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This week Joshua Coase was joined by Head of Nerve News Tamara Hough. You can view their favourite new tracks they picked for this week along with some artist/track information below!
Josh’s Tracks Of The Week
Emeli Sande – Starlight
This brand new feel-good track from Emeli Sande marks her return and a new chapter for her music as she prepares to embark on her latest UK Arena Tour in October.
Starlight is the first track to be released from Emeli’s forthcoming EP, Kingdom Come, which will be released on the 3rd of November.
The first thing which strikes you when you listen to this song is how distant sounding it is from Emeli’s previous music found in her two studio albums, Our Version Of Events and Long Live The Angels.
We often associate her music with being reflective ballads of her trials and tribulations, particularly in her award-winning debut album, but the difference in this track maybe down to the fact that it has been produced by Illangelo, who has previously worked with Drake and The Weeknd.
Emeli said she is excited to be releasing music which shows a new side of her, so from that we can expect up-tempo dance tracks to become a more regular feature on her records.
Whether this transition is going to be for the better or worse remains to be seen, but it is refreshing that the Scottish singer-songwriter is reinventing herself to stay current!
You can listen to Starlight here.
B. P. Valenzuela – Instead (Hold You Down)
A brand new single from Filipino singer-songwriter B.P. Valenzuela is a mellow, electric synth track taken from her upcoming album Crydancer.
The independent producer/pop artist first burst onto the scene at the age of 18 following the release of her debut album The Neon Hour in 2015.
Valenzuela’s music was first brought to our attention with the release of the single Minimize (Ft. Nick Lazaro) in August.
This track, along with most of her music is perfect to relax and chill out to and the combination of the upbeat synth followed by an acoustic strip back outro makes this particular track stand out amongst other tracks you may listen to in this genre.
You can listen to Instead (Hold You Down) here.
Hobbie Stuart – Photogenic
Known for his covers, which he posts on his YouTube channel to over 380,000 subscribers, Hobbie Stuart 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.
This new track is a song close to his heart about a previous relationship and has an 80s vibe, with a use of synth instruments and a vocoder which would not sound out of place in a track by The 1975.
The half-Brazilian music artist from Brighton, England is excited to be back after a lengthy break, expect more music to come from him in the near future.
You can listen to Photogenic here.
Will Heggadon – Sinking In
Another artist who first came to attention due to his covers posted on his YouTube and Facebook page, Will Heggadon has had increasing attention recently due to his music being featured on BBC Introducing.
Will’s latest single, in his own words, is a song which has a different feel to previous tracks, yet is something which he always wanted to to release but never got round to writing it.
Will released his first EP, The Dark, in 2016 and also had success with his last single, The Island, gaining over 100,000 plays on Spotify.
The acoustic track, which Will also describes as a ‘perfect night time drive song’, really brings out the best in the English singer-songwriter’s voice.
His distinctive vocals featured in this stripped back single lets his take the lead in full prominence, shaping the direction which the track takes.
You can listen to Sinking In here.
Tamara Hough’s Tracks Of The Week
Track reviews below written by Tamara Hough
The Neighbourhood – You Get Me So High
The Neighbourhood has come back strong with their new EP Hard following an almost two year break since their last album release.
Hard carries on The Neighbourhood’s tradition of slow sorrowful lyrics delivered with their always cool R&B melodies.
You can listen to You Get Me So High here.
Noah Cyrus – Again (Feat. XXXTENTACION)
The younger sister of Miley Cyrus has proved herself as a strong competitor with her new song Again which features the “SoundCloud Rap Artist” XXXTENTACION.
The 17-year-old, still fresh off her last debut track Make Me with pop singer Labrinth, favours more of an electro sound to heavily contrast against the emotional themes dealt within her music.
Her debut made its way into the top 100 charts of 10 countries and although her discography only extends back to November 2016 her work with prominent producers has made it possible for the pop star’s unique vulnerability to translate perfectly to the listener’s ear.
Even though Cyrus has been heavily compared to her older singer, it’s clear that the new singer has made an impression with her third single.
You can listen to Again here.
Rhys Lewis – Wish I Was Sober
With tones reminiscent of Rag’N’Bone Man, Rhys Lewis is perfect is for those looking for a jazz-pop infusion.
You can listen to Wish I Was Sober here.
Miley Cyrus – Week Without You
With her sixth album in the works, this is now the third song to be released off of Miley Cyrus’s album Younger Now.
Both Malibu and Younger Now, her previous tracks from the album, hit number 10 on the US Billboard charts with Malibu going Platinum.
You can listen to Week Without You here.
Album Of The Week
The Killers – Wonderful Wonderful
The Killers are back. It may have been five years since their last studio album, Battle Born, but it has been worth the wait!
The promising signs were there when the band released their first two singles taken from this album, The Man and Run For Cover, both of which featured on this week’s radio show.
These particular tracks, along with Out Of My Mind bring us back to the times when The Killers became household names, with iconic, up-tempo pop rock tracks such as Somebody Told Me and Mr Brightside.
A few of our other favourites songs to check out from this album include the title track Wonderful Wonderful, Tyson vs. Douglas and Some Kind Of Love.
While many tracks feature fast-paced, euphoric catchy choruses commonly associate with the band, Some Kind Of Love is a pleasant contrast, a song similar to two of their more stripped back hits, Human and Read My Mind.
The light and shade found in the tracks in Wonderful Wonderful make for an excellent album and a real testimony to The Killers ability to continue to stay fresh.
You can listen to Wonderful Wonderful here.
Chloe Desave’s Track Of The Week
Camila Cabello – Havana