Following an entertaining halloween, we move into the penultimate month of 2017 with the return of one of hip hop’s finest groups. After seven years, the Pharrell Williams featuring N.E.R.D. return with a new single, Lemon, which features the one and only Rihanna. Making a move for album of the year this week is the hugely talented Sam Smith, who releases his second studio record The Thrill Of It All, three years after the release of his world-conquering debut.
With just over two months left of 2017, it’s startling to look back at some of the trends of the year. Huge comebacks, great breakout stars and sensational festivals are just a few things that the year will be remembered for. One thing that pop fans will surely not forget is the changing dynamic of Taylor Swift, whose switch to a rougher and darker style of pop has given her a new image. Swift returns again this week with yet another single, this time called Gorgeous whilst indie giants MGMT release their first single in four years called Little Dark Age.
With the latest release of It gathering momentous acclaim across the globe, it seems perfectly that we have a set of new releases out on Friday 13th. With Halloween just a few weeks away, expect a few more surprises around the corner. Whilst shocks and surprises are common in October, we have a few brilliant surprises for the music world this week. Following brother Liam Gallagher’s spectacular solo debut record, Noel Gallagher returns with the first track from his third album with the High Flying Birds called Holy Mountain.
The first week of each month always brings about an air of anticipation of what could come and it’s safe to say that October has brought out the big guns already. Earlier this year, we were luckily enough to hear the stadium anthem Wall of Glass from former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher. This week, the legendary singer brings out his first ever debut album As You Were, an album which finally brings out the quality we’ve been expecting from him.
As universities continue to go back, we look at the final week of September with a nostalgic fondness. Already we’ve had stunning album releases from Foo Fighters and The Killers and this week completes a great month of music with the release of Wolf Alice’s second studio record Visions Of A Life. Making a surprise return to music this week as well is pop’s most renowned diva Beyoncé, who lends her vocals to J Balvin’s track Mi Gente.
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.