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This week Joshua Coase was joined by Nerve Radio’s Head of Music Calum Goddard. You can view their favourite new tracks they picked for this week along with some artist/track information below!
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Joshua Coase’s Tracks Of The Week
Rationale – Prodigal Son
Rationale’s self-titled debut album made the shortlist for Album Of The Week on the show last week and having listened to it more and more over the past few days I just had to give him another mention and play one of his records on the show.
Tinashe Fazakerley (or Rationale as he is more commonly referred to) is a Zimbabwe-born British singer-songwriter.
His album is packed full of soulful R&B/indie pop tracks and his incredibly unique and distinctive vocals really separate his material from any other artist in the industry right now.
Rather than picking one of his singles to be released from the album such as Loving Life and Into the Blue (both of which are great songs in their own right) I wanted to play my favourite track, Prodigal Son.
This track really showcases Tinashe’s vocal range and song-writing ability in a piece of music which focuses on his determination to not make the same mistakes as his father and to forge his own path in his life before it’s too late.
Kodaline – The Riddle
One of my favourite bands is back with a brand new EP titled I Wouldn’t Be. Kodaline burst onto the scene in 2012 with their self-titled EP and hit single All I Want and the Irish group have gone from strength to strength ever since.
Their debut album, In A Perfect World, is one of my favourite ever albums and whilst the release of Coming Up For Air didn’t quite reach the same heights two years later, it still had some great tracks including Ready, Autopilot and Honest.
This new EP captures everything which is great about Kodaline, showcasing an ability to perform songs in a variety of music styles, with Steve Garrigan’s vocals strong and captivating as ever.
Whilst the band have released Ready to Change as their new single taken from the EP, I have picked a different track, The Riddle, to play on the show as it is an ode to some of my favourite past hits from the band, One Day and Unclear.
Rukhsana Merrise – Talk About It (Feat. Ghetts)
This is an exciting new release from up and coming alternative/indie artist Rukhsana Merrise.
The West London singer made her name back in 2014 when deciding to write, record and release a new song every week of the month, before releasing it as an EP which was appropriately titled September Songs.
Rukhsana then signed for the record label Communion and has since been working on an album which is due for release soon.
Talk About It has been produced by PRGRSHN and features a combination of styles incorporating Rukhsana’s differing musical influences, which range from Fleetwood Mac to Haim to Frank Ocean.
In this track, as she describes it, she explores a generational inability to have real discussions, show empathy and connect with others.
Tears For Fears – I Love You But I’m Lost
When I first heard this track I did not check who it was by, upon revisiting it to find out the name of the artist I could not believe it was a new release by the iconic 80s pop duo Tears For Fears.
Famous for timeless tracks such as Everybody Wants To Rule The World and Mad World, this is the first new track to be released by the duo in 13 years.
I Love You But I’m Lost is Tears For Fears first new original material since they released their comeback album in 2004 titled Everybody Loves a Happy Ending.
The emergence of this song is no coincidence, as it coincides with the upcoming release of their greatest hits album, Rule the World.
The new album is due for release on November 10th and will feature two brand new tracks, one of which is I Love You But I’m Lost, a song which has a very contemporary vibe.
I am very surprised with how well the duo have been able to adapt and reinvent themselves to produce this record, which does not look out of place in 2017 at all and I think this single will go on to do very well in the charts, appealing to both a young and older audience.
Calum Goddard’s Tracks Of The Week
Track reviews written below by Calum Goddard
Caleborate– Caught Up
24-year-old American rapper Caleborate has just released his third album in three years, celebrating relaxing hip-hip sounds.
He has built up a large fan base since he released his debut album Hella Good in 2015.
He is certainly one to watch for the future and is my favourite pick of tracks played on the show!
Louis Mattrs – Don’t Like Dancing
Brighton born and based artist Louis Mattrs formerly worked with Chase and Status producing drum and bass style music.
More recently he has swapped the decks for a more funk based sound coming off his latest album Off the Rocks.
He could have become a professional footballer but decided to leave the Brighton academy aged 16 to pursue a career in music. It’s fair to say it is paying off so far!
Brent Faiyaz – Gang Over Luv
Born in Maryland, USA, Brent Faiyaz is part of the musical RnB group Sonder.
His first single, Allure was released in 2015 and Brent has gone from strength to strength ever since.
Gang Over Luv has a relaxing RnB sound that is becoming so prominent in the industry today.
Wretch 32 – Tell Me
This track is taken from Wretch 32’s latest album, FR32, which was released on the 13th October.
Kojo Funds features three times on the album and the track Good Morning has Rukhsana Merrise featuring on the vocals.
Wretch is now 32, so it seems fitting for him to release his fifth album this year.
Joshua Coase’s Album Of The Week
Beck – Colors
Beck Hansen has just released his 13th studio album, it’s hard to believe that the American singer-songwriter has been making music since 1985 and yet creates tracks which are so fresh and current.
Colors is certainly a contemporary pop album, which also incorporates other music genres which he is often known to experiment with including folk, funk and alternative rock.
The title track is a very uptempo track featuring what is in my opinion a very cool and catchy pan flute riff (yes you heard me correctly).
Meanwhile those of you who play FIFA will most definitely recognise the other track featuring on the show, which is Dreams. The song appeared on the FIFA 16 soundtrack and another track, Up All Night, also featured on FIFA 17.
If you are looking to listen to an uptempo alternative pop album then make sure you listen to both Beck’s old and new material!