Spotlight Top Tracks Playlist: Volume Two
After the success of our last playlist, we’ve decided to make this a regular feature on Spotlight Music UK.
Every few weeks I will be recommending the hottest tracks from local artists and bands for you to check out, so without further ado lets get started...
LUUNA – A Big Fat Something
‘Absolute perfection for a Sunday night’ is how Phil Taggart from Radio 1 describes LUUNA and he’s not wrong.
Having recently discovered LUUNA and their debut EP ‘Moonflower’ (which is available on all major platforms now) a month or so ago, it’s quite a surprise I hadn’t heard of them sooner.
The quartet hailing from York have stumbled upon the perfect formula for a debut that instantly leaves you wanting more as 3 tracks somehow doesn’t seem enough. My favourite from the EP is ‘A Big Fat Something’ which is the perfect blend of haunting vocals delivered by singer Yoshika with an ease that instantly pulls you in.
With slots at Humber Street Sesh and Songs of Northern Britain coming up this year LUNNA are definitely one to watch for the future.
Sam Fender – Greasy Spoon
Sam Fender was the main attraction when BBC Introducing hosted a night of upcoming local artists at the Surf Café as part of Mouth of the Tyne Fest, and it’s easy to see why. His first gig on home turf in quite a while proved to be quite the hit and his new track ‘Greasy Spoon’ was Virgin Radio UK’s track of the week this week (which comes as no surprise).
His debut single ‘Play God’ was the perfect introduction for him and included everything you’d expect. ‘Greasy Spoon’ however is a faultless follow up and showcases how accomplished Sam is as an artist, despite releasing only 2 singles, and brings to light why he is already making waves.
Casual Threats – Hate
Newcastle based post-punk trio Casual Threats have had a busy few months, and after co-heading a tour with Massa Confusa back in April the boys headed back to the studio to record some new material. The first creation to be unveiled from those studio sessions is new single ‘Hate’ which received its public debut on Nick Roberts BBC Introducing show.
Now, following features in NARC Magazine and the video premiere on Its All Indie, who also chose the track as their track of the week, the song is receiving quite a bit of attention for all the right reasons.
Coquin Migale – Plans
Coquin Migale are a band who can do no wrong, and after playing Reading and Leeds last year they have gone on to play at several high profile festivals and release a number of singles, my favourite of which is ‘Plans’.
Spotify added this track to ‘The Indie list’ and rightly so as the reviews for the single have been nothing but positive, with SSG Music describing it as their ‘Most well thought out and well put together songs to date’. It has also received plaudits from Huw Stephens from Radio 1 who is a long-time fan of the band.
The reviews have been nothing but positive for Coquin Migale and with a packed summer full of festivals it’s easy to see why they are in such high demand.
Samantha Durnan – Heartbeat
Samantha Durnan released her debut album ‘Want to Wander’ earlier this year featuring 10 tracks showcasing her incredible vocals and song writing ability. The album launch at Stainton Hall on the 24th of June sold out and since them Sam has been hot on the promotion trail with a performance at this year’s Music Box Fest in Darlington as well as a stripped back set at Sound it out records.
It is incredibly hard to pick a favourite track from the album, with all 10 songs equally as good as the next, however a stand out track for me is ‘Heartbeat’. This piano laden track makes use of an infectious beat which, when coupled with Sam’s vocals, make for very easy and enjoyable listening.