New Release Roundup: 17th May 2019

S.L.P. ft. Little Simz- Favourites: This is the first song to come out of this new project from Kasabian’s Serge and it sounds like a mix of ‘Empire’ era Kasabian and early Gorillaz; with an infectious groove throughout and the raw energy that Serge usually provides giving this track a massive sound. As usual, Little Simz shines on her verse and she matches the vibe of the track perfectly. 92% 

Biffy Clyro – Balance Not Symmetry: The Biff are back and sound the most energetic they have in a long time. ‘Balance Not Symmetry’ is a perfect mix of old, heavy Biffy and their newer stuff. This is apparently a song from an upcoming soundtrack to a film of the same name. It’s going to have a belter of a soundtrack then. 95%

Charli XCX and Lizzo – Blame It On Your Love: Charli proves again that she is one of the most consistent voices in pop on ‘Blame It On Your Love’. A rework of ‘Track 10’ from her Pop 2 Mixtape but with added Lizzo (who, of course, smashes it), this is a straight up pop banger. I expected a bit more from the two of them but can’t really complain. 85%

Kim Petras- Sweet Spot: ‘Sweet Spot’ sounds like if Daft Punk and Kylie collabed in about 2006; this is pure dance-pop at its best. This continues the run of great singles that Kim has had over the past few weeks, and if they carry on like this then her album is going to be rather good. 90%

Two Door Cinema Club – Satellite:  The beginning of this new track from TDCC sounds like the lads doing an impression of The Human League, but it soon expands into a shimmery discoy chorus. It’s standard Two Door stuff but with more of a new-wave twist than usual, and I think it works. 80%

Lana Del Rey – Doin’ Time: A nice, chill cover of the Sublime song isn’t what I expected from Lana, and I’m not sure we really need it, but it’s actually really well produced and the melody really suits her voice so, fair enough. 75%

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Black Star Dancing: A slow, groovy number from Noel and the lads. It’s a bit of a grower, but it continues Noel’s experimental phase and his run of releasing some goood tunes. 75%

Snowblood – Into Your Heart: A really catchy song from Dani here; the lyrics are a bit repetitive but the instrumental has a really funky synth line. Simple but effective is the name of the game on ‘Into Your Heart’. 80%

The Black Keys – Go:  It’s certainly The Black Keys! It’s good, but its exactly what you would imagine it to sound like. Very advert friendly and toe-tappy. 60%




4 Acts on the Glastonbury Line-up who really should be headlining instead of Ed Sheeran

In one of the most predictable moves ever, Ed Sheeran is headlining Glastonbury. Zzzzzzzzzzz. Here are a few acts already on the bill who might actually put on an exciting show:

Biffy Clyro
Having headlined pretty much every other major UK festival, including Reading and Leeds twice, there is no reason why they shouldn’t be topping the bill, especially when bands on a similar if not lesser level of mainstream success such as Mumford and Sons (grr) and Arcade Fire have done in the recent past. They always put on a great show too.

Katy Perry

There really isn’t any excuse for there to be 3 male headliners, especially when one of the acts on your lineup is Katy Perry. In 2015 she headlined the Super Bowl half time show, and while not to everyone’s taste you can’t deny that she has the big pop hits to pull of a headline slot.

The XX 

Having recently released their third, critically acclaimed top 3 album, with the latter two hitting the top of the charts, and impressively getting to number 2 in the USA and Canada, The XX are doing rather well for themselves.

Boy Better Know

Having absolutely smashed their headline slot at Wireless last year as well as high main stage slots at Reading & Leeds there is only one place Skepta and co. could really go, especially with their still evergrowing popularity. There’s good potential for a few big guest spots too, with Drake being a big supporter and Pharrell featuring on Skepta’s track ‘Numbers’.