There are many things that have already characterised 2017 as another particularly awful year, but the return of Laura Marling is certainly not one of them. While the beginning of this year may have brought with it a new, strongly-opposed US President and several debates regarding feminism and women’s rights, Marling has delivered some much-needed sunshine in the form of new single, ‘Wild Fire’. The track precedes her sixth album Semper Femina, an LP that sees Marling writing about women and “[her] great empathy towards them, and by proxy, towards [herself].”
In a year that saw the UK drenched all summer due to the sheer force of Rihanna’s ‘Umbrella’ reigning the charts and the High School Music 2 Soundtrack outselling every other release, 2007 was a very mixed (yet still pretty fantastic) year for music. It’s hard to believe that some of our most loved albums were released 10 years ago so let’s take a wander down memory lane for a round up of some of 2007’s album highlights. I’m feeling nostalgic already.
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?
Another year, another John Christmas advert. When the festive period hits, the British public waits in anticipation to see just what the department store will do next. In the past, we’ve been treated to animals waking up from hibernation in time for Christmas, a lonely man on the moon, even a long lost snowman couple, all set to a festive cover from the likes of Tom Odell, Lily Allen, Gabrielle Aplin, to name but a few. This year sees the turn of electronica trio, VAULTS.
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’.
Alright folks, it’s that time of year again. The countdown to Christmas has finally begun (hurrah!) and that can only mean one thing: it’s time for a bit of Michael Bublé.
It is hard to review an album such as this due to the circumstances in which it was released, but I have given it my best efforts. Back in February of this year, Kris Leonard, River Reeves, Tomas Lowe, Jack Dakin, and their manager Craig Tarry, made headlines after passing away following a crash in Sweden on their way back from a music festival the previous day. Now a week after Viola Beach posthumously shot to number one in the UK Album Charts with their eponymous debut, it is pretty damn clear why their fans loved them as much they did, and still do to this day.
Hello and welcome to another instalment of Spotify Discoveries. Summer has finally arrived in the UK, the sun is shining and my latest list of gems is certainly perfect for the hot July vibes. This time around I ended up using the ‘New Music Friday’ playlist too, so this is a bit more of an up-to-date list than usual. Enjoy!