New Music Monday launched on Nerve Radio last week! Make sure you tune in every Monday at 7pm.
This week Joshua Coase was joined by Head of Nerve Now Ashleigh Kybert. You can view their favourite new tracks they picked for this week along with some artist/track information below!
You can listen to all of this week’s tracks on our Spotify playlist here!
Joshua Coase’s Tracks Of The Week
Majid Jordan – My Imagination (feat. dvsn)
Majid Jordan have released their third new single of the year and with it announced the release date of their second album.
The Space Between is out on 27th October, 20 months following the release of their self-titled debut album (which is well worth checking out!)
The Canadian duo are signed to the label co-founded by Drake, OVO Sound, and they have collaborated with him in the past on the track My Love.
My Imagination is another up-tempo R&B hit from Jordan Ullman and Majid Al Maskati, who shows off his impressive vocal range extensively in this easy-listening chilled out track.
First Aid Kit – It’s A Shame
First Aid Kit are back, releasing this track as their first single from their upcoming fourth album, over three years on from the last record, Stay Gold.
The Swedish folk duo have a very unique sound, evident in sisters Klara and Johanna Söderberg harmonies and distinctive Scandinavian vocals.
It’s A Shame has a very deep-rooted American country feel to the song, a style which the band also captured on their previous album.
This track is very different to the others featured on this list, but do not be put off by that or by the fact that it is a folk song, give it a listen and it may broaden your horizons!
Lilla Vargen – Hold On
This track from Lilla Vargen instantly catches your attention, with minimalistic backing letting her wonderful vocals capture you and express her story.
In her own words, Lilla wrote Hold On for a close friend who had fallen in love. She had high hopes for that relationship, but it never worked out and she kept getting let down.
The Northern Irish singer first appeared on the scene two years with a few demos which caught the attention of music critics and listeners in Northern Ireland, but it has taken her time to find her feet and now she is beginning to release new material.
This song will be the title track from her forthcoming EP, Hold On, which will be released on 27th October.
Hippo Campus – Warm Glow
This is the title track from Hippo Campus’ new EP, which follows the release of their debut album Landmark back in February of this year.
This track is more stripped back and a slower tempo to the ones released by the indie rock band in the past, but that is what makes this new release one of the best songs from their material so far.
If you like what you hear from this American quartet then make sure you check out their album and the band are also performing in the UK next week, in Bristol on the 9th, Nottingham on the 10th, London on the 12th and Manchester on the 13th October.
Ashleigh Kybert’s Tracks Of The Week
Track reviews below written by Ashleigh Kybert
FLETCHER – You Should Talk
Pop newcomer Fletcher has been compared to Lorde, Tove Lo and was named as a Spotify Spotlight Act for 2016, and things don’t seem to be slowing down for her.
After recently announcing her first ever headlining tour, she catapulted into Spotify’s charts with her latest track, You Should Talk. With a chilled, pop vibe that focuses on the lyrics – which are centred around a tough breakup.
Fletcher tends to express her thoughts, feelings and especially her supportive stance on sexual fluidity and the LGBT community through her music.
With her breakout single War Paint reaching number one on the viral chart in 2015, Fletcher seems like one to watch.
King Henry – I’ll Be There (feat. Sasha Sloan)
King Henry has released his second EP featuring four tracks, including I’ll Be There, with vocals from Sasha Sloan.
The LA-based music producer has previously worked with Beyonce, The Weeknd and Major Lazer and released his debut solo EP in late 2016 on Black Butter Records.
This EP, Don’t Stay Away, features vocals from a variety of artists and seems to be exciting his fanbase already. I’ll Be There is electronic and extremely catchy, I can imagine a remix will pop up in a nightclub at some point.
Krept & Konan – For Me
This South London rap duo slipped into the mainstream back in 2013, after forming in 2009. Their latest track, For Me is a little different to what they’re usually known for.
Krept & Konan have had an array of hits recently but they’re most known for their club classic ‘Freak of the Week‘, which you would’ve definitely heard before. Although this style of music launched them into the limelight, For Me has a much slower tempo and although hints of grime are still obvious, it’s a completely different style for these two.
Some may say they’re changing their roots to fit with what’s currently popular within music, but this is definitely another tune you’ll have in your head and could listen to day and night.
ALMA – Phases (feat. French Montana)
ALMA‘s new track sticks to her dance roots and includes some seriously strong vocals, as well as a brief but fitting rap from French Montana.
The pop singer and songwriter is based in Helsinki, Finland and came fifth-place on a Finnish TV singing competition but that hasn’t stopped her from amassing an international audience and creating chart-topping tracks.
Her latest, Phases, is unbelievaby catchy. Although some may find the lyrics repetitive, I find them easy to sing a long to and it really is another classic pop tune. Reminiscent of Anne-Marie‘s work, in my opinion, it’s going to be a big hit.
Joshua Coase’s Album Of The Week
Hurts – Desire
The duo first caught my attention back in 2010 when they released the single Lonely Sunday, a track taken from their debut album Happiness. In that album Hurts combined synth, strings and voice effects to create a sound unique to them, with Theo Hutchcraft’s distinctive vocals complementing the duo’s backing music perfectly.
Similar to their first album, Desire features a number of up-tempo tracks which make you want to get up and move, including their main single, Ready To Go, Boyfriend and Walk Away, all of which featured on the radio show this week.
What I like about this album is that there is light and shade, the whole album is not just up-tempo pop tracks, tracks including Chaperone and Magnificent are much slower, stripped down tracks which let the lyrics guide the song. Make sure you check it out!