“Initiation is a winning follow-up with its slight shift in tone pushing their music up another step with a more convincing conviction in the eerie, distinct layers.”
Bermondsey wordsmith, Young Mad B has been throwing his honest, passionate words about for the last few years via his 2010 debut album, Only One Me, and various mix tapes, such as 1Life1Goal1Dream and the first parts of the ‘Malbum’ series. But, his new album Stress Relief – the third part of the ’Malbum’ instalment – is daring enough to push him further into the prosperous whirlpool of South London rappers emerging right now.
Stress Relief features the musician’s collaboration with fellow I Records signee, Dru Blu, in ‘Find A Way’. Gigi Daai’s contribution on the emotive, piano driven ‘Big Homie’ expresses a more reflective side, while Emshey’s fluttering vocals on ‘Meditation’, paired with an electro beat, give it a glossier texture. The record lands on 18th November.
‘Find A Way’ feat. Dru Blu.
Vampire Weekend’s Chris Baio has put out his second solo EP, ‘Mira’.
My review of Swearin’s second album, ‘Surfing Strange’ on Planet Notion.
“For a first EP, We Prefer It in the Dark is definitely an enticing collection, where everything works very well together. But, were Bat and Ball to just let loose a little more and experiment, a debut album could well be a wonder to behold.”
“Whatever you were up to, AMP feels like it sums up the summer, and it’s cruelly arrived – in the best possible way.”
Model Aeroplanes are set to release their debut single, ‘Crazy’, on 16th September. The track streams indie-pop influences, swaying towards Bombay Bicycle Club with the smoothness of Two Door Cinema Club. It’s a shame they’re not called ‘Model Aeroplanes Club’ just to carry on that trend.
The Dundee teenagers lure you into ‘Crazy’ through their tight, spontaneous hooks, festival anthem-worthy lyrics and lively drums – the kind where the drummer would be actually bouncing off their drum stool. It’s a promising start from Model Aeroplanes.
“Raffertie’s ability to woo with impressively snappy production and equally as breezy vocals, mean that he’s definitely made up for lost time on the album front with ‘Sleep of Reason’”
So much brilliant new music this week!
Creeping slowly back onto the scene with a few demos and covers, Clare Maguire is about to 100% make her mark again, proven in her new track ‘Paper Thin’. It streams the same beautiful, distinct voice as heard on her 2011 debut, ‘Light After Dark’, but music-wise it feels like it’s from a different place and the strong product of a new direction.
Simplistic keys and slow-burning drums churn their way through, complimenting her trembling tone. The ending shows a more determined focus with pressing tongue-twister lyrics – “Looking at you, knowing you were long gone but I couldn’t get through, couldn’t get through to ya” – over the shaking beat, which nearly takes off into some kind of downtempo dance track. WONDERFUL.