Foo Fighters – ‘Something From Nothing’

With the previous Foo Fighters‘ album Wasting Light, Dave Grohl & co.’s fervent desire to restore the supposedly lost primal nature of rock music seeped from every orifice of its composition – from its abundance of adrenaline-charged anthems to its well documented analog recording process. Their plight seems set to continue with new album Sonic Highways, as lead track ‘Something From Nothing’ serves as a pastiche of rock & roll’s most archetypal figures – channeling the sheer grandiosity of Led Zeppelin‘s latter material and (perhaps a little too accurately) imitating the definitive metallic crunch of Dio‘s ‘Holy Diver’. With an audacious climax streaked with rampant drum fills, a haze of distortion and a searing solo spot from Cheap Trick‘s Rick Nielsen, ‘Something From Nothing’ only provides further proof that Foo Fighters remain one of the seldom few rock bands to match the majesty and success of those that reigned supreme generations ago.

Joshua Pauley @PutUp0rShutUp

David Bowie – ‘Sue (Or in a Season of Crime)’

David Bowie takes a progressive and experimental approach with this new track, filled with brass horn sections, multiple saxophones and jazzy drums providing the rhythm, almost sounding like it could be a the title tune in a James Bond film.

The song presents itself with a more serious, despair filled theme to the vocals and lyrics over the usual Glam tinge found in Bowie’s previous work. His voice is sounding a little deeper than it was 30 years ago, but it kind of suits this new style he’s trying out. The piece goes on for 7 minutes and builds nicely up to a big crescendo with all the instruments in the horn section crashing into a climax. There’s some interesting bass work going on too as the song meanders.

If you haven’t checked out Bowie for a while, now might be a good time. He’s still constantly reinventing himself as he always does, and still as strange and experimental as he was before.

Greg Hudson

Slipknot – ‘Sarcastrophe’

Bands that have so much riding on their music tend to disappear for a while, but Slipknot had a few more issues to deal with than the braying public in the time since Antennas to Hell. After all the troubles they’ve held nothing back with the (many, many) single releases for upcoming album .5: the Gray Chapter, and ‘Sarcastrophe’ is a prime example of why it’s a cert for the Best of 2014 lists. Aggressive, thrash and heavy as hell, it’s proof to all the doubters (particularly after the opinion-dividing first single ‘The Negative One’) that they’re on true Slipknot form.

Jodie Mae-Finch @ragingfun

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – ‘In The Heat Of The Moment’

He’s back, the chief is officially back! After releasing his debut album back in 2011, Noel Gallagher has returned with a new track entitled ‘In The Heat Of The Moment’, scheduled to appear on his upcoming second album Chasing Yesterday.

Whilst the song itself may be a tad safe sounding, there’s no escaping its mighty earworm of a chorus as Noel confidently declares: “In the heat of the moment/I know that’ll you’ll be by my side”. Who is he talking about? Who cares when you’ve got a hook as glorious as this. Team Noel fans rejoice because this easily makes Beady Eye look ultimately dull in comparison.

Joel Hernon

Tourist – ‘Wait’

Ambient in its approach, ‘Wait’ is created from a structure of tranquil synthesiser effects and piano-house sounds. Released as the latest track from UK producer Tourist who’s been absent since the release of his last EP in April, ‘Wait’ continues the inclusion of soothing components within his productions.

Tourist’s latest creation doesn’t only explore the sounds of ambient. Incorporating other genres such using a quick hip-hop alike drumbeat alongside having the rave classic hoover synthesiser noise near its finish generates a track full of calming beginnings and euphoric endings.

Aaron Jolliff @AaronJolliff95

Marina & The Diamonds – ‘Froot’

Title track ‘Froot’ from Marina and the Diamonds third forthcoming album undoubtedly explores their new electronic musical direction. Passion and intensity builds through the five-minute track with punchy disco pop beats and catchy riffs accompanied by Diamandis’s distinctive vocals. The track incorporates metaphorical lyrics “Hanging like a fruit, ready to be juiced / I am plump and ripe” that would appear to be sexually influenced. Looking deeper it is evident that they encompass a theme of commercialism and Diamandis’s yearning for recognition and distinction as an artist. The release date for the two-year awaited upcoming album has not yet been confirmed.

Lydia Hughes

Man Overboard – ‘Stood Up’

Man Overboard are the pinnacle of what pop-punk has become. It’s not the cheesy toilet jokes and childish booby references that it was in the 00’s. ‘Stood Up’ comes from the New Jersey five piece’s forthcoming EP Passing Ends; lyrical woefulness woven into a twinkly acoustic track.  It’s heartbreaking from start to finish, delicately relatable. As Man Overboard go, this track is way on the gentle side (aren’t acoustic songs always?), but it’s still packed full of angst and heartache; “You say that you’re depressed// Well darling welcome to the club // Now take a seat.” If you need to do a little cry, do it to this song.

Callum Cornwell @CallumJack93

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