’s going to provide a one-stop-shop on all things big in some slightly less mainstream genres.

 

I’ll be back later on with this week’s A List. This past week has been ridiculous in terms of excellent new music, so expect to see more change than normal. But it’s great to start the blog with some seriously exciting music.

I have to go now because Max the Yorkiepoo is awake and trying to walk on the keyboard. Until later…