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FOXES – WICKED LOVE

You know when you’re on the street and you see an old friend you haven’t seen for years but it turns out to be someone else? In musical terms, the intro to Foxes’ new track bears an uncanny resemblance to The Calling’s classic track ‘Wherever You Will Go’; fortunately it’s set apart from the rest with a pair of techno glasses and some considerably more feminine falsetto vocals. ‘Wicked Love’ forces an instinctive head bopping jive.

The song has an easy going pop melody and a chorus that lingers in your head like the last drop of the bottle. It’s a pop song and it doesn’t try to be anything more, which is exactly why there should be no guilt attached to listening to Foxes’ voice over and over again.

7.5/10
RUPERT TAYLOR @0UTATIM3

LAWSON – MONEY

Having enjoyed a smidge of success with their debut album, Lawson have just released their brand new single, ‘Money’, from their forthcoming second album set to be released later in the year.

Whilst many rejoiced at the news of One Direction announcing their hiatus late last year, there were also many left with a large gaping hole in their lives. Luckily for the latter, if Lawson’s new single is anything to go by, they will well and truly be filling that void.

While the lyrics aren’t as appalling and dreary as this radio-friendly, bubble-gum pop like melody, it really is nothing short of dreadful.

2.0/10
ANDREW SHELLEY A_Shelley11

ZAYN – PILLOWTALK

After breaking the hearts of One Direction fans everywhere, Zayn Malik’s future solo career had a lot riding on it.

Releasing ‘Pillowtalk’ along with an artistic music video featuring model and girlfriend GiGi Hadid, it’s incredibly refreshing to see Malik using his newfound freedom to write music he believes in.

This track is one that gets better the more you listen to it; with a catchy chorus and an intro that you can imagine booming around the floor of a club, it’s clear to see that Zayn has moved away from the young teen audience One Direction once held.

6.0/10
PHOEBE RANDALL @pheebsok

ELTON JOHN – IN THE NAME OF YOU

As the piano solo is introduced and the drums slowly fade into the track, you’re instantly feeling nostalgic.  Guitar solos midway through the track really get your feet tapping and it’s clear the legend has still got it.

His latest album, Wonderful Crazy Night, is due to be dropped 5 February and if the album is anything like his previous work, as well as this latest single then, it will be another spectacular album.

Jumping from one element to another within the track, it’s quite clear that Rocketman is back!

9.0/10
JOSH ABRAHAM

KILLSWITCH ENGAGE – HATE BY DESIGN

After the success of 2013’s Disarm the Descent, Killswitch Engage look set to make an illustrious return. Their latest single ‘Hate By Design’ – the second release off upcoming album Incarnate – sees vocalist Jesse Leech exhibiting his signature growls once again, backed by chugging guitars and hammering drums.

Adrenaline-fueled riffs see the track following in the footsteps of predecessor ‘Strength Of Mind’; a distant call back to the old Killswitch Engage sound, holding tight to their founding roots of guitar-based metalcore and re-asserting their strong sense of self. If these tracks are anything to go by, Incarnate might just be their best album yet.

8.5/10
DAISY HEARN @DaisyHearn

EARL SWEATSHIRT – WIND IN MY SAILS

With a two minute and twenty second track, you’re generally in for a surprise. Earl Sweatshirt‘s ‘Wind In My Sails’ is no exception to that rule.

At first, when you hear the melody and rhythm in the initial 28 seconds of the track, it’s possible it may take you back, but rest assured Sweatshirt finds a way to structure his flow adequately to fit the beat.

As the song rapidly progresses, you expect the vocals to change however the track follows a monotonous approach. If you dig that, great! If not? That’s too bad.

5.0/10
STEPHANIE OSPINA @ospinamfj

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