As ever, there is a daily mountain of fresh new music to consume – here’s what we think you’d be best spending your time listening to…
Kelis – ‘Jerk Ribs’
Kelis has ALWAYS been amazing with each album she presents a different version of herself and in 2010, she excelled within the release of the incredible ‘Flesh Tone’, which reimagined the R&B vocalist as a bold dancefloor diva. Now, three years later, Kelis is ready to offer new music as she recently revealed that her sixth studio album is now complete – remarking on Twitter that “it sounds like love and summer balled up into one!”
The first taster of the album is presented on new track ‘Jerk Ribs’, which is an irresistibly funky, percussion driven and horn heavy affair that enraptures throughout and builds to a heady, euphoric climax. The vocal is smoky and enigmatic whilst the husky tones to her voice are mesmerising as ever.
Dragonette – ‘Giddy Up’
Martina, Dan and Joel offer ‘Giddy Up’ as the fourth official release from their completely brilliant third studio album ‘Bodyparts’. The single presents something different to previous releases but it is in keeping with their relentlessly infectious sound and inescapable hooks, whilst Martina teases and seduces with her quick tongued delivery.
Sia – ‘Kill And Run’
Sia is truly phenomenal, her own solo work has taken a back seat in recent years as her career as a songwriter has gone stratospheric in penning monster smash hits for the likes of Rihanna, David Guetta and Ne-Yo. Later this year, Sia will release her fifth studio album which serves as the follow-up to the amazingly brilliant ‘We Are Born’. Until then, fans should be content with this new offering ‘Kill And Run’, which features on the forthcoming film soundtrack to Baz Lurhman’s latest movie ‘The Great Gatsby’.
‘Kill And Run’ is a chilling, atmospheric brooding piano led song that swells orchestral arrangements and soars with the impassionaed and impressive vocal delivery – it’s altogether rather beautiful.
Diana VIckers – ‘Cinderella’
Three years ago, Diana Vickers offered her outstanding debut release ‘Songs From The Cherry Tree’, since then she has been working on the follow-up. The interviening years since its release have seen several demos frustratingly leak onto the internet, and have also seen Diana leave her deal with Sony and sign with an independent label which is home to Matt Cardle and Joshua Radin.
The new album entitled ‘Songs To Make Boys Cry’ is now complete and has been crafted with an impressive list of fine and taleneted writers and producers, in the main, Miranda Cooper of amazing writing and production house Xenomania. ‘Cinderella’ serves as the first single and is available from 21st July. The track itself is a vibrant, uplifting number that tells of a love that runs passionately and deeply. Diana’s breathy ethereal vocal shimmers against the electro pop backbeat – absolutely gorgeous!
Jessie Ware – ‘Love Thy Will Be Done’
The extraordinary Jessie Ware has uploaded a cover of the Prince penned Martika classic ‘Love Thy Will Be Done’ to her official SoundCloud page. The arrangement on this interpretation remains fairly faithful to the original, of course, to be expected the vocal is exquisitely elegant.
Tegan And Sara – ‘I Was A Fool’
Tegan and Sara’s latest album ‘Heartthrob’ is completely magnificent and genuinely remarkable – the invigorated sound suits their familiar lyrical content and stylisings. The second single from the record is to be ‘I Was A Fool’ which is a gloriously fine choice. The delicate moody piano strains and lyrical contemplation which ponders the uncertainty of a relationship “still I stuck around, I did behave, I saved you every time, I was a fool for love” makes for a potent and command listen. The video was captured by Shane Drake (Paramore, Kelly Clarkson), the action centres upon the emotional journey an individual takes during the break-up for a relationship and features a strong yet sombre performance from American TV actress Mae Whitman.
The Matthew Dear remix of ‘I Was A Fool’ is a mighty fine alternative reworking, it is darker and buzzes relentlessly but retains the emotion held within the lyrics and vocal delivery.