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

 

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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

New Release Roundup 9/3/18

Years & Years – Sanctify: A solid comeback single from Years & Years, with the track immediately giving me some Destiny’s Child vibes. Not too over the top, and a clear change in sound from their previous stuff. Olly delivers a great pop vocal as usual. Nice. 80%

Jack White – Over and Over and Over – The most classic Jack White sounding track so far from his upcoming ‘Boarding House Reach’, but it’s by no means a basic song. Dramatic choirs and sprinkled synths throughout really make this exciting. 85%

Wiley – Remember Me: A really good track from Wiley here taken from his upcoming ‘Godfather II’ album, Very catchy beat and great verses throughout. 80%

ZHU & Tame Impala – My Life: This has be the dullest track that Kevin Parker has been involved with in a long time. Really unremarkable electro beat from ZHU here and lacklustre vocals from Kev. Booooo. 30%

Kylie – Can’t Stop Me From Falling: It’s alright but no where near as good as her last single. She can still belt out a tune though and it’s fairly catchy but it just sounds a bit too advert music for me. 60%

Manic Street Preachers – Dylan & Caitlin: Another very pleasant track from the upcoming Manics album, a duet between James and Welsh singer The Anchoress detailing the relationship between Dylan and Caitlin Thomas. Nice but not as immediate as their other !singles so far. 75%

Hinds – The Club: A sunny, fuzzy track from Hinds here. Sounds very much like Hinds. Very good though. 80%