Hey everyone, so I’ve done it again…I’ve got quite a few blogs backed up. I have been slacking a little bit recently, but I’ve just graduated from a three year Music Journalism degree so it’s nice to just take some time off and relax without having to worry about anything. However, I do want to get back into things and start posting on the blog more regularly like I have done in the past, now that I have a bit more time. So this is another of my tracks that I was loving through April/May-ish time. The next one will be Tracks I’m Currently Loving, and I also want to do a post on the TV show Nashville, as well as a couple of other things, so keep your eyes peeled. But for now…
Gabrielle Aplin – Please Don’t Say You Love Me
The second single from Gabrielle Aplin’s highly anticipated debut album English Rain, Please Don’t Say You Love Me, is a delicate guitar driven track. The instrumental and the vocals complement each other brilliantly and the use of a choir during the chorus’ give it a bigger feel. Aplin’s vocals are beautiful, and fluid. She hits every note perfectly without ever sounding too try-hard or pushing it too far, showcasing her range and ability to hit both higher and lower notes effortlessly.
Disclosure – What A Waste of Time
Not to be confused with the popular electronic dance act, this Oxfordshire based five-piece are a pop-rock powerhouse. This single was available on CD for just £1 when I saw them with Room 94, and it’s definitely a pound well spent. From the outset this track is a playful burst of colour, with a hook that promises to have audiences bouncing along like crazed jack-in-a-boxes. Singer, Tiff’s deep and throaty vocals are great also, sounding strong and hitting the notes on every trill with ease. It’s empowering and is definitely one for when you’re ready to acknowledge ‘what a waste of time that boy can be’, because let’s face it, we’ve all felt like that right? I’d say Disclosure have definitely got it right with this one.
Room 94 – Chasing the Summer
This track is everything that we’ve come to expect from Room 94; lighthearted, fun and just a little bit cheeky. Although slightly different from their more explosive tracks like You Got It Wrong and Tonight, Chasing The Summer definitely has a more mature and polished sound, but undoubtedly still has that rock edge that we know and love. Simply put, it’s a great summer song, perfect for blasting in the sunshine.
Young Kato – Drink, Dance, Play
The debut single from pop-indie six piece Young Kato, is a harmonious mix of synths, guitars and unmistakably British-sounding vocals. The track opens with a dreamy synth pattern which allows the guitar to drop in as act as a building point, as the drums, keyboard and vocals come in at once. The gang vocals on the verses would undoubtedly get audiences shouting along, and the vocal harmonies of the chorus give the feel that this song would be most at home with festival crowds. The chorus is infectious; you can’t help but want to dance to it, definitely one that begs to be cranked up to be fully appreciated.
5 Seconds of Summer – Heartbreak Girl
So, I first came to hear this song when I heard Robbie Coles’ acoustic cover of it on YouTube. After quickly becoming addicted to it, I thought I’d check out the original version. With a sound reminiscent of All Time Low, Heartbreak Girl is a perfect slice of pop/punk music. The guitar driven verses complement the drum heavy chorus, and the vocals are undeniably smooth. The lyrics are great, and with an insanely addictive chorus that will refuse to leave your head for days, what’s not to like?
Calvin Harris ft Ellie Goulding – I Need Your Love
I’ve realised lately that I’m quite a big fan of Calvin Harris, I like a lot of the tracks that he’s produced so far and this is no exception. This is a great song with an awesome beat, and Ellie Goulding’s vocals are a fantastic fit and excellent as always. Definitely a song that has club/party vibes written all over it. Bring it on.
The 1975 – Sex
So, I featured The 1975’s recent hit single Chocolate in my last ‘Tracks…’ post and then came across this gem from their 2012 EP of the same name. Unlike the smooth and radio-friendly sound of Chocolate, Sex has more of a punk rock feel to it. Despite it being a little more rough around the edges it’s fun, lively, and the ‘she’s got a boyfriend anyway’ refrain is catchy as hell. A carefree, cheeky song that doesn’t take anything too seriously, yet still has a sting in its tail. Brilliant.