The English singer/songwriter Jake Bugg from Nottingham returns with his 4th studio album, blowing up at just the age of 17 with his self-titled album which earned him a lot of praise and rewards, especially with tunes like “Two Fingers” as well as “Lightning Bolt”. Since then, we’ve seen Bugg mature as he continues to discover his sound, which to some has been a delight and to others a disappointment. Nevertheless, at just 23, he’s opened for acts like Lana Del Ray, Example, Michael Kiwanuka as well as earning a contract with label Mercury.
Following many live performances as headlining act across the world, Dave Grohl’s Foo Fighters are back with their ninth album ‘Concrete & Gold’. Whilst their last two records ‘Sonic Highways’ and ‘Saint Cecilia EP’ were more conceptual, the 2014 one inspired by legendary US cities the band would visit, this album shows different sides to Foo Fighters that pull you in, all whilst straying true to their sound.
They’re back! The Brooklyn, US band fronted by the brilliant James Murphy, who re-grouped in beginning 2016 finally gift us with their 4th studio album, a long awaited 7 year since ‘This Is Happening’. Headlining Coachella, Lollapalooza and more festivals along the way last year, we’ve had to wait a bit longer than what was planned for ‘American Dream’ which was originally set for 2016, however the band as well as Murphy continuously kept fans updated and took time from their tour to finish it off.
Coming from little Old Town of Chapin, in South Carolina, where he was born and raised, Samuel Ervin Beam, a.k.a, Iron & Wine, has already released five full length studio albums and has achieved an immense success for the simplicity he prints into his music. The formula is the more than known in the Folk Genre, marvelously applied in this case by Sam. He his back now with the release of his new work titled “Beast Epic”. But is it really?
Grizzly Bear was the nickname of Ed Droste’s boyfriend at the same time that the band was actually just a solo project in 2002. Two years later he releases his first work with the collaboration of his to be drummer, Christopher Bear. “Horn of Plenty” was an Hypnotizing piece performed live with their to be bassist Chris Taylor. However Ed remember those first shows as their worse and resembles the band only really starts when Daniel Rossen, an old friend from jazz camp, joined them live with another guitar. And the whole scary situation of a solo project was gone with the wind for the somehow shy Ed.
Jack Steadman, Bombay Bicycle Club’s front man has taken flight under the name Mr Jukes, releasing his debut album ‘God First’ under the label Island Records. Inspired for his love of jazz, funk and soul, he took on the role of composing, producing as well as playing on this album, including a lot of sampling records from all backgrounds. His discovery for musical tastes go from Japan to North London, never stopping short of surprising listeners with what he can do in one track.
All the way from Queens, New York, The Frightnrs are a rocksteady, reggae band that use classic tones, all whilst reinventing them for a newer generation. Teaming up with musician and producer Victor “Ticklah” Axelrod, who’s worked with the Dap Kings as well as Sharon Jones, he would produce their second EP and album with the label Daptone Records. Even with tragedy striking this band, this album has brought a vintage varied reggae sound to what is considered the House of Soul without looking back.
American musician, singer-songwriter from Kansas City Kevin Morby, has released his fourth studio album ‘City Music’ under the label Dead Oceans. The indie/folk rock artist is known for having played bass for the band Woods and being the front man for The Babies before starting a solo career in 2013. On ‘City Music’, we’re introduced to a coming of age, optimistic mood of discovering a city, its urban tales and sights as you walk through places which are bigger than you but carry a personal meaning. Morby doesn’t lose sight of what’s nurtured him into who he is today, recounting experiences through different perspectives and analogies that are wrapped up in his Bob Dylan-like voice as well as melodic goodness.
It’s been 3 years since the Baltimore, US quartet came out with their fourth album ‘Singles’ released by 4AD, which saw them reach new heights. Consisting of Samuel herring (vocals), Gerrit Welmers (keyboard) and William Cashion (bass), the post-wave/synth-pop alternative band hasn’t always had this big of an audience for an album, touring 5 consecutive years after their third album ‘On the Water’ which was rushed by their label and ended in separation until 4AD signed them up for 3 albums. Since then, Future Islands have broken through to new listeners following their fourth album and have now re-enforced their sound with ‘The Far Field’.
They’re back, the Brighton duo consisting of Mike Kerr (vocals, bass) and Ben Thatcher (drums) with their hard/blues/garage rock sound have just released their second album ‘How Did We Get So Dark?’. This record has been highly anticipated, following their self-titled debut album in 2014 which won them numerous awards as well as being well received by critics, this band has shifted the sound spectrum of rock. Influenced with a mix of Queens of The Stone Age and Muse, the duo is back bigger and heavier than ever.