BEANS ON TOAST- I’M HOME WHEN YOU HOLD ME
‘I’m Home When You Hold Me’, the second single taken from Beans on Toast’s new album Rolling Up The Hill, is an upbeat alternative to the love songs that are churned through the charts.
Having just returned from an extensive tour across the US and recording a new album in Kansas with Truckstop Honeymoon, the artist’s sound has new influences. Opening in a traditional Beans on Toast way of guitar and harmonica, the full band soon fill out the sound, revealing the new influences of bluegrass with muted double bass and banjo, which gives a new spin of singer’s traditional protest songs.
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ED SHEERAN- TOUCH AND GO
With an intro remarkably similar to his track ‘Runaway’ off his 2014 album X, Ed Sheeran has created a track that has all those components everyone has become accustomed to hear in one of his records.
The majority of the record is Sheeran and his guitar (of course), delivering a pretty classic riff that makes you feel like you’ve already heard this song a hundred times over. Accompanied by a solid vocal performance, it will likely have fan trembling at the knees.
As expected, it’s a rather standard track from the singer that delivers everything most people buy his albums want.
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HINDS – SAN DIEGO
New single ‘San Diego’ from Madrid band Hinds is one that, if heard on the radio, you’d have to change the station.
The all female band are due to release their debut album in January 2016. With vocals that sound like a group of young girls pretending to be in a pop band, simple guitar chords and a mediocre beat, the success of the album is one to be questioned though.
However, the band seem relatively popular in their home town, so maybe it’s just best for them to stick to what they know.
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MISSY ELLIOT (FEAT.PHARRELL WILLIAMS) – WTF (WHERE THEY FROM)
After seven long years Missy Elliott is back and has produced a banger. The beat is addictive, the bars are impressive, and even though it’s got Pharrell’s magic name in the title, this is definitely Elliott’s masterpiece.
Completely blowing all other female (and most male) rappers out of the water with this insanely huge drop, Missy has cemented her place back on the throne. The half-time breakdown at the end of the single tops off a perfectly formulated, absolutely bumpin’ tune.
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UNDER – HEART/DANCER
This haunting wintery track combines a dark, daunting backing that blends itself with some intoxicatingly soft vocals from Swedish duo Under.
With an air of London Grammar and The xx resonating through the song, this dreamy electronic pop duo have produced a truly soulful and inspiring piece of music that bleeds heartbreak and beauty in the most elegant of ways.
Linnéa Atieno’s vocals deliver a heartwarming performance that will melt even the firmest of soul. With winter just around the corner, this song is the perfect hot water bottle and blanket rolled into one.
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TROYE SIVAN – YOUTH
Upon first impressions, anyone could write off Troye Sivan’s latest track as a run of the mill chart hit. Following the introductory voice warbling accompanied only by a heavy beat, the song comes into its own.
The hook “My youth/My youth is yours” plays out explosively, with rapid-fire snare and synthesized cries only adding to the climactic chorus.
A dash of arrogance and a touch of unoriginality are key ingredients to the track’s final product. Similarly to Justin Bieber’s ‘Where Are Ü’ and Major Lazer’s ‘Lean on’, ‘YOUTH’ presents an irresistibly catchy hook you’re sure to find yourself whistling for days.
LOWER THAN ATLANTIS – THE REASON
Starting off the newly released track with addictive guitar solos and harmonies, Lower Than Atlantis have once again created a track which instantly gets your feet tapping and attempting to lip sync to the song.
The band from Hertfordshire have not disappointed, creating a phenomenal sound that has created so much hype for not only the band but also their new album.