Jens Lekman : Life Will See You Now

Jens Lekman : Life Will See You Now

Anyone who knows me knows that I love a Swede and a story, so when the two come together in such wonderful unison as they do on Jens Lekman’s fourth album “Life Will See You Now”, I’m in my own personal pop heaven. The songwriting is impressively strong. The lyrics offer up an glorious mix of whimsy, darkness and vulnerability. There is a thread of pessimism that strings the tracks together and yet the stories are delivered in a catchy, upbeat manner with the clever use of disco beats and…

Muna : About U

Muna : About U

My first big album recommendation of the year is Muna’s pretty fantastic ‘About U’. It’s a veritable synth pop feast…but with depth and meaning! This marvellous trio of queer females from LA have produced an album that everyone can relate to. Songs about love, heartbreak, friendship and correcting past wrongs are all presented in a swirl of slick production that is both euphoric and melancholic at the same time. There are many standout tracks on the album. The melodrama of “Crying On The Bathroom Floor” is delicious. “Loudspeaker’ about self-acceptance…

Top 25 Albums of 2016

Top 25 Albums of 2016

Well, 2016 may have been a horrible year in many respects but musically speaking it was actually pretty decent with some cracking albums being released. Here is my pick of the best 25 albums of 2016. These are in no particular order but it I have to give a special shoutout to my top 5 then I think I can safely say that offerings from Shura, The Jezebels, Arthur Beatrice, School of Seven Bells and Montaigne pushed all of my emotional and pleasure buttons in a million good ways. Check…

Rebecca Ferguson : Superwoman

Rebecca Ferguson : Superwoman

Rebecca Ferguson’s 4th studio album, Superwoman, sees the former X Factor finalist back on fighting form. Her first album, Heaven, was a delightful surprise that demonstrated the highly talented Liverpudlian was going to be more than just a flash in the pop factory pan. Her second album, Freedom, was equally as strong if a little bit glossy in parts but didn’t quite garner the same success as her debut. Then came the album of Billie Holiday covers which, if I’m honest, I found a little bit of a snore despite…

The Naked And The Famous : Simple Forms

The Naked And The Famous : Simple Forms

I love absolutely everything about The Naked And Famous’ new album ‘Simple Forms’. The band really have created their own sound- Indie meets rock meets electropop – going from strength to strength with each of their albums, completely owning and honing their sound. ‘Simple Forms’ is jam packed with rousing tunes with anthemic choruses. Drums and guitars weave and interlace with synths and electro beats all held together by Alisa Xayalith and Thom Powers’ heavenly yet powerful vocals. Without wanting to put down the individuality of the band, imagine Chvrches…

6 albums that you should be listening to right now!

6 albums that you should be listening to right now!

Here is my pick of the latest albums that you should be listening to right now! 1. Solange – A Seat At The Table Solange’s 3rd album which she calls her “project on identity, empowerment, independence, grief and healing” is rich and soulful. An R&B rule-breaker, there are no discernible singles on the album but that by no means makes it weak. There is plenty to love here and it’s simplicity is its strength. 2. Sophie Ellis Bextor – Familia Don’t be put off by the garish (and rather cheap…

Petite Meller : Lil Empire

Petite Meller : Lil Empire

French jazzy pop songstress, Petite Meller, is something of an enigma. If you’ve seen any of her madcap yet captivating videos, you could say that she’s an alternative Lady Gaga. Neither the real name nor the age of the childlike philosophy student are known but at the end of the day, who cares! The music from this gamine chanteuse is so fresh, vibrant and uplifting that you just want to get out of your chair and freestyle dance just like she does. She dropped her debut album ‘Lil Empire’ without…

Old Crush : Yo Yo Honey – Voodoo Soul

Old Crush : Yo Yo Honey – Voodoo Soul

Yo Yo Honey’s first (and last) album ‘Voodoo Soul’ sounds as fresh and intoxicating today as it did when it was first released back in 1991. There are some albums out there that just remain timeless and this is one of them. You are highly likely to never have heard of Yo Yo Honey or the album and yet it was one of the decade’s most important underground soul scene albums. Sonically, it recalls the multi-layered, atmospheric, symphonic, electronic soul that Marvin Gaye pioneered. Original producer Mike Peden was a…

Montaigne : Glorious Heights

Montaigne : Glorious Heights

It’s been a long time coming but, my goodness, it was well worth the wait. Australian indie pop artist Jessica Cerro, who goes by the moniker Montaigne, has delivered a truly sensational debut album in the form of ‘Glorious Heights’. The album cover itself, a kind of homage to Dungeons and Dragons, Tomb Raider and He-Man (or She-Ra perhaps?) all rolled in to one, provides a promise of what the long player has to offer: a fearless magical tour de force. An album that sprawls across so many genres of…

Bright Light Bright Light : Choreography

Bright Light Bright Light : Choreography

The third album offering from independent electro pop musician, Rod Thomas, is a pretty joyful homage to 1980’s movie soundtracks with a nod to new romanticism thrown in for good measure. Thomas, who records under the stage name of Bright Light, Bright Light (fittingly inspired by 80’s blockbuster ‘Gremlins’), surprisingly hasn’t had much chart success to date, not that it’s stopped him from building up quite the fan base globally and has seen him support big names such as Ellie Goulding and Elton John (who is his long-term mentor) on…