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Review by Tony Rounce

On May 20 2019 I saw Lime for the first time, in a tiny room above a not much bigger pub in Brighton, at the recommendation of my pal Hannah of ARXX. “Do not miss them, you will like them a lot” was Hannah’s directive. She was not wrong either.  Just as I had with ARXX, I began an immediate audio love affair with Lime, and put them on my ‘Must See Whenever Possible’ list right away.

Over the past 9 months I have seen almost all of Lime’s gigs. Sadly there haven’t been as many as I would have liked, but that will surely change with the release today of  ‘Surf ‘n’ Turf’, as dynamic a track as you’ll hear anywhere, and from anyone, this year.

If you like ARXX and other bands that operate in a similar musical environment, such as Genn and underrated Reading duo Wolfs, you will like Lime – I guarantee that.  Fronted vocally by the tall and charming Chloe Howard (who sounds a little but not too much like a gutsier version of Altered Images’ Claire Grogan), powered by the impressive, robust guitar work of Leila Deeley and solidly anchored by a tough rhythm team in Tippi Morgan on bass and drummer Annabel Whittle, they are a young band both in age and in existence, forming barely 18 months ago.

At the start of 2019 Lime released their first, digital-only single  ‘Welcome To The New World Order’. The ethereal, slightly shoegaze-y elements of that debut have been supplanted by something with so much more power that  ‘Surf ‘n’ Turf’ barely sounds like the work of the same group.  A glorious headlong rush into full-on sonic satisfaction, hard, fast and full of confidence, it’s been Lime’s set closer in recent times – and rightly so. Not that they don’t have other great songs – they have loads – but the relentless up-tempo drive of this one makes it a tough act to follow ‘live’. Dollars to doughnuts the studio version will leave you wanting more, too. Hopefully there will not be too long to wait before there IS more.

I truly believe Lime are on course to be THE breakout act for 2020.  Here you have the evidence to support my beliefs.  Buy it now, play it often and check them out while they’re still playing smaller rooms; it surely won’t be long before bigger venues beckon…

‘Surf ‘n’ Turf’ is released digitally on today and on vinyl shortly thereafter. Lime are playing a sold out show at Brighton’s Rossi Bar the previous night to officially launch it. They will also be playing The Carlisle in Hastings on February 23rd as part of BBC Introducing’s ‘Under The Radar’ all-dayer, with more gigs lined up for March in Brighton and London.  Follow Lime on Facebook for further news!

ĠENN: DU DA DANCE – Single of the week

Review by Tony Rounce

2019 was an important year for the women of Ġenn. Three of them relocated to Brighton from their native Malta, subsequently undergoing the rebranding that led them to their new name.  The latter was a risky thing to do, given that they had forged a decent public perception as Cryptic Street, and had already released their album “Tittymonster” under that name. But the gamble has begun to pay off and Leona, Janelle, Leanne and native Brit Sofia have quickly re-established themselves as one of the busiest bands in the country – and they are starting 2020 with the release of their first tune under their still-new identity. 

As the late Irish comedian Frank Carson used to say – “it’s a cracker”.

If you have caught Ġenn’s act, you will already know ‘Du Da Dance’. A favourite from the late Cryptic Street days, it shows that while their name might have changed, their full-on, take-no-prisoners style of music is as potent as it ever was. Filled with big riffs and an uncompromisingly mainstream rock sound, and topped by a solid sing-along ‘HEY-NaNaNaNaNaNa’’ chorus, it will quickly become your next big earworm if you allow it to. (To be honest, once you’ve heard it, you might not have any other option…)

The audio is accompanied by a simple, slightly claustrophobic black & white video that successfully captures the image that goes with the music, and particularly the unflaggingly energetic personality of lead singer Leona Farrugia.  As a taster for what you might expect to see and Ġenn live, it serves its purpose admirably.

‘Du Da Dance’s message is not cerebral, for sure. But if you like a bit of jumping around the room music to get you in the mood for a night out (particularly if you’re going to see Ġenn) it’s something you ought to check out more than once. Or twice.  Ġenn are out there gigging with commendable regularity at the moment, so you should have plenty of opportunities to do so over the next couple of months…

…And what of the name Ġenn, then?  According to group co-founder and lead guitarist Janelle Borg “it means crazy”. Appropriately enough for a bunch of highly likeable women with a crazy year ahead of them.  One that’s starting as it means to go on with ‘Du Da Dance’.

‘Du Da Dance’ will be available from all the usual streaming sources from January 27th and will be accompanied by a number of live shows around the country. Follow Genn on Facebook or Instagram for further updates on when and where…

LiLith Ai: Vinegar – single of the week

Lilith Ai has just released a gorgeous new single – Vinegar – and it’s our single of the week. We’re loving the more polished pop production to this beauty, which really showcase Lilith’s butter-melting vocals.

Lilith tells us:

“it’s about female friendship and loss, and those friends that you never forget”

Catch Lilith Ai live 29 Jan at Forklore in Hackney, London.

Find Lilith Ai on Facebook

I, Doris: Just Some Doris – single of the week

100% guaranteed totally unbiased review by Tony (Doris) Rounce.

I had an Aunt Doris when I was much younger than I am today.  She was a nice woman, always happy and smiley and very musical.

I feel sure she would have approved of our very own I, Doris, with whom she shares all those traits.

Since joining forces just over a year ago, Doris, Doris, Doris and Doris have quickly grown from being four fab friends having fun, to a serious contender for Toppermost Of The Poppermost.  They’re still growing as a band, but they’re getting there faster than most. And as 2019 hurtles to its conclusion, they are gracing us with an early Christmas present in the shape of their second splendid single, following the late spring release of ‘The Girl From Clapham’.

If you have seen I, Doris live, you will know the delightfully catchy ‘Just Some Doris’ as the opening number of their set. I’m pleased to say that the studio recording retains all the simple charm of the song’s live performances. As winsome and lovable as the Dorises are themselves, and a perfect illustration of what the undisputed Mistresses Of Mummycore are all about, you’ll be clapping and singing along with it before you get to the second chorus.

Pure ‘now’ for pop people, it’s a 21st century tune with a 20th century sound and, believe me, that’s a recommendation in every respect.  If parts of the tune are naggingly familiar to you, you’ll have a lot of fun working out where they might have borrowed them from (consciously or otherwise).  I think I know, but if I told you I might have to kill you…

They’ve conquered the kitchen, they’ve conquered the stage, they’ve conquered the studio and if they haven’t done so already, they are about to conquer your hearts.  Just some Dorises, but not just any old Dorises.  These Dorises are a little bit special, and if ‘Just Some Doris’ doesn’t bring a little sunshine to your December and make you fall completely and totally in love with them, I hope all the needles fall off your Christmas tree this week…

Mama weer all Doris now!

Nadia Javed: I Hate Boris – single of the week

Early in the week to be declaring a single the single of the week? Maybe, but this is no ordinary week, and this is no ordinary single. Tory austerity has hurt far too many of us, for far too long, and on Thursday we’ve got the chance to end austerity, and kick Boris Johnson the fuck out of Number 10. Here’s Nadia ‘The Tuts’ Javed’s debut solo single saying what we’re all thinking: I HATE BORIS. Nadia says:

The song is about how much I hate Boris Johnson (obviously), delving into some of the racist things he’s said such as calling Muslims “letterboxes” and “bankrobbers” but also how as a British asian I’m disgusted by brown tories such as Sajid Javid and Priti Patel and how they definitely do not represent me. 

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