We Bring You This Summers Hottest Downloads You Should be Listening To.
Stuck to know what to listen to while out in the Summer sun? Well SIXTY9 Magazine are on hand to help as Jon Fraser and Rubina Bala bring you the hottest downloads this season.
London Grammar – Truth is a Beautiful Thing
We hold London Grammar close to our heart here at SIXTY9° towers what with them meeting and forming whilst studying in Nottingham and with their first album being just so blooming brilliant. So when our review copy of Truth Is a Beautiful Thing arrived the office was hushed as streaming began… but not for too long. Beautiful as this sophomore release from the band it shows little progression in sound compared to the XX or the ridiculously underrated Arthur Beatrice for example – another of our favourite late night listens. Hannah Reid’s voice is simply stunning but in this company it’s not enough to make us play repeat.
Dua Lipa – Dua Lipa
With a fresh take on pop blending hip hop and soul with beautiful vocals, Dua Lipa has definitely been one to watch in 2017. Following on from the success of the huge hits Be The One, Hotter Than Hell, Blow Your Mind and Lost in Your Light .The 20 year old, who has been trying for most of her teenage years to make it in the music industry, finally has a release date for her self-named debut album coming on the 2nd of June. Expect an album of the ever relatable themes of love, relationships and break ups.
Alt-J – Relaxer
Mercury Prize winners Alt J return with a distinctly cinematic sound for their latest Long Player Relaxer. Teasing the release with an online game at altjband.com Lead single 3WW brings with it an obsession with binary that continues on second single In Cold Blood that features a new addition to the Leeds based electro indie pioneers sound – an impressively punchy horn section that’s as far more Hollywood than Headingley.
Halsey – Hopeless Fountain Kingdom
Two years after her debut album and after collaborating with Chainsmoker on their no 1 track Closer, Halsey is set to follow up 2015’s Badlands this summer. Dropping hints like a twitter treasure hunt, Halsey finally gave fans an April Easter egg with first release from the album Now or Never – which moves away from the Alt Pop of her first album and exploits a languid RnB bassline to full effect.
Lady Antebellum – Heart Break
A slightly misleading title as the song from which the award winning Lady Antebellum’s seventh studio album, Heart Break, takes its name is not about a heart breaking, but a heart taking a break. The break may also relate to band’s own recent hiatus which saw Kelley release his own solo album and tour and Scott announce her own gospel album made with her family. The new album release will be centre stage of an all new ‘world tour’ although, at the time of writing, the only dates announced are state side…
Nickleback – Feed the Machines
Nickleback will be returning on stage this summer with a new tour and their new album Feed The Machine; released on the 9th of June. It’s a long awaited return to form for Nickleback who took a break from music after their vocalist Chad Kroeger’s health issues led them to cancel their 2014-2015 tour. Feed the Machine is the band’s 9th album and if the title single is anything to go by, Nickleback are finally coming back with cascading drums, heavy guitar riffs and killer choruses in the proper old school rock way we love them for.
Lorde – Melodrama
The Grammy Award winning singer saw incredible success with her first single Royals at just 17, followed by a hugely successful debut album Pure Heroine but further single success in the UK has eluded her which leaves you to ask the question “was the cleverness of Royals just a fluke?” Despite a disproportionate amount of Radio 1 airplay, the first single from the album Melodrama just leaves us feeling grumpy. That sparse, nineties piano backing just makes us long for the good old days of house and instead and a proper old school hands in the hair dancefloor banger instead of the damp sparkler that results from uninspired production and a lyric that lacks intelligence or substance.
Gucci Mane – Drop Top Wizop
After featuring in Rae Sremurd’s Black Beatles and a post-prison album on the top of the R&B and Hip Hop charts, Gucci Mane returns with a new album and teaser freestyle Drop Top Wizop, still very much in his own well-known style. With an autobiography in the making you’re sure to hear much more of him in 2017.
Haim – Something to tell you
Four years after their 2013 Grammy nominated debut album Days Are Gone, the Haim sisters return with their long awaited second album release due 7th of July. Growing up in the Haim house must have been a blast as their parents obviously had great taste in music. With a sound that owes a huge amount to early eighties bands such as The Pretenders, Starship, Fleetwood Mac , the three sisters are back with a lead single that wouldn’t send out of place rolling over the credits over any Molly Ringwald movie and we love ‘em all the more for it.
Fall out boy – MANIA
Fall Out Boy’s seventh studio album won’t drop until the 15th of September this year, but the band have already started teasing fans through ambiguous clips and social media updates, from sharing a note hand written by Pete Wentz to suggestions of a possible collaboration with Panic! At the Disco, following a cameo appearance from Brendon Urie. Wentz proclaims in his note that the album is exactly as the title says ‘mania’. Their only released single so far ‘Young and Menace’ brings with it harsh, electro rock tones and dark themes that we love.
SZA – CTRL (tba)
With the new single Love Galore released early May following Drew Barrymore, SZA’s new album release seems to be getting closer, but how close? One of the most anticipated Hip Hop albums of spring-summer 2017, CTRL still does not have a release date apart from the vague promise that it would come after Kendrick Lamar’s album drop –and that was in April… we’re waiting…