1. Deathcrush – ‘I Want It That Way’

How about a remake on Backstreet Boys‘ mainstream hit ‘I Want It That Way‘? No, don’t worry behind this divergent cover is the Norwegian trio Deathcrush. The result is a dystopic, noisy beast, that will make the boy-band blush in shame if they listen to this raw version of the track. Yes, we definitely want it this way; Raw & dirty industrial noise rock, not for the faint-hearted!

Christos Doukakis

  1. Against All Logic – ‘Illusions of Shameless Abundance’ Feat. Lydia Lunch

Nicolas Jaar, otherwise known as Against All Logic, has teamed up with a few unique artists, FKA twigs & Estado Unido along with no-wave icon Lydia Lunch, for a two track EP that’s streaming now! ‘Illusions of Shameless Abundance‘ is almost six minutes of industrial crunching & motorcycle engines revving. At least, maybe that was a motorcycle? Could’ve been someone throwing knives at a chainsaw, it’s difficult to tell with nihilistic tunes nowadays – either way it’s greatness! About three minutes into the track, Ms. Lunch joins with lyrics about consumption and abundance – precisely what we need to hear in this time of rampant consumerism.

Sarah Medeiros

  1. Spiral Dial – ‘Brain Song’

This track is a very special treat and in high probability, unlike anything you’ve heard in the recent past. Spiral Dial‘s ‘Brain Song‘ is a genre of its own, since you may capture influences from nu-jazz, kraut rock, freak out psychedelia,  drone, glitchy electronica and could keep on for another 2-3 lines. The spirit is freedom. Freedom of expression. No genre barriers. Art beyond art. A stunning composition of mesmerizing beauty and a sense of floating on Little Fluffy Clouds in Future Days? The Orb meets Can? Hmmm, what’s this treasure?

Christos Doukakis

  1. Pave The Jungle – ‘Jelly’

Let’s return to planet Earth with an up-and-coming alternative rock band from Newcastle, UK, Pave The Jungle, and their alternative rock banger ‘Jelly‘.  Bandleader Rachael Whittle (vocals, guitars) has the nerve & the attitude to differ from the average alt rock bandleader sounding both angry & anthemic, while the boys -Scott, Jack & Stephen ‘bang’ their instruments like there is no tomorrow.

Now, that’s an ace debut single and expectations are pretty high. Turn this up loud!

Christos Doukakis

  1. Garcia Peoples – ‘Show Your Troubles Out’ (Live)

New Jersey rock band Garcia Peoples is set to release a live album at the beginning of March (the 6th, to be exact), and ‘Show Your Troubles Out‘ is our first hint – for those who haven’t graced their appearance on stage – of what you receive at a Garcia Peoples show. Jammy, explorative, not according to plan, enthusiastic, and the perfect song to close your eyes and lose yourself in.

Sarah Medeiros

Compiled by Christos Doukakis & Sarah Medeiros