Back of the Mind? More like Back of the Net with Courts’ best release to date.

“We’ve been shameless Courts fans for a while now. In fact, it’s been hard to restrain ourselves from just writing exclusively about Courts recently, as we didn’t want to risk this site becoming a Courts fanboy page. We held back on featuring their latest single ‘True Say‘ and the previous release ‘Any of Us‘, as we knew that these were both to be included on the long awaited EP release ‘Back of the Mind’. Boy oh boy, it was worth the wait.

Courts are simply one of the most exciting bands in the UK right now. Blending the exceptional disco funk of Chic, the gritty attack of grime and presented in a polished indie package; it shouldn’t work, but it really does. Frontman Chris is easily one of the best rap lyricists around. Not only are his choice of words on point, but his diction and elocution creates relentlessly seamless, lyrical phrases. This is advanced craftsmanship.

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Feel My Love‘ is the standout track of the three singles on this EP, a fantastic disco anthem, but ‘Move The Roots’ is a welcome addition to these songs. The addition of vibrant brass (supplied by Gavin Fitzjohn and Tom Pinder, two of the top players in the world right now) fills out the intricate layers even further. It also features fantastic lyrics.
‘Evil exists because it should, without evil there would’t be good. That’s the only reason that it’s there, so don’t fear anything you don’t need to care.’ Simple but reassuring observations.

This EP has been a long time coming and is one of the best releases this year so far. Courts are one of the best bands on the planet. They deserve your worship immediately.
‘Back of the Mind’ is available to stream and download here. Courts play Village Green Festival on 8th July.”

Mikey Glenister

Courts Are Back To Bring 2k17 To Its Knees – You’d Best Not Get In Their Way

By Mikey Glenister

2016 was quite the year for Courts. The world woke up and took notice. You’ll be hard pushed to find a band that have fine tuned their sound so meticulously over the last five years. When they launched their new sound (blending indie and rap with precision), it was an eye opener. As they’ve evolved, they’ve managed to hone their funk and dance influences into their product, resulting in a much more focussed and unique offering. Disco grooves, intense delivery and startling precision.

But despite their impressive year where people finally started catching onto them, is this enough for the Basildon boys?

Their latest gift ‘Jaguar‘ is a surprise release. A straight up hip hop track, with a simple message: Courts are putting everyone on notice, because 2017 is theirs. And there’s not a damn thing you can do about it.

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Photo – Anthony Kieler

Chris’ lyrics bounce over the clean and direct groove. Much more stripped back from their recent disco funk offerings, this is track is a rally cry, almost a reminder to themselves as to why they’re doing this in the first place.

“Not resenting anybody, making music’s not my hobby and I send for the pence cos I need it for rent, you may hear me down the Jobby telling white lies so I can write rhymes, where they’re gonna take a percent, so why not make them earn it, while I pick and burn it, living like a hermit praying that they heard it.”

The self belief here is evident. It almost feels like there is plenty of pent up frustration; being trapped in the monotonous grind of nine to fives, whilst sitting on a potential gold mine that has yet to be cashed in. It’s clear that Courts are very much done with their old lives, and it’s an inevitability that they will become stars if they continue on the route they’re taking. Chris could be a mouthpiece for a generation.

To paraphrase the band, we swear 2k17 will be their year, and if it’s not then we don’t know what’s going on here. Not in the slightest. Check out Jaguar for yourselves. It’s sick.