Monday, 14 November 2016

New Music Review #3

Our regular look at new releases we're sent or find for your listening and viewing pleasure!

Louise Lemón - Thirst

A slow moving but atmospheric and dramatic little number, held together by the drum beat and Lemón's eerie vocals. (6/10)

Maroon 5 feat. Kendrick Lamar - Dont Wanna Know

In the video they parody the Pokemon Go craze whilst the song is a little dancier than we're used to from Maroon 5, but the style works, moving towards a falsetto bridge and a catchy poppy, radio-friendly chorus. (6.5/10)

Mono LPs - L.O.V.E. & H.A.T.E.

'L.O.V.E. and H.A.T.E' is a great upbeat rock number with a solid guitar riff, an interesting lead vocal and a clear, crisp production. Once you get to the fast, catchy chorus you'll L.O.V.E. it. (7.5/10)

Nick Waterhouse feat. Leon Bridges - Katchi

'Katchi' is a throwback to the era of doo-wap and it's a very welcome return. Smooth, funky and jazzy, this is a great retro record to throw on and enjoy. (6.5/10)

Ping - Something Worth Saving

With shades of Celine Dion in the vocal delivery this is a great emotional ballad delivered with power by Ping and it's hard not to be won over by its dynamic delivery and high and lows. (7.5/10)

The Pretty Reckless - Take Me Down

Another great number from the Pretty Reckless, with a slower start before giving way to a surprisingly low-key chorus compared to their previous material, but it's no less fun to hear. (6.5/10)

Sian Cross - On and On

'On and On' is another good song from Sian Cross. This time it's a slower, more electronic piece, but it still has the hooks and production licks to prove a good listen. (6.5/10)

Smoove & Turrell - You Could've Been a Lady

Sometimes a song comes along that immediately grabs you when you hear it on the radio and this is one of them. Jazzy, funky, immediately singable, foot-tapping, poppy... those are the first words that come to mind about this great bouncy, pop number. Love it. (8.5/10)

Sting - I Can't Stop Thinking About You

Sometimes an artist comes back with a track that immediately hits home, and that's the case with this song from veteran Police frontman. Quickly catchy and radio-friendly, this is his hookiest song in years. (7.5/10)

Years & Years - Meteorite

After a few mediocre songs Years and Years are back more on form with this disco-funk pop number taken from the latest Bridget Jones movie. With a powerful, sing-a-long chorus, can we have more of this from the group? (6.5/10)

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