London Grammar – Wasting My Young Years (single)
London Grammar consists of Dot Major, Daniel Rothman and the Hannah Reid on vocals, fresh from their appearance on Settle the debut album by Disclosure, on the track Help Me Lose My Mind, and following on from the Metal & Dust EP, London Grammar release their new single Wasting My Young Years.
For those of you who have not heard of London Grammar before, I would describe their sound as a cocktail of Dido, with much more expressive vocals, with a splash of Judie Tzuke topped off with a measure of Florence Welch and then I am only halfway to describing their sound.
The radio version is both sparse and haunting in the verses and then we have the pulsating chorus, it lends itself well to being remixed. Wasting My Young Years is like a rave and chill out in one record, as it starts rather chilled with Reid’s vocals gliding in then builds and builds (in the way old Faithless records used to) and then you get the pulsating Baby We Are refrain and then another come down and then it builds again.
Reid’s vocals on this track are faultless, they demand that you take the journey of this song with her and right at the end when Reid sings don’t leave me hanging on, you just hope that they wont leave you hanging on for more quality songs like this.
Making records like this London Grammar are definitely not wasting their young years
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Chvrches – Gun (single)
Chvrches came 5th in the BBC’s Sound of 2013 list of promising new talent but don’t let that deter you. Following on from their critically received Recover EP from March this year, Chvrches unleash their new single Gun on us.
Gun, taken from their forthcoming debut album “The Bones of What You Believe” flaunts its 80’s influences firmly on its trigger; a throbbing electro opening leads into fashionably kitsch 80’s handclaps, an undemanding but sweet vocal entwined with an electro synth sound, with neither outshining each other.
Chvrches have made a retro sounding song current and have fired a warning shot to La Roux who are currently working on that difficult 2nd album.
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Olly Murs – Dear Darlin Single
I was sitting a coffee shop, one that pays it taxes I hasten to add, when over their speaker system they played this retro sounding sweet song, the voice sounded familiar but I couldn’t put a name to it, so I shazamed it and to my initial surprise it came back as Olly Murs – Dear Darlin
I say initial surprise because, Olly Murs seems to release at least one song from his albums that makes me go who was that? From his first album, Olly Murs; Busy; this track was so good that a well-known high street store used the instrumental track for its commercials, on his 2nd Album, In Case You Didn’t Know; who did not succumb to Heart Skips A Beat. Now Murs releases Dear Darlin his third hit from his third album, Right Place Right Time.
Dear Darlin was co-written with the talented Ed Drewett, is a heartfelt letter to a lover, the relationship was sort but at least they tried. Music wise it apps Mowtown, while not exactly pastiche it is a nice slice of retro pop which Murs sings sweetly. With Murs the support act on Robbie Williams‘s Take The Crown tour, if Murs releases more quality pop like this he may well do so.
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Naughty Boy feat Sam Smith – La La La (Single)
Naughty Boy is his stage name but his parents know him as Shahid Khan, chances are if you brought a record last year you already have at least one of his compositions in your record collection, as well as being an in demand producer and song writer Naughty Boy co-wrote and produced the bulk of Emeli Sande’s debut album Our Version Of Events. Naughty Boy has already been a credited artist on two Top 30 hits, both with Sande; Daddy and Wonder, which was the lead off single for his forthcoming album Hotel Cabana
La La La is the second ingle from Hotel Cabana and this time Naughty boy has Sam Smith covering vocal duties, and what a good job he does because his sweet vocal belies the bittersweet lyrics of someone who no longer wants to hear the words from a partner when their relationship has broken down, over an addictive garage tune with added breakbeats. However I feel the childlike nagging La La La Na Na Na refrain may become irritating after repeated plays.
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ReVEREnd & The Makers – Shine A Light (Single)
Shine A Light was originally released last year, however, made no impact on the official charts, however there is now a flicker of light, as this track has been chosen as the Official anthem of the FA Cup, could it be that this time around Shine A Light makes a better showing?
Shine A Light transports you back to the early Madchester baggy era (for those of us older to remember this era) with a luscious Happy Monday shuffle, you can almost visualise Bez twisting his melons man to this. We are also given a psychedelic breakdown with the Rev lamenting about spending his gas bill money on Thunderball; and just for good measure we are given a splice of Rolling Stones (think Sympathy For The Devil).
Shine A Light is easily their best most commercial offering since Heavyweight Champion Of The World. It stands on its own merits, but no doubt the exposure this track will now receive means that the time could be right to re-ignite this light.
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Hudson – Chained (Single)
(David) Hudson is an artist with conviction according to his website which also informs us that he is a visionary who works to develop a musical brand with a unique sound of his own; he also has a famous big sister, so what about Hudson’s current single Chained.
Hudson’s website is right; for he is guilty of the best use of a ukulele and harmonica on a pop record in many a year. Hudson certainly has an ear for a catchy tune and knows how to use his raspy vocals to great effect like he does on the second verse. There is much to like about “Chained” I particularly like the outro to this song.
His fans are called Hudson’s Helpers, with his clean-cut “Teenage Dreams” looks I can imagine that a number of helpers would like to be “Chained” to Hudson.
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John Newman -Love Me Again (Single)
You might not know the name, but if you like Dubstep and Rudimental then you will definitely know the voice. With Plan B releasing more films than music; step forward into the limelight Mr John Newman.
Newman’s debut solo single, Love Me Again is a beast of a song, with more hooks than you find on most albums these days, however, it would be simplistic to classify it as just a Soul or even a Pop record, as, Love Me Again, does not fit into anyone single category, this song ticks so many boxes:
Newman packs so much into this song that you have to hear it more than once. A confident start and possibly another No.1 for Mr John Newman.
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Tegan & Sara – I Was A Fool (Single)
To the uninitiated Tegan & Sara Quin are identical twins from Canada who have made a number sprightly indie pop albums. On their seventh album, “Hearthrob” they have enlisted the production duties of Greg Kurstin, amongst others ,who knows his way around a pop hit.
The second single following from last years “Closer“;” I Was A Fool is pop perfection, a radio led piano ballad, sweet harmonies and bittersweet lyrics about a relationship that has broken down & not being able to move on. How can any one not like a lyric like “Love like ours is never fixed“?
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Texas The Conversation- single
Let’s talk about Texas; can it really be over 7 years since they released their last single “Sleep”? Sadly it is, however, Texas are back with a brand new single and a familiar sound.
For “The Conversation”, taken from the forthcoming album of the same name, Texas have gone back to basics in musical terms, going back to what made them such radio favourites in the 1990’s, i.e they have gone back to go forwards. To top it off, Sharleen Spiteri is rocking the androgynous look to full effect.
Texas always seemed to specialize in having a good intro into their songs and on the “The Conversation” they do not disappoint. The slide guitar sound which was prominent on “I Don’t Want A Lover” is used here to give “The Conversation” a bluesy country feel, whilst keeping it’s pop sensibilities.
“The Conversation” does not out stay its welcome, clocking in at just under 3 minutes. I expect that we will be speaking about Texas again; after the album “The Conversation” is released on May 20th 2013
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