Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Best New Albums - Week 8 2017

The best of this week’s releases includes JONES’ Acoustic EP, Future’s self titled album, Jonwayne’s Rap Album Two and Mila J’s Milaulongtime mixtape. Listen to them and more in full below.


London singer songwriter Cherie Jones aka JONES’ Acoustic EP is splendid. The eight song EP contains acoustic versions of previous singles like “Indulge”, “Hoops” and “Wild” along with an acoustic cover of Calvin Harris’ “How Deep is Your Love”. The EP is a great introduction to the singer, whose songs sound even better when stripped back. Jones' Acoustic EP is aslo avilable to stream on Apple Music.
Best Songs: “Hoops”, “Wild”, “Becoming”

Mila J - Milaulongtime (Mixtape)

Mila J released her Milaulongtime mixtape on Valentine’s Day as a surprise.  The seven track RnB mixtape shares the same name as her snapchat handle Milaulongtime. Looks like it’s only available to stream on Soundcloud for the moment  though.
Best Songs: “Fuckboy”, “Yesterday”, “The Long Way”

Future - Future

There’s some bangers on Future’s new self titled album, but if you’re not keen on basic, formulaic rap then you’re not going to enjoy it. Future’s new self titled album is also available to stream on Apple Music.
Best Songs: “Good Dope”, “Zoom”, “Mask Off”

Jonwayne - Rap Album Two

Admittedly I wasn’t too familiar with Jonwayne’s music before listening to his latest release, Rap Album Two. Before that the only John Wayne I knew of was the one that featured in Hollywood Westerns. This one is a skilled technical rapper, that's a brilliant alternative to the dumbed down rap music of today. Jonwayne's Rap Album Two is also available to stream now on Apple Music.

Jidenna - The Chief

Jidenna brings you a bland, generic brand of pop music with an RnB sound. Not only can Jidenna sing but he can also rap, frequently mixing the two throughout the album. The best example of his rapping abilities is the album’s crudley titled penultimate song “White Niggas”. There’s a few good songs but not enough to warrant listening to this album in full. Jidenna's new album The Chief is also available to stream on Apple Music.
Best Songs: “Helicopters/ Beware”, “The Let Out”, “Safari”

Bebe Rexha - All Your Fault: Pt 1 EP

Bebe Rexha’s brand of RnB is very upbeat and has a strong dose of Pop, much like her new EP’s lead single “I Got You”. She’s clearly going to have a massive year and her songwriting has alot to do with why. There will be a follow up to Bebe’s All Your Fault: Pt 1 EP to be released in April, let’s just hope that it’s a little more adventurous than part 1 is. Bebe Rexha's All Your Fault: Pt 1 EP is also available to stream now on Apple Music.
Best Songs: “I Got You”, “Gateway Drug”, “Bad Bitch”

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Best New Albums - Week 7 2017

This week’s best new album is Devlin’s The Devil In, if you’re not familiar with him or haven’t heard it yet listen to it in full below along with Nines’ new album One Foot Out, Lupe Fiasco’s new album DROGAS Light and the best new EPs including SiR’s Her Too EP and Laura White’s The Painted Door EP,

Lupe Fiasco - DROGAS Light

Lupe Fiasco’s DROGAS Light is probably his best release since his 2009 mixtape Enemy of the State: A Love Story. Like the mixtape, DROGAS mixes the current sound (drill) with Lupe’s master lyricism, which is far easier to enjoy than any of his recent albums. Anyone for the heavy version of this?
Best Songs: “Dopamine Lit (Intro)”, “Promise”

Nines - One Foot Out

Nines’ raps are probably less fictitious than your average rapper considering his rap sheet but his lowkey, lazy delivery makes this fifteen track album feel like it’s far longer. Shame that.
Best Songs: “High Roller”, “Trap Music”

SiR - Her Too EP

SiR is the newest artist to join Top Dawg Entertainment and now counts Kendrick Lemar, SZA and ScHoolboy Q as label mates. Like them he’s a talented and exciting artist, his latest release the Her Too EP is the follow up to his Her EP which was released late last year. It’s a smooth and soulful EP that you’re bound to have on repeat after your first play.
Best Songs: “Ooh Nah Nah”, “SUGAR”

Laura White - The Painted Door EP

Wigan singer songwriter Laura White’s The Painted Door EP is well worth a listen. She sounds alot like a younger, poppier version of Amy Winehouse. She makes pop music with a bit of soul and RnB thrown in. Much of this EP would be a staple on daytime radio of their were made on the quality of the music alone.
Best Songs: “That Girl”, “Unbelievable”

BEST NEW ALBUM: Devlin - The Devil In

London Grime MC turned rapper teamed up with Term X Rachet for his third studio album The Devil In. The independent route seems to have been a good mood for him as there aren’t any songs desperetaly yearning to be played on daytime radio. It’s just Devlin’s incredible lyrical ability on show alongside arguably the best production you’ll hear Devlin on to date. This is one the best rap releases of the 2017.
Best Songs: “Cold Blooded”, "Blow Your Mind", "Blue Skies"

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Best New Albums - Week 6 2017

The best of this week’s album releases include Sampha’s debut album Process, Big Sean’s concept album I Decided. and Odd Future’s Syd’s brilliant solo debut FIN. Listen to them all, in full below.

