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Published on December 24th, 2016 | by Reading Unplugged


Alt Tracks – Music you must hear this Christmas

We’ve dragged our music blogger tag-team of Reading Unplugged and music writer Tyler Hallows from their Christmas pub crawl around town to sober up and give us their melodic recommendations of future club bangers, new and vintage tracks from Reading and beyond that they’ve been spinning on their ipods in the run up to the festive season.

The Amazons – Little Something

By now, you must have heard of our very own hometown heroes, The Amazons. Their rise from this time last year to now has been at an unspeakable rate. A new album set to be released in 2017, and the band have teased another slice, in the form of their ballistic new single ‘Little Something’.

Guitars blazing, and a pounding rhythm section carry this track through. The song went down a storm at their sold out Readipop show, and is sure to be a favourite at their Sub89 gig next spring.

Echoic – Keep Me Warm

Echoic have had another busy year, in the past twelve months they have stepped out of Reading, and have toured as far afield as New York City, well and truly putting Reading on the map.

So it’s only fitting that we salute Echoic with the seasonal little number which they made last year which was filmed at the Winter Wonderland in Forbury Gardens, which who knows may find itself being spun every year on the numerous pop-up Christmas radio stations, earning them some well deserved royalties.

Jamah Lynam ft. Hiltz, Kuda and Don Nico – These O’s

Jamah Lynam is the young sibling of two DJs from the popular urban DJ unit from Reading The Firm, and has genuinely grown up around music from his duel English and Caribbean heritage which includes reggae, soca, calypso, rock n roll, and so forth.

We first had a preview of this bouncy club anthem last summer at a jam-packed edition of the then regular hip-hop monthly night The Junction. When Jamah took to the level stage in the basement of the Purple Turtle back in the summer, the capacity swelled, smartphones and filming equipment were at the ready, and everyone was treated to a performance fit for much bigger stage and audience. Jaham Lynam is definitely an artist to look for in 2017, and beyond.

Launch Control – My Name Is Santa and I’m a Punk Rocker

Reading’s premier punk rockist release their 4th Christmas single in a row, and like last year all the proceeds raised from the track will go to the local homeless charity Launchpad.

After what has been a pretty distressing year for a lot of people, Santa is bringing everyone exactly what they need for Christmas, a good dose of punk rock. He’s proving that while he may not dress the part, he has that DIY ethos and punk spirit, giving nods to bands such as The Clash and Ramones on the way.

You can buy the single from all good download sites, but if you buy it from Launch Control’s Bandcamp website then you can pay as much as you like as your donation to the charity.

OhBoy! – Dirt

OhBoy! have been grabbing the attention of listeners across the country for a couple of years now, but it has been this year that they have really risen to the top, with a string of brilliant singles and a notable slot at Glastonbury this year.

Their most recent release ‘Dirt’, a riotous sing-along that shows a different side to the band, confirms that OhBoy! are here to stay and are not to be ignored.

Twin Sun – Lilac Light

What a genuinely fantastic twelve months it has been for Twin Sun who featured on our Alt Reading Sound of 2016. They have played at various venues and festivals including their debut live gig at the Turtle in February, St Laurence’s Church for the Are You Listening? Festival, and the Readipop festival, and backstage at Glastonbury.

They end the year with their long awaited debut single ‘Lilac Light’ which features Jen Stearnes the lead vocalist from Saltwater Sun, and has recently national airplay from Huw Stephens on Radio 1.

Coming soon we will be revealing who will crowned officially the ‘Alt Reading Sound of 2016’ as well as revealing our list for 2017, and much more.

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