New Release Roundup – 25th Jan 2019

Vampire Weekend – Harmony Hall: Vampire Weekend return with their first music since 2013 with 2 new singles, the first of which being ‘Harmony Hall’. They haven’t lost it – Harmony Hall is a great comeback single; an upbeat, Primal Scream-esque track with all the trademark VW touches. It’s nothing revolutionary from them, but it’s exactly what you want. 90%

Vampire Weekend – 2021: The second of the 2 singles, ‘2021’ is much calmer and understated, with Ezra reflecting on the future over a lullaby like soft synthy backing. Very nice. 80%

The Islas – A Generation To Forget: This is the debut EP from Norwich indie rock band The Islas, and it’s a great, punchy collection of tracks, with highlights being the short but sweet ‘Hits & Misses’ and the heartfelt ‘Somewhere in Between’. 70%

JK COLLECTIVE – Keep on Crashing: ‘Keep on Crashing’ is the debut single from Alt-Pop duo JK COLLECTIVE, and it is a low-key but really catchy synthy tune, with slight echoes of The 1975 and new Bring Me The Horizon mixed in. 75%

Pip Blom – Daddy Issues: So far, there have been no bad songs from Pip Blom. ‘Daddy Issues’ continues that trend; a really strong riff drives this energetic, punky track that sounds a bit like Courtney Barnett and Franz Ferdinand at the same time, which turns out sounding very nice indeed. 94%

Blaenavon – Catatonic Skinbag: This new Blaenavon track is a cool, punky cut that shows the group still have that driving energy that garnered our attention in the first place. Nice harmonies on the verses too. 80%

Crows – Chain of Being: In my opinion, Crows sound like a heavier version of Doves (I didn’t even realise the bird name connection until I finished typing that) That’s fine by me, and ‘Chain of Being’ is a brilliant piece of progressive rock. 83% 

Lauv & Troye Sivan – This will probably become a big hit because the chorus is so simple, but extremely effective. 70%

Malory – Blue Umbrella: ‘Blue Umbrella’ is a chill, breezy upbeat track with a really catchy chorus and clicky-clacky instrumental. It’s very pleasant and Malory’s vocals are really sweet and fit the track well. 70%

Diplo ft. Niska – Boom Bye Bye: This is just really, really annoying. 20%

Parekh & Singh – Hello: My favourite duo from Kolkata return with a really lovely new single. ‘Hello’ builds on the sound of their debut album with more complex production and songwriting, but still maintains the charm that made me love them the first time around. 95%

Dua Lipa- Swan Song: Taken from the upcoming movie ‘Alita’, this new song from Dua is a bit better than the quality of song you’d expect to be made for a movie, but it never reaches the levels of her bigger singles from the past few years. 60%

Feet – English Weather: The new tune from Feet is a brilliant, groovy cut with an almost annoyingly catchy chorus. You’d better pack an umbrella. 90%

 

 

 

 

 

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The 17 Best Music Videos of 2017

The 17 music videos below are my favourites from the year in no particular order!

Stormzy – Blinded By Your Grace pt. 2

A really heartwarming video that highlights the positive message that flows through the track; showing real community spirit and people coming together through the power of song.

Django Django – Tic Tac Toe

A fun, stop motiony video from Django Django, showing just how far some people will go for a cup of tea. Worth it though.    Directed by  John Maclean

Gorillaz – Garage Palace

A brilliant arcade inspired visualiser from Gorillaz filled with easter eggs for fans of the band for the intense Little Simz collaboration ‘Garage Palace’  Directed by Noah Harris

Sunflower Bean – I Was A Fool

In this brilliantly directed video, Sunflower Bean play at a classic American school dance. Directed by Andy DeLuca

Glass Animals – Agnes

Dave from Glass Animals is in a big centrifuge singing the most emotional song from their 2016 album ‘How To Be A Human Being’ Directed By Eoin Glaister

Tayla – Coming Back Around

Tayla gets chucked around in a very nice car in this fun video for the insanely catchy ‘Coming Back Around’ Directed by Xiphi 

Alvvays – In Undertow

Alvvays get spacey in this dreamy video that perfectly captures the mood of the track. Directed by Joe Garrity

The Weeknd ft. Daft Punk – I Feel It Coming

This retro inspired video is relatively simple, but really effective – matching the mood and tone of the song perfectly. Daft Punk look really cool in capes too. Directed by Warren Fu

Dua Lipa – New Rules

This brilliantly choreographed and shot video surely helped to propel this track to #1 for two weeks earlier this year. Directed by Henry Scholfield

Gorillaz – Saturnz Barz

This beautifully animated video signalled the return of Gorillaz after 7 years, with Saturnz Barz being the first single from their latest album, Humanz. Directed by Jamie Hewlett

Kendrick Lamar – Humble

One of the best directed videos of the year, Humble features one incredible shot after the other, all perfectly fitting in with the track, which is a banger.

Father John Misty – Total Entertainment Forever

This bizzare but brilliant video starts Macaulay Culkin as Kurt Cobain.

 

Paramore – Told You So

Paramore have had a great year, with After Laughter being their best album in a long time. ‘Told You So’ was my favourite track from that album, and it comes with this great video.  Directed by Zac Farro and Aaron Joseph

Lorde – Green Light

This year Lorde finally made a comeback after her 2013 debut Pure Heroine. ‘Green Light’ instantly became one of the biggest tracks of the year when it was released, and the accompanying video was bursting with energy. Directed by Grant Singer

Dutch Uncles – Oh Yeah

‘Oh Yeah’ by Dutch Uncles is an upbeat track full of hope, and this fun, roller based video is a real treat. Duncan can move. Directed by Nick Middleton

The Big Moon – Sucker

The Big Moon go all western in this funny, really well directed video for their great single ‘Sucker’. Directed by Louis Bhose

Wolf Alice – Beautifully Unconventional

Wolf Alice go all old school in this great video for Beautifully Unconventional. Directed by Stephen Agnew