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Image: Eve Conway

Words: David Saunders

I am part of a Darlington music collective called Tracks, work for the Tees Music Alliance and sing lovely songs for The Black Sheep Frederick Dickens. I run a weekly alt-open mic night called Soapbox Sessions, as well as programme a couple of DIY mini music fests in the form of Music Box in Darlington and Day In. Day Out in Stockton. Alongside my Tracks colleagues Sarah Wilson (who runs Big Little Gigs for children under 10) and Rob Irish (producer/media genius/TBSFD partner in crime) we put on various music events around the town, including Noisy Daughters (events to promote and inspire females in the music industry) and the upcoming Last Train Home festival on Saturday 22nd September. Here’s a little selection of the stuff that’s occupied our minds/headphones lately…

KV$HNOODLE ft. Ronin Clan (prod. PULSE) – WTW
A collaboration of North East hip-hop’s more energetic talents. Sounds like purgatory in the digital age. Angry. Raw. Sincere… It’s what young people should be writing. I’ll take ten of this.

PINS (ft. Iggy Pop) – Aggrophobe
Proto-punk legend meets Manchester’s coolest and most current post-punks, what’s not to love? I was buzzing when PINS said they’d play Last Train Home. Their music and ethos are super inspiring; this was the track that got me into them.

Eve Conway – Hunger
Gritty, soulful and an exceptional talent. If she doesn’t become a star then the music industry is broken. This song (produced by Rob) showcases all her urban cool. Listen to it when strutting the city streets at night.

Komparrison – McDonald’s Drive Thru
My favourite folk duo with songs, like this offering, that provide an insight into what it is to be a teenager growing up in Teesside/modern times. Painting a vivid picture coloured with honesty, wit and a great pop sensibility.

Sonder Minds – Back In The Day
Fronted by Paul Piper, the hardest working musician in Darlington. I call it ‘tender-psych’ and it’s so expansive and touching. I enjoy the haunting, carnival-esque vibe of this track.

Endem & Leum – Diaries Of A Sociopath (Page 2)
These guys are an integral part of the Darlo music scene and absolute rock stars on the North East hip-hop scene. The sharp delivery and lyrical genius of this Jekyll & Hyde musical soliloquy makes me want to be rapper.

Scott Walker w/ Sunn O))) – Brando
Scott Walker was all I was listening to when I thought up The Black Sheep Frederick Dickens. He’s a huge influence on me, not just because of his lush voice and amazing arrangements, but because he just does what he wants to. Play this at my funeral please.



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