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%

 

 

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Kasabian – For Crying Out Loud review.

The Leicester lads keep the big hits coming on their 6th studio effort. 

 

If there was any worry that Kasabian were going to drastically change their sound on their new album, it doesn’t linger for long, with opening track ‘Ill Ray (The King) kicking things off with the Leicester band’s trademark energy and swagger.

Infectiously catchy lead single ‘You’re In Love With a Psycho’ follows on from the opener and sets a fun, upbeat mood, and gives a feeling that Kasabian really don’t take themselves seriously at all, and they are at their best this way.

‘TwentyFourSeven’ sounds like your standard Kasabian, with a few woaaahs chucked in and ‘Good Fight’ is similar, but both tracks still sound full of energy and Serge’s production still is as punchy and crisp as it always has been.

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Album artwork designed by Aitor Throup, who designed both ‘Velociraptor’ and ’48:13′ covers.

‘Sixteen Blocks’ sounds like it was taken straight out of a movie trailer with it’s dramatic whistled opening, whereas ‘Bless This Acid House’ is another fun, upbeat track with a very sing-alongable chorus.

Album closer ‘Put Your Life On It’ rounds things up with yet another song that sounds like something you’ve heard before, but still sounds fresh, which is a feeling that runs through the whole project. Standard, but still really good.

90%

Best 3: Ill Ray (The King), Good Fight, You’re In Love With A Psycho