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With Just A Hint Of Mayhem – Singles Round-Up 2020 Part 13 September 27, 2020

Here we are with our thirteenth singles round-up of 2020. This one features five great tunes, which crept out into this currently horrible world over the past few weeks with a mission to make it better. These five songs include more great bands and singers from London, Bangor, Rugby (via West Lothian), Raleigh (North Carolina) and Canada . Two of these acts have appeared on With Just A Hint Of Mayhem before; Dying Habit and Eyeball and I am confident that everyone of this lot will appear again sometime in the future. Get into these great tunes right now!

“Mother” – The Dead Zoo

Jon, Gabby, Kaoru and Somrata are the Dead Zoo and this is their first single. It is a cover of a song originally by Puffy (aka Puffy AmiYumi a Japanese pop rock duo), an act completely new to me, as are the Dead Zoo. The tune has a real laid back 60s west coast feel with overlays of jangly indie guitar and an undercurrent of UK post punk. Kaoru’s hauntingly beautiful vocals wash over you and hypnotise you into a relaxed dreamlike state. She has incredible clarity in her vocal delivery. I assume the lyrics are Japanese, and I do not understand any of them, but it is such a classy track who cares! The video is nicely done using Zoom or something similar, as a bonus you also get to see Jon the drummer in a onesie! Regular readers know that my name is Bill, but the Dead Zoo are the only group of people in the world allowed to call me Helen! If I told you why I would have to kill you 😉

“Honestly” – Dying Habit

This is the third appearance at Mayhem Towers for Bangor’s finest rock band Dying Habit, to be fair they are also one of the UK’s best bands. This track came out a few weeks ago. “Honestly” is a hard rocking tune with a nod to pop sensibility. It showcases a band that really know their stuff and seem to work together effortlessly. I want to see them live even more now! The video gives the songs undercurrent of darkness a lighter touch with the two protagonists having some rather spiffing paint fun!

“I Love You, You’re The Worst” – Emily Burns

Now this is a stunningly well produced dark pop tune reminiscent of Lily Allen and Kate Nash lyrically. It is underpinned with a real classy modern R & B feel. It crept into my head and took up residence on the first listen. The video, with Emily playing a multitude of characters is rather splendid too!

“Paralyze (Theme for a Recurring Film)” – Eyeball

A marvellous instrumental piece of trippy, proggy synth which would fit perfectly on the soundtrack of the darkest David Lynch film. The sound is like an orchestral Giorgio Moroder inspired piece. Eyeball’s bio claims they are from North Carolina, I think that is fake news, I believe they have emanated from a bizarre parallel universe. A universe where proggy, synth rock is king and Eyeball are it’s royal family!

“The Social” – DJ Shub (feat. Phoenix)

This is an inspiring example of how to use your voice for good. It has some first class and very phat beats and a wonderful use of Native American chants. Vocally I was reminded of Lauryn Hill at her Fugees peak. Not only is this a great tune it supports Black Lives Matter and points out that Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Matter. All proceeds from this song will go to organizations benefiting these initiatives that are very dear to DJ Shub and Phoenix’s hearts. America needs this right now, hell the world needs this passion for life right now given the extreme racist regimes that exist on the planet today!

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With Just A Hint Of Mayhem – Singles Round-Up 2020 Part 4 April 24, 2020

We are almost caught up with singles reviews during this COVID-19 lockdown. So here is our fourth 2020 singles round-up.

These four tracks feature another eclectic mix of bands and singers from as far afield as Portland, Oregon (USA), Wales, and London. All of them apart from Dying Habit are new to With Just A Hint Of MayhemEnjoy!

“If You Want Me To”Caroline Mason

Portland, Oregon singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist has produced a wonderfully simple, yet profound slice of electronic pop with “If You Want Me To”. It has a hook that latches onto your brain like the best earworm. It is supported by a stunning video set in the desert with multiple Caroline Masons. The film was produced by Christal Angelique who has achieved a retro sci-fi feel which took me back to the 60s. A great song from a multi-talented musician!

“Who Asked You”Nia Wynn

Nia Wynn’s new single is a fine modern R & B tune that maintains a feel of old skool R & B and a hip hop vibe. Vocally she reminds me of Amy Winehouse, but Nia is very much out on her own as a great vocalist. I can imagine listening to this song while drinking a large Jack Daniels at the end of the day. Great lyrics and a late-night, smoky feel. Check out her other stuff too, this is a singer who can and hopefully will reach great heights. I am really keen to see her play live now, obviously on the other side of this lockdown!

“Moment”Quest Ensemble

This piece bodes very well for the Quest Ensemble album due on 5th June. This London based trio take their influences from many places: modern classical a la Philip Glass, Radiohead, Jazz, and the more ethereal elements of Mogwai. It is sometimes hard to get too much emotion from an instrumental piece but Preetha Narayanan (violin), Tara Franks (cello), and Filipe Sousa (piano) manage it with ease, skill, and sass.

“Out Of My Hands”Dying Habit

For me this is a song that captures the mood of our current times with a melancholy, soul searching feel. While there is an undercurrent of happiness there is an intricate view of our own mortality in the lyrics. “You always believe you’ll have the time, You can’t press rewind” is a great example. I absolutely love this tune and definitely want more of Dying Habit.

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“Unrealities” – Dying Habit February 20, 2019

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Dying Habit are a hidden gem of a band from Bangor in North Wales. They are very new to me but they have been around since 2014. On the strength of their current single “Unrealities” they have the talent to go on to much bigger things. Vocalist Nathan Jones has a unique style which perfectly suits the emotion and passion bared in the song. Guitarist Alan Hart sounds very much on the top of his game mixing softer sweeping tones with some much harder riffs. the rhythm section of bassist Steve Allen and drummer Mark Jones complete a band that really seem to have their shit together. Dying Habit are very much an easy habit to get into. Like some of their influences; Therapy? and the Smashing Pumpkins they tackle many of the issues that  face society today, notably mental health. “Unrealities” I believe is about controlling your inner demons and not letting them impact on others. Dying Habit are a powerful band with an even more powerful message, trust me you NEED this band in your life!


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