Writing throughout the year can sometimes be a daunting experience, but as each month progresses, we get to experience different moments with different people. Last week, we got chatting to parents of children who were just starting school, many reminiscing on their memories from past school days. It brought us into the topic of youth which quickly moved us into the topic of university and adulthood. As I write this, many friends left home this weekend to start their new lives at universities across the world. It’s an emotional time for everyone but something that enables us to stay calm and reminisce with fondness on the past is music. Artists, songs, records and playlists all have a place in our hearts and this week, we have a host of new music that could provide a soundtrack for those meeting new friends this weekend. We hope you enjoy this week’s selection of Tracks of the Week just as much as we did.
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.
As we approach the summer, it seems as if celebrations are in order. The exam season is coming to an end for students, Glastonbury is just around the corner and a host of artists have just released new music for everyone to enjoy. Leading this week’s stunning collection of tracks are The Killers, who return for the first time since 2012 with The Man. Arcade Fire continue their preparation ahead of the release of upcoming album Everything Now, with the release of Creature Comfort.
As the summer breaks through, there’s a noticeable shift in the type of music releases that we get each week. Dance anthems seem to dominate the major releases whilst the biggest stars start to release new albums. This week sees French superstar DJ David Guetta team up with Justin Bieber for a legendary colaboration 2U. Royal Blood continue their preparation ahead of their pending album release with the releases of latest track I Only Lie When I Love You.
We are staggeringly almost halfway through 2017 already and the standard of music we have had in the past five months is something we could have only dreamed of. As festival season approaches, the world’s biggest and best artists will be travelling around the world to perform to thousands of people. In light of recent events, we feel that it’s necessary to point out that no matter what happens, we will fight through it. For the people who died having seen their idol Ariana Grande perform in Manchester and for the people who died whilst just wanting to have a great night out in London, we need to continue living our lives to the fullest. The barbaric beliefs of Islamic extremism will never prevail over the love and unity of our society. Instead of destroying us, we are stronger than ever and we will continue going to see our favourite artists, some of which are on this list here. Here are our Tracks of the Week with in depth reviews. We hope you enjoy and in the meantime, stay safe and keep living your lives to the fullest.
Who can believe that we are already six months into 2017? It’s been an incredible first half of the year and it looks like the music releases are continuing to be stronger than ever. This week sees Foo Fighters make a surprise return with the release of Run, whilst Canadian alternative outfit Arcade Fire lay down the foundations for their fifth album with Everything Now.
It’s March already and now we are starting to really get into the part of the year that shows us who is going to dominate the music scene for 2017. We’ve already seen new releases from The xx, Stormzy and Ed Sheeran and have had hints of what is to come from Katy Perry alongside rumours of new music on the way from Kasabian and Royal Blood but this week is dominated by two huge artists coming back with new music in 2017: Lorde and alt-j. Here are our tracks of the week alongside in depth reviews.