1. Polemics – ‘Halibut’

Two days late this week, but like the saying goes: “Better late than never!”. Let’s kick off this Mixtape with the Bristol fiery lads Polemics and their latest ace video ‘Halibut‘.  This is eccentric post punk at its best, on the wilder, most diverse side of the genre, ambassadors like IDLES, Fontaines D.C. serve.  Oh, yes we got all of them (3 in 1!) for you not to get tired searching elsewhere for their interviews, and you can press the button to get a taste of the “rich in vitamin” opus  below while reading….

Christos Doukakis

  1. Mannequin Pussy – ‘The Execution of All Things’

No Bad Words For The Coast Today: The Execution Of All Things Covers Comp‘ is an upcoming compilation album featuring over a dozen angsty artists and benefiting the NYC-based non-profit G.L.I.T.S.. And the tunes themselves? They all happen to be covers of Rilo Kiley’s 2002 indie masterpiece ‘The Execution of All Things‘.

Mannequin Pussy’s thrown their cover of the title track into the mix this week with beautiful results. Slightly more tense than the original, with The Breeders era Kim Deal baselines layering on the anxiety, it’s well worth a listen. Perfect mesh of soft and whimpering with a matter of fact emotional-yet-aloof outpouring.

Sarah Medeiros

  1. Channel Tres – ‘Skate Depot’

Compton based producer Channel Tres’ latest output ‘Skate Depot‘ is the track that’s wormed it’s way into my head on numerous occasions over the past few days – which we’ll consider an exceptional trait at the moment and forget the fact that the words ‘skate depot’ along with Channel Tres’ heavy breathing chanting itself in your head repeatedly whilst brushing your teeth could be regarded as tiresome under a different light. The summer-y vibes are through the roof with this funk track, making you almost forget about the winter that’s looming in our near future, and you can almost (but not quite) picture yourself grooving to ‘Skate Depot‘ at a festival or packed club. Unfortunately we’ll all have to wait on that one, but your next teeth brushing session could be discotheque enough too? Maybe?

Sarah Medeiros

  1. SOUP! – ‘All To Myself’ (feat. Meredith Adelaide)

Among the most promising new bands for 2020 is definitely SOUP!, the London based Italo-British experimental duo of award winning producer Gigi Piscitelli and drummer Matt Hardy, with a sound reminiscent of acts like LCD Soundsystem, Talking Heads, Soulwax & !!! (“chk chk chk”). Their latest motorik treat ‘All To Myself‘ finds the duo teamed up with American singer and multimedia artist Meredith Adelaide for an unusual, unreal trip into the wildest side of pop artistry. Creativity for SOUP! comes first to be limited in genres, song forms or even trends, so open-minded listeners should approach and enjoy the ride…

Christos Doukakis

  1. seitz  – ‘No Masquerade’

The first official track by seitz is a welcome call to the weird universe of electronic baroque pop project of Bristol-based singer and pianist Carolin Seitz. Sound-wise, this gem was inspired by the ‘legendary Stinson 165 Military Band Organ which is part of the Griffith Park Merry-Go-Round in Los Angeles‘  and what we loved most was the syrupy creepiness this track unleashes, but also its lyrics:

doors and windows in rows

heads that open and close

easy to think there’s an inside unseen

they breathe and they beckon

but as you advance

they’ll merge right into the backdrop, the screen

that gets in the way to forever display

the lines you shall not read between

a spectacular fate

watch us coagulate

and go into a state

that’s just how we relate

it gets in the way

now it’s time to obey

and tear it all down to the ground

there’ll be no masquerade

no colours, no shapes, just the shaping

there’ll be no masquerade

for nothing is fake when it’s all in the making

there’ll be no masquerade

remember, remember

no mirrors, no smoke

when nobody listened and nobody spoke

no traitors, spectators, nobody to see

and everybody to be

there’ll be no masquerade

no colours, no shapes, just the shaping

there’ll be no masquerade

no masquerade, no masquerade

there’ll be no masquerade

for nothing is fake when it’s all in the making

there’ll be no masquerade

There may be be no masquerade, but at least we are privileged with this aural delicacy!

Christos Doukakis

Compiled by Christos Doukakis & Sarah Medeiros