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  1. Words: Linn Branson

    A fairly lengthy four-minutes-plus on the first release of the year from Leeds' Dead Naked Hippies.

    'Guillotine', produced and mixed by Matt Peel, and out yesterday (June 20), cuts like a scorching blade, with alternating rounds of Lucy Jowett's more drifting, softer vocals, which then burst out like she's letting loose her inner soul (the idea being to convey both sides of emotional depth), against Joe Clarke storming guitar, and Jacob Marston's complementary drums, both lending a steady backbone.

    "‘Guillotine’, says Jowett, "is an exploration of grief. It’s the fine line between wanting to retaliate to someone who has caused you hurt, versus choosing to cut out the dead weight they have created in your life."

    It's something of a thinking person's song - see the lyrics on the link below - and gives room for thought.

    Catch the band live tonight (June 21) for their free entry show at London's Sebright Arms.

    Live dates

    21 Sebright Arms, LONDON (free entry)
    22 Maguire's Pizza Bar, LIVERPOOL
    26 Bloc, GLASGOW

    04 Oporto, LEEDS
    06 The Green Room, STOCKTON
    10 The Sesh, HULL
    22 Tramlines Fringe, SHEFFIELD

    04 Humber Street Sesh, HULL

  2. Words: Sam Geary 

    After they dropped us 'Slenderman' at the start of the year, Brooklyn's Russian Baths have just released a new video for their single 'Poolhouse'.

    Taken from their debut EP 'Penance', out now through Good Eye Records, the noise-rockers' combine a sense of other-worldliness strangely enough amidst their squalls of dissonance, largely through Jess Rees’ compelling vocals.

    The clip, done in one take, focuses on Rees singing straight to camera, as water drips down on top of her.

    "'Poolhouse’," say the band of the track, "is about an existential crisis. It’s about feeling so overwhelmed that you can’t see the way out. It’s about moments of calm and hope being submerged in waves of pressure. It’s about losing your breath because of fear."

  3. Words: Ellie Ward 

    Soul-infused R'n'B outing for 18-year-old chanteuse from Bochum, Germany, Amelie Flörke, is starting to garner a name for herself under the moniker of Amilli. With two previous tracks uploaded online over the last couple of months, 'Heights' and 'Can I' - both on Spotify - she now comes up with 'Rarri'.

    This third cut is by far her most accomplished so far. Chilled electronic beats play around her distinctively husky tones as she takes a swipe at fashion snobbery: "Prada/ Fendi/ Louis Vuitton/ You still don't look like Yves Saint Laurent..."

    With close to 20k views on the accompanying video in just a matter of days, Amilli may just be on the point of becoming the new big thing.

  4. South Londoner Jacob Allen, better known as Puma Blue, shares his new visual treatment for atmospheric fan favourite, 'Moon Undah Water', out now on Blue Flowers.

    The new video channels Puma Blue’s dusky midnight vibes that break through the track. The evocative nature of the music is carefully captured by director Netti Hurley.

    Puma Blue embarks on a European tour next month with his four-piece band before returning to the UK for a selection of festivals in May. Today he also announces his second run of UK headline shows for October, climaxing at London’s Scala on October 23.

    UK dates

    15 Brighton, Patterns
    16 Bristol, Louisiana
    17 Leeds, Belgrave Music Hall
    18 Glasgow, The Poetry Club
    19 Manchester, Now Wave
    20 Dublin, The Workman’s Club
    22 Oxford, The Cellar
    23 London, Scala

  5. Words: Leah Raymond

    Philadelphia's psych-rockers Purling Hiss are 'Out Tonight' quite literally, with this follow-up release to their 'Breeze' EP of last year.

    Fuzz rocker 'Out Tonight' features as one side of the single, along with a cover of Spacemen 3’s 'Walkin’ With Jesus'.

    Live dates

    17 Cleveland, OH Maple Lanes
    18 Chicago, IL Thalia Hall*
    19 Evanston, IL Temperance*
    20 Pittsburgh, PA The Shop
    21 Philadelphia, PA  Johnny Brenda’s
    31 Brooklyn, NY Coney Island Baby#

    *w/ Dinosaur Jr.
    # w/ Solo