After the incredible scenes of the last couple of weeks, it's a comparatively slow news week now, with only political crises and implausible breaches of basic human rights to read about. Dull right. Why not distract yourself from this hugely exciting summer of ours and chow down on new releases from Tribes, This Many Boyfriends and Benjamin Shaw. Get on your dancing shoes and all that, then get your voting fingers on and get clicking at the bottom. Phwoar.


Tribes – 'Sappho'

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A disclaimer- the actual release date of this track has varied more than Man City's front line (great football comparison) so I'm going to stick it in here, as I personally reckon it is one of the best songs released this summer and deserves a little kudos. Plus, if the heavyweights at NME claim it was out today, we can but follow... For a band making music so similar to Suede that you can feel Bernard Butler squirming in his increasingly bad hair-cut, this is an unbelievably good song, plain and simple. This is a sound that you actually believe, rather than a mere medium formulated at attracting the most listens and groupies. Though it undoubtedly attracts a lot of both. Sonically 'Sappho' sounds fresh, yet retains a sleazy, sneering vocal that drips menace and sexuality in equal measure. It goes lengths to capture the Americana of The Gaslight Anthem without ever abandoning the sleazy English delivery that makes this, for me, the best song I've heard this summer. No exaggeration. It only improves on further listens, and despite heralding the early nineties in its undoubted grunge roots, it follows Yuck as a harbinger of the forthcoming revival which looks set to deliver another major player in the shape of Tribes.



This Many Boyfriends – 'Young Lovers Go Pop!'

Young Lovers Go Pop! by Angular Recording Co

Classic northern rock next, from Leeds five-piece This Many Boyfriends, who take the traditional formula of an imperious vocal combined with a chanted, pint in the air chorus to rack up another victory for Yorkshire in the anthem battle (whatever that is). It will go round and round and round in your head, and sounds oh so familiar whilst remaining incredibly fresh. Both Cribs and Los Campesinos without crossing the rubicon to derivative, this is a song to drink and dance badly to.



Benjamin Shaw- 'When I Fell Over In The City'

Benjamin Shaw - When I Fell Over In The City by The Line Of Best Fit

Scrappy and aurally sketchy, on paper this is a track which should be consigned to the ever-growing scrapheap of angsty singer-songwriters. Thankfully, the track demonstrates the rare spark that luminates an artist, mixing wit and self-deprecation with an undeniably fun sound. Though acoustic music is undoubtedly limited, there are still acts who deserve success as they strain to subvert the genre through it's very accessibility. The lyricism of Benjamin Shaw is a joy to a cynic like me, and hints at an increasingly mature singer with bags of talent and more than a pinch of irony.



Seize The Chair – 'You Who'

Seize The Chair - You Who by Too Pure Singles Club

With an initial press description that “we're proud to present the band with more violent sex appeal than a Steven Segal movie”, there's not a lot that I can say to follow this outlandish work. Though I would describe the sex appeal as more Michael Cera than Steven Segal, there is indeed an underlying energy to the track, but it may be more of an awkward case of premature ejaculation. And I didn't think I'd ever be writing that when I woke up this morning. A good song nonetheless though.



Liz Green – 'Displacement Song'

Displacement Song by Liz Green

After winning Glastonbury Festival's Emerging Talent competition over four years ago, 'Displacement Song' is inexplicably Liz Green's first single in three years, following 'Midnight Blues'. With debut album, O, Devotion! due in November, this track again displays Green's unique blend of haunting jazz and muddy bluegrass, underlined by the increasing brass presence and an Anais Mitchell theatricality.