Tune of the Week // Corella – Say Something

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Tune of the Week // Corella – Say Something

There must be something in the water up north. From what I’ve been led to believe, ‘Up North’ is anywhere north of St Albans to Londoners. There has been a plethora of really good new bands coming out of Manchester and going on ‘Say Something’, Corella have put themselves at the top of the pile.

‘Say Something’ is the follow up to ‘Barcelona Girl’ from earlier this summer. I defy you not to dance. However, it will be inevitable. Funky guitar and drums and memorable refrains are the vital ingredients in this recipe. I’d put a tenner on that these guys have listened to Little Comets on more than one occasion.

Great song structure, musicality and vocal delivery all come together perfectly at exactly the right time for Corella. This is a huge delightful slice of indie pop. Definitely a band to watch out for in 2018.

The lads are playing the O2 Ritz Manchester on 14/12/17 and will be announcing a tour for Spring 2018 shortly.

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Tune of the Week // Hayes and Y – Always So Simple, Always So Cold

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Tune of the Week // Hayes and Y – Always So Simple, Always So Cold

Hayes and Y are an interesting bunch. With members coming from mainland Europe and as far away as Finland and Bulgaria, they moved to the UK and now call Manchester home.

Although the band have three EPs previously released, the current release ‘Always So Simple, Always So Cold’ is more than enough to make me want to explore their back catalogue. I have to admit, I have a serious soft spot for 80s synth sounds. Along with a big fat bass line, gorgeous guitar riffs and vocals that are perfectly delivered, this is a ‘stick your headphones on and turn the volume up loud’ kinda song. Don’t be surprised if this ends up on a TV or movie soundtrack.

Find Hayes and Y Online

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Tune of the Week // Graham Mitchell – Maria Browne

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Tune of the Week // Graham Mitchell – Maria Browne

I first heard about this guy from my friend, Sarah. It was about four or five years ago and there was this young fella called Milky near where she lived and she thought I should check out his music. He was good but needed a little time to perfect everything.

Fast forward to 2017 and Milky has dropped this moniker in favour of his own name and has released a couple of cracking tracks. A few of months ago, Graham Mitchell released ‘Inside I’m Dancing’ and ‘You’ve Disappeared’, a piano/guitar led ballad that highlighted his vocal and musical abilities. But the release of this track ‘Maria Browne’ proves just how far the young Dubliner has come.

‘Maria Browne’ is an old school story about a love lost with a upbeat sixties soul vibe. Clocking in at just under two and a half minutes, the full band sound and production from Jon Dotts, are in perfect for the era. This is a huge jump for Graham Mitchell, showing a glimpse of what is to come.

You can find out more about Graham Mitchell on Facebook or Twitter

Get Maria Browne as a Free Download

You can get Maria Browne as a Name Your Price Download from Bandcamp, that includes for free but why don’t you support your local artist and give him a quid or two.

Spotify Tune of the Week Playlist

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Tune of the Week // George Michael featuring Nile Rodgers – Fantasy

George Michael - Nile Rodgers - Fantasy

George Michael - Nile Rodgers - Fantasy

Tune of the Week // George Michael featuring Nile Rodgers – Fantasy

For at least thirty three years, I have waited eagerly for each new George Michael release. This one was no different. I had my headphones in on my morning commute, listening to Chris Evans on BBC Radio 2, paying homage to George.

This time, though, there was no George to tweet, to ask what we all thought. Even after eight and a bit months, the sense of loss that George isn’t with us, hasn’t subsided. So hearing Nile Rodgers’ remix of Fantasy definitely left me with mixed emotions on first listen.

Nile Rodgers had definitely added the funk, dropping the brass section from George’s versions of the track. But on multiple listens to the track, it becomes apparent that in this remix, Nile Rodgers had turned Fantasy into the ultimate tribute to George Michael.

The introduction to Fantasy is reminiscent in its structure to the intro of Star People 97. As the first line of George’s vocals kick in, the added Nile Rodgers guitar uses the rhythmic guitar strum from ‘Faith’ but with the chord progression from ‘Freedom 90’

George Michael - photo by Caroline True

George Michael’s Fantasy – The Best Version

Fantasy has always been a difficult song to get behind, it lacks a traditional soaring chorus but Nile Rodgers has turned it into a seriously danceable track, complete with hand claps. The toppy horns from the late 80s / early 90s have been replaced by funky guitar and bass lines making this the best version of this track.

