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5 Nottingham Albums to Listen to This Month

17 May 20

Brighten up your lockdown with this month's Notts musical highlights...

Notts Badboy
Did you rock out to Tumble Audio’s freshest track? Notts’ hottest rave label asked us to do just that in a recent fundraising effort, but we didn’t need any excuse to get our skank on for its 40th release. Sergic crafts up this bold ‘n’ brazen bassline production, building fast into a wonky breakdown while the rising Snowy and Vandul lay down the tune’s namesake vocals. Simple, loud and effective – a lesson in collaboration from the Tumble family. Eileen Pegg

Car Crashes (Single)
Car Crashes is the latest masterpiece delivered to us from Notts indie-pop duo Megatrain. Swooning, lo-fi guitars are blended with radiant keys and the gloriously harmonic combined vocals of Tiger Aura and Felix M-B to create a complete juxtaposition when compared to the song’s rather sombre lyrics discussing darkness, death and loneliness. Car Crashes comes to us in a time of need for the more serious aspects of life to be discussed with hope and humour. Laura Phillips

Do Nothing 
Zero Dollar Bill (EP) 
Waiting for the debut EP from our city’s finest musical upstarts has been like waiting for Christmas on steroids. And since we’re all in need of a boost, Zero Dollar Bill couldn’t have arrived at a better time, as gutting as it is that the boys couldn’t accompany the release with their lauded live guise. Single LeBron James initially shines most brightly but, upon closer inspection, New Life commands this EP, which explosively lurches from subversive tautness to playful post-punk gold. Becky Timmins

Hannah Pickard
Apricot Cocktails (EP)
Soft, husky verses with tender and heartfelt lyrics paired with simple chord progressions lay the foundations for this dreamy debut EP. Reminiscent of Lana Del Rey and Billie Eilish’s style, the layered vocals are balanced with keyboards, creating a hazy, sweet sound. Keeping a steady pace throughout, it flows delicately, each song whispering and wistful. A pleasing first release from Hannah Pickard, which we had the pleasure of hearing live on our LeftLion Sofa Sessions’ stream last month. Ceryn Morris

Nicole Leaskk
Tough Love (Single)
Nicole Leaskk serves as a soulful storyteller in her single Tough Love, rendering introspective words of wisdom while experimenting with the boundaries between RnB and pop. The single speaks about the pains of love and insecurity in an emotionally rousing yet delicate way, a style not easily achieved. Having already gained support from the likes of BBC Introducing alongside her blossoming YouTube channel, Leaskk is rapidly evolving into one of Nottingham’s youngest RnB sensations. Alanah Kholsa

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