The Round-Up (27/11/19)

Sorry – Rock ‘n’ Roll Star
Sorry take me back to 1920’s old Hollywood, glitz and glam pouring through the bleating sax and bouncing bassline. It’s as if you can see the cigarette smoke of a speakeasy in Asha’s vocals, a fierce but comforting grit as she sings about her rock n rollin’ romance. With a new album on the way, this single is giving me goosebumps in anticipation.

Baxter Drury – Slumlord
You can just eat this bloke’s music. It’s thick, juicy, full of cracking lines and means something different every time you listen to it – that’s good lyrics for ya.

Blossoms – The Keeper
A little mundane at the start, but by the end you’re rallying the neighbours for an impromptu street party, bunting and all. Not bad, just not terrific.

Bombay Bicycle Club – Everything Else Has Gone Wrong
Turning everything wrong, to something completely right! Bombay Bicycle Club have returned with a ray of hope, lyrics of escapism, and a tune to get you through the horrid British weather.

Callum Beattie – Nothing Hurts Like You
If you’re looking for a cathartic sing-a-long, look no further: Beattie’s latest single is a winner. Easy-going harmonies and a sprinkling of piano ivories, it’s a sweet treat for the ears. Lyrics fit for your best of times and your worst of times, Nothing Hurts Like You could never hurt ya.

Douglas Dare – Silly Games
Acoustic fruit for the melancholic among us; ‘Silly Games’ hits home in its narrative and its undertones – a promising new single.

The Big Moon – Take A Piece
More new stuff from the Irish quartet has me itching for a chance to scream this into the night at a gig of theirs, three beers in, loving life. Big Love for The Big Moon.

The Japanese House – Chewing Cotton Wool
I wish there were a service where I could book The Japanese House to come and sing to me as I curl up in a duvet and contemplate my life… maybe someday. For now, songs like this will have to do via headphones, albeit on repeat.

Mabel – Loneliest Time Of Year
Christmas can be less than festive when you feel like something’s missing, a feeling Mabel portrays succinctly in her latest track. Remove the mistletoe from sight, please, it’s time for some chrimbo crying.

Maggie Rogers – Love You For A Long Time
YES Maggie. The sound of ‘Love You For A Long Time’ is wholesome and pure, as is its message. Stick this on your road trip playlist, save it for sunset.

Mark Ronson, Anderson .Paak, Spies in Disguise – Then There Were Two
I love everything about this: the brass, the production, the grooooove. Ronson and .Paak – the collab we all truly needed.

Saytr Play – Honest Man
We got a little bit emosh listening to this track. It could have been another four boys from Manchester ‘waiting to make it big’, but it’s pulling on the ole heart strings in ways we weren’t expecting. You flirty, dirty boppers, Saytr Play. Keep up the good work.

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