Track Of The Day: Kill J – ‘Dead Weight Soldier’

Copenhagen’s Kill J is back with a new track and accompanying set of visuals titled ‘Dead Weight Soldier’ – and revenge is at the forefront of her mind. Following her fiercely political release ‘Strange Fruits of The Sea’, this is the second track from her forthcoming album Superposition, which is set to be a poignant and unapologetic listen.

Kill J combines her usual bitter sweet vocals and distracting electronic beats to give ‘Dead Weight Soldier’ a startling sonic power. The music video, directed by J6 Films is equally as intriguing; shot in monochrome and set in a bleak industrial environment.

Speaking about the track, Kill J explains: “It’s based on a revenge fantasy. A retaliation against an incompetent man that I have encountered quite a few times in different forms throughout my life: full of hot air, an egomaniac driven by sex and power. A person that has no real talent but is very good at taking credit for other people’s achievements.”

Kill J’s ruthless musical efforts have kept us hooked over the last few months, and we’re eager to hear more from this unusual artist. Listen to ‘Dead Weight Soldier’ below and follow Kill J on Facebook for more updates.

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut

Track Of The Day: Track Not Found – ‘Run Me Down’

Following their EP The Only Way Is Lost and last year’s ‘Science (Gone Wrong)’, Guernsey’s Track Not Found have now signed to Funnel Music and shared a brand new single.

Oozing a raw, punk-infused energy ‘Run Me Down’ is propelled by scuzzy throbbing bass and gritty vocals as it races with an immense, soaring power. Filled with catchy hooks and an impassioned, gutsy emotion, it’s an instant ear-worm, marking this young band out as definite ones to watch in 2019.

Watch the new video for ‘Run Me Down’ here:

And keep your ears peeled for more from Track Not Found this year!

Mari Lane
@marimindles

Photo Credit: Martha Fitzpatrick Photography

Track Of The Day: Boy Harsher – ‘Fate’

Massachusetts duo Boy Harsher have shared the second track from their forthcoming new album, Careful, which will be released on February 1st via their own label Nude Club Records. Titled ‘Fate’, the new song is four minutes of off-kilter synths, breathy seductive vocals and dance inducing beats.

The track is accompanied by a startling set of visuals, directed and produced by Bryan M. Ferguso. The video shows a blood-thirsty young woman hunting her prey against a dark cityscape – reminiscent of cult 80’s film Lost Boys (minus the mullets, of course).

Speaking about ‘Fate’, Boy Harsher explain: “It’s a song about how there’s no amount of running that can prevent you from your life. You are raw and beat-down, yet you will continue to behave the same way – ‘Fate’ is your own trouble, a magnetic force that’s stuck on you forever.”

Immerse yourself in the sound of ‘Fate’ below and catch the pair playing live at Heaven on 27th February.

Follow Boy Harsher on Facebook for more updates.

Boy Harsher 2019 UK Live Dates
Feb 24 Bristol, UK – Lanes #
Feb 25 Leeds, UK – Wharf Chambers #
Feb 26 Manchester, UK – Soup Kitchen #
Feb 27 London, UK – Heaven # **NEW VENUE**

# w/ KONTRAVOID

Photo credit: Nedda Afsari

Track Of The Day: Argonaut – ‘Girl Talk’

Since releasing their third album Forever last year, London band Argonaut have undergone a line-up change incorporating additional female members including former luminaries of legendary indie groups Hefner and Monochrome Set and UK Riot Grrrls Linus. Now, with their latest EP, appropriately entitled The New Argonaut EP, the band have stayed true to their DIY roots with this collection of infectious offerings.

Taken from the EP, latest single ‘Girl Talk’ is an empowering, punk-pop anthem. With motivational lyrics such as “You rock, you can change the world, you inspire boys and girls, you can do anything!”, it’s the perfect pick-me-up to kick start the new year. Filled with shimmering hooks and a magnificent punk-rock spirit, it’ll leave you ready to face 2019 with all the immense, buoyant energy that it oozes.

Filmed on Hampstead Heath, the video for ‘Girl Talk’ is available to watch now:

The New Argonaut EP is out now, order here. And catch Argonaut live for us at The Finsbury, next Friday 11th January, supporting Wolf Girl!

Mari Lane
@marimindles

 

Track Of The Day: Bubble & Squeak – ‘The Christmas Stick’

It seems Poppy Hankin has a knack for creating perfect festive ditties; following Girl Ray’s ‘(I Wish I Were Giving You A Gift) This Christmas’ last year, she has now teamed up with The Boy Least Likely To’s Jof Owen to treat our ears to a sparkling slacker pop masterpiece.

Depicting a chance encounter on a lonely winter’s night between two strangers whose eyes meet across a bustling broadway, ‘The Christmas Stick’ is filled with completely dreamy, twinkling melodies and an endearing, scuzzy charm. As luscious harmonies flow alongside the joyous sound of sleigh-bells and a slight whirr of wistful melancholy, it’s the perfect antidote to some of the usual festive drivel circulating at this time of year. An uplifting slice of shimmering garage-pop to accompany those hot toddies, mince pies and inescapable pre-Christmas anxiety.

Of the track, Hankin explains: 

Jof told me about the idea for the song one night in the pub, but all he had so far was the line “you’ve been hit, you’ve been hit, you’ve been hit by The Christmas Stick”. I remember singing an idea for it straight away and then we got together the next morning and wrote the rest of it. It ended up being a really sweet love song, which we didn’t expect it to be.”

Download ‘The Christmas Stick’ here.

Mari Lane
@marimindles

EP: Petty Phase – ‘Petty Phase’

Southend Riot Grrrls Petty Phase have shared their new self-titled EP via Headcheck Records, and it’s eleven minutes of energetic punk sounds designed to get your head thrashing.

On opening track ‘Made To Order’ the band break down the “barbie doll” mold enforced on girls and women in the media. Through ferocious guitar riffs, Alyx’s buzzing bass lines and Jen & Rosie’s defiant dual vocals; the track becomes a cathartic take down of stereotypes, executed with genuine riot grrrl flair. The same can be said for following track ‘The Jesus Touch’ which brims with more of the band’s thrashing riffs and trademark no-nonsense attitude.

The deadly opening riff on penultimate track ‘Y2k’ cranks the volume up another notch, before the band take down double standards in riotous fashion on closing track ‘Different For Girls’. Jen & Rosie’s powerful vocals make for a catchy chorus here, ending the record on just as defiant a note as it started on.

If you’re in to all things riot grrrl – or looking for a modern intro to the vital 90s movement – definitely check out Petty Phase’s new EP.

Follow Petty Phase on Facebook for more updates.

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut

Track Of The Day: VEE 303 – ‘Wounded’

‘Wounded’ is the latest release from Berlin based VEE 303 and it is all about moments. Moments of violence, moments of overwhelming emotion, 225 seconds of so many moments.

In her own words ‘Wounded’ is “about the dynamic of control between two people and how it can be a liberating experience to just let someone take over. It can give you some kind of freedom to not worry about the world for a second and indulge yourself in the moment. It is a reflection on how I experience salvation through pain and the contradictory forces of violence and beauty.”

From stripped back trip-hop to rising orchestral sounds, this songs leaves your ears gladly tripping over the intermittent plucking and pounding beats. Yes please VEE 303.

Listen to the new track below, and follow VEE 303 on Instagram for more updates.

Tash Walker
@maudeandtrevor