28/4/17 New Release Roundup

Singles

Katy Perry ft. Migos – Bon Appetit: The follow up to Katy’s last single, Chained To The Rhythm features hip-hop trio Migos. It isn’t as immediate as her previous release, but after a few listens it’s nearly as good, with a catchy synth line and a decent feature from Migos. 68% 

DJ Khaled ft. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance The Rapper, Lil Wayne – I’m The One: This is a dull track from DJ Khaled, and without the features this track would get no attention whatsoever. 20%

Luke Sital-Singh – Oh My God: An upbeat indie-folk track in a similar vein to Tom Odell and James Bay from Luke Sital-Singh here, but Tom’s voice more than carries the track in it’s own right. 75%

The Kicklips – Hillywood: This is a fast paced indie-rock track from Sheffield band The Kicklips that sounds akin to Jake Bugg’s ‘What Doesn’t Kill You’, showing great promise in the group from their debut single. 73%

Ride – All I Want: A new single from Ride’s upcoming comeback album ‘Weather Diaries’, out in June. Pretty standard stuff from Andy Bell and co, but they do what they do rather well. 80%

The Gallery – Daddy’s Car/Go Twice: This is the debut, double A side single from Wakefield based band The Gallery. Daddy’s Car is an upbeat jangly guitar track in a similar vein to The Libertines, where as Go Twice is a bit more subdued. I do like it when you can hear a singer’s accent, and you can clearly hear the Wakefield here. 74%

Albums/EPs

Sylvan Esso – What Now: The second album from American duo Sylvan Esso is an upbeat synth-pop album with some quirky, off kilter beats and melodies that make it an interesting, and pleasurable listen. Tracks like ‘Die Young’ and ‘Just Dancing’ will stick in your head for ages. 83%                                                                                                                Best Track: Die Young

Rex Orange County – Apricot Princess: This is the debut album from 18 year old singer and producer Rex Orange County, and is a collection of beautifully sung, heartfelt tracks. Opening title track sets the scene for the rest of the album perfectly, easing you into it with gentle strings and Rex’s vocals. 91%                                                                                         Best Track: Television/So Far So Good

Cashmere Cat – 9: The debut album from producer Cashmere Cat has a long list of pop A-list features including The Weeknd, Ariana Grande and Selena Gomez, but it is no straightforward pop album. Each of the featured artists works very well alongside the often dark beats, making for a much more interesting, engaging listen than I was expecting. 85%                                                                                                                                    Best Track: Quit ft. Ariana Grande

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