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5 Nottingham Albums to Listen to This Month

13 July 20

The latest Nottinghamshire releases... 

MelonyX
Worth the Wait (Single) 
MelonyX (AKA Georgia Copeland and Nadia Latoya) had already been showcasing their talent with performances at Peggy’s, NAE, Camden’s Electric Ballroom and Gilles Peterson’s We Out Here Festival with their irresistible vocal harmonies and captivating stage presence. Luckily, quarantine hasn’t stopped them from continuing to shine. 

Debut single, Worth the Wait, confirms just that; this project has been a long time coming, but MelonyX’s ambitions are set for the long-term. Lyrics state the journey that these songstresses have been on together, and where they plan to take us. Delivered with class and a large helping of soul, the down-tempo but uplifting synth-heavy track works on many layers, both offering a solid summertime hit, while also marking the duo’s confident arrival. Eileen Pegg 

Unknown Era
A State of Affairs (Album) 
Unknown Era's eighteen-track double album came out last month and it's a beast. A State of Affairs is available on vinyl, CD or most digital platforms and follows their debut EP from 2015, making it long overdue. A mashup blend of ska, reggae, hip hop and punk mixed with good old Nottingham swagger gives a high energy sound that will get everyone dancing, along with lyrics that are intelligently aware of our modern times. Bassey

Re Teu 
This Feeling (Single)
The icy double-layered vocals of Re Teu cut through the chordal piano and atmospheric opening of new track This Feeling: the song drips with a prevailing strength that characterises Re Teu’s music, gradually building to an outbreak of emotion, rich in texture. Combining folksy, percussive elements with synth ornamentation, alongside drones and electric guitars to create a broad, expansive sound, Re Teu epitomises the feeling of risking everything for someone. Hannah Massey

After Daylight
Requiem for the Dying World (Album)
After Daylight’s third album is an experimental and suitably chaotic musical interpretation of the crisis that currently affects our lives. Despite the bleak canvas that inspired this album, an underlying feeling of hope still shines through, particularly on the lead single, Seeing The Other Side. The multi-instrumentalist takes you on an emotive journey through the album and it is best enjoyed during the moments of quiet reflection we are increasingly exposed to right now. Rory Evans

Soft Girls & Boys Club 
Yoga for the Dead (Single) and Hymn 255 (B-side)
We’ve been big fans of local quintet Soft Girls & Boys Club for many moons now, enamoured with their exquisite brand of melancholy-tinged psychedelic dream pop. New single Yoga for the Dead, recently released on Phlexx Records, sees the boys kick things up a gear with the track’s droll lyrics and gently swaggering riffs making it a proper addictive listen. B-side Hymn 255 is deliciously buoyant too, the bass lines subtly driving things to hallucinatory new heights. Becky Timmins 

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