Listen Without Prejudice

Fantasy was originally a B Side on Waiting for That Day in the UK and Freedom 90 in other territories, both singles taken from Listen Without Prejudice. A remixed Fantasy 98 was a B Side on Outside. The 1990 version appears on George’s album Ladies and Gentlemen.

Nile Rodgers was working on the remix of Fantasy for the release of the remastered Listen Without Prejudice Vol 1 / MTV Unplugged which will be released in October. George never got to hear the finished remix.

What a fantastic musical and philanthropic legacy he has left us. It’s wonderful that his music lives on, it warms my heart. Then, I remember and it breaks again. My hero.

Spotify Tune of the Week Playlist

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Listen to Fantasy

Photo of George from Facebook by Caroline True

Tune of the Week // St Vincent – New York

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St Vincent - Tune of the Week - nessymon

Tune of the Week // St Vincent – New York

The first time I heard ‘New York’, I was stopped in my tracks. Annie Clark, aka, St Vincent, possesses a remorseful fragility on this track. A lost love expressed through sparse musicality and carefully chosen words. I can feel the pain in her heart. Beautifully human, tragically painful.

In years to come, this will be one of tracks I will automatically remember from 2017.

Update // The track is taken from St Vincent’s new album ‘Masseducation’ which will be released on October 13 2017.

Find out more on St. Vincent’s website, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter

Spotify Tune of the Week Playlist

I’ve started putting Spotify playlists together, including a Tune of the Week playlist, which includes all the tracks I’ve chose as Tune of the Week here on nessymon.com. You can find the playlist here. Make sure you follow, it will be updated weekly.

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Tune of the Week // Session Motts – Plundered Past

Session Motts - Tune of the week - photo: Eoin Higgins

Session Motts - Tune of the week - photo: Eoin HigginsIt’s quite easy to get caught up in the rat race of London and miss out on stuff. Even though this Session Motts’ track has been around a little while now, I first got the chance to listen to it on Spotify as it had been added to a playlist I follow.

Tune of the Week // Session Motts – Plundered Past

Blow me down with a feather, it’s bloody great! I love Keeley’s wistful vocals, I love the guitars, I love the synthy bass line.

Plundered Past is the second release from Dublin’s Session Motts and the follow up to Chip Shop Fights, which was released earlier this year.

The trio comprise of Keeley Moss and Ingmar808 who have been joined by Daniel Kane. I also love how they have given themselves job titles within the band. Keeley is Session Motts Director of Communications & Social Media. Daniel is Lead Ambience Designer & Head of Logistics. Ingmar808 has been given the title of CEO & Head of Production. Quite rightly too, he’s got a not too shabby CV when it comes to mixing and producing, having recorded Julian Cope, Sly and Robbie, Suede and Pulp and mixing Bob Marley and U2. Sorry, I have to read that line again, I thought it said Bob Marley and U2.

Inga-Maria Hauser – The Keeley Chronicles

Plundered Past is ‘Dedicated with so much love and respect to the memory of Inga-Maria Hauser and her family. Never forgotten’

Inga-Maria Hauser was a German backpacker who was murdered in Northern Ireland in 1998, however the crime is still unsolved. Not content with being on vocal and guitar duties in the band, Keeley Moss has turned detective on her blog, dedicated to the mystery. Check out https://www.thekeeleychronicles.wordpress.com to read Girl, Interrupted: The Untold Story of Inga-Maria Hauser.

Plundered Past is a retro modern electronic indie showgaze marvel. Can’t wait to hear more.

Find out more about Session Motts

You can find out more about Session Motts at their website, Facebook and Twitter

Spotify Tune of the Week Playlist

I’ve started putting Spotify playlists together, including a Tune of the Week playlist, which includes all the tracks I’ve chose as Tune of the Week here on nessymon.com. You can find the playlist here. Make sure you follow, it will be updated weekly.

Watch the video for Plundered Past