Five Songs To Hear This Week - Gum Takes Tooth, Coronation Ball, Bernholz, Zena Kitt, Bass Drum Of Death

Five Songs To Hear This Week - Gum Takes Tooth, Coronation Ball, Bernholz, Zena Kitt, Bass Drum Of Death

Sorting through the week's new singles and songs that have surfaced online over the last seven days, Jamie Skey (@jamie_skey) presents five songs you need to hear this week...


Anarchic noise duo Gum Takes Tooth take no prisoners when it comes to music. Their debut album Silent Cenotaph was the aural equivalent of chemical warfare, and now the drum-electronics duo have resurfaced to deliver another blast of scorched-earth psychedelics with their second record, Mirrors Fold. Their latest single White Fear begins with an echo-soaked death march before bursting into a blaze of gnarled synths and hallucinogenic mantras.

Tunbridge Wells-based odd-pop buffs Coronation Ball take a leaf out of the Wild Beasts’ eroticised book on their debut single I Feel Fine, a lusty thrust of Wall Of Sound-like drums and stiletto-sharp melodies.

One of Britain’s hippest independent labels, Anti-Ghost Moon Ray, has delivered into the open view yet another visionary artist in the form of Bernholz, a musician, sculptor and filmmaker who composes, performs and produces experimental earworms using a combination of four-track, casio synths, digital samplers and sequencers. His latest conjuring, The Modernist, is of a piece with East India Youth’s choppy fusion of traditional song structures and laptop-assisted sleight of hand.

Emotive electronica perfect for soundtracking after parties shows no sign of abating as brooding songstress Zena Kitt comes up trumps with Requiem, a late-night delve into the the sort of psychic realms artists like Bat For Lashes and Portishead are most comfortable in.

Once the cartoonish, one-man project of scuzzy surf-punk John Barrett, Bass Drum Of Death has now doubled into a fully fledged duo. The pair sound like The White Stripes drunk on cheap booze and glue, while song Left For Dead is packed with the sort of tightly wound guitar riffs and attitude that straddles the line between punk, surf and the blues.