Sat in her dressing room at Birmingham’s O2 Institute, I met to have a chat with Blackpool singer-songwriter Rae Morris.
Perhaps a profanity in a song title isn’t something we’d expect from indie-folk trio, The Staves, but it’s something they’ve certainly surprised us with. Ahead of a North American tour and headlining Bushstock this summer, the band have released a double-A side single consisting of ‘Train Tracks’ and ‘Tired As Fuck’. The latter is a bluesy rock track that sees the sisters significantly distancing themselves from their signature sound and style.
Cementing his status as one of the most successful artists to come from Redbrick Music’s least favourite TV show, The X Factor, Olly Murs has secured yet another number one album with 24 HRS (his fourth, to be exact). This ties him for most successful X Factor artist with One Direction in terms of number ones, which is no mean feat. It seems that the more we hear from the Essex star, the more our love for him grows – but just how good is 24 HRS?
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’.
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.