Estrons - Glasgow Kisses / Strobe lights
How this band aren't on top of the world by now is absolutely criminal, one of the most underrated bands in the world right now. Estrons, Welsh for Alien, find themselves in a very select group of people who aren't stuck to any one genre but are instead bouncing around a plethora and doing it perfectly. Strobe Lights is a phenomenally bouncy track that doesn't ease up for circa 3 minutes, and once it's finished it's so addictive that you'll want to play it again... and again, it's one of those tracks that just never seems to get old. Glaasgow Kisses on the other hand is a little slower than Strobe Lights, but still fast paced in it's own right. The fact that Flying Vinyl have managed to press Estrons brand new track is incredible and I'm so happy to have it on vinyl now!
Palm Honey - Hysterical Glamour (Part 1) / (Part 2)
Palm Honey are incredibly hard to nail down, and I can imagine them being quite 'Marmite' for people in the sense that you're either going to love them or hate them. But either way you have to respect their craft and their creativity to carve a sound so unique. And that appears to be the common theme with this months Flying Vinyl boxset as there's a distinct abundance of creativity within the whole boxset and Palm Honey may just be the pinnacle of that, with only one song stretching across both sides of vinyl it's a brave thing to do to split a song in two but it works here and it works well!
Hey Charlie - Young & Lonesome / She Looks Like A Dreamer
You would expect a trio that have previously opened for Green Day to be good, and you wouldn't be wrong because this EP (With only two tracks) really kicks into gear from the get go. The mysteriousness of the trio hiding their faces darkly forbodes their music, as they hit the medium between grunge and rock with heavy guitars and brilliant singing. Only exciting times can lay ahead for Hey Charlie as they undoubtedly will reach super stardom.
JW Ridley - Blitz / 1990
It's singles like this that make me realise why I pay £20 a month to have a Flying Vinyl subscription, because JW Ridley is insanely talented. This is exactly how The Smiths would sound if they were just starting out in 2017, Blitz is almost a carbon copy of a Smiths song right down to Ridley's voice sounding incredibly Morrissey-like. But this doesn't mean that he isn't unique, the B-Side 1990 really moves away from that sound and I just think that shows the talent of JW and I can't wait to hear more!
Sides - Do Tell / Feel Better
You couldn't possibly question Sides' uniqueness, and I truly feel sorry for the person who fills in the section in the booklet that says 'sounds like x or y band' because Sides are just completely in their own lane. It was a surprise putting this on, but I really thoroughly enjoyed both the A side and the B side to this single. If you're looking for some very trippy, prog-rock influenced electronic music then this is right up you street and I'm looking forward to seeing where these guys go in the future!