Two For Tunesday: 12th July 2016

Two Door Cinema Club – Are We Ready (Wreck)

Returning with their first new material since 2012’s ‘Beacon’, Two Door Cinema Club are back with new track ‘Are We Ready (Wreck)’, which is lifted from the trio’s forthcoming third album ‘Gameshow’, out in October.

What’s most notable about Two Door’s return is just how big ‘Are We Ready (Wreck)’ sounds. Its children’s choir “nah-nah-nah”ing sounds like it was built for arenas, whilst its lopping bass and layered finale is as slick as the County Down boys have ever sounded. The accompanying video is a clever and sleek production, with the band paying homage to the track’s lyrics as they feature in clips for airlines, beer and pills. ‘Are We Ready (Wreck)’ might not be as instant as anything off the band’s debut LP ‘Tourist History’ but rest assured, when it clicks, it sounds as good as Two Door Cinema Club have ever sounded.

Tinie Tempah – Mamacita 

Tinie Tempah keeps momentum rolling following the success of ‘Girls Like’ with the next single from his forthcoming third album ‘Youth’, out in September. The Wizkid-featuring ‘Mamacita’ has a clear Latin influence whilst maintaining the London rapper’s signature sound.

The Latin influence on ‘Mamacita’ works well, with brass instruments featured throughout, played out in the background over Tempah’s signature wrapping. As with ‘Girls Like’, Tinie’s new track ‘Mamacita’ may not be instant, but you’ll be singing along in no time, especially with Wizkid (who recently featured on Drake’s huge #1 smash ‘One Dance) providing vocals on the track’s memorable chorus. It has every potential to dominate the airwaves all summer long.






Two For Tunesday: 5th July 2016

Bastille – Good Grief

London based Bastille seemingly came out of nowhere in 2013, bursting onto the scene with their debut LP ‘Bad Blood’ which in turn produced a string of hits, including ‘Of The Night’ and ‘Pompeii’. Following on from a lengthy world tour, Dan Smith and company are back with ‘Good Grief’, the first track to be taken from their up-and-coming second album ‘Wild World’.

Beginning with an excerpt from Weird Science, ‘Good Grief’ is an upbeat pop number that boasts a bouncy chorus to rival that of their biggest hits. “Every minute and every hour, I miss you, I miss you, I miss you,” Smith sings, on a track that will no doubt dominate airwaves and festival fields over the summer. ‘Good Grief’ is infectious from beginning to end and whilst the track is a slight departure from the band’s previous material, it’s distinctive enough to maintain the unique Bastille sound.

The Last Shadow Puppets – Miracle Aligner

The Last Shadow Puppets, the collaborative duo consisting of Alex Turner & Miles Kane, are set to release the swooning ‘Miracle Aligner’ as the next single from their second LP ‘Everything You’ve Come To Expect’.

The track is built on a simple melody and features Alex Turner’s soothing vocals, backed by a raucous drum beat and an infectious chorus. The second coming of The Last Shadow Puppets has been somewhat overshadowed by Turner and Kane’s derogatory comments towards women and as Turner croons “Get down on your knees, get down on your knees again,” it’s safe to say the duo aren’t helping themselves. That aside, it’s hard not to enjoy ‘Miracle Aligner’, especially alongside it’s accompanying video which features the duo dressed in their best dinner jackets whilst dancing in a elaborate ball room setting.

Two For Tunesday: 7th June 2016

Clean Bandit feat. Louisa Johnson – Tears

After almost a year out of the spotlight, Clean Bandit are back with the first single to be taken from their as-yet-untitled second studio LP, and have enlisted the help of most recent X Factor winner Louisa Johnson on guest vocals.

What’s most striking about ‘Tears’ is its structure. The track is multi-layered and a minute in, completely changes direction. Clean Bandit’s production is slick and innovative but it’s Johnson’s vocals that really take the limelight. It’s a resounding comeback that has every potential to be one of the songs of the summer.

A band’s second album is often dubbed their most difficult, especially if they’ve enjoyed success with the predecessor. It would appear, based on ‘Tears’ alone, that Clean Bandit look set to dispel this theory, as they have managed to evolve their sound effortlessly, whilst not losing complete track of their identity. With ‘Tears’ already a top ten hit and growing in airplay, it would appear that Clean Bandit have a very bright summer ahead.

Mumford & Sons feat. Babba Maii – There Will Be Time

Mumford & Sons are a funny one. Their first two albums drew widespread critical acclaim and even propelled the band to a headline Glastonbury slot, despite sounding extremely similar and at times mundane. It was last year’s ‘Wilder Mind’ album that grabbed my attention though, a breath of fresh air and an album that ditched the banjos in favour of a more guitar driven sound. Following a recent tour of South Africa, the band are gearing up to release new EP ‘Johannesburg’, and from it comes first single ‘There Will Be Time’.

‘There Will Be Time’ begins with Senegalese artist Babba Maii with an introduction that doesn’t sound too dissimilar to that of ‘Circle of Life’, before the distinctive vocals of Marcus Mumford take centre stage. The song builds before a rousing finale, a typical Mumford & Sons singalong chorus. Whilst ‘There Will Be Time’ is soulful and enjoyable and benefits well from its clear African influence (mainly thanks to its feature from Babba Maii), it’s far too reminiscent of the band’s early work for my liking.

