Turn Up The Volume’s 20 KNOCKOUT TRACKS Of The Month – SEPTEMBER 2021

Turn Up The Volume‘s 20 Knockout Tracks for September 2021!
A stream of rattling rippers, jagged jams and romantic reveries.

All together on Spotify…

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Track by Track…

‘Hertz’ by AMYL AND THE SNIFFERS (Australia)

Blustering blast from their second smoking LP Comfort To Me
with punked-up Amyl, as we know her, on an adrenalin rush.

Join her wild ride…

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‘Queen Of Swords’ by TYPHOID ROSIE (Brooklyn, New York)

Rousing Riot grrrl Rosie Rebel and her riff-racing rascals go full steam ahead on
the tense title track of their smoking new album. If you want to know more about this lively gang check the recent interview Rosie Rebel did with Turn Up The Volume right here.

Start your own moshpit…


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‘Leave Me Dry’ by ILA (Belgium)

With this new standout, ILA reveals a total turnover in resonance. She rocks, raves, and rolls backed by steamy wall-of-towering turbulence. Mind you, the heartfelt fervency, personal turmoil and vocal vehemence are still intact. Can’t wait to find out if this is actually another page in her magical music book.

Turn it up…

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‘I Know You Know’ by LORE CITY (Portland, Oregon)

A highlight of Participation Mystique, the fourth longplayer by this most thrilling duo with Laura Mariposa Williams‘ bewitching voice as the heroine. Her psychedelic, gothic,
far-out, and at times wailing timbre magnetizes and hypnotizes while wandering in an orchestral space. Learn more about these intriguing artists in their recent interview
with Turn Up The Volume.

Discover and enjoy…


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‘Spirit Power And Soul’ by JOHNNY MARR (Manchester, UK)

“It’s a kind of mission statement. I had an idea about in electro sound
with gospel feeling. In my own words, an electro soul anthem.”

It’s a pithy psych jam, with spirit, power, and soul of course.

Here comes Johnny…

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‘The Aftermath’ by BEECH (Belgium)

This Belgian quartet brings Scottish daydreamers Teenage Fanclub to mind. Combine this with the band’s slacker rock sensibility and jingle-jangle jives and what you get is a tingling tune. It’s called pop-ular music.

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‘My Drug’ by DAILY WORKER (Austin, Texas)

The alter ego of Texan prize-winning poet and guitarist Harold Whit Williams.

This is a sickly sticky dope tune, one that makes me smile from left to right
and back. One shot of this, and you’ll jump around the room like a kangaroo
on speed.

Feel the vibrant vibe…

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‘Sometime’ by THE HIGH LOVES (Toronto, Canada)

This has everything a perky pop pearl needs. Play it in the morning, in the evening and every hour in between and at the end of the day you feel so much better and most of all it’s a truly helpful way to process a breakup. So much cheaper than therapy.

Press play to change your mood…

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‘Regrets’ by TIDAL WAVE (Toronto, Canada)

Regrets floats on layers of shoegaze guitars and fervid vocals while growing to an engrossing level of electrifying epicness when the glowing chorus kicks in. Trust me,
a couple of spins and you’re addicted. Fact!

Here’s why…

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‘Medicate + Alleviate’ by LIONS OF DISSENT (Wolverhampton, UK)

The fever of The Verve‘s urban hymns, the sassy swagger of Oasis in slo-mo
with 60s organs and the fervent flair of 90s Britpop. The final result is obvious.
A bittersweet blistering symphony. Touchdown!


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‘Young Foxes’ by ULTRA SUNN (Brussels, Belgium)

The darkwave tandem is on depeche modus with this shadow-dancing single from their brand new, second EP Body Electric. Expect booming beats, doomed drones, eerie vocals, and a repetitive bass synth riff that sticks as first-rate glue. A club cracker!

Put your black leather jacket on and shake your booty…

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‘Big Boy Games’ by TEROUZ (Montreal, Canada)

This riveting ripper starts with a mid-tempo drum-driven intro, gliding quickly into
a swing and sway your hips chorus, followed by a moment of reflection. The whole
process repeats itself and gets slowly but surely under your skin. You’ll love every
second of this electro roller coaster.

Here‘s why…

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‘I Miss It’ by JODIE LANGFORD (Hull / East Yorkshire, UK)

This young, outspoken, and observative artist – a female Mike Skinner – reflects the dreadful freedom-restricting sentiments of the past lockdown times in her new word rap waterfall jam. An intoxicating and groovetastic house stomper making you euphoric now that you can freak out again in nightclubs.

Hip, hop and pop this way…

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‘It’s Fine’ by BLACKOUT ORCHESTRA (UK)

“It’s Fine” examines themes of jealousy and insecurity in open relationships.”

Not an easy issue to write a song about, but embedded in an ebullient earworm like
this, it’s fine. Impossible to resist this tremendously infectious corker spinning around like forever inviting you to pirouette yourself dizzy while duet vocals push the pace. No pause, no breathing space, no interval, always straight on.

