Nerve’s New Music Monday – 18/12/2017

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It may have been the last New Music Monday show of 2017 live on Nerve Radio last week but during the Christmas break Joshua Coase is still bringing you details on his favourite new releases!

You can view his favourite new tracks he picked for this week along with some artist/track information below!

Also check out all of this week’s tracks on our Spotify playlist here!

Joshua Coase’s Tracks Of The Week

Ed Sheeran – Perfect (Feat. Andrea Bocelli)

What a Perfect combination of artists to come together to create a wonderful alternative version of Ed Sheeran’s track from his chart topping album Divide.

The blend of soft vocals from Ed combined with Andrea Bocelli’s power and grace make for a refreshing arrangement, which features an orchestral accompaniment and singing in Italian, what more could you want?

Ed’s brother Matthew Sheeran composed the classical arrangement and recorded this track at the same time as the original and dare I say it, I much prefer this version!

At a later date Andrea came aboard and both recorded their vocals at Andrea’s home in Tuscany, Italy, just imagine being in the same room as those two when that recording took place…

Pale Waves – My Obsession

Pale Waves have been providing me with my indie pop rock fix throughout 2017 during The 1975’s absence (roll on the release of Music For Cars next summer).

They are an up and coming band from Manchester and first caught my attention with the release of their debut single back in February There’s A Honey.

Signed to the same label, Dirty Hit Records, it has been a breakthrough year for this band from Manchester, who previously featured on this show with their last single New Year’s Eve.

The band formed three years ago and describe their sound as “honest pop music” and whilst My Obsession is a little more down beat from their previous releases it is still a strong track with a catchy chorus and I am looking forward to the release of their album in 2018.

Hobbie Stuart – There Will Be Tears

Hobbie Stuart is an artist which I discovered through doing this show, his track Photogenic actually featured on the very first show and is a song which I have listened to frequently ever since, it’s one of my favourites I’ve ever featured on the show.

Known for his covers, which he posts on his YouTube channel to over 380,000 subscribers, Hobbie has just released his new single, a year on from the release of his EP Summer In The City.

The singer-songwriter auditioned for X Factor two years ago and impressed the judges, particularly Cheryl and Rita Ora, who were swooning over him.

Prior to Boot Camp he quit the competition saying that it was not for him, choosing to go back to recording covers and work on writing his own music.

There Will Be Tears is a mellow, stripped-back track perfect to sit back and relax while listening to.

joan – tokyo

If you’re looking to listening to a happy go lucky pop hit with a catchy chorus and a fun accompaniment then look no further than this release by pop duo joan.

Ian Thomas and Steven Rutherford are looking to blend 80s synth pop and 90s R&B and they are certainly doing a good job so far! I would describe this duo’s sound as a cross between The 1975 and Owl City.

I loved tokyo since the first time I heard it, with the chorus instantly sticking in my head and the lyrics also resonating with me.

This track is just the duo’s third release after previously having success with tracks take me on and love somebody like you, which has been streamed over 1.2 million times on Spotify to date.

Joshua Coase’s Album/EP Of The Week

The 1975 – DH00278 (Live from The O2, London. 16.12.16)

I feel like I’ve mentioned this band a lot over the course of this article but anyway they are amazing and it is so good that The 1975 have finally released an album which features all the live tracks from the band’s I like it when you are asleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it Tour.

The live recording comes from their sell-out performance at the O2 Arena in London just over a year ago on December 16th 2016.

I had the pleasure of seeing them on this tour in Bournemouth just five days after this and they were amazing, giving a performance so full of energy and a great contrast of tracks to play over the course of the night to provide light and shade in the performance.

If you are up for hearing a lot more saxophone and guitar solos than you do on the studio release of each of the tracks (how could you say no to that?) then you should definitely listen to this album.

What’s more is that there is something for everyone in this album as it includes tracks from both albums and the superb old EPs, which could have been smash hits in their own right. I was so happy that they performed Undo, Milk and fallingforyou on this tour.

Go on a journey from Love Me and UGH! to Somebody Else and Girls right through to Chocolate and The Sound in this fantastic live album.