Radar Guest Column: Friendly Fires’ Jack Savidge Picks His Favourite New Bands

If you’ve read a think piece about music this month there’s a 30 per cent chance maverick pop label PC Music was the subject. It specialises in hyper-fizzy fluorescent trance pop music that’s more sugary than a Red Bull ice lolly. While I’m not gonna talk about the label as a whole – much better writers and thinkers have tackled it – I did want to heap praise upon the more trad-dance representative of the PC massive, Kane West.

Kane first popped up in a Tiga remix contest having a whale of a time on an incredibly cheap synth. Imagine the kind of psychotic mash-the-keyboard stuff that gets banged out after lunch by a sherbert-crazed year seven class after their harried music teacher sets them some freeform exercise to do and effs off to take his Rescue Remedy. It breaks into a chunky orthodox house groove, and I wonder if this is someone who knows their onions on the old buttons, but might have fallen out of love with the serious dance world of tastefully joyless identikit podcasts and miserable, greyed-out press shots, and wanted to create some Comic Sans-flavoured havoc.

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Kane’s brilliant new album ‘Western Beats’ is downloadable from his SoundCloud page – a few of the song titles seem to poke fun at the dry world of the music industry (‘The Power Of Social Media’ is a stone-cold killa of a tune, ‘PR’ is another), and all Kane’s favourite budget bongo presets get a look in along with some genuinely heavy dancefloor pressure. At one point a strange supermarket salesbot girl shouts, “Don’t forget me when you’re famous Kane!”. Mr West, I ask you the same.

The wonderful Musica Cómeme are putting out the new record from Carisma and it’s ace. ‘Directamente’ by name and, although my Spanish isn’t the best, I’m relatively confident in saying it’s directamente by nature. All massive DAF snare drums and pounding repetition on the samples. Erol [Alkan] played ‘Talento Mátemico’ at Fabric the other night to widespread shit loss.

While I wouldn’t like to say I’m swayed in favour of silly names, they do seem to help grab one’s attention. The winner this month has been DJ Candle In The Wind, who’s been busting up Helsinki’s DIY acid scene. His LP ‘On The Streets Where I Gotta Be’ is in shops now, and if you like your acid tinged with some rural Scandinavian melodicism, you’ll be wanting to add this to your collection. ‘Haus Balls’ is a real beauty.

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