Having listened to Craig David as a child and watched his career fade into the abyss, it is a surprise to both you and I that I found myself attending his most recent tour at the O2 Academy. Who would have thought we would see the return of Craig David? In his own words, ‘that Miami thing was long, but I came back to the UK and everything changed’.
I’m sat at my desk on a rainy Friday afternoon, my conversation counterpart waiting for a lift to a studio in Staines. This time at the other end of the phone is Nottingham-born singer-songwriter Ady Suleiman, who is on the cusp of releasing his long-awaited debut album next year. Having previously won the ‘Breakthrough Act of the Year’ award at Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide Awards and gaining a legion of fans from the likes of Chance the Rapper to Michael Kiwanuka, Ady is set for even higher heights than he’s experienced thus far.
The old Taylor Swift is dead. At least, that’s what she’s telling herself and above all, wants you to believe. In reality, the country-turned-pop star is the same as she ever was – even if she doesn’t realise it – only this time with a new addition: her most controversial single to date, ‘Look What You Made Me Do’. Despite collaborating with Jack Antonoff, a producer on 1989 who has most recently worked with Lorde on Melodrama, the track is a comeback that has truly divided fans and listeners alike.
It’s been a long four years, but the wait is finally over: the HAIM sisters are back with their sophomore release, Something to Tell You. Being hailed as a breezy, soft-rock revival, the album sounds a far more polished, glossy effort, which is hard to believe given the high production value on their 2013 debut, Days Are Gone.
If you like Despacito, you’ll love these Spanish language tracks. Who would have thought that a song would come along in 2017 to finally steal ‘Macarena’’s crown of the UK’s favourite Spanish language song? Certainly not me.
Three years ago, the warm, baritone vocals of singer-songwriter George Ezra cemented him as one of the UK’s most loved and best-selling artists. His first hit ‘Budapest’ was a sleeper, slowly but surely becoming one of the most popular songs of 2014, and with his debut album Wanted On Voyage being an unprecedented success, namely for the man himself (it rose to the number one spot after four months in the chart), Ezra is back to prove he can do it all over again. With his new single, ‘Don’t Matter Now’, it seems he could have another hit on his hands.
It’s set to be a big year for Zak Abel. His new album, Only When We’re Naked, is set for release, and he could form a small army with the amount of collaborations he’s worked on. From KAYTRANADA to Gorgon City, Kwabs to Tom Misch, now he’s managed to nab a track from Wretch 32. Talking of single, ‘Rock Bottom’, the track was ‘initially for his album and for whatever reason it didn’t come out. It was just me singing a hook, he had three verses, so I thought, why don’t I write a couple of verses and get him on a midlay or something’. On how he made the song his own, Zak explains: ‘I elaborated on what the song meant to me and once I’d written my lyric, he rewrote his to fit the sentiment’.
With yet another change in line-up, Paramore are back with their fifth studio album After Laughter. Following Jeremy Davis’s departure, Hayley Williams and Taylor York are re-joined by Zac Farro, one of the founding members of the band who previously left alongside brother Josh in 2010. With this new line-up comes a whole new style and sound, building on their previous poppy efforts ‘Ain’t It Fun’ and ‘Still Into You’.