Two For Tunesday: 1st March

Richard Ashcroft – This Is How It Feels

Frontman of The Verve, Richard Ashcroft is back with the first single from his forthcoming 5th studio album entitled ‘These People’, which hits shelves in May.

‘This Is How It Feels’ is Richard Ashcroft’s first new music in over 6 years and has already received approval from former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher who tweeted: “Ashcroft gives power get up you bunch of lazy tarts”. ‘This Is How It Feels’ channels the spirit of The Verve but lacks in conviction. At over 5 minutes in length, the track is too long and lacks staying power. It’s a far cry from Ashcroft’s best solo work, 2007’s ‘Keys To The World’ and is unlikely to win The Verve frontman any new fans. A disappointing return.

Tinie Tempah – Girls Like

Following on from his recent mixtape ‘Junkfood’, Tinie Tempah is back with ‘Girls Like’, the second offering from his forthcoming third studio album, which is due for release later this year.

This commercial offering perfectly combines Tempah’s mix of rap and catchy hooks, this time provided by Sweedish singer Zara Larsson. It’s another slice of radio friendly music that is bound to dominate the airwaves over the coming weeks. One can only wonder however, how long Tinie Tempah can churn out this formula before it becomes tiresome.

Two For Tunesday: 23rd February 2016

Catfish & The Bottlemen – Soundcheck

“I feel like the last album was the support band, or even the soundcheck and this one’s the headliner,” Van McCann said in regards to Catfish & The Bottlemen’s forthcoming second album. The band have released teaser track ‘Soundcheck’, the first new material since their critically acclaimed debut album ‘The Balcony’.

On first listen ‘Soundcheck’ certainly lives up to its billing of being louder and more brash than anything off the group’s first record. ‘Soundcheck’ is the sound of Catfish experimenting, broadening their musical horizons but maintaining the rawness of their original sound. It’s an exciting step forward for a band that look set to continue to build on the hype and success they’ve already become accustomed too.

Jake Bugg – On My One

Whereas Jake Bugg’s self-titled debut album received many plaudits, it was follow up ‘Shangri La’ that really grabbed my attention. Following intensive touring of the album, Bugg took a break last year, before returning to the studio to begin work on its follow up. Last week Bugg released ‘On My One’, the first taster from his forthcoming third album.

“I’m just a poor boy from Nottingham, I had my dreams but in this world they are gone,” Bugg sings in this slow, laid back number. At just over two minutes in length, ‘On My One’ doesn’t give too much away but is decent enough and further proof that Bugg is continuing to evolve as a musician.

Two For Tunesday: 16th February 2016

Rudimental – Rumour Mill 

Featuring vocals from Anne-Marie and Will Heard, Rumour Mill is the next track to be lifted from Rudimental’s ‘We The Generation’ album, which went to No.1 back in October of last year. 

The song strays from Rudimental’s usual drum and bass style and opts for a slightly more mainstream approach. Vocalists Anne-Marie and Will Heard take turns on the verses before combining together for the song’s chorus. The distinct sound of Rudimental trumpets are present throughout and, despite being catchy enough, ‘Rumour Mill’ lacks the firepower that previous Rudimental singles have possessed. 

Travis – 3 Miles High

Scottish outfit Travis release ‘3 Miles High’, the second single to be taken from their forthcoming 8th studio album ‘Everything At Once’ due for release at the end of April. 

Whereas the album’s title track strayed from Travis’ usual formula, ‘3 Miles High’  is the perfect slice of guitar filled pop that we’ve come to expect from Travis over a career spanning more than two decades. Whilst Travis’ early work remains their best, ‘3 Miles High’ is heaps better than anything off the group’s 2013 album ‘Where We Stand’ and should invest interest in the band’s forthcoming album. The track’s video, directed by frontman Fran Healy and shot in his home of Berlin, sees the group hoisted on to the torsos of strongman athletes in adult-sized baby harnesses and walked around the city. The video is all very silly but maintains the band’s sense of humour, which has been present throughout their very decorated career.

TWO FOR TUNESDAY: 9th February 2016

Lukas Graham – 7 Years

Lukas Graham has seemingly come out of nowhere as he heads for No.1 this week with his breakthrough single ‘7 Years’.

Originating from Denmark, Lukas Graham’s ‘7 Years’ recalls the singers childhood along with his hopes and dreams. It details smoking weed aged just 11 as well as looking forward to the future. “I couldn’t go any further than 60 because my father died at 61,” Graham, 27, has said. ‘7 Years’ is highly emotive and catchy throughout and would be well deserving of the No.1 spot this week, should it cling on to its midweek position. ‘7 Years’ is lifted from the ‘Lukas Graham’ album, due out at the end of next month.

Foals – Birch Tree

‘What Went Down’ was, in my opinion, the best record of 2015. Ahead of the band’s headline arena shows which start later this week, Foals release ‘Birch Tree’, the third single from the LP.

‘Birch Tree’ is all about the nostalgia of the place you grew up in and is both wonderfully laid back and catchy. Speaking about the track, lead singer Yannis Philippakis said: “This was written when me and Jimmy were hungover in Utrecht, onstage doing a soundcheck. It felt kind of consoling at the time. Then we worked on it in Oxford, then I got really into this boxy old drum machine, and so the kind of hip-hop quality of the groove came from that. It feels summery to me, it has a sense of what West Coast music should be.” The accompanying video, whilst simplistic, manages to cover the essence of the track perfectly. Another triumph from one of the UK’s most exciting bands.