One spin and you’re hooked…

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‘Wytch Lych’ by VAZUM (Detroit, MI)

Sonically this surreal saga wouldn’t be out of place on a Gary Numan album. Lyrically it’s like an ode to the unknown eternity. In my imagination Wytch Lych resonates like a funeral hymn, celebrating the imperishability of the soul. Stunning vocals, striking synth shadows, and an overall spellbinding impressiveness. Top stuff!


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‘Case History’ by LOSSLINE (Manchester, UK)

When I listened to this new little pearl on Spotify for the first time, it was followed
by the title track of the upcoming LP of The War On Drugs. I swear I thought that
it was another Lossline song. It was that melancholic guitar glow that confused
my ears. It wasn’t until Adam Granduciel‘s voice came up that I knew it wasn’t
the Manchester duo.

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‘I Don’t Live Here Anymore’ by THE WAR ON DRUGS (Philadelphia)

See track above. The moony title track of the new upcoming album, out 29 October.

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‘Lights In The Expanse Of The Sky’ by DREW FIVE (London)

Close your eyes, relax and imagine you’re floating into space where Spiritualized‘s mastermind Jason Pierce lives while playing this hallucinatory ambient trip on your headphones.

The sky is the limit…


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‘Freedom’ by CHRISTINE AND THE QUEENS (France)

French songstress Héloïse Adélaïde Letissier returns with two new songs,
with this one as my favorite. A slow-burning and emotive humdinger with
a gospel-like choir.

Enrapturing…

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‘Sunday Morning’ by MICHAEL STIPE (US)

Last Friday ‘I’ll Be Your Mirror – A Tribute To The Velvet Underground’
came out with a cast of big names honoring the iconic band’s 1967 debut LP.

It’s impossible to top the classic original Sunday Morning (sung by Lou Reed)
but Michael Stipe‘s is pretty impressive.

Have a listen…

See/hear you next month, music junkies…

Pop Pearl For An Indian Summer – THE HIGH LOVES Shine With Sunlit Single ‘SOMETIME’

New sonic strokes

9 September 2021

Band: THE HIGH LOVES
Who: Indie quintet out of Toronto, Canada

New single: SOMETIME

Marko Stojanovic (guitarist): “The solo was a bit of a challenge.
There’s a ton of ways you can express a single note and finding the
right one proved difficult. I’m thrilled with how it turned out in the
end.”

Jeremy Ugro: “We worked really hard not to overdo this song. We
knew we had a great groove, so all we had to do was not fuck it up.”

Turn Up The Volume: Fitting way to process a break-up? Writing a
feel-good tune to feel better when you’re a musician, and enjoying
that tune and feel better when you’re not a musician. ‘Sometime’ is a
spot-on example. It has everything a pop pearl needs. You can whistle
along, hum along and sing along. And it puts a satisfied smile on your
face whenever you play it, in the morning, in the evening and every
hour in between. Do you already feel better? I thought so.

Let’s feel good/better…

THE HIGH LOVES: Facebook

Five Firecrackers To STAY ON TRACK IN THE WEEKEND!

18 June 2021

5 New Firecrackers To Boost Your Weekend!

‘Lumberjack’ by TYLER, THE CREATOR (California)
Almost 2 million views on YT in just two day. Wow! Our star rapper has a gigantic
and fanatic fan base. His new album Call Me If You Get Lost out next week.

Let’s hop…

‘I Just Can’t Keep Myself From Loving You’ by THE INSTITUTES (Coventry, UK)
These young dogs nail it with a flaming Britpop guitar cracker driven by a fervent flair, melodious magnetism and an anthemic sing-along chorus. They’re definitely mad for it.

Get rollin’ here…


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‘Four Years Later’ by NOTHING SPECIAL (Toronto, Canada)
Seems like fab arena punks Green Day have written a roaring ripper for these Toronto rockers. Full steam ahead from start to finish. Screeching guitars, overwhelming rhythm, and a scream along chorus. Bingo!

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‘The Angel Of 8th Ave.’ by GANG OF YOUTHS (Australia)
The Australian heroes are back with a massive belter to play out loud on your car
stereo, hair in the wind, pumping a fist in the air when the catchy chorus pops up.

Here we go…

‘Call Me Back’ by THE HIGH LOVES (Toronto, Canada)
This smells like summer spirit. Jingle jangle delirium and pop ravishment. But… call your lover back to fully enjoy – together – this sickly sticky earworm. Right here, right now…


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See/hear you next week music junkies…

THE HIGH LOVES – Young Toronto Rockers Dropped Punchy Earworm From Their New EP – Here’s ‘TRIED TOO HARD’…

Daily fuel to load your sonic batteries…

17 September 2019

HIGHLOVES

Band: THE HIGH LOVES

Who: A fresh Toronto four-piece “inspired by the likes of eternal greats The Beatles,
and more recent darlings such as The Strokes and Arctic Monkeys.”

Pick: TRIED TOO HARD – first single from their upcoming EP

Score: Pushed by youthful euphoria and exuberant ebullience and subconsciously motivated to be ‘the best band in the world‘ these young Canadian rockers show their ambitious attitude with this poppy pushed jackhammer that covers several decades of vitalizing and darting guitar pop. From 60s beat groups to nowadays jingle jangle junks.

Press play and get electrified…

THE HIGH LOVES: Facebook