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Fresher Sounds - The best new music - 11/06/2018


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As festival season continues with Parklife, featuring performances from the likes of The XX, Lorde, Skepta, Liam Gallagher and N.E.R.D, we're finally feeling ready for Summer and in the party mood.

Speaking of partying - Love Island is back on our screens! So while you're waiting for 9pm to roll around, take a listen to some of the hottest releases from the last week. We're sure they'll be 'your type on paper'.

Lily Allen – Come on Then

Lily Allen is back! Not just with a new look, but a new album too. The track ‘Come on Then’ is taken from her newly released album No Shame.  This song is in keeping with her instantly identifiable sound and the spoken singing that we’ve come to LOVE with Lily Allen's music. However, in other ways, this track is a move away from her previous music; Lily is tackling more serious personal issues and subject matters than we are used to in previous upbeat, comical songs such as ‘Alfie’ and ‘Not Fair’.

‘Come on Then’ is a song about how Lily is perceived in the media and how everybody seems to know her, yet she is still lonely and isolated.  The song takes a closer look at the assumptions made about Lily, that she is a “bad mother” and a “bad wife” just because that is what people read online. The contrast between the soft pop and mellow backtrack with the angsty and upsetting lyrics and subject matter make for a track that sees Lily Allen throwing herself back into the music scene, after a four year hiatus, with a bang.

Bugzy Malone – Warning

‘Warning’ was Annie Mac’s hottest record last week and it’s not hard to see why. Bugzy Malone is never one to shy away from telling his stories of growing up around poverty, violence and gangs, and this track is no different. When listening you can hear this track comes from a place of raw emotion. Not only does ‘Warning’ feature this raw emotion in its lyrics, but, its production from Zdot makes it one of his most fiery and impassioned songs yet. Bugzy’s album B. Inspired drops on the 17th of August.

Maroon 5 – Three Little Birds

Maroon 5 have just released their own version of Bob Marley and The Wailer’s iconic ‘Three Little Birds’. Although this song has been covered countless times in the last 41 years, this cover is surprisingly refreshing and modern, whilst making sure to keep up the traditional reggae vibes. The pop-reggae fusion really works in creating the peaceful message that the original song promotes. This song is the perfect track to listen to over the summer months and on your holidays, with its up-tempo beats and positive lyrics.

Youngr – Lost in Translation

After the release of his song ‘Drive’ two months ago, Youngr is back with a new sugary and summery tune just in time for the summer. It takes inspiration on Youngr’s travels around the globe touring: “Hola, Ç’est bon, ç va, Konnichiwa”.  The song is an up-tempo nod to the modern world and how so easily life gets interpreted through different cultures, languages etc.


Lewis Capaldi – Tough

This is the ultimate breakup track. The song is about finding your feet again after a bad/painful breakup and getting over the change of not having that person around anymore.  The subject matter is so personal, yet speaks to hundreds of people who have gone through a similar heart-breaking situation before. Capaldi’s powerful, emotive vocals are what makes this song so heart-wrenching and relatable.

Maribou State (feat. Khruangbin) – Feel Good

‘Feel Good’ is the new track from Maribou State and their collaboration with Thai Funk trio Khruangbin. This track will feature on their upcoming album Kingdoms In Colour. The sound of this track takes influence from all different parts of the world, which can be felt whilst listening to the backing drums against the funk vocals. This collaboration has worked in many ways, creating a sound that’s truly unique to this partnership.

Becky Hill – Sunrise In The East 

‘Sunrise in The East’ was written by Becky Hill with Maverick Sabre and Lost Boy. The lyrics tell a story of staying up all night talking with someone until night becomes the day again. This song provides a synth-pop beat and summery vibes, the vocals are soulful and melodic, it’s a fun and young song about new found love. This is another single to add on to your Summer party playlist.

Miles Kane – Coup De Grace

This glam-rock and funk-inspired single is a taste of what is to come on Miles Kane’s upcoming album. This track is armed with hints of David Bowie and  T.Rex. The sound of this track even gives us hints of his time working with Arctic Monkey’s Alex Turner. 

You Me at Six – 3am

This track is the beginning of You Me At Six’s reinvention. This track has moved away from their rock-ballad sound and gives us hints of indie-rock, echoing the sounds of Blossoms and Mystery Jets. The sound is upbeat and almost poppy, featuring lots of synth pop and guitar riffs.

Franceschi sings about being a booty call at 3am, yet there is no gloomy, cynical sounds or lyrics which we are more accustomed to from You Me at Six's previous albums. It is actually a rather positive and happy sounding song. And, although lyrically it is neither complicated or genius, the synth-pop/indie vibes of ‘3am’ and the move away from the predictable really give this track the makings of an anthem for Summer 2018.


Jorja Smith – Lost & Found

‘Lost & Found’ is taken from Jorja Smith’s newly released album of the same name. A fusion of sounds reminiscing old school Amy Winehouse and Alicia Keys, Jorja’s voice is accompanied by just a simple drum beat and piano, making her soulful vocals the focus of the track.  The simplicity of this song and how uncomplicated the sound is are what makes this song stand out, Jorja’s voice needs no explanation. This tune is perfect for lazy, sunny days.

Sabrina Carpenter – Almost Love

Armed with a buttery pop backing track and urban vibes, ‘Almost Love’ is the first single from Sabrina Carpenter’s third album. The song is set to be a hit, it has undertones of dance and hip-hop sounds, paired with Sabrina’s poppy vocals. This is the perfect dance track for summer clubbing and partying. Another unique element of ‘Almost Love’ is the whistle in the background of Sabrina’s vocals and riffs. The chorus is catchy and fun, making the song unforgettable after a single listen.


James New – When We Were Young

‘When We Were Young’ is a song written in retrospect, a sentimental and nostalgic look at a relationship’s past. It’s a soft and mellow song, with high-pitched and melancholy vocals. The vocals and the general acoustic sound of the song, strike up similarity to that of Kodaline and Travis. This single marks a big move for James, who in the past few years has written songs for other artists rather than performing himself. ‘When We Were Young’ is a raw and emotive song, and we hope that James continues to sing and be in the spotlight, it is obvious from this single that he has so much more to give.


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