Sampha - Process
It’s great to finally hear Sampha’s debut album following brilliant collaborations with the likes of Drake, Jessie Ware, Skepta and most notably SBTRKT. Process showcases his ability for writing wonderfully emotional songs, which are underpinned by soulful vocals. Sampha’s brand of soul is an exciting one encapsulating Dance, Pop, R&B, and acoustic music with a a forward thinking twist.
Best songs: “(No One Knows Me) Like the Piano”, “Kora Sings”, “Reverse Faults”, “Timmy’s Prayer”

Big Sean - I Decided.

I Decided. might just be Big Sean’s best album. The Detriot rapper sounds maturer and better skilled as a song writer on the album and the music is some of his best as a result. Songs like“Bounce Back” sound great as part of a random playlist, but are also a great fit into the concept album’s story. This is Big Sean’s best album, I've decided.
Best Songs: “Bounce Back”, “Jump Out The Window”, “Owe Me”

Best New Album: Syd - FIN
Syd finally steps out on her own having been a founding member of the Odd Future collective and one half of The Internet. Her debut album FIN is a stunning one that can be enjoyed in its entirety from front to back. Better yet songs like “Body” will sound great when she performs them live, I can’t wait until Syd comes back to the UK!
Best Songs: “Know”, “Smile More”, “Body”

Previously: Best New Albums - Week 5 2017

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Best New Albums - Week 5 2017

The best of last week's album releases includes Kehlani's long awaited debut album SweetSexySavage, XL's Urban compilation album New Gen, Lancashire duo Aquilo's brilliant debut album Silhouette and Atlanta Hip Hop trio Migos' latest album Culture. You can listen to them all below.

Migos - Culture
Much like sweets (candy), Migos' music is good and enjoyable in small doses. One whole sitting or more of the album and you’ll feel like you’ve overdosed on thoughtless rap music. Even though it’s only thirteen songs in length and just under an hour. Migos' Culture is a great album to play when getting ready for a night out, on the commute or in the car. If you’re not a fan of Atlanta rap trio Migos’ trademark stop start flow then this definitely isn’t the album for you though.

Kehlani - SweetSexySavage
SweetSexySavage is the debut album from Cali singer songwriter Kehlani Parrish. She's been making good music for a while now, so it's great to see her follow up her mixtapes with a decent album. From pop ("CRZY") to slow jams ("Everything Is Yours") to Kehlanhi's gangsta side it's all here.

New Gen - New Gen
Compilation album from New Gen featuring some of London’s most exciting Urban acts including AJ Tracey, Avelino, Stefflon Don and 67. A taste of what London Urban music sounds like in 2017, hopefully we get an annual release of this compilation.

Best Songs: Jevon - "Man of The Hour", Stefflon Don & Avelino - “Money Haffi Mek”, AJ Tracey & J Warner - “My Ways”

Aquilo - Silhouette
I had to save the best til last: Silhouette the stunning debut album by Lancashire duo Aquilo. It's an album that you can enjoy in it's entirety, from start to finish. There's no filler here, it's strictly all killer. I could have included far more songs below than I did, but I'll let you find the other gems on the album.

Best songs: "Never Hurt Again", "You Won't Know Where You Stand", "I Gave It All"

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Asha - Medicine

London singer/songwriter Asha's debut track "We Can Do This" was Song of The Day on the blog back when it was released. Now the Croydon native is back with her latest release "Medicine" to end the year. "Medicine was about breaking the stereotypes in a relationship," Asha explains. "Usually it's the men in control, but this? This song is about the women switching it up, about us taking charge and giving the guys a taste of their own medicine." "Medicine" is out now on Apple Music, Spotify and Google Play.

The xx - On Hold (Official Video)

Just over a week after performing new single "On Hold" on SNL, The XX have unveiled the first video from their forthcoming third album I See You. The video was shot in Marfa, Texas which is a 'very special place' for the band. The reason why isn't clear, but the band apparently recorded part of the album there. One thing's for sure is that I'm starting to take more of a liking to the song the more that I hear it. "On Hold" is out now on Apple MusicSpotify and Google PlayI See You is released on January 13th and you can pre-order it now on Apple Music and Google Play.

Directed by Alasdair McLellan.