Following last night’s spectacular Mercury Prize ceremony, we obviously have to give our upmost congratulations to Sampha, the well deserved winner of this year’s prize, whose debut album is a clear reason as to why new releases and debut albums are so pivotal to the music industry. For those wanting to see what all the fuss is about, check out the review for Sampha’s Process from our very own Jamie Hancock in our album review section. Aside from the Mercury Prize, there’s a sensational list of new releases today, headed up by the incredible Foo Fighters, who release their seventh studio album Concrete & Gold, a record which combines the rock band’s signature sounds into one completely brilliant album. The Killers continue their teasing trickle of releases as well with Some Kind Of Love.
It always seems to amaze us here at The Music Radar UK when we realise that we are compiling the final brilliant mix of tracks from a certain month. This week, we say adieu to August, a month which whilst might not have been hot in temperature, was hot for many other reasons, noticeably the amount of brilliant new artists that have emerged from the shadows to claim some light for their own. As some of the world’s most revered bands, singers, acts and DJ’s display staggering sets across the fields of Reading, Leeds, Creamfields, SW4, Victorious and many more festivals this bank holiday weekend, we can only wish that you have the best of times. Some of the artists on display this weekend have released new tracks this week and whether or not you have managed to hear them, we have some of them reviewed for you right here, so fear not, have a rest to pass the hangover of the last night and enjoy this week’s selection of Tracks of the Week.
It’s astounding to believe that we are nearing the end of not just another month but another season. With stunning weather over a month ago, the summer kicked off in style with huge anthems and as we prepare for the chaotic even that is Reading & Leeds festival this weekend, we are constantly reminded of 2017’s glorious releases from artists across the line up. Leading the way this week is a rock band that can only be described as titanic. Having headlined Reading & Leeds themselves in 2014, Queens of the Stone Age release their highly anticipated seventh album Villains upon a heap of rumours that they are going to perform a secret set at Reading today.