Single Review – Huntar – Autumn/Sk1n Review

Autumn

A new talent has popped up in the music industry and his name is Huntar. He’s 21, from South London and that’s pretty much all that’s on the internet about him since he’s a relatively new act. One thing that’s a given, however, is that this guy is going places. He’s already played the BBC introducing stage at Radio 1’s big weekend and his song “Autumn” is a favourite with Annie Mac and Sian Anderson, both Radio 1 DJ’s. “Autumn” is definitely a layered track, there is so much going on with regards to instrumentation but for some reason none of this takes away from his vocals which hold everything together. By far a song with depth, It’s electronic but in a style that hasn’t quite been done before, and this is what’s so exciting about Huntar in general.
Sk1n
The beat of this song is very similar to that of Autumn, and I would be inclined to say that the persistent percussion was his trademark if the rest of the music he’s created followed the same pattern, but it really doesn’t. Rather than adhering to certain rules of production, it seems to me Huntar just goes wherever the music takes him and this is such a refreshing concept. The best music is created this way, and it’s clear in his “Bittar” mixtape that some tracks focus on vocals more than anything else. With “Autumn” A lot of the focus is on that harp melody, whereas the vocals of “Sk1n” are far more prevalent than the rest of the instrumentation. “Sk1n” is quite a slow track, and is super atmospheric which is a consistency I can link with all of his songs. I can’t fault any of the music he’s put out there so far. Huntar is definitely a one to watch.
Hannah Crowe

Single Review – Foals – What Went Down

“I wanted to tap into my inner madman” is what Foals frontman Yannis Philippakis claimed was the driving force behind their fiery new single ‘What Went Down’ which is also the title track of their upcoming album which we can expect on August 28th. They’ve enrolled James Ford for production of the album who’s previously worked with Arctic Monkeys and Mumford so suggests they might be trying to travel down a more direct, mainstream route. The heavy-weight instrumentation of the title track confirms that might just be their aims with roaring distortion and unrelenting rhythms carried by a heavy bass-line and a primed back beat. Yannis’ vocals adapt to the shift well and still maintain their melodic quality with the added aggression involved. Generally it is a dynamic and interesting take on the heaver sound that everyone is trying out in recent times with this track building up to those peak moments of volume in the chorus and maintaining complimentary harmonies and melodies that give the song a more intelligent feel as oppose to the mindless thrashing of Royal Blood. Caution must be heeded however, if they go on to make an album of similar songs then it will not only devalue this track but their album and will be detrimental if they want to go on to add a great album in a long ling of consistently good albums. Having said that, they’ve applied themselves well here.

Owen Riddle @oriddle1995

Single Review – Shelter Point – Fossil

Keep a keen ear out for Nottingham based duo Shelter Point as they’re starting to gain the attention of a wide range of BBC radio DJ’s from Zane Lowe and Annie Mac to Tom Robinson as they’re dreamy electronica starts to take hold of the airwaves. They’re to release their upcoming EP Weird Dreamers on February 2nd and as a pre-cursor to that, they are releasing the lead track from it with ‘Fossils’. It fits the picture of uprooted and fluid electronic that has only subtle fixing points to the tie the song down. These are mainly born out of the vocals that sometime lift into a falsetto to match the airy instrumental production to pull the song into all directions. A dispersive track with open minded production.