Single Review – MaXD – Bad Habit

There are some tracks out there that induce a certain warmth inside when listened to, the kind of feeling that comes with a zestful summer’s day or a pensive drive through a city’s evening. The new Rockforce Records release from Ottawa’s MaXD, Bad Habit, is one of those tracks. This deep and beautifully refined single is layered with detail and emotion that makes me want to road trip with an open-top beneath a blistering sun with little care for the route’s end.

We are enticed with stabbing synths, crisp, heavy drums and delicate arpeggiations, all tied together with striking piano chords that come in often to progress the track yet keep it grounded to its original motivations. But perhaps the most striking aspect of this track is the depth and richness to its production, which is worthy of a profusion of praise. This track is dense, it’s heavy with delicate undertones of subtly and sweetening that demonstrates a clear mastery of production in this genre. Based on this single alone, MaXD is certainly one to keep a close eye on in the future.

Bad Habit drops through Rockforce Records on 30th October.

Written by Ben Steed

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Single Review – Greywind – Afterthoughts

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Greywind are the brother and sister duo of Steph and Paul O’Sullivan from Killarney in Ireland. Their new single ‘Afterthoughts’ is to be released on October 31st with acclaim from the likes of Zane Lowe and Daniel P. Carter already. The track opens in a gentle fashion with smooth and echoed riff along with a isolated, crisp and slightly innocent vocal before fluidly altering her vocal to the ensuing pounding guitars, bass lines and percussion that’s similar to that of earlier pop punk bands of the 21st century which doesn’t sound particularly fresh, yet the delivery and dramatics of the transitions from gentle to unrelenting are amicable as is Steph’s vocal, which holds strong throughout. A song that showcases their practical skill more than anything else.

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Sunday Suggestion – The Knife – We Share Our Mothers Health

Foto: Divulgação.
Over eleven years ago today, The Knife recorded the ground-breaking and pioneering Deep Cuts. The ground shook, but nobody noticed as it ventured far beyond the norm and to the point were it’s hard to grasp their sound. Nevertheless, we are now living in their sound in 2014 as everyone finally got to grips with their sound. The same will be the case in 2023 or even beyond as the world catches up with potential of Shaking The Habitual. The Swedish duo’s last album before they announced their spilt in the summer. Our 2013/14 sound (The Knife’s 2002/03 sound) is perhaps best demonstrated with the Deep Cuts track ‘We Share Our Mothers Health’. The trap drop-like, pulsating beats continuously burst out throughout the track with sharp and clean synth sounds cutting and slashing their way across the beat. The aggressive and bold, higher pitched vocals from Karin are countered by the divulging and warping, low pitched vocal from Olof that are a little unsettling while acting as the perfect harmony for Karin’s vocal. See The Knife as a long term gift that keeps on giving.

Single Review – Foo Fighters – The Feast and The Famine

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The Foo Fighters make a quick-fire follow up of their initial single from their upcoming album Sonic Highways with ‘The Feast and The Famine’. This track focuses upon the musical legacy and identity of Washington D.C as opposed to Chicago with last week’s single ‘Something From Nothing’ and opens up another, more familiar version of the band. The previous single offered up the band’s full repertoire of scale, volume and aggression on a gradual and enticing gradient; from the lapping riffs to the shredding guitars. ‘The Feast and The Famine’ is more directly evocative of their 1997 album The Colour and The Shape with it’s ringing riffs which are soon turned into churning and raging cacophony that fixates upon the rest of the track. Grohl delivers his classic scream and rapid lyrical out put. A dramatic and theatrical vocal unison pulls the song away from the intensity, before throwing itself back in there like only the Foo Fighters do. Not as skilful as the previous single, but certainly with the same level as enjoyment if not intricacy. The accompanying documentary airs for the first time in the U.K tonight at 10pm on BBC4.

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