Little Mix – ‘Touch’


Britain’s favourite girl group are still living their Glory Days, also the title of their fourth studio album. If ‘Shout Out to My Ex’ wasn’t every teenage girls theme song of 2016, then ‘Touch’ is definitely on the cards of being 2017’s strong contender.

The dance-pop quartet are keeping their ties with the electro-pop club classics, producing music that can really pick up a long night, and keep you on your feet till it’s time to call an Über.

7/10
Words by Isha Shah @ishaphotos

Code Orange – ‘Ugly’
http://bbc.in/2hQ2iPf (Skip to 1:37:01)

With their 3rd full-length album, Forever, less than a week away from release, Pittsburgh hardcore group Code Orange have unveiled a new track titled ‘Ugly’. From the off-set comparisons can be drawn to the gothic sounds of Type O Negative, with the droning verses giving off early Nirvana vibes. The choruses shy away from the sound expected of the band, taking on an aggressive grunge style.

Though ‘Ugly’ doesn’t necessarily conform to what we have come to expect from them, this level of experimentation and flexibility proves Code Orange’s upcoming release is set to propel the band to new heights.

8/10
Words by Maddy Howell @mongolhorde

Ed Sheeran- ‘Shape Of You’


Opening 2017 with a short video  announcing the release of new music on January 1st, Ed Sheeran flung himself into the charts with his two new singles ‘Shape of You’ and ‘Castle on the Hill’.
Releasing both tracks at the same time, ‘Shape of You’ is arguably better. With a pre-chorus that hints a similarity to TLC’s ‘No Scrubs’, perhaps this is one of the reasons it’s so familiarly catchy.
Featuring the well-known Sheeran sound, jam packed with lyrics and a repetitive beat, this track has already gained major popularity and it’s no wonder why.

8/10
Words by Phoebe Randall @pheebsok

Rag’n’Bone Man – ‘Human’
It’s incredibly rare in this day and age, amongst the mass of unoriginal pop artists to find not only a blues artist but a blues artist with a voice so stunning that it can captivate any audience. Brits Critics Choice 2017 Winner and BBC Sound of 2017 runner up Rag’n’Bone Man is this precious rarity. His latest single ‘Human’ is, to put it in a word, sublime. It’s raspy, bluesy and dripping in raw emotion. The sincerity in the lyrics making the track even more sensational.
8/10
Words by Hayley Millross @hayleywhispers

Frank Carter – ‘Modern Ruin’


For all those worrying about the heaviness of punk hard-hitter Frank Carter need worry no longer as latest single alleviates all qualms. No doubt to cause havoc at shows, Carter shows that there is more influence from his work in Gallows than Pure Love in the new album. Along with the new single comes brilliant news that the album will be released a whole week earlier than originally announced due to an upcoming tour alongside the mighty Biffy Clyro.

Words by Charlie Hill

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