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‘That’s Life’ – Sex Cells April 19, 2020

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Sex Cells are a London duo producing fascinating angular and paranoid synth-based music. Matt Kilda and Willow Vincent seem to have turned financial disaster into musical triumph having been ripped off in a housing rental scam. With every track on this impressive debut album, they demonstrate their mastery of their chosen genre. They started out as promoters, influenced by the likes of Wendy Carlos and Suicide, and their music pulsates with menace and melancholy.

‘That’s Life’ opens with the pulsating title track which features Willow’s punky vocal over Matt’s lower vocal line. The track drifts to a spacy conclusion. The second track “Deranged” is carried along on a great rhythm and hits the mark but it is on the third track “We Are Still Breathing” that Sex Cells show what they are truly capable of. This track gives us that early Ultravox meets the Psychedelic Furs feel with a great melody. It even has the audacity to quote Lou Reed (“Satellite of Love”). A slower, less frenetic pace showcases the band’s vocal abilities at their strongest.

Next track “Human Costume” takes us back to that frenetic, pumping feel which is clearly a speciality of this group. A very effective track to which the next track “Cruel Design” acts as a coda, this is as close to an instrumental as the band gets. “Fortress” is a return to the slower more melodic feel of “We Are Still Breathing”. A strong song with a beautiful melodic duet that shows the band’s songwriting strengths at their best. Final track “Hang the Flowers” is a fitting semi- instrumental close to this strong debut. This is an excellent debut album and I look forward to hearing and seeing more from this innovative and exciting duo.

Written by Paul Bamlett.

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With Just A Hint Of Mayhem – Singles Round-Up 2020 Part 1 April 3, 2020

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We are just catching up with reviews during this COVID-19 downtime. So here is the first 2020 singles round-up. Look for the next one very soon. These five tracks feature an eclectic mix of bands, one of which we have featured before. Enjoy!

Spanish Love Songs

“Kick” – Spanish Love Songs

A wonderful slice of power pop with great punk undertones. Speaking of Undertones I can hear a similar tonal quality in Dylan Slocum’s voice to that of Feargal Sharkey. This LA-based five-piece has influences from the likes of Blink 182, but they are also very much their own band. From this song alone I am now a fan!

“In Your Eyes” – Walking On Mountains

Deep, dark, emotional rock from one of Sheffield’s finest current generation of bands. Powerfully soaring vocals from Davy Jones and a heartfelt counterpoint voice. The riffs are huge and the softer moments ooze feeling too. This is definitely a band to keep an eye on!

“Deranged” – Sex Cells

Reminiscent of early Human League and a wonderfully bonkers percussion-heavy synth track. The bass line drives right through your body and realigns your heart rate to its incessant beat. I challenge you to listen to this and not move your body, you will fail! I love this tune!

“Ghost” – Moodbay

Manchester duo released another classy single, “Ghost” earlier this year. Wonderful 21st Century R & B with a magnificently chilled, jazzy feel. Anna’s vocals are sultry and soulful. This track would work well on a chill-out soundtrack but also as a decent dance tune. I have reviewed Moodbay before and they just get better and better!

“Your Band” – Leather Party

At times it feels like this is just bass and vocals, but there is a dark underbelly of fucked-up Adam and the Ants style drums. That is possibly the heaviest deepest bass sound I have heard in a while. They come over like a cross between the Velvet Underground and the Jesus And Mary Chain with extra added weirdness. This is a great track but way too short.

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