Track of the Week – KT Tunstall

My Track of the Week is from the brand new EP ‘Golden State’ from singer-songwriter KT Tunstall. ‘Evil Eye’ is a fantastic, feisty track that I found myself singing along to by the end of the first listen.

I used to listen to Tunstall’s first 2 albums a lot growing up and absolutely loved them, but as I’ve got older she has gone off my radar a little bit. Listening to this new EP has reminded me how brilliant she is, and how great it is to hear new material from her.

The EP is available now and presumably a fifth album is on its way. Tunstall has also announced UK tour dates for later this year.

 

Track of the Week – Shura

Shura announced yesterday that she was releasing a brand new track entitled ‘What’s it Gonna Be?’ from her upcoming debut album. I immediately went into excitement overdrive (especially as this is the first truly new music from Shura in a while) and during the first listen, was so happy that Shura had once again knocked it out of the park. I’ve been playing it on repeat ever since.

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‘What’s It Gonna Be?’ is more upbeat than Shura’s previous tracks such as ‘Indecision’ or ‘Touch’ and it is an absolute banger. I knew I was going to like it as Shura never disappoints but wow, I bloody love it. I am also a huge fan of indie and synth-pop but this really is the genre at its finest – dreamy, with catchy and relatable lyrics but also a sound that is hugely distinctive to the artist. Shura’s unique The War on Drugs-esque guitars and breathy vocals are in full play here, she has just amped up the pace.

Shura’s debut album Nothing’s Real is released July 8th and is available to preorder now. She is also headlining KOKO next week, and this new track has got me even more excited for both her gig and album release.

You can listen to ‘What’s It Gonna Be?’ below:

 

Track of the Week – Metronomy

The past few weeks have been a treat for new music – with new releases from the likes of Radiohead, James Blake and Red Hot Chili Peppers. However, the music news that got me the most excited this week was Metronomy’s announcement of their new album Summer 08, coming out July 1st, and the simultaneous release of their new single ‘Old Skool’. The album’s 10 song tracklist has also been confirmed and Robyn will feature on one of the tracks, which is very exciting news.

‘Old Skool’ is a funkalicious song that is irresistibly catchy and cool. With its nostalgic sounding DJ-scratching and typical Metronomy quirky hooks – it is quite simply a triumph. It also has one of the most perfectly suited music videos I’ve seen in a long time. Featuring the wonderful Sharon Horgan, the video showcases a suburban 70s house party full of tension and questionable dance moves.

You can watch the video below:

Track of the Week – Leisure ft. GoldLink

This week’s Track of the Week is the new release from New Zealand’s Leisure featuring GoldLink. ‘Nobody’ is a beautifully smooth R&B/electro track that is perfect for lazy sunny days.

Since last year, Leisure have released a selection of laid-back tunes, including the gorgeous ‘Got It Bad’. (Think Tame Impala vibes but with more of an R&B twist.) This new song ‘Nobody’ combines those chilled out sounds with the smooth vocals of GoldLink – resulting in a beautifully mellow gem of a song. I love the sleekness of this track and how it effortlessly blends a range of influences into a modern and fresh sound.

Listen to ‘Nobody’ below:

Track of the Week – Band of Horses

American indie-folk rockers Band of Horses are back with their brand new track ‘Casual Party’ – a wonderfully upbeat indie track that I have had on repeat. The band’s fifth album Why Are You OK will be released in June.

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Why Are You OK will be released in June

As the band have not released a studio album since 2012, this new track is great news for fans. It’s made even better as the wait was definitely worth it – ‘Casual Party’ has a brilliantly tight and energetic sound. It’s a hugely catchy tune and I love the lyrics which wonderfully mock the suburban ‘American Dream’ and superficiality that often goes along with parties.

In addition to their June album release date, Band of Horses have also announced a load of festival appearances and live shows.

Check out the karaoke-style lyric video for ‘Casual Party’ below:

 

Track of the Week – Formation

The track I have chosen for this week is from Formation, an electronic band made up of twin brothers Will and Matt Ritson from London. It is a powerful, beat-heavy and driven track called ‘Pleasure’ and I think it’s brilliant.

I featured Formation’s track ‘Hangin’ as one of my tracks of the week last year and was captured by the group’s cool take on electronic music. They bring in elements of punk, funk and pop to their music and it creates a very distinctive sound. Their latest single ‘Pleasure’ is no different and I especially love how it blends together a fun but gritty sound. Make sure to also check out their tracks ‘Back Then’ and ‘All The Rest Is Noise’.

Have a listen to ‘Pleasure’:

Tracks of the Week

This week I found it difficult to choose just one song, so have picked 3 of my favourite new tracks from the past week or so.

