The Wrap: February 2022 ☀️

here’s the February edition of The Wrap for you all! ✨ what a crazy month of incredible releases up North here, so fantastic to see. we love writing up these and you can find all of our lil reviews below! 🤘

Manchester-based electronic artist COLORFUL CRIMES returns with a brand new single, “WANT IT“! 📼 defying all genres and incorporating so much into the track, his sounds absolutely fantastic. there’s so much going on throughout, we love the production on it, with massive drums and synths, beautiful guitar melodies and then when it drops into that calmer part with the lead guitar pushing through and gorgeous vocals it’s a real indication of the talent that COLORFUL CRIMES possesses. 😊 there’s such a groove to the track and it sounds absolutely lovely. can’t wait to hear more, definitely one for pre-drinks for a night out! (SPOTIFY / APPLE MUSIC / BANDCAMP / YOUTUBE)

A very familiar face on the Manchester scene, Louis Cross has just put out his brand new single “Better Light“! 🙌 Accompanied by this absolutely beautiful music video, the track sounds really lovely, capturing the raw feeling and emotion that Louis puts into his songs. Louis’ vocal sounds fantastic throughout this, and those vocal harmonies in the chorus are the icing on the cake for this track. The lyricism throughout is so intimate and personal and really shows you the talent that Louis has for songwriting. We’re huge fans of the bridge too, that guitar melody is perfect for the building of the song into the final chorus and it’s definitely one to have a listen to, fantastic stuff! (SPOTIFY / APPLE MUSIC / BANDCAMP / YOUTUBE)

Another fantastic talent on the Manchester scene, and one we’ve had perform at a fair few gigs now, Nina Ettridge has just put out another single called “Defense“! 🌹 the track sounds so lovely, the recording and production is spot on for the emotion conveyed within the track – the electric guitar and bass softly positioned behind Nina and her guitar is class. The vocal harmonies on this sound amazing throughout the chorus, and Nina’s vocal is absolutely sublime throughout the song! Another really intimate track with such a personal topic being covered, Nina’s ferocity and power are on point with the lyricism on this. Well worth a listen! (SPOTIFY / APPLE MUSIC / BANDCAMP / YOUTUBE)

One of our very good friends here at Bread Records, the one and only legend Harrison Rimmer has just put out another single “Rum” in the lead up to his debut album! 🍻 we’ve heard this so many times and we absolutely love it, such a heartwarming track with such powerful energy and it’s fantastic to hear it fully recorded. The country-esque feel to the track is so ideal, and Harrison’s fantastic songwriting is enshrined in this. We love the chorus of this, a real one that we can all relate to – and the guitar melodies just give such a lovely atmosphere to the track. Plus, the music video is a real testament to his commitment to music, taking live footage from some of the many gigs he does each week – one of the hardest working people we know! (SPOTIFY / APPLE MUSIC / BANDCAMP / YOUTUBE)

This is the final track from their fantastic EP here from The Battery Farm, “We’re At The Top“! 🤘 ever since we caught them live, we’ve been huge fans of these guys, their live energy is unreal and they’ve got a fantastic bunch of songs under their belt now, a real down-to-earth group of chaps with immense potential! This track is much calmer than most on their EP, but it’s got a lovely eerie atmosphere throughout, beautiful vocals and harmonies going on and the guitar lines are just gorgeous. The video is perfect for the track, really complimenting that eerie and dark energy of the tune so well. Well worth checking out their EP in full! (SPOTIFY / APPLE MUSIC / BANDCAMP / YOUTUBE)

Sheffield-based alternative rockers Saints Among Us have returned with their brand new single “Run“! 👊 the tune sounds massive – you can see so many different influences throughout the track, incorporating heavy distortion, walls of sound, electronic and synthesised elements, it’s a beautiful mixture that really gives Saints Among Us such a unique sound. The vocals here sound absolutely unreal, and with such a catchy and hard-hitting chorus, this is sure to be one of your favourite tunes from February! The production is also on point, really beautiful delays and samples that bring the track to life – the reverb and soundscape is simply massive. 🤘 definitely ones to keep an eye on here, we can’t wait to hear more from these guys! (SPOTIFY / APPLE MUSIC / YOUTUBE)

Manchester alternative rockers Valetta have just put out their debut EP “Your Future in an Email“! It’s a gorgeous collection of tracks, superb stuff from these guys. With lovely soundscapes throughout, huge guitar tones, solos throughout.. it’s a real indication of how intricate and yet massive alternative rock can be! 🎸 the vocals throughout sound amazing, such an instantly recognizable tone, and we love the guitarwork on this, with melodies that are really lovely to listen to, complimenting the vocal lines so well. The production on this also is immense, really getting it spot on for each of the tracks, nothing feels out of place – it’s all perfectly balanced to bring out the best in each song. Well worth a listen this, our favourites are definitely the massive opener “Juggernauts” and “Irregular Low” for that absolutely chaotic but brilliant breakdown. (SPOTIFY / APPLE MUSIC / BANDCAMP / YOUTUBE)

Finally, we’ve got another release from one of our favourites, Days Are Done with “Say You Might“! ✨ this track is one of our favourites, we’ve heard it a few times at gigs and it sounds so beautiful, the melodies throughout are just simply unreal and the vocal capabilities here are out of this world. The real lovely mellow atmosphere of the track is breathtaking, you can really feel the emotion that these guys have put into this track. With every release these guys put out, they only get better and better – they’ve got such an ear for creating and writing absolute bangers! The piano melody and the vocal harmonies on this track are something special, for sure. Huge things to come for these guys! (SPOTIFY / APPLE MUSIC / YOUTUBE)

again, we’ve got a fantastically diverse range of music here, it’s what makes the scene so special to us here and the creativity shown in this one is definitely a real treat, how on earth does the talent up here in the North only just keep getting better and better, going from strength to strength every time! 👊 we absolutely adore making up this feature and hope you found something you like! Big thanks to everyone who checks this out ❤️

Make sure you head on down to open mics, gigs, support local music and arts and keep your scenes going! 😊 all music, videos and images remain copyright of their respective owners. 🍞

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