BLACK HONEY

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BLACK HONEY FOXFIVE, OUT NOW Grunge, pop and disco com­pete on Brighton four-piece’s de­but. Led by ec­cen­tric front­woman Izzy B Phillips, Brighton’s Black Honey have been steadily grow­ing in stature since form­ing in 2014. Their de­but pairs their best Garbage- and Blon­dien­od­ding cuts with edgy pop and the oc­ca­sional vocoder-heavy cho­rus. The re­sult is a record that Phillips has de­scribed as “Frankenstein’s mon­ster”, jolt­ing from the bristling grunge-pop of Hello To­day to Mid­night’s ABBA-meets-Twin Peaks disco ap­prox­i­ma­tion, via the cool noir shades of Blue Ro­mance. It doesn’t al­ways fly – clos­ing track Wast­ing Time, in par­tic­u­lar, feels slug­gish. Over­all, though, this is rous­ing, var­ied and not afraid to be a bit weird. HAN­NAH J DAVIES Lis­ten To: Hello To­day | I Only Hurt The Ones I Love | Bad Friends

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