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Drop in the music ocean

IT is 12 years since Fat Freddy’s Drop formed in the New Zealand city of Wellington and the septet have barely stuck to the script since.

Their sound draws inspiration from almost every part of black music lexicon, so soul-drenched vocals and jazz harmonies collide with tape delays and echo chambers, underpinned by a rhythm section as comfortable laying down a throbbing, techy sound­scape as they are a swampy blues stomp.

A reputation largely driven by word or mouth has seen regular pilgrimages across the seven seas and their current festival manoeuvres steer them to Plug on Tuesday.

Time to hear the C side

AHEAD of taking her role on the arena tour of Jesus Christ Superstar, former Spice Girl Melanie C has released I Don’t Know How To Love Him as a single.

The iconic song from the 1970 Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice rock opera follows Mel’s role on ITV ‘Christ’-search talent show Superstar.

September 10 new album Stages comprises 12 classic songs from theatre and film that have inspired the singer, including Maybe This Time, from Cabaret, I Know Him So Well, from Chess and featuring fellow former Spicer Emma Bunton, and Joni Mitchell’s Both Sides Now.

The show, also with Tim Minchin and Chris Moyles, finds Sheffield’s Motorpoint Arena on October 21.

Long arm of the Lawson

AFTER landing high in the charts with their single, When She Was Mine, rising stars Lawson – an instrument-brandishing boy band featuring Chesterfield bassist Ryan Fletcher – head back to Sheffield on Monday.

Last here opening for The Wanted on their arena jaunt, the guitar pop quartet release new single Taking Over Me on August 5, which has them playing a short set and signing CDs at Sheffield’s High Street HMV store from 5pm, the day after their Sheftival appearance for Real Radio.

A submission to falling in love, the live favourite takes us back to being young and hopelessly romantic.