Everything Everything’s 10 Best So Far

Today marks the 10th birthday of Manchester art-pop lads Everything Everything. Fresh off the back of their latest album ‘A Fever Dream’ – let’s have a look at their 10 best tracks so far. (In alphabetical order)

Blast Doors

With it’s almost rapped verses and with great harmonies on the chorus, Blast Doors is EE running at full speed.

Cough Cough

Featuring some of the best drums in any song ever, Cough Cough is the pounding first track on Arc.

Desire

The second single taken from ‘A Fever Dream’ proves that EE can still make catchy choruses with a sense of urgency about them after a decade.

Distant Past

The lead single from 3rd album Get to Heaven, Distant Past was a vibrant insight into what the following album would bring. What a banger.

Duet

Duet shows off the versatility of Everything Everything. An emotional, developing track backed with strings was one of the standouts on Arc.

Final Form

Final Form is far the band’s most emotional track, really showing off Jonothan Higgs’ vocals.

My Kz, Ur Bf

An example of what EE do best, My Kz is a weird one but still has an amazingly infectious melody.

No Reptiles

“It’s alright to feel like a fat child in a pushchair old enough to run, old enough to fire a gun.”

Photoshop Handsome

Photoshop Handsome was the breakout hit for Everything Everything, it’s witty lyrics and 8-bit sounding synths still standing up to their recent releases.

Schoolin

Another early single from Man Alive, Schoolin stands out as one of the strongest from that album, especially with its annoyingly catchy whistle.

Listen to everything by Everything Everything below:

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Tramlines 2017 Picks

Tramlines 2017 is just around the corner, and with so many acts to choose from, here are a few of my acts you would be silly to miss this summer in Sheff. Buy tickets here.

Friday
Kano (8:45pm Devonshire Green)

Off the back of his recent Mercury nominated album ‘Made in The Manor’, Grime legend Kano is my pick of the headline acts on Friday.

Twin Atlantic (7pm Main Stage)

Glaswegian rock band Twin Atlantic are sure to get the main stage going on Friday night, with big hit ‘Heart and Soul’ bound to be a crowd pleaser.

Saturday

Primal Scream (8:45pm Main Stage)

Scottish indie legends Primal Scream headline the main stage on Saturday, and with such big hits as ‘Rocks’ and ‘Movin on Up’ as well as material from their latest few albums, Bobby and co. will be one of the highlights of Tramlines 2017.

Estrons  (4:45pm Devonshire Green)

Having caught Estrons live a few times now, I know that the Welsh indie rockers are one of the most energetic acts out there.

Spring King (6pm Devonshire Green)

Spring King are a great live act, with drummer and lead singer Tarek always impressive to see. Tracks like ‘The Summer’ and ‘Who Are You’ are sure to be festival highlights.

Sunday

The Big Moon  (6:15pm Devonshire Green)

Having just released their brilliant debut album ‘Love in the 4th Dimension’, The Big Moon’s stellar indie sounds are not to be missed.

Metronomy (7:45pm Main Stage)

Metronomy headline Sunday night on the main stage, and their electro-indie hits are not to be passed on; big hits like ‘The Bay’ and ‘The Look’ as well as great new tracks from ‘Summer ’08’ will make this a great closer to the festival.

Loyle Carner (4:45pm Main Stage)

Loyle Carner impressed with his Debut album ‘Yesterday’s Gone’, with his sharp wit and genuine character coming through in his verses. ‘NO CD’ is a banger.

Here’s a playlist of the best tracks from each of these artists:

 

Kiran Leonard announces new album ‘Derevaun Seraun’

Kiran Leonard has announced a new album, titled ‘Derevaun Seraun’, which is due out 15th September on Moshi Moshi Records. He has shared the first taste of it so far; listen to ‘Living With Ailments’ below:

“DEREVAUN SERAUN” is a piece I wrote a couple years back in five movements for voice, piano and string trio. Each movement is written about a different piece of literature, exploring the value I see in each work and the impression it has made on me” Kiran says about the record.

He has also announced some string -piece backed tour dates for September:

19 September – Wolverhampton, Newhampton Arts Centre
20 September – London, St. Pancras Old Church*
21 September – Oxford, St Barnabas Church
23 September – Manchester, Band On The Wall
25 September – Leeds, Brudenell Social Club

*x2 performances this evening only (at 7PM and 9PM)

5/5/17 New Release Roundup

Singles

Paramore – Told You So: This is the second single to be taken from Paramore’s upcoming ‘After Laughter’ album, and it is another great, poppy track with a great performance from Hayley on vocals. Shaping up to be a very promising album. 87%

Get Inuit – All My Friends: ‘All My Friends’ is an upbeat sounding single from Get Inuit, but the lyrics are far from happy. 75%

LCD Soundsystem – Call The Police: A great, but long, progressive comeback single from James Murphy and co. Despite being over 7 minutes long, the track manages to be engaging all the way through. 73%

Harry StylesSweet Creature: This is the second single from Harry’s debut, self titled album. Compared to first single ‘Sign of The Times’ this is a bit disappointing and dull, sounding like every other acoustic ballad out there. 50%

Haim – Want You Back: The first officially released single from Haim’s upcoming second album and it’s very very poppy, sounding like a cross between Haim’s first album and The 1975. 70%

Niall Horan –  Slow Hands: A change of pace compared to the first single from the Irish one off of One Direction and this track sounds like an Ed Sheeran reject. 20%

Albums/EPs

Blondie – Pollinator: The new album from Blondie is hit and miss. A few of the tracks sound over-produced and like parodies of old Blondie material, where as some tracks like ‘Long Time’ are genuinely fun. 50%       Best Track: Long Time

Lethal Bizzle – You’ll Never Make A Million From Grime EP: A great, fun EP from Lethal Bizzle. Opening track ‘I Win’ with Skepta is a great grime track, and the quality stays up there for the rest of the EP. 80%       Best Track: I Win

Mac Demarco – This Old Dog: Dull. 18%

 

 

Kendrick Lamar’s 5 best so far.

With Kendrick seemingly releasing his next studio album ‘DAMN.’ this Friday, including collaborations with U2 (ok???) and Rihanna (obvs) let’s look back at Kendrick’s 5 best tracks (in no particular order) so far.

King Kunta

Coming in fairly early on in Kendrick’s incredible ‘To Pimp a Butterfly’ album, ‘King Kunta’ has an infectious bass groove and a great spoken/sung callback thing going on with his backing singers on the track. By the time you hear the next pop, the funk shall be within you.

Alright

An upbeat cut from TPAB, ‘Alright’ features some of the best bars King K has to offer, especially on tbe incredible run towards the end of the track.

Untitled 07 levitate

For what was essentially a B Sides collection, ‘untitled unmastered’ had some great tracks on it. Untitled 07 levitate was the single taken from this collection, and the strongest track of the lot.

i

One of Kendrick’s most pop-friendly, upbeat tracks, the 2014 single ‘i’ was later featured on ‘To Pimp a Butterfly’ as a live version, which brings even more energy to the song.
The Blacker The Berry

Perhaps Kendrick’s most obviously politically charged track, ‘The Blacker The Berry’ was another stand out song from TPAB, with the Grammy performance of this song pushing it up to another level.