Teleman – Family of Aliens Review

The third album from Teleman has  somehow managed to improve on their previous two releases; it being a more electronic, robotic and dance-able collection of songs while showing off more of their personalty than ever before.

When an album has a couple of very strong singles i’m always worried that the rest of the album will disappoint, and with ‘Cactus’ being an absolute banger and probably the best Teleman song to date I certainly had those fears.

They were quickly dismissed as soon as the opener, and title track ‘Family of Aliens’ began. The same brilliant Teleman as usual, but sounding even more energetic. ‘Between The Rain’ is a Paul McCartney-esque upbeat piano track, and ‘Always Dreaming’ is a slower, calm moment on the record. These two tracks show just how diverse Teleman can be while still maintaining a consistent sound.

Another album highlight for me is the very groovy ‘Twisted Heart’,with the opening synth riff sounding like a Pokemon battle theme gone wrong and it just generally being one of the catchiest tracks they’ve put out to date.

‘Somebody’s Island’ has another great melody throughout, with the song again being one of the best the band has ever put out, it being so well produced and full of emotion and personality. The album closer, ‘Starlight’, aptly sounds like a really dramatic end credits song for a movie, a fitting end to a great album.

This is Teleman’s best album to date, and one of the best albums of the year so far.

96%

Best Three: Cactus, Twisted Heart, Starlight

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SOTD 4/5/17 – Warm Digits ft. Devon Sproule: The Rumble and The Tremor

Warm Digits have song of the day with ‘The Rumble and The Tremor’, which features Devon Sproule on vocals. Watch the video below:

The track is taken from their upcoming album ‘Wireless World’ which is out on 4th August on Memphis Industries. The album also features the track ‘End Times’ which is a collaboration with Field Music.

The last 3 songs of the day have been from Girl Ray, Ellie Bleach and Haim. Hear all of them (that are on Spotify) so far this year in the playlist below:

 

Kasabian – For Crying Out Loud review.

The Leicester lads keep the big hits coming on their 6th studio effort. 

 

If there was any worry that Kasabian were going to drastically change their sound on their new album, it doesn’t linger for long, with opening track ‘Ill Ray (The King) kicking things off with the Leicester band’s trademark energy and swagger.

Infectiously catchy lead single ‘You’re In Love With a Psycho’ follows on from the opener and sets a fun, upbeat mood, and gives a feeling that Kasabian really don’t take themselves seriously at all, and they are at their best this way.

‘TwentyFourSeven’ sounds like your standard Kasabian, with a few woaaahs chucked in and ‘Good Fight’ is similar, but both tracks still sound full of energy and Serge’s production still is as punchy and crisp as it always has been.

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Album artwork designed by Aitor Throup, who designed both ‘Velociraptor’ and ’48:13′ covers.

‘Sixteen Blocks’ sounds like it was taken straight out of a movie trailer with it’s dramatic whistled opening, whereas ‘Bless This Acid House’ is another fun, upbeat track with a very sing-alongable chorus.

Album closer ‘Put Your Life On It’ rounds things up with yet another song that sounds like something you’ve heard before, but still sounds fresh, which is a feeling that runs through the whole project. Standard, but still really good.

90%

Best 3: Ill Ray (The King), Good Fight, You’re In Love With A Psycho

SOTD 3/5/17 – Girl Ray: Preacher

Girl Ray have just announced their debut album ‘Earl Grey’, and lead single ‘Preacher’ is song of the day. Watch the video below:

‘Earl Grey’ also features recent single ‘Stupid Things’ and is out on the 4th August on Moshi Moshi records, and is available to pre-order here.  The band play The Great Escape on 9th May, as well as Glastonbury, Isle of Wight and Green Man festivals over the summer.

Other recent songs of the day have come from Ellie Bleach, Jane Weaver and Anteros. Hear all of them from 2017 below:

 

Gorillaz – Humanz Review.

Gorillaz albums have always been about collaborations, with their previous album Plastic Beach featuring the likes of Lou Reed, De La Soul, Little Dragon, Gruff Rhys and Kano. Humanz is no different in this sense, with the album only having one track without a featured artist. They also tend to change their sound with each record while still maintaining

The first of these many features you hear on the album is Californian rapper Vince Staples, who dominates most of the high paced opening track ‘Ascension’, with Damon Albarn only popping up momentarily for a verse in the middle of the song.

Main single ‘Saturnz Barz’ with Jamie XX collaborator Popcaan is the first track on which you really hear Damon’s vocals used to their full potential, and they really do compliment Popcaan’s main verses well, especially towards the end of the song.

‘Momentz’ featuring long time collaborators De La Soul highlights why they work so well together, with the witty, slightly off-kilter verses from the hip hop trio making for another great track from Gorillaz and De La Soul.

Humanz has interludes scattered throughout it by Star Wars: Rogue One actor Ben Mendelsohn, and in my opinion they are a bit distracting from the flow of the album in places, with the majority of them feeling shoehorned in; one of them is a two second clip of him saying ”Elevator Going Up”. However there are a select few of these that do add to the album, with the ‘Non-Conformist Oath’ before Danny Brown featuring track ‘Submission’ working very well.

That track, featuring Kelela alongside Danny Brown, is one of the strongest cuts on ‘Humanz.’ Kelela sings the majority of the track before Danny comes in with some amazing bars at the end.

2-D and co. have always been ones to use upcoming or underground artists, like Kano back on 2010’s Plastic Beach, in their tracks alongside legends such as Lou Reed and Bobby Womack, and the inclusion of D.R.A.M, Benjamin Clementine and Kali Uchis alongside Grace Jones and Mavis Staples continues this tradition.

‘Andromeda ft. D.R.A.M. is another album highlight for me, with it being a melancholy track with beautiful vocals from Albarn as well as having a very catchy synth line throughout the song.

Following on from ‘Andromeda’ is ‘Busted and Blue’. A sad, beautiful ballad with a minimal, spacy backing track that continues the run of great tracks on the album that sadly comes to an end with ‘Carnival’ which just sounds jumbled and dull.

‘Let Me Out’ is a great example of how Gorillaz bring unlikely artists together to make a great track, with Mavis Staples and Pusha T featuring. However, following that is another lackluster track called ‘Sex Murder Party’ that, similar to ‘Carnival’, is just dull and would be better off as a B-Side.

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The album finishes on its strongest track, with Jehnny Beth from Savages and Noel Gallagher coming together with Gorillaz to make an upbeat anthem of hope and unity that brings the project to a close.

Overall, Humanz is very good. There are a few unnecessary tracks and interludes that slow the album down but when it gets going, it’s really, really good.

89%

Best 3: Andromeda, Submission, We Got The Power.