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Track Premiere: Russell Dean Stone – ‘Keeping the Faith’

It gets a bit dull when all the new male solo artists that drop into your inbox are making sickeningly smooth future R&B under semi-anonymous pseudonyms, it’s got to the point where we can’t tell our Oceaán’s from our Bondax’s half the time. It’s no wonder all the big names in the game seem to be ladies – where’s the bite, boys?

So when this video by London based solo artist Russell Dean Stone cropped up we jumped at the chance to give it a first play. Stone’s vocal stylings embody the full drama of British Classics like Depeche Mode with the bitter sweet delivery of Brian Molko of Placebo; basically it’s dramatic synth music – like a male version of Zola Jesus. He’s been working with producers like Dimitri Tikovoi (Charli XCX, Mikky Ekko, Horrors etc) and Laurence Aldridge on a forthcoming EP, though this track, ‘Keeping the Faith’, is produced by Dreamtrak (Cymbals, Teeth) and sounds like something that should’ve been on the Twilight soundtracks.

The video’s a lo-fi affair directed by and featuring RDS himself, for some reason it makes us think of the work of Alejandro Jodorowsky. It has a syphnx cat in it and that alone is worth watching it for. It’s exciting to see a new artist with an aesthetic flair to match the promise of their music. Looks like Russell Dean Stone’s is ready to show us his teeth.

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