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This song from Norway's Orions Belte that's kinda-sorta-not-really about boxer Joe Frazier is actually one of the best new blues tracks of the week...

Orions Belte are a trio from Oslo influenced by lo-fi psych, Nigerian 70s rock, underground blues, dub, lounge music and classic soul. 

WAIT! DON'T GO ANYWHERE! Unlike most indie bands who say this sort of thing, Orions Belte actually do sound the part. 

New single Joe Frazier is apparently some kind of tribute to Smokin' Joe, the boxer who beat Muhammad Ali in the so-called ‘Fight of the Century’ in 1971. You can't tell that it from the video by Vice illustrator Steph Hope - which is all jerkily-drawn scenes of urban dread and psychedelic angst - or from the song itself, which swings on guitarist Øyvind Blomstrøm's sweet slo-mo guitar licks.

'Some days I feel like I'm losing you all,' sings vocalist and bass player Chris Holm. 'Then I put on that cruise control/ Baby, it's all that I got' . 

There's literally no mention of how Frazier coped in those difficult opening rounds back in 1971, or the dazzling left hook that sent Ali to the floor in the 11th. But what can you do, it's just a song not a fucking Wikipedia page, pal.

Listen to it, it's lovely: 

Orions Belte (opens in new tab)'s debut album, Mint is out 17 August, via Jansen 

Scott Rowley
Scott Rowley

Scott is the Content Director of Music at Future plc, responsible for the editorial strategy for online and print brands like Louder, Classic Rock, Metal Hammer, Prog, Guitarist, Guitar World, Guitar Player, Total Guitar etc. He was Editor in Chief of Classic Rock magazine for 10 years and Editor of Total Guitar for 4 years and has contributed to The Big Issue, Esquire and more. Scott wrote chapters for two of legendary sleeve designer Storm Thorgerson's books (For The Love Of Vinyl (opens in new tab), 2009, and Gathering Storm (opens in new tab), 2015). He regularly appears on Classic Rock’s podcast, The 20 Million Club (opens in new tab), and was the writer/researcher on 2017’s Mick Ronson documentary Beside Bowie (opens in new tab)