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The Best Music That Came Out of the UK in February 2015 on One Webpage

Before we slam on the brakes and park-up for the last month of Winter, let’s run through some of the month’s best tracks.

by Ryan Bassil
02 March 2015, 10:00am

We know you’re busy. So instead of covering everything, we’re going to publish a rundown of the best new music each month. As Drake said on his everlasting debut album – Thank [Us] Later. Or send us gifts in the post. And listen to our "Best Music Released around the World" round-up here.

February is a strange month. Falling beyond the depth of Winter and before the periphery of Spring, it’s a speed-bump at the entrance to better times. Winter’s still here, T-shirt weather is far away, and unless you’re in a relationship or can flip a decent pancake, the month’s crowning events serve as reminders you’re abjectly failing at becoming a functioning human being. But hey – it’s over now. We’re out.

The month’s one saving grace is music. It doesn’t matter how drenched your feet or psychological make-up gets, music will always be there. From the surprise release of Drake’s new mixtape to Kendrick Lamar’s “The Blacker the Berry”, February’s been ripe with sonic goodness. So before we slam on the brakes and park-up for the last month of Winter, let’s run through some of the month’s best tracks.

Let’s do this!

(Don't care about the United Kingdom? Want to know about the best music released in the world? Here's the list for that)

Jazz Purple Feat Diversa – “Do You”

Jazz Purple used to produce tracks for Bipolar Sunshine but “Do You” is his first solo outing, and for a debut it’s got some massive moments. The best bits come from the production – provided by Diversa - with eerie, purple-tinged vocals sitting low in the mix, that push the pulsating synths to the foreground and seal the listener in what feels like an envelope of space-sound.

Place of origin: Manchester

Bruising – “Can’t You Feel”

Bruising formed after their lead singer and guitarist bonded over a Perfect Pussy t-shirt in a Leeds nightclub and ended up sending each other voice memos, and that kinda gives you some idea of what they are all about. “Can’t You Feel” is definitive proof British guitar music will never die; so long as there’s melody and someone who can carry a hook. Also, it’s released on the excellent and unfounded DIY label Beech Coma.

Place of origin: Leeds

Bo Rocha – “Tangerine Flake”

The name “Tangerine Flake” is taken from a Tom Wolfe essay about customized cars in 1960s L.A, and it’s a fitting theme for the debut song from solo London vocalist/producer Bo Rocha. The crescendo of the song’s chorus is hypnotically expansive, like reaching the top of a hill-climb and seeing the never-ending stretch of possibility beyond the horizon.

Place of origin: London

Dean Blunt – “100”

First Dean Blunt trolled the NME Awards, then he released the video for “100”, featuring a quote from Idris Elba, taken from an interview with Noisey’s Associate Editor Joe Zadeh. Dude knows what’s going on in the world and how to play it – and he also knows how to write a great song. We awarded him album of the year in 2014, and “100” is his latest track. For videos though, my favourite’s still his visual take on “Bittersweet Symphony” though.

Place of origin: United Kingdom

Personal Best – “This Time Next Year”

Like Bruising’s “Can’t You Feel”, Personal Best also prove British guitar music slays harder than a butchers in a meat factory. The band list their interests as “rocking out & roast dinners” which are a perfect combination. They’re also from Bristol – which, increasingly, seems like a hot-bed for DIY bands with the city’s Trust Fund releasing their excellent debut earlier this month. The kind of power-pop that makes you want to shout glorious swear words from the top floor of a multi storey carpark.

Place of origin: Bristol

Hairy Hands – “Space”

Hairy Hand’s calls himself an “intergalactic audio warrior”. So far he’s released three tracks: one as part of Activia Benz song series, and two of his own. The best one “Space” is like SBTRKT’s distant cousin.

Place of origin: London

Dellux – “Missing You”

Probably doesn’t have anything to do with the fact Dellux is from Wales, but listening to this song makes me want to be knee-deep into a packet of washing powder on some grime-ridden Newport dance-floor. It’s deep. Looking through his Soundcloud, it seems like he’s part of a collective – which also features Cardiff based rap group Astroid Boys.

Place of origin: Newport

Raye – “Flowers”

Noisey’s Executive Editor and massive pop-music fan Sam Wolfson says, “it’s early days. But Raye could be the next Rihanna”. So definitely one to keep an eye on, then.

Place of origin: London

Jack Garratt – “Chemical”

Everyone’s been banging on about Jack Garratt for a few months now – and rightfully so. “The Love You’re Given” – one of his earlier tracks – is hauntingly beautiful and fragile, like the moments after an argument at three in the morning. His new track “Chemical” doesn’t quite achieve the same effect, but definitely shows more promise in his future output.

Place of origin: London

Deadboy – “It Did Not Feel Right”

Deadboy’s “It Did Not Feel Right” is part PC Music, part the Weeknd, and whole end-of-the-night-bae-music. The track’s released as a one-off on Bristol imprint Crazy Legs, and you can watch the video premiered on noisey.com here.

Place of origin: London

Stay Bless (Feat Trim) – “Distance”

Trim kills it on Stay Bless’ “Distance”. It’s a different feel for the MC, spitting over sensitive production sounds heartfelt and soothing, like someone whispering confessions in your ear. The track’s full of longing too – kinda makes me feel like there’s some distant lover I’m reaching out for but can’t quite get.

Place of origin: London

An Album That's Worth Listening To: Dialect – Advanced Myth

This one goes out to all the heads who enjoy an ambient working / thinking / doing soundtrack. It’s released on Tasty Morsels.

You can find Ryan Bassil on Twitter: @RyanBassil

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