Album Review – ‘Felt’ by Clean Cut Kid

Once it was clarified that the album is named after the emotion and not the fabric, Clean Cut Kid have FINALLY released their debut album after two years of hard work, determination and lots of love went into the production of ‘Felt.’


Liverpudlian four-piece made up of Mike Halls, Evelyn Halls, Saul Godman and Ross Higginson create wonderous stories which last between 3-4 minutes long which are full of hope, love, feeling wanted and promoting a healthy dose of a certain vitamin. Shimmery, glistening and downright dazzling, the spellbinding vocals which are Mike and Evelyn Hall together prove that holy matrimony is much more than just marriage, the pair’s harmonies are such a divine dream to listen to, you will feel a warm little haze inside which is perfectly normal when listening to the record.

Now, the 5 F’s: The Forever Fangirl’s Favourites From ‘Felt’

Vitamin CThe song which made me realise how poignant this band are, the first ever song I heard by CCK, it holds a special place in my heart. Also, a subtle promotion for fruits and vegetables. 

We Used To Be In Love – A firm favourite among fans and so much so that it was covered on a PRIDES’ Mixtape, the chorus along will make you think of those nostalgic moments where you did love someone but you know what? You’re in a better place now, sing it out loud wherever you are!

Felt The title track of the album, this little piece of genius make you feel like floating around a wonderland garden. Taking a somewhat touchy subject of feeling brokenhearted and putting an upbeat twist using a bop-a-long guitar riff will make that heartache a little bit easier to deal with. As a friend of mine once said, dance like your heart is breaking.

Jean – A fitting tribute to his late Grandmother with lyrics such as ‘You’re in my seconds, in my minutes, in my hours, And not a single day you pass’ is completely relatable when thinking of someone you love who has passed. She would be proud of Mike’s accomplishments so far and what else has yet to come.

There are very few records which leave a lasting impression of amazement and make you feel precious, wanted and loved. Felt is one of those albums which welcomes you into Clean Cut Kid’s arms with fuzziness, a ray of light and facial hair galore. The overall question is how I felt after listening to it? A sense of belonging and at right at home.

Words by Tracey Faye McIntyre

Track Review – ‘Mona’ by Indigo Velvet

If you’re into the Scottish music scene and haven’t yet heard of Edinburgh based band Indigo Velvet well, where the hell have you been? Also you’re missing out on an absolute gem! These boys are T-A-L-E-N-T-E-D and make no mistake about that!

Indigo Velvet are: Guitarists Darren Barclay and Jason Tucker, Bass player Laurie Adam and Drummer Billy McMahon. Mona was released at midnight and already makes us want to book a summer holiday.

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From the first chord it’s uplifting, and immediately makes you feel like the sun is shining even on this dull dreich morning and the infectious beat has you bopping away and singing along to the lyrics. Known for their ‘TropPop’ sound, Indigo Velvet have a unique sound which is a desirable trait to have when it comes to finding their own sound in a very broad industry. WE absolutely LOVE it and it has ‘hit’ written all over it!

We’ve already added it to our summer playlists and cannot wait to hear it live.

Buy Mona on iTunes or alternatively you can stream the song here!

Catch Indigo Velvet on tour:

APRIL

30th – Stereofunk, Motherwell (Tickets)

MAY

4th – Mad Hatters, Inverness (Tickets)
5th – PJ Molloys, Dunfermline (Tickets)
6th – The Garage (Attic), Glasgow (Tickets)
25th – Knockengorroch Festival, Knockengorroch (Tickets)

JUNE

7th – 8th – XPO North, Inverness (Tickets)
18th – West End Festival, Glasgow (Tickets)
24th – Northern Roots, Inverness (Tickets)

JULY

21st – 23rd – Blackthorn Festival, Blackthorn (Tickets)

AUGUST

3rd – 5th – Belladrum Festival, Beauly (Tickets)
6th – Hope and Glory Festival, Liverpool (Tickets)
13th – Carnival Fifty Six, Dundee (Tickets)
16th – Head For The Hills Festival, Manchester (Tickets)

Words by Nicola Louise Ruzgar

Track Review – ‘Control’ by Twin Wild

Fresh from supporting PRIDES on their UK tour last month, Twin Wild have been busy in the studio recording some tracks for impatient fans lusting after new music.

After streaming the My Heart EP for God knows how long, the London lads have returned with triumphant new single Control. A song about not having anyone take over the things in your life, Control features a very solid drumbeat which gets into your bones very quickly and had you moving along to the rhythm.

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Lead vocalist Richard sings loud and proud ‘Yeah I be who I want to be, you ain’t got no control on me’ which is relatable to people who feel as if people are running their lives that other people want for them and not necessarily themselves. Running in at 2 minutes and 53 seconds, Richard Hutchison, Imran Mair, David Cuzner, Edward Thomas still manages to get their message out that they are not taking any bullshit from anyone and they will do the things the TW way – and that’s a pretty awesome way of living their lives.

The song generates an overall positive vibe and if you feel like you’ve lost your way a little, turn this up to maximum volume and sing it from your heart.

The only control I have is to dictate how long I will be listening to the song on repeat for and my estimation is that it will be for at least for the rest of today and tomorrow.

Catch Twin Wild on their upcoming UK tour:

MAY

18th – Radar Love Club Night, Derby (Tickets)
19th – Kasbah, Coventry
21st – The Rocking Chair, Sheffield
23rd – Adelphi, Hull
25th – The Sugarmill, Stoke-On-Trent
26th – Also Known As, Banbury (FREE ENTRY)
27th – The Cellar, Oxford
29th – The Portland Arms, Cambridge

Tickets are available from here.

Words by Tracey Faye McIntyre

Track Review – ‘What’s Love Got To Do With It’ by PRIDES

Let me guess, you have read the name of the song which is being reviewed and you’re thinking to yourself ‘Wait, didn’t Tina Turner sing that?’ I’ll answer your question for you – yes she did and the boys in PRIDES have turned it into something absolutely marvellous.

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With Callum taking the lead vocal on the song, the first chord of this piano-driven ballad is beautifully haunting in comparison to the upbeat tempo of Turner’s 1984 original. The raw emotion in Callum’s vocal can be heard throughout and entices you in, forgetting that this, in fact, a cover of a song however PRIDES have completely made it into their own.

The missing ‘WOAH’S’ before the first and second choruses which are meant to be sung creates a stunning silence yet makes you want to fill in the missing parts, harmonising with the upcoming choruses. The build up of piano toward the middle of the song featuring a key change and preparing for the heartful delivery of the bridge is exactly what is needed from an ultimate 21st-century power ballad.

The track is the polar opposite to what people will know of the original version, however, putting the ‘Brisey’ twist on the song really has paid off and it’s worth putting it on repeat.

You can listen to What’s Love Got To Do With It on Spotify.

Catch #PridesOnTour on the following dates

MAY

3rd – OffCamera Festival, Poland
4th – O2 Shepherd’s Bush, London*
5th – O2 Shepherd’s Bush, London*
8th – Trabendo, Paris*
10th – Melkweg, Berlin*
11th – Columbia Theatre, Amsterdam*
12th – The Liquid Room, Edinburgh (Tickets)
13th – The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen (Tickets)

* Supporting PVRIS

JUNE

29th – 2nd July – Barn On The Farm, Over Farm, Gloucester

AUGUST

12th – Carnival Fifty Six, Camperdown Park, Dundee

Words by Tracey Faye McIntyre