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Single Serving: K H U S H I – When You Start

You know when you hear a new song by a new artist and think, “Holy crap, this is damn good”? That’s how I felt when I heard “When You Start” by Hackney, London’s K H U S H I. I’ve been listening to his first four singles on near repeat for the past few days. When listening to these well crafted tunes, my ears hear tantalizing hints of early Modest Mouse blended with teasing tastes of The National and small bursts of Local Natives-esque songwriting. For example, the track “When You Start” is built around a bright, drifting melody and a crisp, shuffling rhythm. It builds gracefully into a ringing, widescreen expansiveness. Similarly, it wouldn’t be a stretch to imagine the melancholy and simmering “Magpie” as a cover of an unreleased b-side from Boxer or High Violet. Coming from someone who has a poster for The National hanging in his dining room, that’s a very, very good thing. Take a listen and let me know what you think.

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Posted by Matthew Hickey

Matthew is the music editor and co-founder of Turntable Kitchen. He’s addicted to vinyl records, pour over coffee, craft beer, small batch bourbon, and pan roasting pork chops.

  • Justine Ramos

    Thank you for constantly intoducing me to artists that now dominate my workday playlists. I’ve listened to “When You Start” about a hundred times in the past couple days.

  • Matthew

    Thanks Justine! I’m happy to help!

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