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.
Despite being the second flavour of new, long-awaited music from our favourite LA sisters, ‘Want You Back’ is the first official single from HAIM’s upcoming second album, Something to Tell You. The track is a plea, a promise, and above all, the title screams of how an entire world of HAIM fans have felt for the last four years or so: it’s good to have them back.
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!
I’m back with this feature! My last Spotify Discoveries post went down a treat back in January, and being as my Discover Weekly playlists have been pretty damn good this month (sorry, February), I thought I best go through some of my favourites. Please do remember that this isn’t a post exclusively recommending the best ‘new’ music, but simply just going through tracks and artists I may have previously missed or overlooked. Check out these gems from March.
The last year has been a whirlwind for Jack Garratt. The multi-instrumentalist from Buckinghamshire has been heralded as the BBC’s Introducing Artist of the Year, and since their Sound of 2016. He even won this year’s BRITs Critics’ Choice, following in the gargantuan footsteps of artists such as Ellie Goulding, Adele and last year’s winner, James Bay. With the monumental buzz surrounding the eventual release of his debut album, Phase, the main question is this: has he managed to get it right?
It’s award season, people! The Oscars, Grammys, BAFTAs, BRITS and everything else in between have been awarding the ‘very best’ within the film and music industries in the last month or so. While I think that me going into depth on something like the Grammy’s is just only going to get me a ton of unwanted aggro, there is one thing I can comment on: this year’s NME awards. Last night saw them take place, and along with it came the usual disappointment and disagreement. What a surprise.
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.
2015 has been a cracking year for music so far, with some brilliant albums having been released in the last six months – it is mad to think it’s June already! We’ve had new material from established artists such as Kendrick Lamar, Blur and The Cribs, with debut albums from the likes of SOAK and Wolf Alice. Plus, we still have much more to come in the next half of the year. This post is just a highlight of some of the brilliant material we’ve heard so far from January to June…