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CHINA MOON: ‘Sleep Talking’ EP

Manchester three-piece, China Moon, are, I confidently predict, a band you will soon be hearing about on national radio.

Certainly, based on the evidence of the new five-track ‘Sleep Talking‘ EP, they are a perfect fit for Radio 6 Music.

There you go – colours to the mast!

Their music is new to me, but it is such a fresh amalgam of sounds that I was instantly drawn into the first track. ‘Nebula,’ portrays a deep sense of frustration and anger – at least it does to me – with the thumping beat and the vocal delivery in short stanzas. This impression is backed up with the video produced for the track.

The band’s second single release, ‘Lonely Game,’ is also on the new EP. It differs big time from ‘Nebula.‘ It’s perhaps not quite so ‘instant,’ and may appear a bit disjointed on first listen – but stick with it. There’s some lovely little surprises throughout its near four minutes duration.

Next up is ‘She Won’t Go Back To You.’ Again, different.
The song has a more conventional structure than the first two, but the harmonies rise and fall like a fairground carousel; a fairground carousel with slightly demented horses flaring their nostrils, the only mare among them being your nightmare.

Free Fall‘ I’ll be honest, I’m rather unsure about. I’m not convinced. I’m no musician. And I’m no technician either. But I think this could do with a bit of a remix. The vocal delivery doesn’t really work for me.

Final track, ‘Like That,’ is more upbeat and again shows what China Moon are capable of. There would appear to be some Arctic Monkeys echoes in this one.

But overall, China Moon give me the same feeling as did The Savage Nomads (now Artbreak) back in the day. Discordant flashes of guitar; staccato delivery and off kilter drums combine with a light Eastern / Indian style to create something original and exciting.

And hey – maybe you’ll like ‘Free Fall.’ Maybe it’s just a ‘me’ thing.

HIGH FIGHTER: ‘Champain.’

Hamburg’s Sludge Metalists, High Fighter are set to unleash their second album on the unsuspecting world come the end of July 2019.

I say ‘unsuspecting,’ for ‘Champain’ is likely to surprise even some of their diehard fans with this brutal follow-up to their 2014 debut EP, ‘The Goat Ritual,‘ and first LP, ‘Scars and Crosses‘ which gained them so much attention two years later.

Whereas their previous album was laden with big, heavy riffs with stoner / blues influences rising to the fore, ‘Champain‘ is sounding much more brutal; more angry. It’s not for taking any prisoners, that’s for sure!

So that fans and interested observers alike can brace themselves for the full album onslaught at the end of July, High Fighter have kindly released two singles. Both showcase vocalist Mona Miluski’s incredible range, veering from Death Metal growls and mean screams to her Stoner Rock, Soul and Blues roots.


The first, ‘Before I Disappear‘ came out in May of this year, and now the follow-up, ‘Dead Gift,’ has been made available. Both can be purchased, and the album pre-ordered, via the band’s Bandcamp page.

But you can listen to them both right here and now.

‘Champain’ will be released on July 26th 2019 via Argonauta Records.
Make that note in your diary
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