Foxes – Youth (Single)
Foxes has been making her way as a featured on other artists hits, but that’s all about to change, as Foxes strikes out on her own, with the might of Debenhams behind her, Foxes unleashes her Youth.
Foxes would seem to imply more than one, however Foxes consists of just one fox; born Louisa Allen – will her fans be known as Little Foxes?
Foxes has lent her vocal talents to diverse acts such as Fall Out Boy (Just One More Yesterday); Zedd (Clarity); Sub Focus (Until The End) and Rudimental (Right Here). In her own right Foxes released her Echo EP in November 2012 and Beauty Queen earlier this year, however, it is with her new single Youth that Foxes is set to strike.
To categorise Youth as just pop does Foxes a disservice, however, Youth is a slice of radio friendly music of undoubtable quality which also lends itself well to be being remixed; mournful lyrics -“Don’t tell me our Youth is running out – Its only just begun” and a trance-lite backing gives way to tribal drums with Foxes vocal holding the whole thing together, musically somewhere between Kate Bush, Florence Welch and Ellie Goulding.
“They didn’t want me when I was running wild” Foxes sings on the opening lines on Youth, however, on the strength of this single everyone will be chasing after Foxes’s Youth.
VereView Star Rating VVVV/5
London Grammar -If You Wait (Album)
London Grammar are, multi instrumentalist Dot Major; Dan Rothman on guitar & the impressive Hannah Reid on vocals; they have been steadily gaining fans and momentum. Musically wise London Grammar are like nothing in today’s chart which makes them unique, their sound is part Faithless, part chill out/ambient with Reid’s vocals sometimes veering on folk.
A brief recap of London Grammar’s single and EP release history; their first release was the Metal & Dust EP which can be viewed as an album sampler as it included Metal & Dust, Hey Now , Darling Are You Gonna Leave Me and a Dot Major remix of Hey Now. Their second release in June was the sublime Wasting My Young Years which reached No.31. London Grammar recently achieved their biggest hit single to date with Strong reaching No.17 on the official charts.
With a trio of Strong releases – London Grammar finally get around to releasing their debut album, however do they have anything left in reserve and was it worth the wait?
Major and Rothman’s arrangements allow Reid’s vocals to take centre stage. Reid’s vocals are a cross between Florence Welch and Judie Tzuke. Reid could sing a shopping list and she would inject more emotion and expression than most of the singers currently in the charts.
What of the rest of the album, VereViews reckons that both Sights and Flickers would make a good choice for future single releases, both have a little more gusto than Strong. With their growing exposure I would not bet against Metal & Dust and Wasting my Young Years being given a re-release. Check out the Deluxe version of this album for the Disclosure collaboration Help Me Lose My Mind.
If You Wait is a strong debut which is both euphoric and haunting in equal measure. The wait was worthwhile.
VereView Star Rating VVVV/5
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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
VereVeiw Rating VVVV/5