After a long and hard wait, The xx have finally returned. Following Jamie xx’s success in 2015 with his debut album, In Colour, it comes as no surprise that the band are back and better than ever with their new single, ‘Hold On’.
HONNE are already well-known for their unique electronic soul. They have previously been described as set ‘to re-invent babymaking music’, which is pretty indisputable when listening to their first couple of EPs. However, their collaboration with up-and-comer Izzy Bizu and latest single ‘Someone That Loves You’ is a slight departure from the likes of ‘The Night’ and ‘3AM’.
Having both released critically acclaimed albums last year, who would have thought the latest musical gem would have been borne out of a collaboration between that of Miguel and Tame Impala? I use the term collaboration loosely, being as this is one of five remixes from Rogue Waves, an EP featuring reworked versions of ‘waves’ from a variety of artists across genres from country to hip hop. Despite being one of the strongest tracks on his third studio album, Wildheart, it’s a tad surprising how much the Tame Impala mix in particular gives it a new lease of life.
It has been two years of touring The Balcony, being nominated for awards (including British Breakthrough at the BRITS) and being heralded in the press (ahem, NME anyone?). However, we’ve finally been gifted with new music from Welsh rockers, Catfish and the Bottlemen. ‘Soundcheck’ premiered as Annie Mac’s ‘Hottest Record in the World’ on Monday, and the results were surprising.
If you could pardon the severely-overused pun, Dog is Dead is, well… dead. Under the new name of D.I.D – everything is an acronym these days – the Nottingham 5-piece have returned with a new offering in the form of ‘Fast Food’, in turn giving us a taste of their new EP (also called Fast Food).
When most people think of the differences between men and women nowadays, one would hope the word ‘equality’ springs to mind. The support and awareness of feminism and equality between the sexes is one that has been prevalent more than ever these past few years, with female artists such as Beyoncé and Taylor Swift being icons for strong and independent females of all ages. However, every now and then there are songs such as Meghan Trainor’s ‘Dear Future Husband’ that flip all of this on its head. With a reputation for controversial lyrics, this comes as no surprise.