This week’s Tracks of the Week represents five months since The Music Radar UK was founded. In this time, we’ve managed to achieve a huge amount, from keeping everyone up to date with the latest news to highlighting some of the brightest new artists. A feature that has always remained a constant pleasure to bring you is our Tracks of the Week feature. This week sees a wonderful selection of tracks from artists that are both established and upcoming. Have a listen to some of these tracks as there is definitely something for everyone and we look forward to continue bringing you features in the future.
The more 2017 progresses, the more we think how fortunate we are to have escaped 2016. Week by week we have been given stunning selections of new music and this week is no different. With an eclectic list of established artists and rising stars, all having released new tracks this week, there is something for everyone to listen to. Here are our Tracks of the Week alongside in depth reviews.
Gang Signs and Prayer is full of the unexpected. Yes, it’s often classic Stormzy, hitting with hard bars, easy put downs and aggressive beats. But it also features him singing, backed by sparse soul-styled organ melodies (and, at one point, MNEK), exposing something far more fragile. The grandstanding, swaggering verses Stormzy has made his name with are balanced by songs with lyrics full of introspection and personal experience. Sometimes, the tone is more akin to the work produced by another South London MC with a recently released album – Loyle Carner. Gang Signs and Prayer can often be jarring, jumping straight from the quiet Blinded by Your Grace Part 1 into the heavy bombast of recent single Big for Your Boots, for example. Stormzy seems to want you to go along with this. He asks you to trust his vision. And, by and large, I think you should.
Chance The Rapper, Skepta and The Weeknd will headline the Finsbury Park Festival.
A true celebration of grime from the genre’s very own founder.