Saturday, 25 October 2014

Kristian Bush // Trailer Hitch

If I ever needed a lighthearted "feel good about life" kinda song from Kristian Bush, formerly of Sugarland, the time was now. It is not and never will be a good idea to go out the night before you have to do an eight hour shift in a supermarket. Ever. On the bright side of things, Trailer Hitch is set to be the first track of many to come from Bush's upcoming solo effort Southern Gravity. The album has been in the works for a while now but the release date is still under wraps, fingers crossed, it'll be sooner rather than later.

Friday, 24 October 2014

The Shires // Only Midnight

Country music has been slowly garnering support this side of the Atlantic over the past year with acts such as The Shires heading up the effort. The duo, composed of Ben Earle and Crissie Rhodes, have managed to carve out a solid niche on the overcrowded British music landscape while also working on their debut album. Their acoustic performance of Only Midnight portrays a heartwarming pair of singer-songwriters that you can't help but fall in love with. Long live country!

James Bay // Hold Back The River

It's been quite a steep rise for James Bay, the twenty-something year old has gone from his little hometown Hitchin to opening for Hozier on his US tour. It's hardly a surprise though when you consider the rarity that is his pristine, pure voice and impeccable songwriting. Hold Back The River is the latest in a string of spellbinding releases, with this track lifted from his upcoming EP of the same name, available November 24th.

The Staves // Open (Justin Vernon Remix)

Do you hear that? That's the sound of musical geniuses working together, those geniuses being Justin Vernon of Bon Iver fame and The Staves of, well, the best thing to come out of Watford fame. Vernon worked his magic on Open, a heavenly slice of The Staves' upcoming Blood I Bled EP.

Kim Churchill // Rage

I have a special place in my heart for acoustic folk music, it's up there at the top for possible funeral song genres. On a less morbid note, Kim Churchill is the Aussie mastermind behind this particular piece of music. Living up to every Down Under stereotype imaginable, the surfer/busker/nomad has an utterly astounding voice and don't even get me started on his guitar skills, check out some live videos for that. Rage is the sixth track to be released from the singer-songwriter's latest album Silence/Win, a testament to the strength of the record itself.

Tom Prior // Bad Advice

Tom Prior returns with a second helping from his debut EP Bad Advice. The upbeat track has all the swagger of Alex Turner-esque vocals while still being undeniably refreshing. If you like what you hear, you can grab a copy of his EP when it drops November 11th.

Iggy Azalea // IGGY SZN

November 24th will see the release of Iggy Azalea's new album Reclassified, a reissue of her debut album alongside five new tracks featuring collaborations with MØ and Ellie Goulding to name a few. The promo track for the album, IGGY SZN, does a perfect job of capturing the rap star's trademark biting lyrics over an addictive pulsing bass line. I always feel deluxe versions of albums are a bit of a money spinner, but this one might actually be worth your hard earned dollar.