New Release Roundup 23rd June 2018

singles

Ariana Grande ft. Nicki Minaj – The Light Is Coming: Another great track from Ariana’s upcoming ‘Sweetener’ that shows she really isn’t messing around on this new project, showing real variation from her previous single. 92%

Years & Years – Palo Santo: This sounds so much like it should be at the end of a Hunger Games movie that I just remembered I never saw the last one. Good track though and Olly’s voice is still nice and it’s a well produced track; I’m glad they haven’t just made another album exactly the same as their first. 70%

Cheat Codes & Little Mix – Only You: When I first heard this I thought it was Zara Larsson which isn’t a bad thing, but it does not reach that Little Mix level of banger that I expect from them. 50%

Our Girl – In My Head: Another great single from Our Girl, with a chill, moody beginning leading up to a great progressive build up towards the end of the track. 83%

Florence and The Machine – Big God: A nice track from Florence with a good vocal performance, but I kept waiting for it to have a big finish or change-up but in the end it fell a bit flat 65%

Paul McCartney – I Don’t Know: The first of two new tracks from Faul here, ‘I Don’t Know’ is a charming, toe-tappy emotional little ballad that shows he can still write a great track. 70%

                                  Come On To Me: The second Macca track is my fave of the two, a real catchy, upbeat track proving he isn’t showing signs of slowing down any time soon. 82%

Estrons – Lilac: More of the same from Estrons, but in a good way. Lilac is a great, fast paced track with a passionate vocal performance. 75%

Girli – Day Month Second: A really well produced, catchy tune from Girli here. A new sound from her but she doesn’t lose her charm and attitude that gained her initial attention. Goooood. 80%

albums

Panic! At The Disco – Pray For The Wicked: This new Panic! album is a nice, clean collection of snazzy emo-pop songs with Brendon Urie’s vocals really shining on a majority of the tracks, most of which could easily be singles.  77%                                    Best Three: High Hopes, One Of The Drunks, The Overpass

 

 

Advertisements

New Release Roundup 1/5/18

Singles

Courtney Barnett – City Looks Pretty: Another great single from Courtney here, with her usual great lyrics over an upbeat guitar track. Nice. 87%

Plan B – Mercy: A nice, beat driven dancey track from Mr.B here. His vocals still have that charm that made him popular the first time around and I feel this new sound actually fits him quite well. 80%

The Internet – Roll (Burbank Funk): This is a really great, brilliantly produced funky single from The Internet here, with Steve Lacy’s vocals taking centre stage.  91%

Albums 

Blossoms – Cool Like You: The second album from Stockport indie lads Blossoms is exactly what you expect, but that’s not all bad. Tracks like Unfaithful and There’s A Reason Why (I Never Returned Your Calls) are some of the best indie pop tracks i’ve heard in a while. but some of the tracks fall a bit flat.   Good though. 75%

Janelle Monae – Dirty Computer: As expected, this is pretty good. All the tracks seem different enough stylistically to stand out, but the album still flows really well. Lead single ‘Make Me Feel’ still stands out, but tracks like ‘Take a Byte’ and ‘I Got The Juice’ with Pharrell are excellent too. Very nice. 94%

 

Everything Everything, Girl Ray & More Contribute to Organ Donor Remix Project

The likes of Everything Everything, Girl Ray and Dutch Uncles have contributed to a database of free remix stems in order to help push for sign-ups to the Organ Donation Register. Approximately 86,000 people across Europe are currently waiting for a life-saving organ transplant. Unfortunately, 16 of them will die today because they won’t find a suitable match in time.

The project is being co-ordinated by Robin Richards of Dutch Uncles, who says “The stems database represents the organ donor register, The ease with which is it to upload a stem to help somebody make a track is representative of how simple it is to sign up to the organ donation register and potentially save a life.”

The website boasts a simple remix programme, allowing for anyone to have a bash at making their own track. Those with more experience can download the stems from this database.

remixer.png

See a full list of contributing artists below, with more to come in the future:

Bossy Love
British Sea Power
C Duncan
Dutch Uncles
Everything Everything                                                                                                                          Girl Ray

Max Cooper

Maxïmo Park

Maxine Peake
Public Service Broadcasting
Stealing Sheep
Sky Larkin
Wild Beasts
Check out https://speeddonatingsingles.com/ for more info and to have a go at making a track.

New Release Roundup 6/4/18

Singles

Calvin Harris ft. Dua Lipa – One Kiss: Not as much of a banger as I had expected but it’s probably going to be called the sound of the summer. 70%

Friendly Fires – Love Like Waves: Almost too summery, this track comes across as repetitive to me but the bit at the end sounds like it’s from a Sonic the Hedgehog menu screen so I’m not really sure. The production is really nice & it’s not annoying so good job overall. 75%

Johnny Marr – The Tracers: A fairly gloomy sounding single from Mr.Marr here, with the track being more layered and introspective than his previous solo efforts. Could be a good sound for him if this is an indicator for an upcoming album. 80%

A$AP Rocky & Moby – A$AP Forever: I didn’t expect much from a new A$AP Rocky track, but ‘Forever’ is a great rap single. Confident, well delivered bars with a catchy hook and great production & a well utilised sample of Moby. nice. 85%

Ed Sheeran – Candle In The Wind: This just made me instantly angry so i’ll leave it there. 20% 

Hatchie – Sugar & Spice: Very pleasant, infectious new single from Hatchie, with verry nice vocals & great production. Excellent. 83%

Albums/EPs

Black Delta Movement – Preservation: A brilliant debut album from BDM. Opening track ‘Rome’ has echoes of The Horrors & Royal Blood, but the album as a whole is varied enough for their own personality to shine through, with tracks like ‘King Mosquito’ and ‘Deceit’ being just great rock songs. Very nice indeed. 85%

Best 3: Rome, Let The Rain Come, Ivory Shakes

The Aces – When My Heart Felt Volcanic: A full on pop-album in the veins of Paramore’s After Laughter, the debut from The Aces is an album made up of tracks that could legit all be singles. At times it gets a bit familiar with itself but overall it’s an enjoyable, fun upbeat album with very 2018 lyrics and great performances. 80%

Best 3: Stuck, Last One, Put It On The Line

Cardi B – Invasion Of Privacy: Compared to her big, massive budget singles like ‘Bodak Yellow’ and ‘Bartier Cardi’, most of the rest of this album feels really rushed. ‘Drip’ is a really forgettable track with the Migos feature sounding really phoned in. ‘I Like It’ is the only track that really stood out to me at all, it being a fun upbeat cut with fun features fron J Balvin and Bad Bunny. 50% 

Best 3: Bodak Yellow, I Like It, Best Life

 

SOTD 27/3/18 – Sam Evian: Health Machine

Sam Evian has song of the day with ‘Health Machine’

This single is taken from Sam’s just announced album, ‘You, Forever’ out on the 1st of June. Check out Sam’s tour dates below:

18 May – Brighton, The Great Escape
19 May – Bristol, Rough Trade
21 May – Birmingham, Hare and Hounds
22 May – London, The Islington
24 May – Glasgow, The Hug and Pint
25 May – Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
26 May – Manchester, Albert Hall (With Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Deerhunter and Khruangbin)

The last song of the day was Night Flowers with ‘Hey Love’ – Check out all of the tracks from 2018 in the playlist below:

Featured Image by Josh Goleman