Single Review: Disclosure (feat. Lorde) – Magnets

Disclosure have gradually curated an iconic sound, a sound that when you hear it you immediately know that it’s them. On their new single ‘Magnets’ it’s no different with R&B infused house, the little subtle synths etching in and out and to top it off a perfectly chosen featuring artist, in this case the New Zealander Lorde.

Her voice accompanies the production beautifully and it is one of the stand out tracks on their new album Caracal. Do not listen if you’re prone to having songs stuck in your head as it’s extremely catchy.

7/10

First published: September 28, 2015

Where?: https://audioaddictmag.co.uk/2015/09/28/now-playing-2892015/

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Single Review: Skepta (feat. Young Lord) – It Ain’t Safe

Bringing back those Channel U and Risky Roadz vibes Skepta teams up with A$AP Mobs Young Lord to deliver us his latest single in the build to his much anticipated album Konnichiwa. The second wave of grime is in full effect, but with the instrumentalists taking most of the spotlight this time around, it was time for the MC’s to respond. Wiley’s new album Snakes and Ladders is rising up the charts, and Skepta is ready to follow – it’s a good time to be a fan of grime. The track is a real head-bopper, the 8-bit bouncy beat combined with Skepta’s flow has a very nice old school feel to it. It’s a throwback, anyone who use to listen to Frontlinerz, Choong Family, or P2J Project, will definitely appreciate the sound – check out Giggs collaboration with B.O.B on ‘Don’t Go There’ for similar tracks. Young Lord sings the catchy chorus, with Skepta delivering the heat. Pure fire!

First published: November 10, 2014

Where?: https://noisecannon.com/2014/11/09/noise-of-the-week-031114/

Single Review: Drake – Days In The East

Whilst the media focused on the release of the controversial track ‘Draft Days’, on the undercurrent was the release of the much more sensual ‘Days In The East’. The day before ‘Days In The East’ was released Drake had openly criticised Chance the Rapper and a number of NBA and NFL players, whilst also expressing his affection for Hunger Games actress Jennifer Lawrence on ‘Draft Days’. Expectedly, this mounted a media fury, but as the dust began to settle the focus shifted, as the beautifully melodic ‘Days In The East’ took over.

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Single Review: John Newman – Out Of My Head

Having already had a taste of chart success with his critically acclaimed debut album Tribute, John Newman is out to shake up the charts again with his new single ‘Out Of My Head’. The track is the fourth single off the album, following on from previous successful singles ‘Cheating’, ‘Losing Sleep’ and the smash hit ‘Love Me Again’. Newman combines his iconic brassy vocals with a dramatic backdrop in his latest effort, in what looks to be another winning combination.

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