After last night’s spin on Radio 1 by Huw Stephens, we’ve got the premiere of Chess Club’s signing, Sundara Karma’s new single.
Remember when the Naked and Famous came out with “Young Blood” and we heard nothing else for an entire summer and it was absolutely brilliant? “Flame”, a rip-roaring electrified anthem for the masses, blemished with the scuffed sounds of friction on guitar strings and distorted voices, is Reading foursome Sundara Karma’s replication of that feeling.
Given its debut airtime on Huw Stephens’ Radio 1 show last night, “Flame” gurgles with a humming bass and pulsating undercurrent of drums to dance to, building tingly suspense for plucks of lead guitar, injecting life into the track. Oscar Lulu’s vocals ring clearly above, sounding half agonised but in a hopelessly enrapturing way. It’s a dissonant collection of components that fit together to make a dark, enthralling song that just summery enough for you to have no reason to turn it off for the next four months.
You can see Sundara Karma on their UK tour from 23rd October – 7th November.
Words: Lily Walker.