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Published on March 7th, 2017 | by Reading Unplugged

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Alt Tracks – Music you must hear this month

Our music bloggers Reading Unplugged and Tyler Hallows bring you some fresh new tracks which are gaining momentum on the local scene this month.

Ash The Author ft. Hasna – Train Of Thought


Ash The Author who is the host of the Holdin’ Court events in Reading brings us a fresh slice of real authentic hip-hop in the form of this new release in a collaboration rising hip hop producer Opius Nice through the urban and world fusion Cultured Sounds record label.

Calum Foad – You and I


After a two year hiatus Lower Earley’s favourite musical export the singer/songwriter Calum Foad has returned with a fantastic crossover hit which has been produced by the legendary Bad Religion, Weezer and Motion City Soundtack producer Marc McClusky and recorded in a studio in the media capital of the world, New York City.

What we get is a perfectly timed foot tapping pop hit with an uptempo instrumental which shows that you do not have to go down the route of The X-Factor or The Voice to stand out from the crowd. We need to embrace talent like Calum, and show the rest of the country, and that Reading has the organic talent to compete with talent who just got a lucky break **cough** **cough** Olly Murs etc etc.

Dolly and the Dinosaur – Without


A totally new band to our ears, having only just released their first pieces of music in the last few months, but for a band so early in their career, Dolly and the Dinosaur are already proving their talent as songwriters.

With several demos online, it is Without that stands out the most. Brilliant guitar work and a chorus that was made for singing along to, this is a band that is sure to break new ground in the not too distant future.

Draw The Shades – Limits


The fantastic female fronted alt rock/punk band continue their crusade through those awkward teenage years with this brand new release which was mixed and produced by John Mitchell who also worked with the likes of Architects, You Me At Six, and Enter Shikari.

The basis of this track is about trust and betrayal in a friendship, which I’m sure we have all been through, and the subject serves a platform showing how Draw The Shades continue to evolve, and prepare themselves for the journey into adulthood, and the challenge which await them personally and professionally.

Palm Honey – I Can Try


Palm Honey’s latest EP Tucked Into the Electronic Wave was a flawless piece of music from beginning to end, however, the track that everyone is still talking about was its closer I Can Try.

This seven minute odyssey that takes the listener on a journey of driving drumbeats, eclectic instrumentation and several unexpected turns, that only leaves you wanting more as it finishes.

Roves – Beneath My Skin


The debut release from Roves sees them channelling the sombre tones of bands like Palace, but adding a unique flavour to the mix. A reverb soaked guitar is the only backing to the warm vocals, but that doesn’t mean the track is lacking.

The space in Beneath My Skin only adds to the atmosphere. It’s a beautifully crafted single and it’s exciting to see what Roves will be releasing next.


If you have a forthcoming or recently released track which you would like to put forward to include in this feature then drop us a message through our Contact Us section on our website with ‘Alt Tracks’ in the subject field.

Please provide either a Soundcloud or YouTube link, along with information about the track, and any social media links. Any tracks not provided with a link will not be considered.


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