New Music is a fresh column brought to you by Jim Redmond who writes for Towleroad and for Irish music website Deadly Music!, which was shortlisted for Best Irish Music Blog 2014. This will be appearing in addition to our regularly scheduled OXD Mirror.
Deadly Music! covers mostly alternative and indie genres but there's also a focus on electro pop, electronica, ambient, modern classical/neoclassical, post rock and drone.
Generally you'll find that this column will avoid most mainstream music - unless it's particularly deadly - to give new, emerging and fringe artists a chance. All tracks are available on a Soundcloud playlist, some of them on a Spotify playlist....both of which are embedded at the end of this column.
Lionface is Kat Marsh from Bristol in the UK and she makes what she calls Battle Pop which perfectly describes the aural assault of her latest track Girl.
With two fairly successful EPs under her belt - in the real world, not just on blogs - Lionface makes it clear on Girl that she's not taking any shit.
The video is all retro Streetfighter graphics, the song all boys-are-dicks pop punk noise.
Think Spice Girls with added balls.
The Assist is an indie rock act from Birmingham in the UK. Their first two songs Control and Speak It Aloud were fantastically chippy, sharp numbers for fans of old-school baggy Brit Pop.
Despite the swagger and promise of their earlier work, their eponymously titled official first single - released in October - is an unexpected gem and it's all about how damn good they are and their intention to take over the world.
Check out four more tracks and some killer playlists, AFTER THE JUMP...