Michael Kiwanuka – Love & Hate

Kiwankua won the BBC Sound of 2012 poll and released his debut album Home Again the same year. Since then he has been pretty quiet so it was unexpected, but wonderful news when he announced last month that his second album Love & Hate is due to be released on May 27th. Last week Kiwanuka released the track ‘Love & Hate’, a soulful and rich 7 minute track that has got me very excited about the new album. Just like the album’s first single ‘Black Man In A White World’, it has a beautiful timeless quality to it. Everything about this song screams modern classic and I hope you fall in love with it as much as I have.

Tegan and Sara – U-Turn

I got into Tegan and Sara about 3 years ago with their catchy track ‘Closer’ and then fell in love with them even more when they collaborated with The Lonely Island for ‘Everything is Awesome’ from The Lego Movie soundtrack. Although some fans have been critical of their newer pop direction, claiming that they preferred the duo’s earlier releases, personally I think that too often the ‘pop’ genre has become tainted and misinterpreted. From their upcoming 8th album Love You to Death (released June 3rd), ‘U-Turn’ is exactly what great pop music should be. It is unbelievably catchy and addictive and I’ve had it on repeat for literally days. Before you dismiss it as just another ‘pop’ song, have a listen.

Gorgon City feat. Vaults – All Four Walls

Gorgon City are probably best known for their 2014 track ‘Ready For Your Love’ with MNEK, which is one of my favourite songs. Admittedly, I am not normally a huge dance or house fan but I do really like Gorgon City’s music. Now they are back with a new track called ‘All Four Walls’, featuring Vaults. I had high expectations for the track as I already love Vaults’ sound, especially their song ‘Premonitions’ and thankfully, ‘All Four Walls’ doesn’t disappoint. Yesterday, Gorgon City unveiled the song’s brilliant Brit-grit music video, which I think perfectly captures the energy and release that you feel by listening to the song.

 

Track of the Week – Pumarosa

At the end of last year, Pumarosa released their debut single, a hypnotic 7 minute track called ‘Priestess’, that caught the attention of pretty much every music blog and magazine going. The amount of hype that ‘Priestess’ single-handedly created for the band was something very special and since its release Pumarosa have featured in numerous ‘Ones To Watch’ lists (including my own) and have played festivals such as SXSW in Austin, Texas.

It is incredible how much excitement ‘Priestess’ created for Pumarosa and ever since I first heard it I have been eager to hear more. I was therefore very excited when their new single ‘Cecile’ was announced this week. On the first listen, I was struck by how much more concise it sounds than ‘Priestess’ but also how it still has the same captivating quality. Having listened to it countless times since, I love the slickness to ‘Cecile’, the tight vocals, the groove elements and the gorgeous jazz-infused ending. It reminds me at times of Arcade Fire and has definitely confirmed that Pumarosa are worth the hype.

Indie Track of the Week – Bat For Lashes

This week’s track of the week is the leading single from Bat For Lashes’ upcoming fourth album. Bat For Lashes’ previous singles ‘Laura’ and ‘Daniel’ are firm favourites of mine, showcasing her haunting dreamy sound and I am very excited to hear her new album, her first since 2012.

Around a week ago, Bat For Lashes (aka Natasha Khan) announced her fourth album The Bride will be released July 1st and also released lead single ‘In God’s House’. A gorgeously dark and haunting song, it has set a very high standard for the album.

Today the video for ‘In God’s House’ was posted online and it perfectly matches the hypnotic and almost eerie sound of the track as we see Khan at an isolated grave in what looks like the American desert. I love the pulsating sounds throughout the song and Khan’s stunning vocals. Have a listen to this truly spectacular and atmospheric track.

Indie Track of the Week – RY X

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There have been a  lot of exciting new releases in the past week or so from the likes of M83 and Frightened Rabbit, but there was one track in particular that really gripped me. For this week’s Track of the Week I have chosen a gorgeous stripped-back gift of a song called ‘Only’ from Australian singer-songwriter RY X. If you’re a fan of Ben Howard, I’m sure you’ll love this.

RY X (real name Ry Cuming) released his first album in 2010 under his real name and returned in 2013 when he released the brilliant, atmospheric track ‘Berlin’ under the name RY X. He first came to my attention when I randomly discovered his track ‘Love Like This’ on Spotify last year, which is an absolutely wonderful song and well worth listening to. His music has that wonderful gift of bringing you to another state of mind, making you forget about what is going on around you.

Yesterday RY X announced that his album Dawn is coming out May 6th and shared the first song from the album, ‘Only’, which I fell in love with pretty much straight away. This is a truly stunning song which deserves some allocated time to go and find some quiet space, put on some decent headphones and press play. Trust me, you won’t regret it.