Gabriel Bruce, Freedom.

As Casiotonal wristwatches bleeped in unison out east, as 2015 became ’16, few of those au fait with Love In Arms would have predicted a very evidently rejuvenated Gabriel Bruce returning with what is certainly shaping up to be one of the very greatest British pop records of the year: Come All Sufferers. And, following on from the smouldering, loveless Metal Soul, the whimsical Londoner’s Freedom (below) is all the more accessible still: less evocative of something chiselled from the cheek of Nick Cave, and more reminiscent of Black Skinhead by way of Hackney backstreets, there remains ample aberrance (from the outlandish textual interlude, at 3:21, to the atonal brass noodlings to extend out into run-out groovy static come the song’s conclusion), but this has been neatly tucked away into what really, truly is a cheeky, chap-y masterpiece. Chuck in such cutting quips as, “I heard about all the problems you’ve been fixing, donating forks to the soup kitchen,” and Bruce seems absolutely certain to make his mark on the coming months…

Come All Sufferers will be available from May 20th, via Virgin EMI Records / Luv Luv Luv.